Battle of the Knives – Part 2

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Materials: Blades and Handles 

Benchmade 940SBK Osborne Tanto

Benchmade 940SBK Osborne Tanto

Some more blade designs include coping, narrow blade with a sharp, angular point that is is designed to be used for cutting in tight spots or curved patterns. A pen or spear blade is simply a smaller example of the traditional “spear point blade” and it is traditionally used to trim quill pens. The tanto blade is angled grind from the edge to the tip is much heavier and stronger than other blade and used for piercing through hard materials and  also for scraping or scrying. The Benchmade 940SBK OSBORNE Tanto “is perfect whether in pocket or hand, the slender curvature and contouring of the 940 make it a perfect everyday carry.” The Benchmade 940SBK OSBORNE Tanto offers a modified reverse tanto blade with ambidextrous dual thumb-stud opened  offers premium stainless steel blade.

Most knife handles are made from a variety of materials include STAG, bone, carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, anodization, bead blasting and Zytel. Of all the different knife handle materials Zytel is the least expensive material. Zytel was a thermoplastic material developed by DuPont and is an unbreakable: resists impact and abrasions. However, most knives created by 5.11 Tactical, Kershaw and Benchmade more commonly use aluminum and titanium. Aluminum is is also a nonferrous metal and are commonly used in handle designs. Aluminum gives the knife a solid feel, without the extra weight and is created using the anodization process. Titanium is a nonferrous metal alloy, the most common form of titanium is 6AL/4V: 6% aluminum, 4% vanadium, and 90% pure titanium. Titanium is a lightweight metal alloy that offers unsurpassed corrosion resistance of any metal, that’s not only used in handles but  also used as liner materials for locking liner knives.

5.11 Tactical LMC Recurve

5.11 Tactical LMC Recurve

The 5.11 Tactical LMC Recurve is a Lightweight midsize carry folder with versatile recurve blade. The blade is a 3.25” hollow ground satin finish Recurve blade with plain edge. The 5.11 Tactical LMC Recurve also includes an ambidextrous Blade-Tech® V-Hole in blade for easy, quick deployment with either hand and a subdued black oxide coating on all hardware.



Benchmade 790BK Subrosa

Benchmade 790BK Subrosa

The Benchmade 790SBK Subrosa Titanium Spring Assist Monolock is a the company’s first assisted titanium monolock is sure to fit naturally in the palm like an extension your own hand. The knife also includes S30V premium stainless steel blade and the machined titanium handles with steel pocket clip.



Manufacturer Reputation

When purchasing a knife they’re are several features you should consider including Purpose/Applications, Design Features: Blades and Handles but a manufacture’s reputations should be considered as well. It’s important to know what you are buying and not only consider the price, but the brand, the reputation of the manufacturer and the quality that is designed and tested in that product. 5.11 Tactical Gear, Kershaw and Benchmade are the industry leading designers and creators of the most innovative and useable tactical knives.

5.11 Tactical’s purpose is to create products that “enhance the safety, accuracy, speed and performance of law enforcement, military and firefighting professionals and sells these products under the registered trademarks.” The company is an industry leader in creating products based upon durability, quality and value and delivering head to toe functional and innovative gear including knives.

Kershaw Knives have long since been respected and renowned for their quality, their style and some of the most innovative knife designs ever seen. Kershaw Knives often extend beyond the simple functionality of hunting knives to include pocket knives and kitchen knives.

Benchmade is known for its quality, using high end designs and materials in the production of its products. The Benchmade Knife was founded on the principle of  designing, manufacturing and delivering the highest quality, functionally featured, knives in the industry. The simple Benchmade philosophy is “Make it cool, make it solid, make it happen and definitely make it Benchmade.”  It’s all about the reputation and these reputations speak volumes to any consumer looking for a tactical knife.

Range Master Tactical Gear carries 5.11 Tactical Knives, Benchmade Knives and Kershaw Knives at unmatched prices.

Battle of the Knives – Part 1

Q) How many knives does it take to change a light bulb?

A) About 5. Don’t ask why, its just a stab in the dark.

Knives whether common or commercial…every company creates and designs the knives that every man whether military, law enforcement or hunter wants to own. Is there a specified difference between a “tactical knife” vs. a “regular knife.” Tactical knives are any “edged tool designed to be used in a multi- mission tactical role.” However, over the years the line has become blurry when trying to categorize and define tactical knives, combat knives, fighting knives and even recreational knives used in hunting or outdoor activities. The modern tactical knife is designed for a wide array of uses and its through discovering those uses that we also discover some of the best features of that modern tactical knife.


5.11 Tactical Karambit Utility Blade

5.11 Tactical Karambit Utility Blade

Anyone with experience whether its in the wilderness or in a combat situation understands the importance of a having an exceptional knife in hand. Any knife of any kind is a vital and essential tool that is a necessary importance for proper survival gear. There are many different There are many different methods that can be used to design a knife, some complicated, some simple, and all are essential in the final design. Many knives are designed for innovation, necessity, survivability and versatility. The 5.11 Tactical Karambit Utility Blade is a knife specifically designed for use  by Law Enforcement, EMS, Fire, or Special Operations  The 5.11 Tactical Karambit Utility Blade is a crucible steel blade with a Teflon finish created and designed by Steve Tarani, an expert (SME) advisor to several government agencies and  an active federal use-of-force training contractor.  The 5.11 Tactical Karambit Utility Blade also includes a 6.5″ fixed blade length and a sheath with neck chain and pull the dot loops for inside-the-waist-belt wear.


Benchmade 940 - Osborne

Benchmade 940 - Osborne

Traditionally, knives are used for by law enforcement or military personnel for a variety of reasons, often times the designed use of a knife is dependent upon the designated career choice of it’s user. Is the knife meant to be a weapon? Or is the knife merely a utility? Is the knife an emergency rescue tool? Or is the knife meant to be a entry tool? The traditional tactical knife is still used for cooking, cutting through brush, completing other daily tasks and even self defense. The Benchmade 940 Osborne is Everyday knife with a premium stainless-steel blade and a a modified reverse Tanto design. Other features the Benchmade 940 Osborne include an Axis locking mechanism and a reversible steel pocket clip.

Kershaw Knives - Chive - Range Master Tactical Gear

Kershaw Knives - Chive

The Kershaw Chive Pocket Knife is a commonly used by law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel for a variety of daily uses. The Kershaw Chive Pocket Knife features a the SpeedSafe ambidextrous opening system for smooth, easy opening by both right and left-handed users. The knife blade is made of high-carbon 420HC stainless steel for good edge retention, easy resharpening, and excellent toughness.


Design Features 

Kershaw Knives - Leek - Range Master Tactical Gear

Kershaw Knives - Leek

Specifically, tactical knives are light, easy to handle and strong, perfect for ease in hand-to-hand combat and daily activities such as cooking and cutting through brush. These knives are Longer and stronger than a pocketknife, a tactical knife typically features a stainless steel blade and may also include a folding or a fixed blade. The two most important design features of any good knife: blade and handle. Many handles can be made of a variety of materials from plastic to G-10 and from Titanium to Stainless Steel. The Kershaw Leek Series come in a wide variety of handle styles, some with technologically advanced coatings for enhanced performance. The Kershaw Leek Series handles range from simple stainless-steel to “smoked” aluminum in a wide array of colors.

Every brand of knife whether 5.11 Tactical, Kershaw or Benchmade also include a variety of blades depending on usage for the knife. Some different blades include a normal or straight-back blade has a curving edge, and flat back that can be used for chopping, picking and slicing. The curved, trailing-point knife has a back edge that curves upward that is optimized for slicing, slashing and skinning.

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