A Layman looks at the KA-BAR TDI
So, after two years, I feel I have some bare qualifications to comment on the Ka-Bar TDI. I like it! In fact, it's my primary carry knife. No one is more surprised than me. I carry the "junior" Law Enforcement model. I own a half-dozen knives - two of them are autos - good autos, not junk.
Studying the DC forums, I came to realize the tactical importance of having a weak-side knife. If your right arm is injured, incapacitated, or jammed against a wall or car door, your firearm becomes useless. What I have grudgingly come to notice is that my razor sharp autos require removing them from my clipped pocket, flipping them over (from point side down for safety), fumbling to find the safety, exerting real pressure on the safety release and then pushing the button. Yes, I have come to the conclusion that flipping the wrist is far better for a defensive knife than an auto. But even my Spidey's require either a strong flip or using the thumb hole to open. All of this takes place with extreme duress and adrenalin with studies showing dexterity drops exponentially with trauma.
The Ka-Bar TDI can be carried in six (I think) positions. I tried horizontally but the print is strongly pronounced on my shirts. Carried vertically it hides well. I have also come to find that carrying it handle forward is more tactically advantageous for me. It is much quicker to grasp and my grip is stronger. It allows for an immediate upward thrust as well as a downward thrust. The blade is literally razor sharp. Literally. One look at the knife wound autopsies (before dinner) shows the severe damage done in close quarters. I can grasp the knife out of the sheath and begin "operating" in just under a second. Ugh.
Now, my biggest complaint: the sheath, or, more specifically, the clips for the sheath. The sheath is actually molded to the blade and fits perfectly. The metal belt clip is a joke. I average about two weeks on a belt clip before it breaks. I have found that if I clip it to the belt and not the waistband I can get up to a month before it breaks. The looped plastic sheath for threading a belt works fine. However, the loops are small and it takes some pushing and shoving to get a standard gun belt through the eyes. I much prefer grabbing the belt clip and putting it on my belt. Oh, and the belt clip digs into your side, shirt or no shirt.
So, if Ka-Bar could ever come up with a solution to their belt attachments, I would have the perfect weak side tactical defender.
And yes, im apparently slow.....
Can you guys give me some idea of what you are talking about here? :blink:
Originally Posted by grady
Not being much of a knife guy...yet :image035:, im confused by "support side", "handle forward", ect. Im sure ill kick myself when I get the visual. :spankme: