Smith and Wesson Military and Police Spring Assist Series Review

Smith and Wesson Military and Police Spring Assist Series
Smith and Wesson Military and Police Spring Assist Series

The history of Smith and Wesson begins with Horace Smith and Daniel B Wesson, who both came from New England families. Horace learned the firearms trade while working at the National Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts. Daniel’s experience came from apprenticing with his brother Edwin Wesson, the leading maker of target rifles and pistols into eh 1840s. The two men formed their first partnership in 1852 in Norwich, Connecticut, with the aim of marketing a lever action repeating pistol that could use a fully self-contained cartridge. The first pistol venture was not a financial success, and by 1854 the company was having financial difficulties. Face with their financial difficulties, they were forced to sell their company to a shirt manufacturer by the name of Oliver Winchester. In 1866, using the original lever action design created by Smith and Wesson, Winchester’s company emerged as the famous Winchester Repeating Arms Co. IN 1865 Smith and Wesson formed their second partnership to produce a small revolver designed to fire the Rimfire cartridge they patented in August of 1854. This revolver was the first successful fully self-contained cartridge revolver available in the world. Smith and Wesson secured patents for the revolver to prevent other manufacturers form producing a cartridge revolver—giving the young company a very lucrative business. So, while Smith and Wesson is synonymous with high quality firearms, Smith and Wesson also makes knives. Actually, they don’t make the knives themselves, but they do carry the Smith and Wesson name and are still part of the rich tradition of this American firearms company. After they gained the experience from their first company, they were able to launch their first real success, which is the Model 3 American. This was the world’s first caliber cartridge revolver. They have continued to lead the industry for over 150 years.

But, they 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 from 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.

Today, 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 knives that they make 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.

Today, we will be talking about the Military and Police 13 spring assist series. This is the same knife, but with different designs.

 

The Blade:

The blades on this series of knives is made out of 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This is a popular budget brand of knife steel, which is made in China. In composition, this steel is close to the Japanese steel of AUS-8 grade. Even though it is a low cost steel, it actually offers you pretty high quality for the price. And, with a suitable heat treatment, the steel has the best qualities brought out and it can retain its sharpness for a long period of time. Plus, this steel has a good cutting steel and it does sport very good corrosion resistance—with the proper heat treatment. One of the biggest advantages of this steel is that it will keep sharpening well and because it is a softer steel (at 56-59HRC) this steel is very easy to sharpen. All in all, this steel is well balanced with regard to strength, cutting, and anti-corrosion properties. Do keep in mind that with steel, you get what you pay for, so while this steel is going to be able to stand up to and take on most duties, it will not excel at anything.

The blade on this series of knives has been finished with a black coating finish. There are some benefits to having a coated finish, but there is also a list of drawbacks. Some of the benefits to a coated finish is that they do provide corrosion resistance, they are matte so they won’t give you away in a tactical situation, and they help to prolong the life of your blade. However, coatings will scratch off after prolonged or heavy usage. Once the coating has been scratched off, you will have to re-coat your blade if you wish to have the benefits remain. Quality coatings do add cost to your blade, but they do provide more corrosion resistance, less reflection, and require less maintenance.

The Military and Police 13 Spring Assist series have clip point style blades. This is the perfect blade if you are looking for a great all-purpose blade. A clip point is one of the most popular blade shapes that is in use today and the most common place that you are going to find this style is on a Bowie knife. However, you are also going to find it on many other styles of knives such as a pocket knife and a fixed blade knife. To form this style of blade the back edge of the knife runs straight form the handle and stops about halfway up the knife. It then turns and continues to the point of the knife. This area looks to be cut out or clipped out, which is where this shape got its name. On this series of knife, the cut out area is straight, instead of the commonly curved cut out portion. The point that is created by this clipped out portion is lowered, which means that you are going to have more control over the blade when you are using the knife. Because the tip is controllable, sharp, and thinner at the spine, a clip point knife lends itself to quicker stabbing with less drag during insertion and faster withdrawal. One of the other features of this knife series that makes it so useful is that it features a large belly that is perfect for slicing. There is really only one disadvantage of the clip point blade and that is how narrow the tip is. Because it is so sharp and narrow, it does have a tendency to be weak and can break fairly easily. When you choose this knife, because of the clip point style blade, you are choosing a knife that is perfect for all-purpose use and ideal for almost any situation.

The blades on these three versions of the knife all have a combo edge. This is where half of the blade has a plain edge and the other half is serrated. The top portion is the plain and the bottom portion (closer to the handle) is the serrated part. You can really get the best of both worlds with a combo edge because you do have the plain part to do you detail and fine work and the serrated edge to do all your sawing. However, some people do feel like you don’t have enough of either portion to make it count. They feel like the plain edge isn’t big enough to get the work done and the serrated part is also too small to really take on the harder challenges. It really all comes down to personal preference, but keep both sides in mind.

 

The Handle:

The handle on these knives are all made out of the same materials, but what sets them apart is the colors that are used. They are all made out of aluminum and rubber. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. This is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. This material is extremely corrosion resistance. There are some definite drawbacks to an aluminum handle though. For starters, it is a very cold material, so if you are using it in the winter months, it’s going to feel like its biting into your hand. Aluminum is also susceptible to scratches and dings. And lastly, aluminum is pretty slippery. To combat the majority of those issues, this Military and Police series of knives have rubber inlays. Rubber is going to give you a solid grip, it’s not going to feel cold, and it’s not going to get scratched up. This handle stands apart from many of the other knife handles.

There are three knives in this series—each of them have been anodized in a different color. There is a black and tan version, a black and grey version, and a tan and black version. The black and tan vs tan and black are different—one of the rubber inlays is black and the other is tan.

On the butt of the handle, there is a lanyard hole. There is a row of thick jimping on the spine of the handle where the blade meets the handle, and another row of smaller jimping where the lanyard hole lies. There is a wide finger groove and a finger guard to keep your fingers safe.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The pocket clips are all black. They are kept in place by two small, black screws that match the rest of the hardware. This is a deep carry pocket clip so it will stay very snug in your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This is a spring assisted knife. While an automatic knife deploys the baled on its own with a trigger, a spring assisted knife needs an external force to engage the spring. The spring mechanism in a spring assist knife is quite simple. While there are many different variations on the mechanism they are pretty much the same in essence. There is a spring or tension bar in the knife connected to the blade and the handle. When the knife is closed or lock, the spring or tension bar is engaged and kept in its active state by some sort of resistance. When opening the blade with your thumb or finger you push tension bar past the resistance. This then allows the spring or tension bar to continue to open the blade on its own. In other words, once the resistance is overcome the spring engages and does the rest of the work opening the knife for you. Because of the different mechanism than an automatic knife, a spring assisted knife is not subjected to the same strict laws as an automatic knife.

This knife is actually equipped with two different ways to open it. There is the dual thumb stud. The thumb stud is one of the most common one-hand opening features. A thumb stud essentially replaces the nail nick found on more traditional knives—you grasp the folded knife, place the tip of your flex thumb on the stud, and extend your thumb to wing the blade though its arc until the blade is fully open. Because stud extends through the blade, the knife can be opened with either hand.

This knife also features a flipper. This is a small protrusion that juts out of the spine of the handle that you pull back on to “flip” the blade out and lock it into place. One of the benefits about this opening mechanism is that it does keep your fingers out of the way while you are opening it.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife is 3.48 inches long. The knife has an overall length of 8.25 inches long. The handle on this series of knives is 4.77 inches long and the knife weighs in at 4.9 ounces.

 

Conclusion:

Smith & Wesson already has an incredible name recognition in the firearm industry for their innovative concepts and rugged designs so it comes to no surprise that the Smith & Wesson line of knives, which are manufactured by BTI Tools, showcases the same vision–and all done at competitive prices. This liner lock designed model has everything you need and nothing you don’t–for starters, the ergonomic handle design boasts thumb rest jimping and a rear jimping platform for a secure hold in a reverse grip. The blade is manually deployed with the use of the dual thumb studs or the ambidextrous spine flipper function which truly solidifies the fact that this is a true no-nonsense tactical folder. This knife series features a rubber overmold with aluminum handle, stainless steel liners, a clip point style blade, that is partly serrated, in a black finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle.

 

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.

 

Conclusion:

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.

 

Conclusion:

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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  Smith & Wesson SWATL Assist Knife

 

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 and Wesson Auto Conversion Knives, SW80 Series

Smith and Wesson 80BT
Smith and Wesson 80BT auto conversion knife

Smith and Wesson Knives produces loads of great fixed blade knives as well as folders.  Every once in a while, they also produce a button lock manual folder knife that can easily be “converted” to an auto knife with some minor modifications.  Although S&W doesn’t sell these “converted” knives, secondary suppliers buy up the manual versions and convert them into automatic knives.  The SW80 series is one such set of knives.  Available with modified clip point or tanto blades with either plain edges or combo edges, these large auto knives are great for every day carry.

Both the tanto and the modified clip point variations have a slight recurve in the blade. Recurve blades give you maximum slicing power, especially when cutting ropes and straps.  Plus, they look great.    On these conversions, there is a slide safety on the back of the handle that keeps the blade in either the locked open or locked closed position.

The handle has grip tape inserts that give your hand lots of grip.  A finger choil as well as some mild jimping on the spine give your hand even more grip.  A removable pocket clip (tip up) is held in place with a hefty glass breaker.

This is a great every day auto knife priced at about $35.00.  Although the “conversion” voids any warranty that Smith and Wesson Knives offers, the knife is durable and sturdy enough that it shouldn’t be a problem.  Similar in price and construction to the extremely popular Boker Kalashnikov series, the SW80 series is going to give you a slightly longer blade, a longer handle, as well as a recurve blade.  Check them out on our site here.

Smith & Wesson Throwing Knife Sets

Two different sets of throwing knives are now available from Smith & Wesson.  The first set features three 10″ knives and the second set boasts six 8″ knives.  Both of these are loads of fun.  Well weighted, these are perfect for backyard throwing fun.  Check out the two sets on our website. Each set comes with a nylon sheath for storage.  Pick up your favorite set and get throwing.

Smith & Wesson Tactical Fixed Blade Knives

Smith & Wesson HRT10B
Smith & Wesson HRT10B

We just got two new Smith & Wesson fixed blade knives into stock.  The SWHRT10 and the SWHRT11 are 11.1″ long overall and both sport 6″ blades. The 10 is a dual edged dagger blade and the 11 has a tanto blade.  These fixed blade knives are big solid knives that are ready for heavy use.  At a price point of under $40.00, they are a screaming deal.  Each one has a sheath with an ingenious locking system that keeps your blade securely in the sheath until you want it out.  Right next to the handle, when you have the blade in the sheath, there is a extended push button. By pushing the button in, toward the bottom of the sheath, you release the blade from the sheath and are then able to extract it.  Especially nice because sheaths sometimes don’t play nice with large knives.

Smith and Wesson Expanding Batons

Smith & Wesson 12' Baton
Smith & Wesson 12′ Baton
Smith & Wesson 12" Baton
Smith & Wesson 12″ Baton

Smith and Wesson has been producing quality expanding batons for several years.  These batons have ranged in length from 16″ all the way up to 26″ long.  Great for the professional that needs a quality baton, these have been fantastic tools.  Just recently, Smith & Wesson released their newest addition to the line.  Measuring in at just 12″, the newest expanding baton also comes with a hand strap so you can carry it in the palm of your hand when running, walking or hiking.  This is perfect for the person who likes to get out and about but is concerned about self protection.  Available in black or pink, check out the newest S&W expanding batons on our site.