This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by LonghairCountryboy
Awhile back, I purchased a S&W .45ACP C as my conceal carry weapon of choice. Then to my joy, I found that Smith & Wesson carries M&P (Military & Police) style of knives as well. Just had to have one of those to balance out the S&W tactical weaponry. Ok here are the technical stats on the knife.
- 2.9″ blade, 4.2″ handle
- 4034 Stainless Steel
- Spring assisted opening
- Integrated glass breaker
- 4.1 ounces
My first reason for wanting a knife of this type was the fact that it has a belt clip attachment. I already carry a cell phone on my right side belt, so actually having a knife there as well gets a little crowded. I carry mine in my jean pocket with the clip, clipped onto the outerlip of the jean pocket.
I can promise you one thing you will NEVER have to worry about accidentally losing this knife. The clip is CRAZY strong. Another reason I wear it just inside my pocket. I can yank it off of there a whole heck of a lot easier than I can off of a thick belt. So drawback number one, the clip is actually TOO strong.
Opening the blade
This is the feature I simply fell in Love with. Smith &Wesson gives the spring-loaded opening a big long fancy name to the acronym of M.A.G.I.C. Magic, hell, it’s a dang switchblade! With the razor-sharp blade encased within, it is a darn good feature to have a safety switch.
In milliseconds, you flip the safety, hit the button located at the hilt, and ZING you’ve got a VERY wicked looking little surprise in your hand. You can also open the blade with the studs mounted to either side of the blade, by pushing it outward with your thumb. The studs are kind of small, and I find it a little difficult to open the blade this way. A redundant method considering the spring assisted pushbutton.
There is a downside to the switchblade action, even with the safety switch. Through the normal course of moving around during the day, I have had the knife suddenly spring open in my pocket because the switch had slid while moving, and pressure had released the blade switch. The same thing happened while I had it on my belt once as well. This has only happened 2 times in the 6 months I have owned it, and I carry it daily.
Size and Comfort
I really like the size and feel of the grip. In a full grip position, it sits firmly inside my hand, with a good 3/8 inch between my hand and the serrated edge portion of the blade. I would have no concerns if using this in a self-defense situation. The Scooped Back Serrated Drop Point Blade is intimidating looking despite its short length. As it should be, since the edge on this blade is like a razor. It would inflict very serious bodily harm if utilized.
Integral Glass Break
This is another great feature. Not only will it easily shatter a car window (I’ve tried it), it will also make someone step back and think twice if you slam it into a nice sensitive spot on the body. Might be agood option to try before resorting to evisceration.
So, overall, I am very happy with the knife. It keeps an edge well, is comfortable, and multipurpose. The finish holds up well after 6 months of constant carrying. I would highly recommend one of these as a back-up means of self-defense. Even as a primary means, if you do not like guns.
You can find them from anywhere between $ 35.00 to $ 50.00 depending where you shop. I purchased mine from a vendor at a local gun and knife show. Talk them down. They want to make the sale. You should always have some means of self-defense on your person at all times in this day and age.
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