Tactical Knife vs. Regular KnifePosted: June 1, 2014
Most knife-wielding beginners are completely unbeknownst to the plethora of different types of knives, all with their own practical applications. There are many different types of tactical knives, each of which carry their own specific purpose. Regular knives, on the other hand can be applied in many different ways, depending on the user’s objective. Whether you’re cooking, hunting, or butchering the most important consideration is the knife wielder’s ultimate objective.
Those surviving in the wilderness, such as soldiers or hunters, must possess a tactical knife capable of performing specialized feats. These types of knives are lightweight, yet durable, carrying similar designs with knives used in combat before the advent of guns. The best tactical knife blades are constructed with stainless steel and are able to be easily folded closed when not in use. Tactical knives can feature fixed blades, but are inherently more dangerous as a result of the perpetually exposed blade.
Regular knives, on the other hand, do not possess the ergonomics and specialized utility of the tactical knife. Regular knives are more often than not used for day-to-day endeavors such as cooking. Notable examples of regular knives are serrated knives, steak knives, and butter knives, all of which reside in the kitchen drawer. These types of knives do not have the very specialized scopes of tactical knives – try using a butter knife to accomplish survival tasks in the wilderness and you’ll understand the difference.
Moreover, tactical knives will often have a specialized blade design that would not be discerned on a regular knife. An effective tactical knife blade will be extremely durable, yet nimble, able to poke, prod and dig if necessary. Tactical knives will often feature a serrated blade, because of its multifaceted application techniques. If you’re planning on using a tactical knife in the wilderness for an extended period of time, consider going with a serrated knife blade. Smooth blade faces will inevitably go dull over time, if not sharpened correctly. Serrated knives are still able to rip, gnaw, and saw objects in the wilderness even when the blade dulls out.
If you’re a beginner knife wielder, beware of using any tactical knife before your skills have been perfected. Begin with simple kitchen tasks used with regular knives like dicing onions, slicing French bread, or trimming fat from meats. Always let the knife do as much work as possible. Using excessive force or effort to cut with a regular knife alludes to the fact that your knife has become too dull. In the end, tactical knives are for intermediate and advanced users with a specific purpose in mind, while regular ones have broader utility. Whether you’re planning for an excursion in the wilderness and are planning ahead for tactical knife applications, or you plan to polish your culinary skills, always keep the end goal in mind when choosing your knife.