I recently found out from our awesome store front that many people come into the store to find a knife for a friend who is getting deployed. I figured some of you that don’t get to come to our physical store might be wondering the same thing, so I asked around and got some great tactical knife recommendations. I separated them out into folders and fixed blades below:
Benchmade 950 Rift
We especially like these Benchmade knives, but you really can’t go wrong with anything that is manual and has an AXIS lock—it is a reliable locking mechanism and it has great, one-handed operation.
This knife is a great option because it has Emerson’s Wave opening feature, which is crazy fast.
The Commander comes in a few different sizes, and many of the models also have the Wave opening feature. The Emerson Roadhouse is also a good option.
Zero Tolerance Knives
Zero Tolerance is stellar all around. Really, any knife would make a great choice.
If you’re looking for something that isn’t as expensive as the knives mentioned above, the Blur and Brawler are some great options for you. Both knives have assisted opening and can be opened quickly.
The Spyderco Civilian is an excellent choice for anyone who knows how to handle a knife and has been around them for a while.
ESEE knives are great options, even if you don’t take their solidity and warranty into consideration. They are practical, and an additional perk is that they can be attached directly to a tactical vest where they will be easily accessible.
This is a decent-sized blade, but it doesn’t have unnecessary bulkiness. The contours in the handle are unique, too, and they add dependable gripping.
TOPS makes some great tactical knives and they are all pretty varied. You can narrow down which knife is best for your situation depending on the blade size, shape, and thickness you’re looking for.
Dastinelli Creations R.E.D. Knife Raptor
This knife was originally designed for a French special forces unit and is a sleek and efficient tool.
If you need a complement to your tactical knife, check out our Tactical Pen Guide.
These are some of our suggestions for anyone in need of a good tactical knife, but there are still lots of other good ones out there—what knives would you recommend?