What Are Tactical Knives?

What Are Tactical Knives

A tactical knife is a type of fighting or combat knife, primarily designed for use in hand-to-hand combat. These are usually used in the military, although some are used in civilian settings.

Single-action vs double-action

When it comes to out the front knives, it’s important to know the difference between the single-action and double-action OTF styles. The double-action style is the more convenient and efficient of the two. It doesn’t require manual blade retraction.

Single-action out the front knives deploy the blade by pushing a button. The double-action style is a more advanced feature that allows the user to operate the knife with one hand. This is particularly useful for out the front knives since the handle is not bulky.

While both are impressive, a single-action knife has the advantage of being less expensive. In addition, a single-action knife is a bit more efficient. A double-action OTF can be a lot more expensive and has a lot of mechanical parts.

A single-action OTF is also less likely to fire without lockup. There are only a handful of brands that make single-action OTFs, including Benchmade and Hogue.

Single-action OTFs are a great way to save money and time. They are easy to use and have a simple design. However, their main disadvantage is that they do not perform as efficiently as a double-action knife.

Sheath design

There are several types of sheath designs for tactical knives. The choice is determined by personal preferences, your knife model, and your style of carry.

Traditionally, a sheath for a tactical knife is made of thin, steel or brass. These are strong but lightweight, and easily formed. However, the downside is that these materials rust when exposed to moisture or chemicals.

Another option for a sheath for a tactical sheath is plastic. This material is waterproof, durable, and is resistant to UV radiation. A plastic sheath is more durable than the traditional hot-formed kydex sheath. It also is easier to clean.

There are also some sheaths that have special clips. These are more secure, but they tend to be less adjustable. They are also harder to remove.

Finally, there are some sheaths that use a ball-lock device. A ball-lock is a type of retention mechanism that works by allowing the user to rotate a ball out of the bolster of the knife. When the ball is displaced, the lock is released and the knife can be withdrawn.


Tactical knives are versatile tools that can be used in a variety of situations. These knives can serve as outdoor survival knives, as well as first responders’ tools. They are primarily made of steel, but are also available in other materials.

A tactical knife should be able to stand up to heavy use, including firefights and rescue missions. It should also have a rugged sheath and be made from high quality materials.

Tactical knives come in a variety of blade shapes. For instance, fixed-blade knives have a blade that is securely affixed to the handle. The blade can be a serrated or a plain edge. Serrated edges are better for cutting webbing and rough materials. Typical knife blades are made from stainless steel or high-carbon steel. High-carbon steel is usually less expensive, but tends to rust more quickly than stainless steel.

Fixed-blade knives typically feature a full tang, which means that the entire body of the blade is one piece. This makes the knife more durable. But it also means that the tail is weaker and more prone to breaking.

Legality of carrying around in public areas

Whether or not you can carry a tactical knife around in public areas depends on the laws in the state where you live. It’s important to read your state’s law and consult a lawyer who knows the law. Some states prohibit carrying knives, while others are less strict. You should also check with the police. In some cases, you may be arrested for carrying a weapon in a public area.

Generally, it’s not legal to carry knives in public. The most common restrictions are that you can’t conceal carry your knives or open them. They also must be stored in a secure case. However, some cities and counties have ordinances that restrict the types of knives that can be carried in certain areas.

For example, Portland, Oregon passed an ordinance that made it illegal to carry a pocket knife. However, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that the city’s ordinance was inconsistent with state criminal statutes.

California has a very strict set of laws regarding knives. Although the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 exempts knives from being considered an offensive weapon, prosecutors and police can interpret the law differently.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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