Top 10 Tactical Knives

Check out these small tactical knives that SGPT readers use and carry in the field and voted as the best that they trust and use.

#10: Spyderco Dragonfly2 Lightweight Black FRN PlainEdge Knife

The Spyderco Dragonfly2 Lightweight Black FRN PlainEdge Knife is a versatile and lightweight folding knife that is perfect for everyday carry. It features a 2.25 inch blade made of VG-10 stainless steel, which is known for its sharpness and edge retention. The blade is full-flat ground and has a plain edge, making it ideal for precision cutting tasks.

The Spyderco knife has a lightweight and durable fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) handle with bi-directional texturing for a secure grip. The knife has a back lock mechanism, which ensures safe and easy operation. The knife also features a reversible pocket clip, which allows for both left and right-handed carry. The overall length of the knife is 5.563 inches when open and 3.313 inches when closed, with a weight of just 1.2 ounces.

#9: SOG Urban Next Generation Gentleman’s EDC

The SOG Urban Next Generation Gentleman’s EDC knife is a remarkable tool that combines functionality, elegance, and practicality in one sleek package. The knife’s design is sophisticated, with a slim profile and a smooth satin finish. It features a durable stainless steel blade that holds its edge exceptionally well and is suitable for everyday tasks.

The knife’s compact size makes it easy to carry discreetly in a pocket or bag, while the smooth opening mechanism allows for quick and effortless deployment. The handle is ergonomically designed, providing a comfortable grip for precise control. Additionally, the knife includes a secure pocket clip for convenient and secure storage. Whether you’re opening packages, slicing fruit, or tackling light-duty cutting tasks, the SOG Urban Next Generation Gentleman’s EDC knife is a reliable companion that effortlessly balances style and functionality.

#8: Bear Grylls fixed blade survival knife
I own two of the Bear Grylls Ultimate knives.

As I posted in that particular review, they are great knives and I gave them 5 stars based upon the quality of the product, what the product included and the price point.

And as I mentioned in that review, check the wholesale clubs. I bought my Gerber 31-001901 Bear Grylls Survival Knife at Amazon and picked it up for less then fifty dollars.


#7 SOG Trident folding knife 

This excellent blade that was issued to my U.S. Marine detachment.

I definitely like this one and became my go to knife for deployments.

The SOG Trident Knife served me well in Iraq and got me out of rough situations.

From cutting my seatbelt loose and hand to hand combat. It’s very tactical and fits well in your hand.

My unit was issued these and not one Marine had anything bad to say.

#6 The 5.11 tactical knife review

I just got a CRKT knife from Amazon and while reviewing it I decided to look up the reviews for my favorite EDC knife (511 tactical), this is it.

I was a little shocked to see just one review rating it only 3 stars.

The 5.11 Tanto Blade was a gift from my oldest son about a year and a half ago and I’ve been carrying it since then.

I have many knives and Spyderco was my favorite before getting this one.

#5 Kershaw tactical 

This is an amazing deal for what you’re getting here guys/gals.

The stud lock works great, no blade play at all.

The Kershaw G10 Tactical Speed Bump Knife blade shape looks odd but works very well for just about everything.

There are so many different angles on the blade that you can always find the most useful one!

The G10 is grippy without being abusive to your pants not unlike 300 grit sandpaper, perfect in my opinion.

#4 SOG escape 
I actually waited months for this knife to come out.

For the price, I really like the SOG Escape Knife as it has all the features I want in a high quality package at an affordable price.

The extra cutter blades in the handle are a nice touch. not the best steel in the world but it holds up well. My second SOG. Have the trident too, but realized its technically too long for legal pocket carry(3.5″<).

The Escape is a little heavy especially compared to my trident, but I find that to be advantageous… could almost use it as a hammer!

And if you have to use the spike on the end its kinda sharp and intimidating in a good way:) it would laugh at any glass and with the weight, woah, this is a serious knife. And I’m not going to cry if I lose it, I’ll just buy another one.

#3 Tac force speedster

For the really low price, the knife exceeded my expectations.

I was afraid that it was gonna be a pretty lame knife.

The Tac Force TF-723EM Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed opens and closes just fine.

It looks just like the picture and it was pretty sharp when I got it, unlike most knives I have gotten.

I definitely recommend this product to others who are interested.

#2 Cold Steel Recon Tanto

The Cold Steel Recon Tanto is a rugged and durable tactical knife designed for heavy-duty use. It features a 7-inch blade made of Japanese AUS-8A stainless steel, which is known for its durability, sharpness, and resistance to corrosion. The blade has a tanto-style point and a flat grind, making it ideal for piercing and slicing tasks.

The handle is made of textured Kraton material, which provides a secure and comfortable grip even in wet conditions. The Cold Steel Recon Tanto knife also features a sturdy and reliable back lock mechanism for safe and easy operation. The overall length of the knife is 11.75 inches, with a weight of 9.6 ounces. The knife comes with a durable Secure-Ex sheath for convenient and safe storage and transport.

Question: Are any of these knives carried by US Special Forces?

Answer: Yes; many of them are using these on a daily basis.

Question: What about Spyderco vs kershaw.

Answer: We are working on a review and comparison of these two blades now.

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