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Fixed-Blade Knives for Duty

Check out these blades for times when a folder just won’t do.

June 22, 2011  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

CRKT's Neckolas arrives with a 2-inch blade, and retails for $39.99.


Seeing as how law enforcement officers are often the first responders to vehicle accidents and other incidents that require removing webbing or clothing, Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) sought to develop a knife built for that purpose. With input from Terry Renner the company came up with the Neckolas. With a fully serrated round blunt tipped blade, this fixed-blade rescue knife is designed to cut the toughest materials even next to your skin and not cut you.

You will find the Neckolas' sheath has a clip that allows you to attach it as a left- or right-handed knife. But this knife's most distinctive feature is its thumb lock. As the name implies, as you draw the knife your thumb pushes down, releasing the knife. This lock will keep the knife secure even when out white water rafting.

And speaking of water, the Neckolas is made from 8Cr13MoV, which is highly corrosion resistant and holds an edge. The handle is just as tough, being made from bright orange checkered G10. Just short of being pounded with a big hammer, the Neckolas should survive anything you can dish out. You can keep it at hand on a sheath or hang it from the neck lanyard; yes, the knife is that light. This is one of those knives you cannot say weighs too much to carry daily.

Cold Steel

Many tactical team members attach fixed-blade knives to their vests or harnesses because a big blade has many purposes. If you are going to use yours to hack away at something, as a pry bar, or as a stake to hold a tie down, you will need a serious knife. Cold Steel's Leatherneck SF is one such knife.

The Leatherneck is as tough as its namesake Marine and was built to meet the needs of the USMC; it should survive police duty. Its SK-5 high carbon blade is a full tang and its handle is made of textured Kraton to give you a secure grip in most any conditions. Should you need to use the Leatherneck as a hammer, fear not. The butt cap is machined steel and it will handle some abuse.

You will find the sheath is just as tough as the knife. It offers you a wrap snap and friction/clip lock so the Leatherneck stays put with or without the snap secured. The sheath allows you to choose how you attach the knife to your gear; via a belt, MOLLE, etc. Cold Steel built the Leatherneck SF and sheath to endure the rigors of the Corps, so I think it will hold up to tactical and SAR duty.


Another fixed blade that is built from the ground up as a duty knife is the Gerber LMF II. This knife is MIRS Compliant, should you be a member of a Military Police unit looking for a serious knife.

You can attach the LMF II to your vest or belt via the loop or MOLLE straps. The sheath has both a friction clip and snap straps to secure the LMF II. I found the knife fits and comes out of the sheath smoothly and easily once the strap is removed, yet is secure in most any situation until you remove it.

A rubber overmolded grip covers the full tang blade so you will not get a jolt should you cut a live power cord with the knife. And should you need it, the end of the tang protrudes from the grip to form a glass breaker. The 420HC stainless blade is partially serrated because that was requested by the unit the knife was originally designed for.

With its 4.75-inch blade, this knife should not raise eyebrows when you attach it to your gear. Gerber built the LMF II to meet the needs of military and police units alike.


When one hears the name Glock, the first thing we all think of are the high-capacity polymer pistols many officers and deputies carry on duty daily. It might surprise you to know that Glock also manufactures excellent fixed-blade knives. They were designed with the input of and to meet the needs of the Austrian Army Rangers.

The Glock Survival Knife is offered with a saw blade on the rear of the blade. With a plain flat edge, it's called the Field Knife. The saw will make short work of tree branches. The blade is high carbon steel and is coated to help it resist corrosion and reduce glare.

I have found the Glock Survival Knife to be one of the most durable blades I have used. I keep one in the storage area of my SUV and it has been used in rain, snow, and other crappy weather, and has yet to rust or fail me. It clips into the polymer belt sheath and in all the years I have owned one it has never come out once clipped in. With a price of less than $35, I suggest carrying one in your duty bag no matter the area you patrol in case you need a serious knife to cut a tree branch, break a window, or even dig a small hole. Glock's Field or Survival Knife will be up to the job.

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Lloyd Reese @ 6/24/2011 8:55 AM

Good coverage of some excellent knife makers and their products.
One excellent company you didn't mention is TOPS which makes some super tactical and survival fixed blades. I have their TOPS Dawn Warrior which is an excellent fixed blade knife. Recommend purchasing at a gun or knife show or via Internet suppliers for the best price. Also, would not ignore BUCK which makes some good fixed blades.

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