Tactical knives, also know as combat knives and trench knives, have come a long way. What initially started as a weapon, used for close quarters combat, trench fighting and in some cases scalping, has become, with modern times often a tool with more emphasis on its conceilability, balance and usefulness for survival.
Nowadays, there's a multitude of great brands coming up with all sorts of tactical knives. Here are a few of the most popular and trusted knives used by military personnel, survivalist and every day citizens wanting a tool they can depend on.
Gerber LHR Combat Knife
Designed by well-respected knife makers Chris Reeve and William W. Harsey Jr. with real combat insight by Matt Larsen, founder of the Modern Army Combatives program, the Gerber LHR is designed as a close quarters weapon. This knife quickly became a classic, and with a quick draw sheath and textured TacHide that provides sure grip in wet conditions, this one is a no brainer. Also has a built-in safety release that keeps the wearer of the knife in control of its unsheathing.
Full tang construction and made in the USA. Blade length 6.87-Inch.
KA-BAR US Marine Corps Fighting Knife
The most famous fixed blade combat knife, it was originally manufactured for American troops fighting in World War II. It's a very large knife that looks more like something Rambo would wear, but it's a well-known classic that has proved its reliability.
7" straight edge blade made with 1095 cro-van steel.
Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife
This amaiseing ASEK (Aircrew Survival Egress Knife) compliant knife has become very popular for its various features and reliability. It received great press when a Sgt. Jonson stationed in Iraq was under heavy fire by Taliban insurgents and used the electrically insulated knife to cut through a live power line providing the enemies with floodlights. With the lights out, Jonson and his men used their night vision equipment to gain advantage on the situation.
This knife comes with a unique pointed buttcap that can be used to punch out glass to escape helicopters or other vehicles in a hurry. It's designed with lashing holes so it can be tied to a stick and turned into a spear. An integrated carbide sharpener comes with the sheath to keep the tool sharp if ever it's damaged.
4.84-inch blade made from 12C27 stainless-steel.
Ka-Bar Becker BK3
More of a tactical tool than a combat knife, this weapon's unique design allows it to be used to pry, punch and bash. Designed by Ethan Becker of BK&T and John Benner of the Tactical Defense Institute, this knife is also great for prying windows and doors, cutting cords and bashing out vehicle glass windows. Made in the USA.
7 inch blade from 1095 cro-van steel