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 & 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.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 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:

Smith & Wesson Bullseye Throwing Knives, 10″ Model — Quick Review

Smith and Wesson TK10
Smith and Wesson TK10; set of 3 – 10 inch throwing knives

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.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall Length: 10″
  • Blade Steel: 2Cr13
  • Sheath: Nylon
  • Weight: 4.8 Ounces (Each Knife)

 

Smith and Wesson 911B First Response Rescue Knife — Quick Review

Smith and Wesson 911B
Smith and Wesson 911B First Response Rescue 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:

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • • 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

Smith & Wesson M&P Button Lock Folder Knives

Smith and Wesson Knives
Smith and Wesson Knives, Military & Police model 7TS

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.

If you are looking for a solid every day carry, check out our full line of Smith and Wesson knives and especially check out the Military and Police Line.

SPECIFICATIONS:

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