Tactical Pens Review

Here at BladeOps, we carry more than just knives. In fact, we have a large collection of tactical self-defense pens. Today, we are going to go over what a tactical pen is and then the pros and cons of a couple of our favorites that we carry.

The modern tactical pen is two very different things—it is a usable writing tool, but it is also a weapon for self-defense. The history isn’t completely clear, but many people trace the lineage of this extremely discreet back-up weapon to the original Kubotan, which is the self-defense “spike on a keychain” that was developed by Grand Master Takayui Kubota in the 1970s.

The origin story of this weapon isn’t the important aspect though, the important thing to focus on with a tactical pen is that they can deliver a painful blow to your opponent, if you do become separated from your original weapon.
One of the biggest benefits of a tactical penis that it is going to be one of the most discreet secondary weapon that you could be carrying. It is a low-key, non-threatening tool that is going to be mostly ignored by anyone who sees you using it. They just look like a wide pen.

When using a tactical pen, you should be carrying it somewhere handy. If you let it sink to the bottom of your purse or backpack, you aren’t going to have access to it when you need it the most. If you are using this weapon as a weapon, instead of the writing tool, do make use of all of its characteristics. The pen end can easily be used to give shallow stabs to your opponent, but the blunt end can also be used for “hammering” against your opponent. Also, if you are in the middle of defending yourself, don’t just hit your attacker once. Keep hitting them until you can tell that they are rendered unable to keep fighting.

Some things to keep in mind while you are using a tactical pen: don’t let this be your one and only weapon if you are expecting to fight. It’s a great backup plan, and fantastic if you have nothing else, but it’s still a pen. Also, don’t think that after you know how to fight with a tactical pen that you will be able to fight with any regular pen. Tactical pens are specifically built rugged and thick—perfect for fighting. It’s never a bad idea to have a tactical pen as your go-to pen, just in case you also run into a situation where you have to use the pen as a self-defense tool. Just because these pens have been designed as a fighting tool, doesn’t mean that they make a lousy writing tool.

At BladeOps, we do have quite the variety of tactical pens and bands that sell tactical pens. Today we are going to go over some of our favorite tactical pens.


The CRKT Williams Tactical Self-Defense Pen:

CRKT Williams Tactical Self-Defense Pen
CRKT Williams Tactical Self-Defense Pen

From the very beginning, CRKT has been driven by a single purpose: to bring useful technological advancements and entirely new product concepts to today’s market. This tactical pen is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is a very low-density metal that is often used in knife making and defense tool making. Because it is such a low density metal, it will remain sturdy in the face of an attack, but you won’t have to worry about carrying around a super hefty pen. We don’t want your hand to cramp up. This material is very corrosion resistant, which just means that this pen will last a long time, no matter which environment you live in. This is a good thing, because it would be pretty lame if your writing tool was rusting on you. The aluminum that is used in this pen is 6061-T6 allow, which means that the type of aluminum used is 6061, and it is T6 tempered. This metal has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys, which is going to benefit you when you are using this pen as a defense tool, not so much when you are using it as a pen. Aluminum alloy is cheap to machine because it is a softer metal, which means that the cost of this pen will be less than a tactical pen made out of a different metal.

This pen has been anodized black, which just means that the steel underwent a chemical process that actually changes the color of the metal used. This gives your pen a sleek, black finish that isn’t going to chip or peel off.

CRKT does have a variety of colors and shapes, but this Williams tactical pen is a pretty basic model that is going to do a decent amount of damage. This model was designed by James Williams, who brought forth his martial arts and military training into the design and execution of the Williams Tactical Pen. Each model features a tapered body and clean lines—which allows the user to utilize its full potential while still remaining in a discreet package. The overall length of this pen is 6 inches long, with an overall diameter of 0.63 inches. This tool weighs in at a light, but strong 1.2 ounces.


Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus:

Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus
Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus

The next tactical pen that we will be going over is made by Smith & Wesson. Smith & Wesson is all about weapons. They started out producing guns, before moving to produce knives as well. And now, they are producing self-defense tools. But, because of their history in all things self-defense, they know a thing or two about creating the perfectly discreet weapon for you.

This pen is also made out of 6061-T6 aluminum, so you know that the pen will be able to stand up to being used as a self-defense tool, but because aluminum is such a lightweight material, you don’t have to worry about your pen tiring your hand out when using it to write.

The Smith & Wesson Grey Tactical Pen and Stylus is the third generation model of this series. This tool features a soft tip that works perfecta s a stylus for all of your electronic devices. The cap screws on and off for access to the pen and the cap can be screwed on the back end for easy storage while writing The end of the pen is pointed and can be used as a self-defense tool if the need arises. The pen writes in black and uses Schmidt p900M Parker style black ball point pen refill.

The overall length of this pen is 5.7 inches long and weighs in at 1.4 ounces. This is a sleek pen that not only works as a weapon and tool, but also gives you a stylus, which is a pro of choosing this Smith & Wesson SWPEN3G.

Smith & Wesson also offers a tactical pen that has a Firestarter and window breaker on it. Both of these different pens are available in a variety of different colors.


The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen:

The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen
The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen

This is the tactical pen that I choose to carry with me. Schrade also chose to use the 6061-T6 aluminum to give you a tool that doesn’t weigh you down, but can stand up for you if needed. The Schrade Black Tactical Fountain Pen combines the best of old world style with modern defensive capabilities. It features a classic fountain pen tip and the butt of the pen can be used as a glass breaker or self-defense tool in case of emergency. The tip screws onto the back of the pen, when you are writing with it so that you don’t lose track of your cap. And the pen comes with two refills as well as Schmidt K2 converter. I can attest that the ink is smooth and the pen is easy to write with. The pen is also pretty easy to refill when you run out of ink, which can be a little bit of a hassle on some tactical pens.

The overall length of this pen is 5.7 inches long and it weighs in at 1.4 ounces. Since fountain pens aren’t typically peoples’ go-to style of pen, Schrade also carries regular pens, a pen with a stylus, and even a pen that has a fire starter and whistle on one end. These pens are available in a variety of colors.


The Bear Edge Tactical Pen:

The Bear Edge Tactical Pen
The Bear Edge Tactical Pen

Bear Edge is a division of Bear & Son Cutlery offers high quality products that utilize mostly imported parts that are proudly assembled in the United States of America.

Each and every model of their tactical pens accepts both Standard and Fisher Space Pen refills. This particular model is made out of a black anodized aircraft aluminum body, a threaded pen cap with a carbide tip glass breaker, and a pocket clip for added convenience. The pocket tip will keep this pen discreet and secure, so there is no chance that you lose this.

The overall length of this tactical pen is 5.75 inches long, with an overall diameter of 0.55 inches long. This pen weighs in at a mere 1.3 ounces.


The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen:

The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen
The Gerber Impromptu Tactical Pen

Gerber chose to make this pen out of stainless steel. Stainless steel provides excellent durability and resistant to corrosion; however, stainless steel is a heavy metal. And, stainless steel is a pretty slippery metal. But, this material is so strong. To combat the slipperiness, there are plenty of ridges and grooves carved into this pen. You won’t have to worry about lacking a grip when you are using this Gerber tactical pen. The stainless steel has been anodized to a sleek black, although Gerber does offer this pen in other colors.

The Gerber Impromptu pen is a rugged heavy-duty tactical stainless steel pent hat offers the convenience of a writing instrument with the capability to break glass in an emergency situation as well as offer a back-up self-defense tool. Not only does this pen write, but features a “Rite in the rain” ballpoint pen cartridge which means that you will able to write—even in wet conditions. The integrated stainless steel pocket clip allows for this pen to remain handy at all times and the writing component is deployed with the push-button design at the base of the knife.

The overall length of this pen is 5.68 inches and it does happen to be our heaviest pen so far—weighing in at 2 ounces. This pen was made in the United States of America. This is the only tactical pen of Gerber’s that we carry, although you can get one of their knives in a set with this pen.


The Boker Plus Multi-Purpose Tactical Pen in Blue:

The Boker Plus Multi-Purpose Tactical Pen in Blue
The Boker Plus Multi-Purpose Tactical Pen in Blue

Boker Plus knives and tools are innovative in terms of function and design, as well as guaranteed for everyday use. Conception, design, and construction are carried out in Solingen, and production takes place in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Boker Plus tools are in close cooperation with international acknowledged experts form military, police, and security as they develop and test tactical tools for the professional user.

With this versatile pen, you are prepared for anything. It not only serves as a high quality writing tool and a stylus for a smart phone or tablet, it also features a glass breaker tip in case of emergency and can be used as a kubotan for self-defense. The sturdy clip keeps it readily accessible at times, and the screwed on cap prevents accidental separation. The deep finger grooves provide phenomenal comfort.

Changing the ink cartridge proves to be extremely easy, you simply unscrew the pen counter clockwise to prevent accidently disassembly. This pen is compatible with Fisher Space Pen cartridge #PR4.

The overall length of this pen measures in at 6 inches, with the diameter being 13.9 mm. This knife is one of our lighter ones, weighing in at 1.4 ounces.

Boker has a wide variety of tactical pens that come in a wide variety of colors.

Smith & Wesson Small SWAT Spring Assisted Knife Review

Horace Smith and Daniel Baird Wesson formed a partnership in 1852 to manufacture a firearm that could fire a fully self-contained cartridge. Form the beginning, Smith and Wesson firearms were noted for their innovative design, high quality production and reliability. The accomplishments of Smith and Wesson are numerous and its contributions to the history of firearms are vast. Smith and Wesson was an industry leader in 1852 when it was first founded and continues to lead the world today with innovations into the 21st century.

Smith and Wesson first started manufacturing knives in 1974. As a company, Smith and Wesson is heavily focused on the safety and security business, and knives were an obvious step form their core activities. Smith and Wesson knives used to be manufactured in house, although for a period of time Vermont Cutlery Co of West Rutland VT made knives for Smith and Wesson. Today, Taylor Cutlery makes and sells Smith and Wesson knives.

A lot of the Smith and Wesson knives made today are manufactured overseas and cater to the police and military. Smith and Wesson provides a lot of rescue, tactical, automatic and assisted open knives at affordable prices.

Smith and Wesson’s Military and Police knives are some of the more popular Smith and Wesson knives made today. These are large folding pocket knives outfitted with Multipurpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery (MAGIC) technology, a proprietary technology developed by the engineers at Taylor Brands. These knives come in a variety of finishes including a flat black Teflon coating, urban camo, or a kind of desert finish.

Today we will be talking about the Smith and Wesson Small SWAT Spring Assisted Knife.


The Blade:

The blade is made out of 4034 stainless steel. This steel is a very soft steel, which means that it will be easy to sharpen, although you will have to sharpen it pretty often because it does not keep its edge for long periods of time. Because this blade is made out of 4034, you can assume that this Smith and Wesson knife is made in China. This steel is not brittle. One of the biggest advantages of this blade steel is that it is very inexpensive. This means that you are getting a blade that can take on quite a bit for a low cost and a little bit of maintenance.

The blade has been finished with a bead blast finish. This finish is created by using abrasive ceramic beads. The beads are then blasted at the steel at a high pressure, which results in an even gray finish. A bead blasted finish reduces the reflections and glares due to its even matte surface. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even form stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment, so you will need to make sure that you keep your knife dry before you put it away.

The blade has been carved into a drop point blade style. This is the most popular blade style that you can find in the market today, and for good reason: it is tough, durable, and all-purpose. The blade shape is formed by having the spine of the blade curve straight from the handle to the tip. The belly of the knife curves upwards to meet the point. The point of the drop point blade is lowered, which means that you will have more control over your cuts and slices. The lowered point is also extremely broad, which gives you the strength that drop point knives are known for. The strength of the point is also what makes this blade shape a great option for tactical or survival knives. One of the reasons that this blade is so versatile is because it has a large belly that is perfect for slicing. One of the most common tasks that you will be performing with this knife is slicing, so you will be perfectly prepared to take on almost any task with this knife. Drop points only have one major drawback: because of the broad tip, you do lose out on most of your tabbing or piercing capabilities. The drop point blade shape and the clip point blade shape are often confused with each other; the biggest difference is the tip. The clip point does have a fine and thin tip, you do have full piercing capabilities, but it is more prone to breaking. And while the drop point does not give you the piercing capabilities, you do need to remember that it has the famous drop point blade shape strength.

This knife features a plain edge, which is prepares you to take on a wider variety of tasks. The plain edge also gives you cleaner cuts and is easier to sharpen than a serrated blade would be.


The Handle:

The handle is made out of aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material especially when used for knife handles. It is considered a low density metal, which means that it is lightweight, but still provides for a nice, hefty feel t the knife without weighing the knife down. Aluminum knife handles have extreme tensile strength. One of the drawbacks to an aluminum handle is that it has high conductive properties, so it will be cold to hold, especially if you are using it during the winter months.

The handle has textured inlays to give you the best grip that you can have. The aluminum parts of the handle are silver and the grip inserts are black. There is plenty of jimping that gives you the best grip possible while working with this knife.

The ergonomics of this knife create a very comfortable grip, even if you are holding it for long periods of time. The spine of the handle has a slight curve and the bottom of the handle has an elongated and shallow finger groove. The butt of the handle is flared out, which does give you more control over the knife.

Lastly, the butt of the handle does have a lanyard hole carved into it, which is ideal for keeping your knife on you at all times without it getting in the way. Plus, when you have your lanyard hanging out of your pocket, you are able to withdraw your knife more quickly.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is a deep carry pocket clip, which means that it will be easier to conceal in your pocket. Plus, the deep carry pocket clip will keep the knife more snugly and more securely in your pocket throughout the day. This means that no matter how much you move around; it will still stay secure. The pocket clip is stainless steel, and kept in place by two small screws that match the rest of the silver hardware on this knife. The pocket clip is a tip down pocket clip.


Smith & Wesson Small SWAT Spring Assisted Knife
Smith & Wesson Small SWAT Spring Assisted Knife

The Mechanism:

This knife is a spring assisted knife that uses Smith and Wesson’s MAGIC technology. This knife features both a thumb stud and a spine trigger and sports a liner locking mechanism.

The MAGIC (which stands for Multipurpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery) works when you deploy the blade using the thumb stud or the flipper, which activates the spring and automatically flips your blade open. Because this is a spring assisted knife, you don’t have to worry about the strict automatic knife laws. But, because laws are always changing, always be sure to know your local knife laws.

A thumb stud is just about the most common one-hand-opening feature. A thumb stud essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives. The principle is pretty straightforward—you hold the folded knife, place the tip of your flexed thumb on the stud and extend your thumb to swing the blade through its arc until the blade is fully open. Knives with a thumb stud usually incorporate a locking mechanism of some sort. One of the biggest drawbacks is that when you try to open this knife, your fingers do have to get pretty close to the blade. There have been plenty of cases where the user has cut their fingers when trying to open their knife with a thumb stud. Just be aware of what you are doing when you open this knife.

This Small SWAT knife enlists a liner locking mechanism. The liner lock is the most common to today’s blade-locking systems. In knives with locking liners, the handle consists of two metal plates on either side of the blade. Handle scales cover the plates. When the knife is opened, one side of the knife’s liner, often called the lock bar, butts up against the back end of the blade and prevents the blade from closing. The lock bar is manufactured so that it angles toward the interior of the knife, creating a bias for the locked positon. To close the knife, the knife user applies manual force to move the lock bar to the side so that the blade is unblocked and can be folded back into he handle.


The Specs:

The blade on this Smith and Wesson knife measures in at 2.8 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 3 inches long. When the Small SWAT knife is opened, it measures in at 5.8 inches long. This knife weighs in at 2.3 ounces.


The Pros of the Small SWAT Knife:

  • The blade will be easy to sharpen.
  • The steel is very inexpensive, which keeps the cost of the knife down.
  • The blade has an even gray finish.
  • The knife is very lightweight, which will make it easy for you to have with you at all times.
  • The drop point blade has a strong point that is sharp and controllable.
  • The drop point blade has plenty of cutting edge, which is perfect for slicing.
  • The pocket clip is a deep carry clip, which allows you to more easily conceal your knife while also keeping it secure.
  • The MAGIC technology works quickly and efficiently.
  • The thumb stud is easy to use.
  • Because this knife is spring assisted, you don’t have to worry about the strict laws surrounding automatic knives, but it still opens quickly and efficiently.
  • The liner lock is secure and convenient.
  • The aluminum handle is strong and durable.
  • The aluminum handle is light, but still hefty enough to take on most tasks.
  • The aluminum handle is extremely resistant to corrosion.


The Cons of the Small SWAT Knife:

  • The steel is soft, so it will lose its edge quickly.
  • A blade with a blasted finish can rust overnight if it is left in the wrong style of environment.
  • The drop point blade is not as sharp as the clip point.
  • The drop point blade is less suitable for piercing.
  • The pocket clip on this knife is also a tip down pocket clip.
  • The thumb stud puts your fingers near the blade, so you do have to be careful when you are using it.
  • The aluminum handle is cold to hold.
  • The aluminum handle can be a little bit slippery.
  • The aluminum handle is going to be susceptible to scratches and dings.



The Smith & Wesson SWAT Spring Assist knife snaps out amazingly fast and locks up tight. Using the M.A.G.I.C. (Multipurpose Assisted Generation Innovative Cutlery) system, this knife opens as fast as an auto knife. Built with a Drop point plain edge blade with a satin finish and a T6061 aluminum handle with grip inserts, the SWAT is an amazing knife that is perfect for daily carry. The blade opens using either the thumb stud or you can press the spine trigger and snap the blade right out. The safety is built right on the side of the handle for easy access. Comes with a pocket clip. The SWAT series features three size knives; this model is the small. The knife boasts a strong liner lock and tip down pocket clip. Pick up this fantastic knife today at BladeOps.



Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assist Knife Review

While Smith & Wesson is normally associated with firearms, they do have a line of knives. Smith & Wesson themselves are not the producers behind these knives, but they do carry the name and are still part of their rich history.

The company began in the early 1850’s when two friends, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, became partners who began marketing a lever action pistol. This first company was actually a bust and they ended up selling it. However, the company did give way to their first big success, which was the Model 3 American, also known as the world’s first caliber cartridge revolver. Since that point in time, Smith and Wesson has lead the industry.

They started to make knives in 1974. Since their company had been focusing on the safety and security business, it made perfect sense to step from guns to knives. The first few knives were manufactured in house, but from 1986-1993, it was Vermont Cutlery Co of West Rutland that made the knives for Smith and Wesson. Today, it is Taylor Cutlery that makes and sells Smith and Wesson knives.

The bulk of these knives are made with police and military in mind. In fact, some of their most popular knives today are the Smith & Wesson Military and Police knives, which are often large folding pocket knives that have been outfitted with Multipurpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery (MAGIC) technology. This company mainly produces rescue, tactical, automatic, and assisted opening knives—all at affordable prices.

Today we will be discussing the Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assisted knife.


The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel. This steel is an upper level steel. AUS-8 is made in Japan and is often compared to 440B steel, although it is superior in terms of resistance to rust and corrosion. This steel is pretty tough, although it hasn’t been known for holding its edge as well as some of the more premium steels that have more carbon in them—and the more carbon means the harder the blade is and the better it will hold an edge. This steel is very easy to sharpen and is easy to get a crazy sharp edge on. Overall, this is a good all-around steel that will get the job done and won’t be a hassle to take care of.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. Because the blade steel has been coated, the likelihood of the blade rusting goes down considerably. This is because the blade now has a barrier in between itself and the environment. Coatings also look very sleek and reduce all glares and reflections, which is ideal for a tactical blade. You would not want the sun to glint off of your blade and give your position away. Unfortunately, coatings do not alter the steel itself, but instead it is just applied onto the steel. This means it is not permanent and will scratch off after continuous use or heavy use. If it does scratch off, you lose all the benefits of a coated blade and will have to re-coat the steel to get those back.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a tanto style blade. A tanto blade shape is not designed to be an all-purpose blade, but instead, it has been designed to be able to excel at piecing through tough materials. This blade style originated from Japanese long and short swords that were specifically made for piercing through armor. The tanto style blade was later popularized by Cold Steel and can now be found in many tactical blades. The shape of this blade features a high point with a flat grind, which leads to an extremely strong point that is perfect or stabbing into hard materials. The point is very thick because it contains a lot of metal near the tip, which means that it is capable of absorbing the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break. The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back edge at an angle, instead of the traditional curve. Because of this, the tanto blade does not feature a belly, which is why it doesn’t make a good all-purpose blade. The tanto blade shape is often found on tactical knives, because they do allow you to pierce, they aren’t prone to breaking, and you don’t require a belly in those scenarios.

There are two versions of this knife that you can get at BladeOps. The first has a plain edge and the second has a combination edge. The plain edge is one, long continuous edge without any teeth across the edge. The plain edge is going to be easier to get a fine edge on the blade as well as being easier to sharpen overall. The combo edge does have teeth, which can inflict more damage because it gives jagged cuts instead of the clean ones that you can expect from a plain edge. One of the selling points about a combo edge is that you get the best of both worlds: you have the plain edge portion as well as the serrated portion. At face value, this means that you can still do fine detail work with the plain edge, but you have the serrated portion that allows you to saw through some of the harder tasks. However, one of the biggest complaints is that because each of the sections (the plain and the serrated) are small enough to accompany the other, you do not get any of the benefits. This is all personal opinion though, because the teeth do come in handy in certain tactical situations.


Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assist Knife
Smith & Wesson OTF9TB Dark Grey Spring Assist Knife

The Handle:

The handle has been made out of aluminum. Aluminum is known to being a very durable material for knife handles. It is also a low density metal that provides a nice, hefty feel to the knife without actually weighing the knife down. This is a major benefit in a tactical knife, because you want to have the heft behind the knife to defend yourself, but you don’t want to have a heavy knife weighing you down when you are in the field. On the other hand, aluminum has been known to be slippery, unless it is properly texturized. To guarantee that the user has a secure grip on this knife, Smith & Wesson has added etchings onto the face of the handle. The handle has always been carved so that each side of the handle (the spine and the bottom) curve twice. This gives the user a secure grip, while it still will be a comfortable grip on their knife. The face of the handle also has a strip going down the length of the middle that is raised, which will work to add texture and grip.

One of the other drawbacks to having an aluminum handle is that aluminum is a very conductive metal. This means that if you were planning to use your knife during colder items, it will bite into your palm.

The handle has been anodized a dark grey color. The anodization process offers harness, protection, and adds color the knife. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant anodic oxide finish. The anodic oxide structure originates form the aluminum substrate and is composed entirely of aluminum oxide. This aluminum oxide is not applied to the surface like paint or plating, but is fully integrated with the underlying aluminum substrate, so it cannot chip or peel. This process is accomplished by immersing the aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current through the medium. A cathode is mounted to the inside of the anodizing tank the aluminum acts as an anode, so that oxygen ions are released form the electrolyte to combine the aluminum atoms at the surface of the part being anodized.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this Smith & Wesson knife is light grey, which contrasts nicely with the dark grey handle. The clip has been designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. On top of the pocket clip, there is an integrated glass breaker function. This is a great addition to this tactical knife, because it allows you to take on another category of situations. And, even though the tanto blade makes it less of an all-purpose blade shape, adding in the glass breaker makes this knife more accessible and desirable to have with you at all times.


The Mechanism:

The OTF9TBS dark grey knife is a spring assisted knife. In more detail, it is an Out the Front knife that is a single action deployment.

An assisted opening knife is a type of folding knife that uses an internal mechanism to finish the opening of the blade once the user has partially opened it using the blade slider on the face of the handle. In terms of an Out the Front Knife, a spring assisted means that the knife will have a small helper spring to kick out the blade. This partial spring drive is not sufficient to classify this type of knife as a switchblade, because it does not drive the blade out to full lock.

An Out the Front knife, or OTF knife, is a pocket knife with a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different from the typical pocket knife, which either have the blade fold out of the side of the handle, or have no mechanical operation. OTF only refers to the basic portion of the knife’s mechanical operation where the blade slides parallel with the handle to deploy. And, in the level of spring assist OTF knives, you can break it down into either double action or single action. Single action OTF knives deploy when you push slide the lever on the on the handle, but it must be manually cocked or retracted to close. The blade slider helps manually start the blade before the spring officially engages and deploys the blade but needs.


The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.6 inches long, with a handle length of 5.2 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened is 8.8 inches long. This knife weighs in at 6 ounces even. This tactical knife is one of the larger knives that you are going to carry with you, so it is going to be a little heavier than you are used to. However, for the size that you get, this knife is actually pretty lightweight.



The Smith and Wesson OTF family of knives has finally been reincarnated after being discontinued in 2013. The exact functionality of these knives are defined as OTF spring assisted models–meaning they are single-action out the front knives and the “blade slider” helps manually start the blade before the spring officially engages and deploys the blade but needs to be manually retracted. Each model features a hollow ground blade comprised of AUS-8 stainless steel which is the ideal balance of edge retention and ease of maintenance. Additionally, the wide-body handle design offers an ergonomic feel especially since the trigger is on the broad side of the handle and every OTF includes a slide safety found near the base. The legacy of Smith & Wesson knives and tools is built on fine craftsmanship, quality and dependability. Their expansive line consists of assisted opening, folding and fixed blade knives, as well various multi-tools and accessories in an effort to offer something for every need and every job. This model features a dark grey aluminum handle, an integrated glass breaker function, a tanto style blade, that you can get in either partially serrated or plain edge, in a black finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up this phenomenal tactical knife today at BladeOps.


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The Smith & Wesson large SWAT assist knife boasts a drop point blade that snaps out auto fast with a pull on the spine trigger.  Anodized aluminum handles with grip tape inserts give this full size assist knife plenty of grip.  Built for heavy use, you can pick up the SWATL for just $25 shipped–over half off the MSRP.  Limited supply, so get yours before they sell out.

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Smith & Wesson SWATL Assist Knife Review

Smith & Wesson SWATL
Smith & Wesson SWATL assist knife

The Smith & Wesson SWAT knives have been delighting knife lovers for quite some time.  Built with the MAGIC assist mechanism, these assist knives blast open with some serious force.

The 3.7″ stainless steel drop point blade gives you a serious blade for serious cutting chores.  The blade opens with the ambidextrous thumb studs.  Or, better yet, you can open the blade with the spine flipper.  The blade snaps out as fast as most automatic knives.  Lock up is nice and tight with a well constructed liner lock.  When the blade is open, you can slide the safety on the front handle scale which then locks the blade in the open position, giving you extra blade security when making heavy cuts.

The handle is anodized aluminum with a natural silver color.  This is nicely accented with grip tape inserts which give you amazing grip on the already comfortably ergonomic handle.  There is mild jimping in all the usual places.  The butt of the handle boasts a countersunk lanyard hole for alternate carry.

The pocket clip is extra wide.  Set in the tip down, right hand carry position, the clip is removable, but not reversible.

This full size assist knife is perfect for anyone looking for a big, well built, durable knife for daily carry and heavy use.  I especially like the blade open speed.  A classic shaped knife under the Smith & Wesson banner.  Comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Check it out here on our website.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police 2 Assist Knife Review — Snapshot Review

Smith & Wesson MP2
Smith & Wesson Military & Police 2 Assist Knife

Today’s review is a blast from the past.  The SWMP2 spring assist knife features the MAGIC assist system.  MAGIC (Multipurpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery) uses a spine trigger that when pulled activates the blade.  The blade snaps out extremely fast. The handle is built form 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum.

This knife was originally built with three different variations.  The 1, the 2 and the 3.  The difference between the 1,2 and 3 series was in the handle and blade shape.   Each number in the series had several blade styles and finishes available as well as a few different color handles available–which meant there were around 20 different variations in the first three knives of the series.  Part of the Military & Police line from Smith & Wesson, these knives are built with the modern warrior in mind.  Tough, durable and easy to use are top requirements–and the SWMP2 definitely fits the bill.

The stainless steel blade boasts a unique reverse tanto blade style with a “rhino” bend in the blade.  The unique shape allows you to get a good angle with extra leverage on certain push cuts.  The reverse tanto shape gives you maximum strength at the tip of the blade because the spine stays thick nearly to the end of the blade.  The blade is easy to sharpen and keeps a good edge.  I used mine heavily for three months and needed to sharpen it twice during that period of time.  To sharpen, I use a Spyderco Sharpmaker and was able to get a great edge on the blade each time.

The blade locks open with a very solid liner lock.  Closing the knife is a two hand affair with one hand depressing the liner lock and the other pushing the blade closed.  As you bring the blade nearly to the closed position, you can feel the spring begin to compress.  Not difficult to close, but it is interesting how strong the spring really is.

The handle has loads of texture including several slanted grooves and ridges as well as six “wave scallops” in the opposite direction which keep your hand from slipping when things get wet and slippery.  The butt of the handle has a small glass breaker which will definitely get the job done.  On the front of the handle a slide safety keeps the blade from opening or closing when engaged.  When it is “live” the safety shows a red dot.  The right handed tip up pocket clip is removable if you prefer no clip.  The handle is relatively slim which means it doesn’t hog up tons of pocket real estate™.

This is a durable, well built assist knife with great action.  Solid materials and good construction means this knife will perform under the harshest of conditions.  Find your SWMP2 here on our site and let me know what you think of yours down below.


  • Handle: T6061 Aircraft Aluminum
  • Blade: 2.9″ (7.4 cm), Tanto
  • Closed: 4.2″ (10.7 cm)
  • Steel: Stainless
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Made in Taiwan

Smith & Wesson Military & Police 9 Tanto Knives — Video Review

I have carried the 3, the 4 and the 6 in the SWMP series.  Every single one of them has been great.  The 9 seems to be another great addition to a fantastic line of assist knives from Smith & Wesson.  Check out the video review below: