For this knife, Benchmade uses SV30 stainless, which is hardened to 58-60RC so the blade will be durable, corrosion resistant, hold an edge, and will sharpen well. To ensure the blade is durable Benchmade uses a modified drop-point blade.
The grip is stylish black and blue G10, which means it will hold up to moisture and many common chemicals. Further enhancing the knife's looks and durability are the black nickel plated hardware. With these contrasts the knife looks good and is just as strong thanks to its AXIS lock and black steel liner.
What I like about this knife and many working knives from Benchmade is that it carries so well. When clipped in a pocket it snuggles into the seam of the pants and is secure. Benchmade offers many knives in this size that will serve you well on duty or in the field.
Tactical Assault Gear: Phalanx T4 Fury Vest
One of the leaders in tactical nylon is Tactical Assault Gear, or TAG. Not only does the company manufacture high-quality gear, it also offers many distinctive innovative designs, including the Phalanx T4 Fury.
This is a practically perfect vest for any department that issues or authorizes patrol rifles. It can be donned quickly, and can pack lots of stuff. It carries four carbine magazines plus four pistol magazines, there is a central pouch which can be used as a pistol holster, there is a place to carry your radio, and there is an accessory pouch that can carry a personal first-aid kit.
I found the Phalanx T4 to be well thought out. Its rifle magazine pouches are secure and have bungee cords to ensure you don't lose a magazine. You can easily reach the radio and accessory/med pouch, and the center holster easily carries a full-sized duty pistol. Behind the magazine pouches is a hook-and-loop closed pouch that allows you to secure any number of small items.
The "X" harness easily and quickly slips on right over your uniform and concealable vest. To stabilize it you connect the waist strap, and then you're ready to carry on. The Phalanx T4 keeps all the gear you need right at hand when you deploy with your patrol rifle.
Scott Smith is a former federal police officer for the Department of Veteran's Affairs who currently serves as a reserve officer and is a contributing editor to POLICE.