Post Your Tactical Folders

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Re: Post Your Tactical Folders

Post by orvet » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:39 pm

I'm not sure how to define what a tactical knife is or isn't, but the best definition I have heard of a tactical knife is:

"The knife I have in my hand when the situation turns tactical."

That makes as much or more sense than any other defination I have heard. The military knives issued early in WW II were hunting knives. They seemed adequate for the tasks at hand then.... ::shrug::
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Post by jerryd6818 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:04 pm

I guess this would be my definition of the quintessential "tactical knife". It's very obvious it's designed from the get-go for maiming or killing.
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Re: Post Your Tactical Folders

Post by orvet » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:44 pm

I agree, definitely tactical, just not a folder.
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Post by jerryd6818 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:58 pm

You're gonna make me work for it ain'tcha?
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Re: Post Your Tactical Folders

Post by orvet » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:02 pm

I am not sure that I would like to carry any of those folders into combat. ::uc::

The ones below are a different story:
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If you don't recognize the bottom Benchmade, it is an early Brend design. One of the first collaborations Benchmade did with a custom maker.
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The large Camillus heat, a Zero Tolerance 0801and a Kershaw Blur BDZ-1 tanto
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A couple by Columbia River Knife and Tool.
The top one is the M1, designed as a tactical knife by Greg Lightfoot and made in Taiwan.
The large one on the bottom is called the Desert Cruiser designed by Hammond. It was made in Taiwan.
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Top – Ontario Knife RAT
Middle – Kershaw Blur BDZ-1 tanto
Bottom - Kershaw Blur S30V


The only one of these knives that I would be really reticent to carry in combat would be the Ontario. I have used the smaller version quite a bit, but not the larger version.
The Kershaw Blur may not be marketed as a tactical knife though I believe it would be every bit as effective as many that are made for combat.

Oops, I will have to be back in the day or two, I just remembered some more tactical folders I have. :mrgreen:
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Re: Post Your Tactical Folders

Post by jerryd6818 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:21 pm

So any large modern knife would be considered a 'tactical' knife. Hmmm ::hmm::
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Post by Tsar Bomba » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:04 pm

orvet wrote:Top – Ontario Knife RAT
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The only one of these knives that I would be really reticent to carry in combat would be the Ontario. I have used the smaller version quite a bit, but not the larger version.
The RAT-1s I have acquired over the last year are all silky-smooth openers with stout, sharp blades and excellent F&F. I don't think I'd have any problem taking it into combat or survival situations over (preferably next to) my PM2 or any other modern folder I own. The RAT-2 is definitely on the smallish end, but the RAT-1 is perfect in my meatpaws for a hard-duty "tactical" folder and I have all the confidence in the world that it would serve well in such scenarios. Plus I don't have many knives with skinner blades (or combo serrated/skinner, for that matter) and none as large as the RAT's.

A possible reason for any difference of opinion may be that the orange RAT-1 you pictured is a Pacific Rim (but not Taiwan) "interpretation" of an Ontario-licensed knife, Dale. ::paranoid:: ::smirk:: You can see the differences in the hardware, jimping, and (if next to each other) the OAL and thickness of the frame. Since almost all of my RATs were under $30 I have only sought out the genuine article and none have disappointed. I would trust any of them to do anything any large folder would have to accomplish. Ontario seems to have a handle on managing QC for their products coming out of Asia.

Here's my EDC pic from today with my OD green RAT-1 and the traditionals I carried all week.
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Post by jmh58 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:33 pm

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Re: Post Your Tactical Folders

Post by Quick Steel » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:25 pm

jmh58: Nice collection of speidies. Third photo from the top: I was always intrigued by this design. Having it in hand what are your impressions of it please.
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Post by jmh58 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:24 pm

Quick Steel wrote:jmh58: Nice collection of speidies. Third photo from the top: I was always intrigued by this design. Having it in hand what are your impressions of it please.
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Re: Post Your Tactical Folders

Post by Tsar Bomba » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:53 am

A recent pickup from fellow AAPKer Oldredbone67, my first Benchmade. ::tu:: Arrived and claimed the spot in my RFP for the day.
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Post by orvet » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:34 am

Tony,
how do you like the Benchmade?
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Post by Quick Steel » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:39 pm

A gathering of tacticals.
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Post by TheMadHungarian » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:08 pm

Nice yellow David Boye Boat knife. :)
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Post by Quick Steel » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:57 pm

Thanks TMH. The Boye is my Sunday "tactical." Just in case I have to defend myself against a rogue canoe.
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