When I was asked to review a new folder, I have a hard time saying no as I want to see what features a new model brings to the table and what practical use(s) it may offer. In the case of this new duo from Beretta, we are offered a number of useful features that will work well in the tactical arena, those who are in harm’s way and need a robust folder for crisis events worldwide; while at the same time could be very useful for the hiker, camper, climber or caver.

Handy Features

The two knives are called the TKX Titanium Micarta and the Tactical PX4. The titanium and Micarta handle of the TKX offers lightweight but solid construction. The Micarta side of the grip has what Beretta calls “Sure-grip traction grooves” to help “grab” the skin on the fingers and hold it solidly in place. It also has the patented Emerson Wave feature that can be used to open the blade as the knife is drawn from the pocket. However, the pocket clip on my test knife was set up for tip down carry and was not drilled and tapped for tip up so the Wave feature was unusable.

The spear-point blade is a configuration I happen to like and it comes with both thumb studs and index finger flipper. If I were designing a knife, I would have both thumb studs and a flipper as it offers opening options in the event the knife comes out of the pocket in a less than perfect grip. The knife features a 3.54-inch 440C stainless steel blade with a hardness rating of HRC 56-58 and is coated in a non-reflective PTFE black with a thickness of 0.16 inches. The overall knife length is 7.68 inches, making it quite easy to carry in the pocket. There is generous jimping on both the top and bottom edges of the handle, while the Wave also creates a nice thumb ramp when using a sabre grip. It should also be noted that a small glass breaker is included at the tail end of the unit. According to the Beretta web site, the TKX is modeled after a knife currently in use by the U.S. Navy SEALS, the ultimate endorsement these days, it seems.

The PX4 Tactical Knife is obviously built for law enforcement, but it could easily adapt to military or outdoor use. The PX4 is certainly beefier than the TKX and has several useful features. First is the seat belt cutter, located at the heel end of the grip. Many people scoff at seat belt cutters, and the only response I have to this is they probably have never used one. Cutting a wet seat belt with a standard blade is difficult, even if the blade is very sharp. I always have much better luck sawing through with serrations, but a good dual blade seat belt cutter makes cutting even soaking wet nylon easy.

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