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Smith & Wesson Border Guard

This big folder from Smith & Wesson measures just over 5 1/2″ closed, so if you’re looking for a large knife to carry in your car or keep in your bag then this is the knife for you. It features a combination edge blade with serrations that can make quick work of cutting through cordage or nylon webbing, a window smashing tip on the butt for emergency breaching, and an integrated seat-belt cutter. The double-edged tanto tip makes this knife a great stabber.


Length Closed: 5.6″

Blade Length: 4.5″

Weight: 8.8 ounces

Best Feature: The multipurpose tanto-tipped brutally sharp blade



Kershaw Brawler

This tactical fighter from Kershaw makes a great everyday carry blade that also packs a punch. It’s got an extra-thick blade with a razor-sharp tip that makes this knife perfect for a lot more than utility work. While it lacks a few features of the other two, if the tactical situation you’re preparing for is a fight, then this knife is the best choice for under $25, period. The Kershaw Brawler has features like a quad-carry clip, so you can carry the knife tip-up or tip-down on either side of your body. This knife also has a buttery smooth opening action so you can deploy it with just a flick of your wrist.


Length Closed: 4  1/8″

Blade Length: 3 1/4″

Weight: 4.8 ounces

Best Feature: This is an easily concealable, lightweight blade for defense



Tac-Force TF- 705

The TF-705 from Tac-Force  packs all of the same features of the Smith & Wesson into a smaller size and lower price. It’s got a snappy spring-assisted opening, is just small enough to be legal to carry almost everywhere, and comes in a variety of attractive colors and finishes. Like the Smith & Wesson it has a combination edge with partial serration, a seat-belt cutter, and a glass breaker on the butt of the handle.


Length Closed: 4 1/2″

Blade Length: 3 3/8″

Weight: 6 ounces

Best Feature: The lightning-fast spring-assisted action opens automatically

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