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Every year, the cutlery industry debuts a ton of new models, and as in every past year for the last several decades, I have once more discovered that the death of the tactical knife “fad” is just more wishful thinking by certain traditionalists. If anything, it is picking up speed rather than dying. Why? Because these tactical knives are actually useful for a wide range of chores.

Among the trends, both automatic and “flipper”-opening folders are appearing in ever greater numbers. You know push-button folders have entered the mainstream when you see that Buck Knives is producing an auto version of its legendary 110 lock-back! Spine-mounted flippers are a little more controversial, but I have found them to be very practical.

Other trends include more push daggers, machetes, tomahawks, karambit-based fighters and one cleaver turned all-purpose outdoor knife. In other words, there’s something for practically every taste. In the gallery above, I’ll try to cover some of the best new tactical knives out there right now.

For more information about the tactical knives featured here, please visit the following sites.

Benchmade
benchmade.com

Bear & Son Cutlery
bearandsoncutlery.com

Columbia River Knife & Tool
crkt.com

Buck Knives
buckknives.com

Doublestar
star15.com

Browning
browning.com

DPx Gear
dpxgear.com

ESEE Knives
eseeknives.com

Hogue
hogueinc.com

KA-BAR
kabar.com

Kershaw
kershaw.kaiusaltd.com

Krudo Knives
krudoknives.com

Ruger
ruger.com

SOG Knives
sogknives.com

Spyderco
spyderco.com

TOPS Knives
topsknives.com

Winkler Knives
winklerknives.com

Zero Tolerance
zt.kaiusaltd.com

This article was originally published in “Tactical Weapons” August/September 2017. To order and subscribe, visit outdoorgroupstore.com.

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