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Gerber Legendary Blades LMF II Fixed-Blade Knife

December 1, 2005
If you ask me, it seems like Gerber Legendary Blades is really dialed in to the hard-use duty knife market. The company is obviously listening to the requests of real world cops, soldiers, and other operators. Otherwise, how can you explain the new Gerber LMF II fixed blade?

SOG Knives Trident Folder

November 1, 2005

Over the past few years of writing this column for Police I have had the chance to examine and use several knives and pocket tools from SOG Knives. All of these have been excellent tools for hard use. The SOG Trident Sea, Air, Land folder is no exception.

5.11 Tactical H.R.T. Watch

October 1, 2005

Not long ago the editor of this intrepid magazine approached me via e-mail and asked me to review the 5.11 Tactical H.R.T. Watch. I figured he had lost his mind; 5.11 Tactical makes clothing, boots, gear bags…but watches?

BlackHawk Products Group Night Ops Gladius Flashlight

September 1, 2005

Over the years in police products there have been fewer and fewer items that have a high “wow” factor. We see a lot of redesigns and improvements to many current products, but precious few innovations. But let me tell you, BlackHawk Product Group’s new Night-Ops Gladius flashlight is an innovation.

Blackwater Gear Combat Fixed Blade Knife

August 1, 2005

With the intense competition in the tactical/law enforcement industry, it’s rare to see major players collaborate to bring a product to market. But this past year Uncle Mike’s, Blackwater USA, and other major players in the law enforcement industry joined forces to bring Blackwater Gear to the market. One part of this gear line is knives. To help develop this segment of Blackwater Gear, Uncle Mike’s joined forces with Benchmade Knives.

Streamlight Thunder Ranch Illumination System

July 1, 2005

Duty use lights have become highly specialized over the last few years. The market is full of numerous weapon-mounted lights, handheld “tactical” lights that rival a Jedi light saber for wattage output, and even mini LEDs for navigation or searching for dropped keys.

Emerson Knives HD-7

June 1, 2005

In this world there are many items whose names are synonymous with quality: Ferrari, Zeiss, Rolex. In the world of knives, Emerson is such an item. The name Emerson on a knife or related product assures the owner/operator of a quality product that will survive whatever you can throw at it. The new Emerson HD-7 is just such a knife.

Beretta Pistol Tool

May 1, 2005

Call me skeptical or overly practical when it comes to gear, but I have played with a lot of it over the years, and I’ve learned to ask myself one question before I commit to it: Will this thing make my job easier and help me accomplish my mission?

Pelican Products Black Knight M12 Duty Light

April 1, 2005

Let's take a quick look at the Pelican Black Knight M12, a full-bodied duty light that can really be an asset on the street.

SIG Arms SIG Tac Tactical Auto Knife

March 1, 2005

SIG Arms takes its SIG Tac knives as seriously as it does its handguns. The Tactical Auto's handle is made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, which is hard anodized for durability. ATS-34 steel is used in the blade because it is easy to sharpen and holds a good edge.

Princeton Tec Surge and Impulse Specialty Lights

February 1, 2005

Today, a lot of police work involves specialization. In large departments nationwide we have harbor/shore patrol units, water rescue, high-country search and rescue teams, SWAT units, K-9 units, and the list goes on and on. That’s why many officers are looking beyond traditional patrol flashlights and at “specialty” lights designed for hikers, climbers, hunters, and divers.

Emissive Energy Inova T3 Flashlight

January 1, 2005

One of the areas of duty gear that has experienced a quantum leap in technology over the last few years is the flashlight, especially lightweight ultra powerful LED lights. Times have really changed from the days of the silver aluminum Eveready light.

SureFire Alpha Folding Knife

December 1, 2004

Known for its innovations in tactical, weapons-mounted, and personal light technology, SureFire is now producing a line of high-quality, heavy-duty knives.

Tool Logic SL1 Multi-Function Folder

November 1, 2004

The SL1 is a quality knife and a quality light. And the more I used it, the more I realized that it was an excellent way to provide a working cop with an emergency blade and an emergency light in one compact package.

Ka-Bar Mule Folding Sheath Knife

October 1, 2004

Heavy-duty construction and built-in safety features make Ka-Bar’s latest a practical alternative to clip-it knives.

Masters of Defense Model 875 Automatic Knife

September 1, 2004

The LTT875 automatic scores high marks on both smooth deployment of the blade and blade security. When its release button is activated, the blade pops out of the frame smoothly and quickly.

Buck Knives Model 290/291 Rush

August 1, 2004

The Model 110 has defined Buck's folding knife line for years. And with good reason.

Columbia River Knife & Tool Desert Cruiser

July 1, 2004

Called "For Those Who Serve," the knives are all aesthetically pleasing, hard-use tools with price tags that aren't out of reach for soldiers, paramedics, and cops.

Camillus Becker Tactool/BK3

June 1, 2004

And for a knife that can handle the worst-case scenarios on raids, search-and-rescue missions, you name it, I like the Camillus and Becker Knife and Tool Tactool/BK3.

Lone Wolf Knives Val-Matic

May 1, 2004

The knife that really caught my eye was the Butch Vallotton-designed Val-Matic. What sets it apart from other knives is its double-action opening.

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