The Best Tactical Folding Knives or Fixed Blade Knife for 2017

The definition of tactical knives seems to vary from person to person and from company to company. While every knife making company makes tactical knives, they themselves do not know to clearly differentiate between a Regular Knife and Tactical knife. Is there a real difference between a Regular knife and Tactical knife? The answer is Yes. There are several factors that differentiate a tactical knife from other knives. A tactical knife is made based on few qualities attached to it.

Model Features Special Amazon Offers
Benchmade 710SBKD2 McHenry & Williams Axis Lock Knife

Design and Purpose
Nights and weekends carry knife

Overall Length: 8.80″ / 4.90″
Blade Length: 3.90″

Blade Material: D2 Steel/ 58-61 HRC

Lock system AXIS Lock


Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Spyderco ParaMilitary 2, G10 Handle, Clip-Point Plain w/Clip – M (C81GP2)

Design and Purpose
More of a tactical warrior.

Overall Length: 8-9/32″
Blade Length: 3-7/16″

Blade Material: Steel – CPM -S30V
Handle Material: G-10

Lock system
Spyderco’s proprietary Compression Lock System

Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

Zero Tolerance ZT0350TS G10 Handle Folding Tiger Striped Blade with SpeedSafe

Design and Purpose
Accessorized for easy carrying. Designed to use for hunting, camping or any work at home.

Overall length: 7.75”
Blade length: 3.25”

Blade Material: S30V stainless-steel with tungsten DLC coating Handle Material: textured matte black G-10

Lock system
Speedsafe assisted Opening system

Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

The qualities are:

  • Design: A tactical knifecould be used forcombat purpose, capable of converting into a multipurpose tool while going out on a camping or trekking trip or even helpful during repairs made at home. Usually, a high quality tactical knife’s design is done keeping in mind the purpose of its’ use.
  • Purpose:This again re-iterates the above point. The design of a tactical knife is based on the purpose of its’ use. An undercover officer might need a tactical knife that is quite different from that of a person going on trekking. Selecting a tactical knife that is designed for that purpose would be more appropriate.
  • Ergonomics:Ergonomics is nothing but the efficiency of the knife in the working environment. A tactical knife should be comfortable to use and handle even in times of stress. There should be no sharp edges or pinch points that makes the user uncomfortable. It should be designed so that there is place for fingers but should not make the hand go into an already fixed position. The knife should also be of the right size. On the whole, the knife should be of right shape, size and weight.
  • Size:There is no meaning in designing a tactical knife that is around 15 inches long. It will not be pocket-friendly and does not solve the purpose. The size should not be more than 8-9 inches long.
  • Materials used in the make:The materials used to make the blade and the handle should be of good quality. For the blade, take care to buy a good one that is made of high quality steel and doesn’t rust.
  • Handle:Handles could be madeout of plastic, steel, aluminium or carbon. It could be anything but it should be stable and made sure not to absorb moisture. But make sure it is not made of rubber like material.
  • Blade:Even if the knife is made up of high quality materials, the knife is of no use if the blade design is bad. The blades should be minimum 1/8 inches thick and maximum of 3/16 thick. Also, the user must be able to sharpen the blade even by using a rock.
  • Locks:A foldable knife is fine. But, good companies have good lock and bad companies, well, sell craps. If a lock cannot be trusted, it is better to go for a fixed blade.
  • Ease of Carry:A tactical knife should always be easy to carry and easy to access. It should also fit in the same place as always.
  • Reputation:A tactical knife should be bought from a company that really cares for its product. A cheap knife from a cheap manufacturer is not of any use.

After having discussed about the qualities of a tactical knife, the 3 best tactical knives for the year 2016 are Benchmade 710D2 Knife Mchenry & Williams, Spyderco ParaMilitary 2, G10 Handle, Clip-Point Plain and Zero Tolerance ZT0350TS G10 Handle Folding Tiger Striped Blade with SpeedSafe. All these knives are made from the finest materials in the industry. These knives are compact, convenient and easy to use. These tactical knives are all about quality and is there in the market to last for the life time.

Best 3 Tactical Folding Knives – Description

Let is look into detail the basic description of the 3 knives that are considered to the best tactical knives of 2016.

710 McHenry & Williams Design Pocket Knife is designed by Bill McHenry and Jason Williams and they incorporated their AXIS lock mechanism into this knife. This knife has received a lot of praise from the Industry for its design.This knife is ambidextrous and a perfect knife for both right and left handed people. The blade is a D2 tool Steel Blade and the handle is a G-10. The pocket clip is a Tip-up lock and is reversible.

Spyderco ParaMilitary2 G-10 Plain Edge Knife is meant to be a military model knife. But the size is two third of the original size of a military knife making it more compact and easy to handle. With CPM-S30V blade, one can get a grip of it with gloved or large hands. Also, the handle is made of stainless steel liners fit into G-10 scales.

The lock is Spyderco’s proprietary compression lock, which is the best and strongest in the industry. The curves in the knife provide greater control and prevents slippage from the user’s hands. The provided pocket clip is a tip-down carry.

Zero Tolerance ZT0350TS G10 Handle Folding Tiger Striped Blade with SpeedSafe is equipped with Speedsafe, which is the highlight of this knife. This system assists in one-hand opening of the knife. The blade is made of S30V stainless steel with tungsten DLC coating.

While S30V is durable, the tungsten coating reduces friction drag. The G-10 scales in the handle provides the necessary grip and is textured. The pocket clip is designed for tip-up, tip-down, left handed or right handed carry.


All the qualities required for a tactical knife is met with, when it comes down to the above three knives. The user needs to choose these knives based on their needs.

In general, all the above products can be carried by any person either for their protection or activities like hunting and camping, or for their regular household work. These tactical knives have been selected based on their quality, durability and the functionality they satisfy.

Even if people are not buying these products, it is at least worth a look.