KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife

KABAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife

Every EDC kit - the gear you should be carrying with you every day, needs to include a edged blade. Whether its a folding pocket knife, a fixed blade knife, or a utility knife, everyone should have a sharp tool in their "toolbox." Early mankind invented the sharpened edge because of its utility and usefulness for defense, hunting, and utilitarian duties around the cave. There's no good reason to not continue the tradition of toting a blade with you each day. I've had days when I left a knife behind, and ended up needing to puncture or pry at something using the house keys. No excuse, especially with all the knives I've collected over the years.


KABAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife


Most conceal carriers will have a gun AND a knife on them to be better prepared for any situation. Using a gun should be a last resort because deadly force carries a heavy weight with it, while a knife used as a second line of defense (after trying to deescalate a situation) is a viable option. Many police officers and other law enforcement have a knife on their duty belt for the same reason. While folding pocket knifes are easier concealed and less intrusive, a fixed blade is more useful in a fight. Just like how you carry a gun, a knife should be easy to access without fumbling around. KA-BAR has made a line of knives that fit that role perfectly.


KABAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife


KA-BAR, the makers of the iconic military blade, have collaborated with the Tactical Defense Institute (TDI) to a line of quality fighting knife to the market for civilians and LEO alike. Simply called the Law Enforcement Knife, the KA-BAR TDI line features several different configurations of blades, varying in blade shape, length and grip color. All of the knives are designed under one concept: the theory that your primary weapon can become hindered or compromised. An attacker can grab for your holstered weapon, or your gun can jam or simply run out of bullets. Each TDI Law Enforcement knife is designed to be effective for up close and personal, close-quarters scenarios. Combined with a belt mounted sheath intended to be easy to draw and ambidextrous, this knife suits lefties or righties and is ideal when clipped to the opposite side of the belt that a pistol holster in on. If your drawing hand is hung up or out of the fight, the TDI's angled grip is easily and very quickly accessible by the other hand. While the shorter TDI blades may seem underwhelming, its smaller profile is easier to conceal under a shirt or jacket and is plenty sharp and dangerous when being attacked within grappling range. Using punching, slashing, or stabbing, the TDI will make quick work of an attacker who is too close to see it coming. Of course it's practical for cutting open packages or boxes too, but the grip angle will feel a bit different than traditional in-line knife designs and take some getting used to.


KABAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife


The sheath the TDI comes with is a simple polymer injected shell with a reversible belt clip. My TDI came with a Flat Dark Earth colored sheath. Out of the box it was setup for a right side carry, but I ended up swapping it to the left side for carrying with a holster on the right. The edge was pretty sharp, but could use some light honing. The AUS 8A Stainless Steel has a black finish that may wear over time, but it helps keep the blade concealed instead of a reflective polished steel.


KABAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife


The larger TDI LE knife comes with a MOLLE compatible sheath. While less ideal for belt carry than the steel belt clip of the smaller TDI, the MOLLE straps make this knife perfect for carrying on a tactical vest, plate carrier or other tactical items with the webbing system. The angle of the grip facilitates mounting the sheath more on the side panel for easy access without sacrificing room for magazine pouches. The straps also seem reversible to the other side of the sheath for customizing it to your gear and strong/weak hand. Note that the grip angle makes pulling the knife downward from the sheath if mounted inverted on the left or right chest requires more force, and the blade will not be pointing in a safe direction. Ask me how I know. Mounting with the grip handle pointing up makes it so drawing the knife leaves the edge and tip pointing away from yourself and towards your potential attacker.


KABAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife


For under $50 on the shelf, this is a great little self defense knife that I actively try carrying with me whenever I go out, with or without a carry gun. With a wide variety of blade shapes and styles its nice to be able to pick your preference. It's the popular choice for a lot of on-duty and off-duty cops, and its easy to see why it's popular with us average joes as well. If you are looking for a do-it-all knife I would probably choose a different tool, but for a heavier focus on self defense and easy of carrying on a standard belt, the TDI knives are on point.

Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement knives are effective for close-quarters defense. Each one is designed to be easy to draw, sure when gripped and ambidextrous.

Target Market:  LEO or civilians, EDC

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • AUS 8A Stainless Steel
  • 0.20 lb
  • Fixed Blade
  • 2 5/16" Blade Length
  • 5 5/8" Overall Length
  • 15 Degree Edge Angle
  • Drop Point Shape
  • Hollow Grind
  • Zytel Handle
  • Hardess: 57-59CR
  • Made in Taiwan
  • 0.125 Blade Thickness

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: Black non serrated, Tan Zytel serrated

What others are saying?: "This is an excellent knife. It takes and holds a keen edge easily. The grip is easy to hang onto even in wet conditions. The sheath mounts firmly to the belt in such a way that it is nearly impossible to remove accidentally. It holds the knife firmly, so that it will not fall out, but is easy to remove and replace when necessary. It also has a very attractive finish which protects the blade from corrosion." Brownells User Review

"Great knife, sheath and clip. Attaches securely on inner belt (under duty belt) and stays put. Easy draw and return to sheath. Grip is secure and blade comes very sharp. The grip-blade angle are very well thought out. I like this knife so much I wear it off duty as my EDC. Great product." Brownells User Review

Price point:

I need it now! Availability: Brownells, Amazon or many online stores

Our Rating:


  • Easy to reverse belt clip for left or right side carry, or inside the belt on opposite side
  • Grip angle is very fast to draw in either hand
  • TDI LE series features several different blade styles for your selection


  • Grip angle reduces leverage for linear cutting
  • Zytel grip texture is too minimal for adequate grip
  • Larger TDI LE knife has MOLLE straps instead of a standard belt clip, with no factory way to achieve it.
  • Larger TDI LE knife is more difficult to unsheath

Score: 7.5 Good

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CRKT Triumph Folder


crkt3Everyone should have a good folding knife.  And it seems I am always looking for something that fills that bill.  Well I came across the Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) Triumph non-assisted opening knife.  The Triumph is designed by knife maker Pat Crawford.  It seems that CRKT may be discontinuing the non-assisted version, because they are discounted on their website.  This particular knife may be on the large side for some people, weighing in at 6.3 ounces.  But with some of the features it has, I couldn't wait to try it out. crkt2The Triumph is a full featured knife.  Starting with the AUS 8 stainless steel blade.  It is a dual ground Tanto style with a false top edge.  The false top edge and tanto blade design give the knife good puncturing abilities.  You can get the Triumph with or without Veff serrations.  This one has no serrations.  The blade is held out with a single .100" locking liner and the knife also has CRKT's AutoLAWKS safety.  AutoLAWKS is a spring loaded lock that engages once the knife is fully opened.  This feature helps to keep the locking liner in place and supposedly makes it almost as strong as a fixed blade.  When closing the Triumph, one must first move the autolawk out of the way with a finger, and while holding the lock back, push the liner over, and then close the blade slightly.  Once the blade has moved, you can then release the lock and fold the knife in as normal.  It takes a little bit to get use to, but I don't even notice it anymore.

Another nice feature about the Triumph is its G-10 handles.  This handle offers one of the grippiest I have ever used.  Water, mud, and oil don't seem to make it any different either.  When inserting or removing the knife from your pants, it can be difficult because the texture of the grip makes it seem like you wrapped it in sandpaper.  The clip on the knife is removable, but it only has one position.  That position is tip down, so if you like tip up carry look elsewhere for your knife.  The clip is very strong and keeps the Triumph in place throughout the day.

Like I said previously, the knife is large.  Coming in at 5" closed and 8.5" open.  The Tanto style blade is 3.5" long and .14" thick at its spine.  The knife I have has a tiger stripe camo coating on the blade, with black handles.  Different blade designs and handle colors are offered.  CRKT also makes the Triumph in an assisted opening, or a fixed kneck knife.  I have cut many things with this knife and the edge seems to hold up very well and I am pleased with the quality.

crkt4Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Good tactical folder for everyday carry

Target Market: People looking for a good solid EDC knife

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • AutoLAWKS locking system
  • 3.5" Tanto blade
  • G-10 grips
  • locking liner
  • Serrations optional

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?

  • Veff Serrated blade
  • Plain Black Blade
  • Assisted Opening

What others are saying?

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Reviewed by ApolloExx on Sierra Trading Post: 4/5 stars  - The triumph series means business, with its one side bevel, tanto point, and the serrations that are more like hooks then serrations, this knife is intimidating, aggressive, and very attractive. Crawford designs made this knife out of quality parts and materials, each knife is handmade and is all around a balanced, high quality knife. the grip on this knife is also very unique, feeling more like fine sandpaper this knife has a pleasing texture and you wont loose your grip even if you tried. downside of the blade is the effort it takes to sharpen it, with serrations like this it may be a challenge to sharpen but I believe that can easily be worked around,

Michael on  -  I have between 12-15 CRKT knives, and this being my most recent purchace has given me the chance to really get to use this thing quite a bit. In the past 3 weeks I've had my Triumph w/Veff serrations I've put the thing through absolute hell and have only had to sharpen it once completely and one quick time up This things a BEAST and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT you grab one if you happen to be lucky enough to come across one

Price point 

MSRP = $149.99 ($44.99 discount)

Retail = $99.99 on Amazon for the assisted opening

I need it now! Availability: Readily available on CRKT

Our Rating:

Pros: + G-10 handles - excellent grip + 3.5" Stainless Steel blade + Stays sharp + Strong .14" thick blade + AutoLAWKS Feature

Cons: - G-10 handles can be too course - Overall size at 5" closed and 8.5" open - AutoLAWKS takes some getting use to - Heavy at 6.3 ounces - Non USA made

Score: 7.5 Good75



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SOG Snarl Knife

SOG Snarl Knife

The SOG Snarl knife found its way into my shopping cart pretty quickly, almost automatically. I had no intention of even browsing the knife section during the grand opening of Washington State's first Bass Pro Shop location. As I was making a B line to the firearms counter, this precocious little blade caught my eye, and I knew it would be a perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas... for myself! I own plenty of knives, but none designed for EDC, or everyday carry.

SOG Snarl Knife

Sure I have pocket knives, in fact it seems every other year I lose one and have to replace it. Folders end up getting left in pockets, or borrowed and never returned. With the frequent disappearance of my knives, I fell out of practice of carrying one each day. Upon seeing the Snarl by SOG, I had a feeling I was going to hold onto my next knife for awhile.

SOG Snarl Knife

The Snarl is a fixed, very small tactical claw. It is constructed from a single piece of 9CR18MoV Satin finish stainless steel thats been CNC machined into a "sheepsfoot" style blade with two round finger holes for versatility in grip. The design of the knife comes from a custom knife maker named Jason Brous, more famous for his "functional fantasy" knife designs. Right away you can tell the inspiration for the knife came from brass knuckles, however it's very difficult to use the petite Snarl in the same way, and you would probably break a finger or two if you tried to use it that way.

I picked the Snarl up for myself because I saw its potential as a multi-role knife. The sheepsfoot design makes the Snarl suitable as a skinning knife, box cutter, scraper, and concealed self-defense blade (in a very desperate, less than ideal situation due to its size.) You're not likely going to intimidate an assailant if you brandish the Snarl, because its not really a face-to-face fighting knife. The nature of the Snarl is to be concealed and deployed covertly and accurately, much like a pocket pistol in a small, relatively under-powered caliber. When close enough, the grip design of the Snarl facilitates punching, jabbing, stabbing, and slashing... a real nasty tool if you are trained / proficient in extremely close quarters, extremely aggressive tactics. If you are neither of the above and concerned about self defense use, you may be better off getting a larger knife thats more traditional like a Kabar or boot knife.

SOG Snarl Knife

Depending of the size of your hand, some positions for holding this knife will be more comfortable than others. If you have big monkey mitts, the Snarl may be entirely uncomfortable to hold and use. The two and a half finger holes suggest a three fingered grip for firmest hold, however this strains the hand. I found it best to put my index finger through the first finger hole and middle finger in the outer half circle hole. The spine of the Snarl has large line serrations for positive grip, which also aids in unsheathing from the belt line or included neck chain. Be warned, the outer half hole doesn't have enough of a bevel to keep your finger from sliding up and getting sliced.

SOG Snarl Knife

The Snarl comes paired with a hard nylon sheath thats able to be clipped to the belt in a horizontal position, or hung from the neck with a supplied ball necklace. The sheath's belt clip is also reversible for left or right handers alike. I found the clip to be less than confidence worthy as it doesn't clamp as securely to the belt as I'd like, and is easier to remove or slide around than it should be like an Uncle Mike's basic holster. Its best to position the clip behind a belt loop, so it stops the sheath from sliding forward when drawing the Snarl. A tighter clip or dual smaller clips would probably perform better.

The retention of the blade is very solid and hasn't yet loosened noticeably. Re-inserting the snarl into the sheath is still a bit hard to get used to do to its curved spine and size, but the mouth of the sheath has a round inlet that frees the front finger hole, so two to three fingers can be used to draw with a very firm grasp.

SOG Snarl Knife

This knife and sheath combo are small enough to be unnoticeable, yet the knife is just big enough to be useful. For some with bigger hands it may actually be too small to be comfortable in the hand, and impractical for self defense. However for me, it perfectly fits the role of an EDC blade. The edge has held up well after a light honing from day one. I've used it to open stubborn plastic packaging, sharpen sticks, and cut bailing twine.

I really do enjoy this knife, even though it is a mass-produced blade that is more at home stuffed in a Christmas stocking than a Bug-Out bag. While I don't see it as comparable to other "tactical" knives in utility, construction, or comfort in the hand its petite design will be on my side or under my shirt for the foreseeable future. For the price point, it makes a great functional and unique gift to mostly anyone who practices the EDC lifestyle.

Firearms Insider Reviews – 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  Jason Brous designed a "functional fantasy" Snarl knife that features a 9CR18MoV stainless steal blade. It's like a brass knuckles/SOG mash-up.

Target Market:  Every Day Carry, Concealed Carry, Outdoorsman (Fishing, Hunting, Camping)

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 9CR18MoV Stainless Steel, Satin finish
  • Sheepsfoot design
  • 14 horizontal serrations on spine for better grip
  • RC. 58-60 hardness
  • 4.3" overall length
  • 2.3" blade length
  • 1.90 oz

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: None, satin stainless only

What others are saying?:

"I was pretty excited to receive this SOG/Brous collaboration. It's a solid little knife, thick piece of steel and feels like it could take a beating. The sheath has good retention and easily clips onto your belt. The included clip only supports horizontal carry -- maybe a small teklok would provide other options (although I'm not sure about that). Despite liking the knife, I just can't get used to it. I know this is a very popular Brous design, but I just can't figure out a way for me to hold the knife comfortably. I've tried various grips but I don't feel as if I have control of the blade with any of them. I have pretty regular sized hands but whatever I do it's just pretty awkward." Amazon User Review

"The blade comes a little dull, I intentionally dulled it even more along with wrapping/burning 550 cord around the rear finger hole. Reason being, this "knife" is more of a high stress weapon. This is meant to be used in conjunction with gross motors skills I.E. punching, jabbing (nasty up close inside fighting). Considering the draw and striking style used, I could see me cutting my middle finger so I dulled it down. I wouldn't dare do this to the silent soldier II but hey, this is only thirty dollars. Pros: Awesome sheath very secure, quality steel. Cons: Potential weak point at base of blade (should be beveled outward) and the sheath clip can only be mounted for a side draw, which I love but some wouldn't." Amazon User Review

Price point:

I need it now! Availability:  Readily available online at Amazon or other SOG dealers

Our Rating:


  • Versatility: designed be held in multiple ways and carried in two ways, praised as a neck knife
  • Blade edge has held up well
  • Thickness of blade spine adds to durability and controllability / helps make up for short overall length
  • Sheath has good retention and is reversible for lefties / righties


  • No matte black finish option
  • Short grip area and medium finger holes may prevent use from larger handed users, or cause hand fatigue
  • Metal thins near bottom of blade/first finger hole (potential weak point if used to pry)
  • Edges of finger holes need cordage wrap or dehorning as edges are pronounced
  • Sheath's belt clip is limited to horizontal orientation
  • Belt clip doesn't secure to belt enough, prone to sliding or easily coming off belt

Score: 7.0 Good



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MTech USA Fixed Blade Survival Knife

MTech Fixed Blade Survival Knife "Even when the world is at peace, a gentleman still keeps a blade by his side" - Wu Tsu

A good survival blade is a staple to any kit, not just a "survival" kit, hunting pack, or any S-H-T-F bug out/bug in bag. Some may choose a folding knife for ease of portability and concealment. For others, a fixed blade is more utilitarian and I couldn't agree more. More than just cutting, stabbing, or prying can be done with a good, solid, one piece construction knife. It can be affixed to a straight branch for a classic Lord of the Flies style pig sticker! Most fixed blade knives are also serrated on the spine for the ability to saw as well, and thats exactly what I have in this Mtech USA Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife.

Although the packaging only indicates this knife as model HK-106280, this blade is known online as the MTech USA Fixed Blade Survival Knife. MTech USA is a brand under Master Cutlery. This 11" Tanto style full tang knife is made from 440 stainless steel with a 90 degree crossguard (also known as a quillion) and has a cord-wrapped handle. First, my evaluation of the blade: It comes fairly dull out of the box as most blades do. It took a sharpening well after a few minutes on a diamond sharpener, but not too easily like other "cheap" knives. 440 Stainless steel will lose it's edge sharpness with use more than Carbon Steel, so a diamond sharpener or wet stone would be a must to pack with this knife. The price point did worry me, as most steel knifes around the $20 mark would be rubbish. This isn't Kabar or Gerber quality, but its not poor either. I personally like knives with crossguards to this degree, as it assists with lashing it to a stick, or otherwise protecting your gripping hand when sharpening and cutting.

The cordage is not 550 paracord and seems to be a weaker variant. I wouldn't rely on it as shoe string, let along as a snare or any type of binding material that I depended on. I plan on replacing with the 550 which is an easy and cheap remedy.

The knife comes in a nylon sheath and it is actually well constructed. The edges of the sheath are reinforced with the stitches seem pretty solid. There is a little pocket sewn onto the front for the fire starter, a Ferrocerium Rod. It also comes with the same cordage as a lanyard but in black. It doesn't produce a big spark, so remember Spanish Moss is your best friend. I still plan on packing a lighter.

This is a decent knife for the low price, which I believe comes from it being made in China. But for a coming of age teen or a cheapskate looking for a beater of a knife, this would fit the bill.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Solid construction and functionality at an affordable price.

Target Market: Hunters, Campers, Survivalists, Outdoor Recreationalists, GI Joe types

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 11" Overal Length
  • 6" Matte Finish
  • 440 Stainless Steel
  • Full Tang handle
  • Tanto with saw serrations on spine
  • 5" Green Cord Wrapped Handle
  • Magnesium Alloy Fire Starter
  • Nylon Sheath
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Matte stainless with OD green sheath and cordage only, other models with different finished available here.

What others are saying?: “My wife bought this knife for me a week ago after I told her my buddy had invited us to his cabin for a weekend. When I tell you I used this knife for EVERYTHING, I kid you not. The blade on this is solid and the parallel “saw” like blade made this knife so much better. The fire starter works better than matches and is much more accessible. (At least for me, I tied mine to the knife when I got it) The nylon sheath for storing is a nice touch, especially when you want to keep this knife on your pocket, which you definitely will.  I would definitely recommend this item." - avila user, Review

Price Point: MSRP: $24.00 Retail: $10.93

I need it now! Availability: Readily available at

Our Rating:

+-Price is good!ri +-Sheath is adequate and stores firestarter rod - -Cordage is not 550 paracord quality-Cord --440 Stainless Steel will lose it edge quicker than other higher grades, so bring a sharpener!

Score: 7.0 Good


EOD Robotics Breacher Bar Review

EOD Handle The EOD Robotics Breacher bar is a pretty simple tool. It’s basically a flat piece of steel with a chisel-type tip and a “blade”, and it’s got a few holes in the handle end. The “blades” are not sharpened, but are more of a starter edge. I believe this is because the Breacher Bar is intended to be more of a prying tool than a knife. It is a very thick piece of hardened steel, so it can withstand some serious prying. The front corner is beveled, making it look like a tanto-style blade. This is for prying under smaller things, like nails, staples, and paint can lids. Their website also claims that it is great for opening crates and punching through steel drums. There are four holes in the handle. Two are close to the butt, in line with the center of the blade. The other two are closer to the blade. One of these is centered, and the other is closer to the edge. The three along the centerline are there for use with cordage, to make handles. The other is a little more mysterious. I don’t remember where I saw this tip, but someone suggested that it be used to turn the tool into a handle, for pulling things. You can run a piece of cord through it, and use it to pull, for example, a large log. If you do use this as a t-handle for pulling, I would recommend wrapping the blade end with a protective cloth, especially if you choose to sharpen it, but that is recommended against (see note at end). They also state that the holes are there to aid you in lashing it to a branch or bar to provide more leverage.


Right after I got this, I had some repairs to do to a fence. The previous owner of our new home had done some weird modifications that messed with the integrity of the fence. I had to tear the old boards off, while salvaging the existing posts. The Breacher Bar made short work of those boards and nails. When I was done, I stabbed it into the dirt, to keep from losing it, while I finished repairing the fence. I had forgotten it there overnight. The next morning, I remembered it was there. It had rusted a little, but not really too much to worry about. This is to be expected from high carbon steel, though.

Here is a demo video from County Comm:

And a video on how to make the handle:

Here is their super-not-sarcastic-at-all CYA statement:

Here's What Our Over-Protective Legal Department Has To Say: EOD Edge Although the EOD Breacher Tool was developed and designed to enter the real world of urban combat, and with a little work with a file, belt sander, grinder, stone or a rock to it could be sharpened and converted to a Deadly stabbing or slashing instrument we can't recommend it. Likewise, the flat on the handle end should not be used as a skull or rib crusher or for performing other blunt trauma. Sorry these are not returnable. Be safe, and don't play with matches or run with scissors.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Incredibly tough pry bar.

Target Market: “EOD Robotics developed this compact breaching tool with input from Bomb Techs, SWAT Operators and Patrol Officers.”

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • 1045 High Carbon Steel
  • Heat treated to over 45 Rockwell Hardness
  • Pry bar or lever
  • Incredibly tough
  • Can be pounded on
  • Holes for handle making and other tasks

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  It is only available in the raw-steel gray, but would be easy enough to paint.

What others are saying?: “They're good for hammering, improvised chiseling, prying, breaking stuff :), etc. They make great gifts too!” - JS_280, EDC Forums

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: You can purchase the Breacher Bar from County Comm, or directly from EOD Robotics, although I believe they are the same company. When you go to “Contact” on EOD’s website, the email address is for County Comm. I would recommend going to County Comm for it, because they have tons of other cool items that you’ll probably want to pick up.

Our Rating:

+_Sturdy and hard +_Holes are provided for many functions +_No instructions needed! +_Multiple prying surfaces +_Made in the U.S.A.

-_No handle included

Score: 8.0 Great80

Kershaw Blur Knife Review

13856416553_373df3b9c7_b By Bradley Johnson

I have every day carried a knife almost my entire life. My grandfather gave me a knife when I was 10. I'm 35 now, so I guess that's 25 years of EDC. I've tried many knives in that time. I have several Spyderco knives that I love, but not all of them are legal for concealed carry in my county. I also have some Benchmade knives that have served me well, but after handling a friends Kershaw knife I started to think it might be time for something new. I didn't think that a $60 knife could best a $130 one, but I was wrong. Here's a photo of the Benchmade Griptilian, and the Kershaw Blur side-by-side.


As you can see, they are very similar in size when folded, and also open...


However, that is the extent of the similarities. Unlike the Benchmade knife (composite handles), the Kershaw handles are made of aircraft aluminum. The difference in weight is negligible, but the durability isn't. The Kershaw Blur is also thinner. The Blur (like most of Kershaw's knives) features Speedsafe technology. It allows quick assisted one hand opening (see video). I'm pretty good at flicking open a non-assisted knife, but there's no way I could ever beat a Kershaw Speedsafe knife. This technology makes deploying the knife extremely quick, and is legal in all 50 states (at least for now).

The grip of the Kershaw is excellent. The Trac-Tec grip tape inserts in the handle  allow for excellent handling. The handle is pre-drilled for either tip-up or tip-down carry depending on your preference.


The carbide glass breaking tip was something that I wanted. You can purchase the knife without it, but I like the option (and like to be prepared for all situations). It doesn't affect the way I carry, but I would like to mention that the tip is fairly sharp, so if you're just going to toss it in your pocket then it may create a hole from bouncing around inside of your pants/shorts.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this knife. It's made in the U.S.A., and the quality for the money is excellent. I could buy two of them for the price of one Benchmade (and I plan to).

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: The SpeedSafe technology allows quick one handed opening. The textured grip provides great handling. The carbide tip breaks glass better than steel. Made in the USA!

Target Market: Law enforcement, Civilians, and Military

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • SpeedSafe Opening assist
  • Carbide glass breaker
  • Trac-tec grip tape inserts
  • Aircraft aluminum handle

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The Kershaw Blur Knife is available in black, desert sand, olive drab, and red. It’s even available with a glass breaker

What others are saying?: “I find this to be a great everyday carry knife that has held up exceptionally well to the rigors of daily use. The Kershaw Tactical Blur has my vote for a practical, tactical and affordable folder.” - Dane Daiker, USCCA

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: You can purchase this knife from many retailers, including Amazon and Rifle Gear.

Our Rating:

  • Handle
  • Speedsafe assisted opening
  • Made in USA

Score: 9.0 Amazing90


CRKT M16-14SF Folding Knife Review

CRKT M16-14SF By Dustin Bornman

The CRKT M16-14SF, has become a staple in my collection of knifes. I rarely leave home without this in my pocket. I love the balance, the blade and the tactical capacity of this knife. The pocket clip can be moved to one of 4 locations depending on the users desired carry position. In the position that I prefer the clip to be in, the blade is up and facing rearward in the right front pocket. If you pull the knife straight up and slightly forward, the blade stays closed. But if pulled upward and slightly rearward, the blade automatically opens and is ready for use. This is by far, the best option from a tactical standpoint for me.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: This is just an overall well built knife that carries well and holds an edge at an above average level.

Target Market: I think this is a great knife for anyone wishing to carry daily.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Tanto point
  • Serrated blade
  • It also has a double blade lock that basically makes the knife a fixed blade.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: The CRKT M16-14SF folding knife is available in black and tan.

What others are saying?: “I purchased this knife as an EDC to add to my collection. It's extremely well made, easy to hold and open. Closing the blade is somewhat difficult which maybe a concern to some. The blade is very sharp with a thick back bone very strong. The LAWKS locking system makes this folder almost a fixed blade. The flipper is quite fast almost as fast as my assisted folders! I love this knife.” - Knife Center Customer Reviewer John D.

“This knife is amazing. It fits snuggly in my pocket, but is burly enough to chop tree branches for kindling. The dual flips act as a hilt, giving it the feel and balance of a full-tang blade. The handle is light aluminum with a durable coating, but the steel maintains its edge better than any knife I’ve owned, so the tip is always ready for fine cutting. The serrated base of the blade comes in handy for skinning game or cutting rope, and is easy to sharpen with the right tool.” - T.S. Wallace, The Adventures of Man

Price Point:

I need it now! Availability: This knife is available from many retailers, including Knife Center, Amazon, and directly from CRKT.

Our Rating:

+ Tactical opening + Size + Balance

- Handle is slightly slick

Score: 9.0 Amazing90

Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker Review

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The Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker makes knife sharpening a quick and easy task. I thought I was good at sharpening knives with a stone, but then I purchased this sharpener and it put all of my past experience to shame! The operation is very intuitive and simple. The principle behind it is that the stone is angled, rather than you having to hold the blade at a steady angle. All you have to do is hold the blade vertically and pull it across the stones. It comes with 2 sets of stones: a coarse stone to do an initial sharpen and a fine stone to make it razor sharp. There are also 2 brass rods that are mounted between the rods and where you hold the sharpener to keep you from cutting yourself. All of the stones and rods fit inside the base for neat, compact storage. There are tons of different things you can sharpen with this sharpener, from knifes and scissors to fish hooks and needles. I would recommend this sharpener to anyone that needs a sharp knife.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key PointsSpyderco Triangle Sharpmaker

Claim to Fame: Simple, intuitive knife sharpening.

Target Market: Any person who needs a sharp knife.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):

  • Simple to use
  • Sharpens knives quickly

 What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  The Sharpmaker is only sold in one color and one configuration.

 What others are saying?:  “Even those with no experience using sharpening stones will quickly and easily get their blades back to factory sharpness and beyond.” -Best Knife Sharpener Guide

Price Point:

 I need it now! Availability: The Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker can be purchased from many retailers including Amazon and KNIFEWORKS.

 Our Rating:

+ Very intuitive use + Sharpens quickly + Multiple sharpening angles + Being able to sharpen different types of blades and points

Score: 9.5Amazing

Spyderco Persistence Review

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The Spyderco Persistence is the second smallest knife in Spyderco’s budget folder line.  It’s got a blade length of 2.75” blade and an overall length of 6.8” while open.  It has a 4-way clip that can be positioned for left or right-handed carry and tip-up or tip-down carry.  The blade has a very large hole positioned just right for quick opening. The G-10 grips and skeletonized liner keeps the knife relatively light.  The blade was very sharp out of the box and seemed to keep a good edge for a while. The width of the Spyderco knife helps fill your hand very nicely and is easy to control. The knife locks with a liner-lock that is easily released with the thumb of your hand and (with care) allows you to close it one-handed. This is a great, inexpensive knife that I would recommend to anyone.

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Claim to Fame: A value priced and good quality knife. 

Target Market: A budget minded person that wants a good carry knife.

FNB's: (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • Small, but not too small
  • Inexpensive
  • Fast opening
  • Light 

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  The standard Persistence has black G-10 grip panels and there is a model with blue grip panels. There is also an all black version with a black blade and clip. There are partially serrated, fully serrated and straight blade versions available, to fit your preference.

 What others are saying?:  “Whether you are into knives or are looking to purchase your first blade, the Persistence is a must have.” -Operator Swag

Price point:

I need it now! Availability:  There are many retailers selling this knife including Amazon and BladeHQ. 

Our Rating:

+ Small + Light + Inexpensive + Pocket clip can be moved to any position + Mostly stainless blade + Ergonomic

Score: 9.090

Leatherman Wave Review

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The Leatherman Wave is considered a full-size multi-tool, but at 4” overall length when closed, it’s more of a medium tool. It is Leatherman’s most popular tool, and I can see why. I chose it based on the types of tools that it comes with. The pliers are good and they have wire cutters and a hard-wire cutter in the pivot of the pliers. The hard-wire cutters help with cutting thick wire or smaller nails without damaging the finer wire cutters. I would personally prefer replaceable wire cutters, but these are permanent. Leatherman Wave pt 2There is a very good can opener that doubles as a bottle opener. At the base of the can opener, there is a somewhat sharpened “V” that is used for stripping wire. One of the selling points for me was the screwdriver bit holder. The holder uses a full-size bit, but what Leatherman did was shave off the sides to slim down the bit. They will fit into a full ¼” bit driver. The bit supplied is reversible with a Philips on one side and a flat-head on the other. Other bits are available for purchase. The scissors are decent, but could be better if they were slightly longer. There is also a small bit holder that holds a proprietary precision screwdriver. It is perfect for those fine screws on eyeglasses and is reversible for Phillips and flat-head. The last interior tool is a large flat-head driver that can double as a light-duty pry-bar. Another large selling point for me was the accessibility of the knives, saw and file from the outside, while the tool is closed. The knives came from the factory very sharp and I have yet to need to sharpen them. Granted, I don’t use the blades very often, as also carry a pocket knife that I will usually use first. One feature I appreciate is that the Wave has separate straight and serrated Leathermanblades. I rarely use a serrated blade, so I prefer it being separate.  However with that being said, the serrations are great. They aren’t the sharp/pointy serrations you usually see, but more of a smooth serration that doesn't snag on rope and fabric. There is a very good wood saw that can shred through small branches rather quickly. The wood/metal file is very handy and on the reverse of it is a fine, diamond-coated file. After owning this tool for over a year and a half, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. There are a few accessories I would suggest getting alongside the tool. It comes with a MOLLE pouch(for the black) or a belt pouch(for the silver) that has room for spare bits. You can purchase a 40-piece bit set that contains more Phillips, flat-head, hex and even Torx driver heads. I also recommend the bit extender. It slips into the bit holder and extends your driver 3.25 inches and allows you to use any full-size, ¼” driver bit. One last note is that I just, upon writing this review, found out that there is a hidden (very well hidden) lanyard loop inside one of the handles. I never knew it was there, but it is really easy to deploy if you want it, but out of the way if you don’t.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  Some what compact tool packed with tools and features. 

Target Market: The handy-person type that wants a good variety of tools to be always with you. 


Key Features

  • 17 tools
  • Sturdy design
  • Relatively small

Key Benefits

  • Blades accessible while closed
  • Changeable driver bits
  • All tools lock

Tools Included

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular Pliers
  • Hard-wire Cutters
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wire stripper
  • Knife
  • Serrated Knife
  • Saw
  • Spring-action Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Can Opener
  • Bottle Opener
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Diamond Coated File
  • Large Bit Driver
  • Small Bit Driver
  • Medium Screwdriver 

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  Mine is the Black Oxide version and there is also a Polished Stainless version.

 What others are saying?:  “It is a very well designed mid-range multi-tool that packs a lot of functionality into a compact and non-encumbering size.”  -ToolGuyd 

Price point: 

 I need it now! Availability:  The Leatherman Wave is available from many retailers including Amazon and Wal-Mart. 

Our Rating:

+ Sturdy design + Well thought out tools + Separate straight and serrated knives + Sharp knives

- Non-replaceable wire cutters - Wire cutters are kind of soft and I could see them becoming damaged, if used heavily - The lanyard loop was a little too hidden, but once found was pretty apparent

 Score: 8.585