The best of anything is a little like beauty: it is defined by the beholder. The best tactical knife will be largely dependent on the anticipated use by the owner. Civilians seeking a knife for self defense are likely to need a different knife than a soldier on a battlefield.
Here are three tactical knives to consider.
Spyderco Yojimbo 2
The Yojimbo 2 is a tactical folder designed by highly regarded knife fighting expert Michael Janich. Prior Janich designs include the BeWharned and the original Yojimbo. With this folder, Janich incorporated all of the best features of the original plus added a few refinements.
It uses the highly effective Wharncliffe blade, which is widely regarded for its ability to slice and cut by transferring all of the energy all the way to the tip. The blade has a straight edge, hollow ground blade made of S30V steel.
The knife handle uses aggressively textured G10, which is a very durable polymer resin. With G10, the knife is not likely to slip from the user’s hand even when wet from sweat and blood.
As with several of Janich’s designs, the Yojimbo 2 is designed to be used with a thumb forward position. This gives the user a very strong grip and maximum cutting power.
The Yojimbo 2 has been in high demand by people who know fine knives ever since it was introduced. It carries a MSRP of $185.95.
Gerber Silver Trident
Designed in part by Chief Jim Watson, an original plank holder of SEAL Team 2, this fixed blade knife is nothing but tactical. Just glancing at it, you know it is meant for serious business.
The Silver Trident features a double edged clip point blade that is partially serrated on both top and bottom. The heat treated blade is made of 154CM steel and shows a Rockwell Hardness of 59-61. This means the knife is very tough and can be sharpened to a razor edge. The blade is finished in a black coating that reduces visibility in low light conditions and helps prevent corrosion.
The handle is made of DuPont Hytrel, which is a high quality polymer that comes in various forms. The center of the handle is extremely hard, while the surface is soft and textured so the user can maintain a sure grip in all conditions.
In short this knife performs and looks good while doing it. MSRP is $269.00.
Cold Steel Safe Keeper II
The Safe Keeper II is a tactical knife unlike many others. It is a push dagger style knife that is extremely easy to conceal, yet is exceptionally lethal. As a last ditch defense for a police officer or special forces operator, this knife can be the be the deciding difference between life and death.
The knife has a Long Kray-Ex handle that fits into the user’s palm. The user then forms a fist so that the double edged knife blade protrudes out of the front of the fist. Think about the comic book hero Wolverine and you will have a good idea of how this looks.
The Safe Keeper II can be used in either a punching or slashing motion. One of the great things about this knife is that even a relatively untrained user can effectively wield this. Plus, it is next to impossible for anyone to disarm the user.
The blade is made of AUS-8A and has a plain, double edge.
The Safe Keeper II can be clipped to MOLLE gear on a plate carrier or pack, tied to a boot or belt or even kept in your pocket – essentially any place out of the way, yet handy in an emergency. MSRP is $74.99, which is a very cheap life insurance policy.
So which of these is the best tactical knife? That call can only be made by you.