Smith & Wesson Homeland Security Knife
Well, I was strolling through the ‘Academy’ sporting goods store which is new in my area, just to see what they have. Nice place, broad appeal for athletic and outdoor activities. Things are a little pricey, for a cheapskate like me, though. As I’m walking down their knife isle, out of their large selection I spot “Smith & Wesson” on some knife packaging, so I thought ‘wonder if they’re anywhere near the quality of their revolvers’ (one of my main concealed carry weapons). Only one way to find out.
So, I’m home with my new toy and start looking it over.
I chose this ‘tanto blade‘ version, because I believe the typical drop point knife has a better chance of breaking off the tip under adverse use or abuse that could be encountered in a survival situation. This version would be highly resistant to that particular failure.
This knife has the full length tang blade, very thick (about 1/4″) and robust spine. The blade was razor sharp right out of the package. The handles are removable, if you just have to, by removing the handle screws with a torx blade screwdriver as you can see here.
You’ll also notice the lanyard hole in the end and lashing points on the finger guard, making it easy to accomplish a makeshift spear, should the need arise, by lashing the knife to a stick, and other purposes. In the picture below, you can see the bottom of the sheath comes with a length of paracord to secure the sheath to your leg. This could be used for that spear idea or other lashing, if you didn’t bring your own 50′ length of paracord, which should have been in your bugout bag.
This is no lightweight toy, measuring almost 12 inches, and weighing in at almost 2 pounds with the sheath and accessories this one was packaged with.
The specs, per the package are: 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel blade, G-10 overlay handle, full tang with lanyard hole, ballistic nylon sheath and diamond sharpening stone. The sheath is very versatile with velcro and snaps all over the place. The pouch for the stone is removable and usable alone, leaving a nice strip of velcro on the sheath for adding whatever else you may wish instead of the sharpening stone pouch. When attached to the sheath, the stone pouch has it’s own velcro backing and little velcro straps that go around to the back side of the sheath where another velcro strap with a snap at the top lays down over the pouch straps. The stone pouch was roomy enough for me to add a spare firesteel sparker in with the stone.
One more detail, the spine of the blade has a sawtooth cut beveled to the centerline of the blade to help with sawing through bone or wood as needed. That, too, is quite sharp.
Here’s a link to some guy giving this knife the kind of hell you should demand that a survival knife be able to take without failure or complaint. It’s typically amateurish filming of youtube style, but at about the 9 minute mark, he’s pounding the blade deep into a sideways 2 x 4 board with a hammer and prying sideways with the blade driven into the wood. That’s the kind of abuse you expect the knife to survive and where the drop point style blade could very well break off the tip. This blade will replace the trusty old M1 carbine bayonet I have been packing for years in my BOB.
Buy the basic knife at your favorite big box store or here at Surviving Urban Crisis Supply Store.