Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Tactical Blades

The Gerber Mk II is probably one of the best know, and most collected, fighting knives ever made. It was introduced in 1966 and quickly became popular with troops serving overseas in Vietnam. Before discounting the knife in 1999 over 240,000 of these knives were produced. In July of 2008 Gerber began making this famous knife again.

Being a gun and knife guy I couldn’t help but pick up one of the new models to have for my collection, and to compare it to the model I have from 1968. Although there are differences – the new model has serrations on both sides as opposed to the single side on the ’68 model and comes with a nylon sheath instead of leather – it’s still a great handling knife. Keep in mind this knife is designed for one purpose, it is a fighting knife, and isn’t designed prying, chopping, or other field use.

For serious field use I really like the new Wilson COP Tool, a blade that I believe will become a classic. It has a 1.75-inch blade, with a total length of six inches, which means it’s easy to carry. The blade is 3/16 of an inch thick, and is perfect for prying, scraping, and cutting. It has a recessed edge made for cutting seat belts, and can also be used in defensive situations. It’s one blade that will do almost anything, and is a knife I recommend for everyone.

The cool thing about the COP Tool is that you have two options when it comes to purchasing. You can buy one from Wilson, for around $140, or you can get it from Boker, who has a manufacturing agreement with Wilson to produce a lower priced version. The Wilson blade is made of D2, a high carbon, high chromium tool steel – which means it’s almost indestructible – and comes with a para-cord wrapped handle. The Boker knife is made from 440C stainless, and has textured G10 handles. I have one of each, and they are both quality knives.

If you carry a blade for self-defense purposes then you need to learn how to use it for that application. Attend a class and at least learn the basics of using that weapon for self-defense. Obviously nobody wants to fight with a knife, but there are places where you can’t carry firearms but can still carry a small knife. (And it doesn’t have to be a big knife to use it for self-defense.) If you can carry a firearm, do it. If you can’t, then make sure to have a knife. And if you can’t carry either one, there are a lot of ‘weapons’ out there if you use your imagination. Remember your mind is your best weapon, and being unarmed is a really a mental attitude. When faced with a threat, use your mind, use anything you can get your hands on for a weapon, and win the fight.

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Gear

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