The term “tactical knife” is used to market blades that range from ridiculous, impractical junk, to military-grade tools, to overpriced safe queens. Arguably defined as a utility tool that incorporates features making it well suited for self-defense, the tactical knife is now derided by a subset of knife owners who sneer at any design that strikes them as too “something.”

Whether because the knives are too military, futuristic, aggressive or gimmicky, there are many perfectly viable tactical tools that some knife owners simply cannot abide. Such tools have been called the fantasy blades of mall ninjas or tacti-cool rejects. But when people use these pejoratives, what they’re really saying oftentimes is that “any tool you like, I don’t.” Given this hostile milieu of consumers, in which seemingly every knife owner is an expert and everyone is always right, it’s rare that a new tactical knife comes along that perfectly embodies all that is “right” about the concept. It is rarer still that a knife so well executed, in both concept and production, does these things with subtlety. Such are Blind Horse Knives’ BHK-T1 and BHK-T2.

The handle scales of the diminutive BHK-T1 are made of Resiten, a phenolic resin comparable to Micarta. These handle scales are what make the first impression. The knife’s handle-to-blade ratio is excellent, affording a secure and comfortable grip thanks to an ergonomic handle swell. The scales have just enough texture so that they never feel slippery, but the countersunk fish-eye bolts, brass lanyard tube and full tang are so perfectly flush to the handle that you’ll never feel the mating surfaces among them.

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