Here are some practical guidelines for choosing a good duty knife
I am an advocate of carrying a good tactical combat knife or two on duty. I personally carry a Cold Steel Recon 1 (Tanto Point version) every day while on patrol.
Guidelines for choosing a good tactical duty knife
- Decide if you want to carry one or two knives. One working knife to beat, bang, pry and get dirty, along with one to keep for personal defense.
- For either of the choices you want a solid knife, a locking folder knife or a sheathed knife.
- For all purposes a 3″ to 5″ blade is in the wise category. Longer is not better.
- The blade should be stout — thin is not in, 3/16″ area is a good recommendation.
- As far as serrated or plain, I prefer plain, it’s easier to take care of and touch up the edge.
- By all means, go by your police department’s regulations and guidelines. Training is good, but being familiar with your equipment and having a plan of action when things go bad is paramount.
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This article, originally published 7/23/2007, has been updated.