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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.
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
Looking for some great throwing knives? Check out our Smith and Wesson set of 3 throwing knives. They measure 10″ each and are built from 2Cr13 stainless steel. Comes in a nylon sheath with a belt or strap loop for carry.
What makes these knives so great? There are basically three different styles of throwing knives; blade heavy throwers, handle heavy throwers, and balanced throwers. Whichever end is the heaviest on a throwing knife is the end thrown first. So a blade heavy throwing knife is held by the handle and thrown blade first. Opposite for a handle heavy. Balanced throwers can be thrown either end first and they typically have a faster rate of rotation–which makes it easier to adjust your turn rate when you throw them. These Smith and Wesson throwing knives are weighted just about in the center with a very slight bias to the handle. This makes them great for nearly all styles of throwers.
These throwers have a slot in both the handle and the blade that makes the weighting just right. They also have a hole just behind the center of gravity. The blade is not sharp along the edges and narrow to a wide dagger point. The point isn’t sharp enough to actually cut paper but is plenty sharp from the point to about an inch down the blade on both sides to stick into whatever target you throw the knife at.
2Cr13 stainless steel is comparable to 420 stainless steel. It is highly stain and corrosion resistant which makes it perfect for a knife that is going to be used outside frequently. As with any throwing knife, your knives are sometimes going to miss and hit the dirt, grass, or whatever else is around. This means that depending on where you are, they are going to be exposed to some moisture. So 2Cr13 stainless steel is perfect for these knives. They are also extremely thick. At 5/16″ thick, these knives have some serious heft, which I like. It makes for a substantial throw. As opposed to some really small throwers which sometimes feel too light, these knives weigh in at 4.8 ounces each.
I love my Smith and Wesson throwing knives. If you want a set of solid throwers that are perfect for heavy outdoor use, get yourself a set and let me know what you think.
- Overall Length: 10″
- Blade Steel: 2Cr13
- Sheath: Nylon
- Weight: 4.8 Ounces (Each Knife)
Today’s quick review is the 911B First Response Rescue Knife from Smith and Wesson Knives. This fantastic assist knife is built with the emergency rescue worker in mind. To start with, the knife uses the MAGIC assisted opening system which snaps blades out extremely fast. Just give the blade a quick start by pulling on the spine activator. The blade comes out and locks up very solid.
The blade is a modified, recurved tanto blade. Here is why–the tanto point allows you to slide the blade under a seatbelt and then “catch” it with the recurved portion as you pull the blade back towards yourself. This movement cuts the seatbelt and releases the person you are working with. There is a slide safety on the front of the handle to keep the blade locked closed when you want it to stay that way. This knife is easy to open with one hand if the need arises–which makes it ideal for emergency personnel.
The knife also features a spring loaded glass breaker tip. To activate it, you simply pull out on a tab which releases the spring loaded tip to smash into whatever windshield you are trying to break out. This is perfect for difficult situations where the person to be aided is not accessible through normal methods.
This knife has been around for some time. At just under $50, it is a steal of a deal for a rescue knife. Check out the Smith and Wesson First Response knife here.
For your viewing pleasure I have included this older video from our YouTube files:
- • Overall Length (inches): 8.30
- • Blade Length (inches): 3.50
- • Blade Material: Stainless, Black
- • Blade Detail: ComboEdge
- • Handle Material: Nylon
- • Lock Style: Button Lock
- • Carry System: Pocket Clip
- • Special Features: Glass Breaker
Just in a couple of new Smith and Wesson Knives. Part of the Military and Police series, the 7TS and the 8BS are both manual folders. Built tough and rugged for heavy use, they both utilize a button lock system that keeps the blade where you want it at all times. The hefty handles are constructed of aluminum with rubber overlays that give you a nice, secure grip on the knife.
What do I love about these two knives? First, the price point. At under $30, these two knives are great “bang for you buck”. Second, with over 3″ blades, you can tackle every job that life throws at you. Plus they have deep carry pocket clips which means you can carry them unobtrusively wherever you need to.
Knife Category: Manual Folder
Blade Style: Drop Point (8BS) or Tanto (7TS), Combo Edge
Action: Manual Side Open
Blade Length: 3.2″
Open Length: 7 5/8″
Closed Length: 4.6″
Handle: Rubber Injected Aluminum
Weight: 3.5 Ounces
Lock Mechanism: Button Lock
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.