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.
Last year, Smith & Wesson released the HRT12B. An unassuming dagger bladed knife, it boasts an incredibly thin profile that makes it perfect for boot carry. The handle is just 3/8″ thick and the ABS sheath is even thinner at just 5/16″ (not including the clip). The handle is an ABS material with a “topographic” style print for texture. An oversized hole at the base of the handle makes a great spot for a lanyard or small strap if you aren’t going to carry the knife in your boot. The ingenious sheath has a lock that mates up with one side of the handle. When you squeeze the handle, it releases the knife from the sheath–sort of a knife safety for your boot knife. The sheath also has a small lanyard hole which allows you to carry the knife handle side down for easy access. While it would definitely be on the big side for a neck knife, it only weighs 5.25 ounces (including sheath) which would make for a reasonably light carry. The 4.1″ blade (made of 7Cr17 High Carbon stainless steel) is a classic dagger style with a black finish. Overall length of the knife is 8.55″.
7Cr17 is stainless steel which compares favorably to 440A. Like 440A, it is a low-cost stainless steel with extremely high corrosion resistance. It is also very easy to sharpen and keeps a decent edge. Because of the materials used in this knife, it is highly resistant to environmental degradation and should hold up extremely well even in extremely harsh circumstances.
If you are looking for a great boot knife that won’t take a huge bite out of your wallet, check out the Smith & Wesson HRT12B. Solid, dependable and durable. Just what you need from a back up knife.