This is a discussion on S&W knives? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Argus I like a Tanto Bet you'd rather have a good one, though......
For sure, I know the tanto is not as useful as the clippoint for certain applications. I'm thinking about my next knife, and I'm looking real hard at Cold Steel Voyager Tanto.
Check to see country of manufacture. Never seen many good knives from China, India, Pakistan, and Taiwan.
I've never owned a tanto -- principally because I'm just not sure about sharpening them. I prefer to sharpen drop-point blades most, followed I guess by wharncliffes. I hate recurved blades, although I've done them sometimes.
But I've never tried doing a tanto, and I have always wondered what ends up happening to the crispness of that angle where the two bevels meet. Seems like as you sharpen such a knife more and more, you'd round it off some. Or if you made an effort to keep it neat, it'd be a real hard time.
Anyone with experience sharpening tantos? Please speak up.
I have had a few tanto style folders. I don't realy care for them and don't carry/use any of them regularly.
When I sharpen them I work the blade in 2 seperate operations. 1 from the haft to the angle change. 2 from the tip to the angle change. Whether this is the best way or not I don't know, but it seems to work and preserve the "crisp" angle.
I use a generic sharpener with the "T" clamp and guide rods.
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If you want a nice folder look at the Gerber line made in Portland, Or as far as l know l use a Gerber easy out for work in general very nice strong clip and will hold to what every it's clipped to will open easily with one hand and blade release is in back of knife so your fingers are clear when closing.
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Be very careful when buying Taylor Brands knives like the S&W line. "Tactical" style knives from them are usually a waste of money. Oddly enough, their more "traditional" knives can be reasonable.
Look to Buck, Case, Kershaw, Spyderco and even CRKT for a better product.
I have the Swat SW3300S and have no reason to bad mouth it. I wouldn't pay the $60 every day price for it but the $13 sale price makes it pretty hard to beat.
I carry it as a backup/utility knife since it is so small and easy to clip to my back pocket. I do not like folders for weapons so I carry a TOPS Wolf Pup as my primary knife(backup weapon).