TOPS Mini Pry Knife was designed at the request of law enforcement officers who needed a compact, easily carried, low-profile breaching tool.

THE CUTTING EDGE: TOPS Knives Mini Pry Knife

TOPS Knives Mini Pry Knife (MPK-01) is a hardcore tool for hardcore tasks. It was designed at the request of a group of law enforcement officers, many of whom were involved in high-risk warrant service and fugitive recovery. They weren’t looking for a team tool but a smaller pry knife for individual carry that could

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Follow-Up has 2.6-inch drop-point blade and ergonomic skeletonized handle. Knife feels good in the hand.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Benchmade 101BK Follow-Up

The 101BK Follow-Up is one of the newest members of Benchmade® Knife Company’s Black Class of professional-use knives. The Follow-Up is a compact fixed-blade knife designed for back-up, self-defense, and utility applications. Designed for discreet carry, the Follow-Up has an overall length of 5.99 inches. It has a black Cerakote® coated 2.6-inch long, 0.14-inch thick

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TOPS Knives Hammer Hawk and Backup. Hammer Hawk is a new heavy-duty tomahawk-style axe that combines function and style. TOPS Backup fixed-blade knife was designed specifically to be carried with the Hammer Hawk.

THE CUTTING EDGE: TOPS Hammer Hawk & Backup Fixed-Blade Combo

TOPS Knives recently provided me with its much-awaited Hammer Hawk tomahawk and Backup fixed-blade knife combo for evaluation. It’s a very impressive combo that will meet the field requirements of many readers. Designed by TOPS Knives president Leo Espinoza, the Hammer Hawk and Backup combo is a versatile paired-blade system for the outdoors that’s capable

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Matriarch 2 is a purpose-designed personal-protection tool that’s based on the Spyderco Civilian, which was designed for federal undercover narcotics agents.

THE CUTTING EDGE: Spyderco Matriarch 2 with Emerson Opener

The Spyderco® Matriarch™ 2 folding knife has its origins in the C12 Civilian™—one of Spyderco’s oldest and most unique designs. The Civilian was developed at the request of a U.S. federal law enforcement agency that wanted for its undercover agents an easily concealed knife that could serve as a potent defensive weapon when wielded with

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The Cutting Edge: Wilson Tactical Cop Tool

Ask any cop what they use a knife for at work and you will get a variety of answers. Some will talk about how they used it to pry open a small window on a building search or some mope’s glove box during a car search. Maybe they scraped a license plate tag off to

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Original Al Mar SERE folder was designed for heavy duty and to be carried in a belt pouch.

THE CUTTING EDGE TOPS Al Mar Mini SERE Operator

Special Forces officer LTC Nick Rowe was one of the few U.S. POWs to escape from VC/NVA captivity during the Vietnam War. Based on his experiences, he helped establish the U.S. Army SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training program in 1981 for special operations personnel as well as air crewmen who might be captured after

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Emerson CQC-7BW has its genesis in Emerson’s custom handmade CQC-6. The CQC-7 was originally licensed to Benchmade, which sold it under the model name BM970 or BM975 depending on blade length. Emerson CQC-6 (top) and Benchmade BM970. Photo: Dave Mundell

THE CUTTING EDGE: Emerson CQC-7BW Flipper

Ernest Emerson needs no introduction. He’s widely regarded as the father of the modern “tactical folder.” And there’s no more iconic tactical folder than the Emerson CQC-7. It was the genesis of the tactical knife industry and has remained a major influence in tactical knife design. The CQC-7 was designed for one purpose—as a close-quarters

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The Cutting Edge: Katz Knives Avenger

Katz Knives opened its doors in 1991, producing a range of factory knives and cutting tools from Japan, Spain, the USA, and Canada. Katz Knives currently produces and manages styles ranging from folders to tactical and hunting knives and even axes and hatchets. What stands out about the company is the high-quality fit and finish

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THE CUTTING EDGE: ColonelBlades NCO LowVZ

ColonelBlades™ has come out with a new version of its popular LowVZ™ fixed-blade knife. Distributed by Bravo Company USA, the new ColonelBlades NCO™ LowVZ has all the great design features and quality that make the Colonel LowVZ such a standout, but at a more budget-friendly price. I wrote a full review of the Colonel LowVZ

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The Cutting Edge: Gerber Covert Auto & Impromptu Tactical Pen

The Gerber Covert Auto is an evolution of the Gerber Applegate Combat Folder designed by the late Colonel Rex Applegate in conjunction with custom knife maker Bill Harsey, Jr. It’s based on the Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Knife (a variation on the famed Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife) designed by Col. Applegate, who was recognized as America’s foremost authority on close-quarters combat with and without weapons..

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