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