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  • News: Sharpest Knife Competition at Knives UK 2019

    News: Sharpest Knife Competition at Knives UK 2019

    This year at Knives UK (30th June 2019) you have the chance to redefine ‘sharp’. Using a BESS Certified sharpness testing machine, Tactical Reviews will be accepting entries for ‘The Sharpest Knife’ Competition, to definitively determine who has the sharpest edge. This is both a Knife sharpening competition and an …
  • Gear Review: Nordic Pocket Saw (Pocket Chainsaw)

    Gear Review: Nordic Pocket Saw (Pocket Chainsaw)

    Over the years I’ve used all sorts of two-handed flexible pocket saws, but none as effective as the Nordic Pocket saw pocket chainsaw. Many ‘survival’ pocket saws are wire, and tend to tear or abrade rather than cut. What caught my eye with the Nordic Pocket saw was the sawdust …
  • Announcement: Podcast Guest Appearance – TTCO

    Announcement: Podcast Guest Appearance – TTCO

    I’m excited to announce that this year while attending the IWA 2019 show, I was invited to be a guest on the excellent ‘Think Twice Cut Once Podcast’ hosted by Tim Reeve and Matt Fabbi of Chris Reeve Knives. (For those not familiar with this podcast it is definitely not …
  • Video: Armourlite at IWA 2019 – Preview of Three New Tritium Watches

    Video: Armourlite at IWA 2019 – Preview of Three New Tritium Watches

    This is the first dedicated Video Post on Tactical Reviews – Look out for the Video Camera symbol. In this Video, recorded at IWA 2019 and presented by Armourlite CEO Ashley Diener, we get a preview of three new tritium watches. So new, the links included below might not yet …
  • Sharpest Knife Competition at IWA 2019 – The RESULTS

    Sharpest Knife Competition at IWA 2019 – The RESULTS

    Fortunately, fitting the Sharpest Knife Competition into a very tight IWA 2019 schedule ended up working out perfectly. Huge thanks must go to Tim and Anne Reeve, Matt and Marissa of Chris Reeve Knives for being such wonderful hosts, as well as everyone who took part and joined in the …
  • Knife Review: Lionsteel M4

    Knife Review: Lionsteel M4

    If the Lionsteel M4 is not on your list of candidates for a utility / bushcraft / general purpose fixed blade knife, it should be. It is not a new model at the time of this review, now entering its third year of production, and the Mik Molletta designed M4 …
  • Light Review: Armytek Prime Pro – PART 3 – The Results

    Light Review: Armytek Prime Pro – PART 3 – The Results

    In ‘Part Three’ we get to see how these lights really perform, what the beams look like, their output figures and insights into what they are really like to use. – This is Part Three of a group review of four models of Armytek’s ‘Prime Pro’ range of lights (plus …
  • Light Review: Armytek Prime Pro – PART 2 – A1 / A2 / Uni C2

    Light Review: Armytek Prime Pro – PART 2 – A1 / A2 / Uni C2

    In ‘Part Two’ we will be taking a first look at the Prime Pro A1 and A2, plus the Uni C2 Charger. – This is Part Two of a group review of four models of Armytek’s ‘Prime Pro’ range of lights (also included with the Prime Pro lights was the …
  • Light Review: Armytek Prime Pro – PART 1 – C1 / C2 USB Magnet

    Light Review: Armytek Prime Pro – PART 1 – C1 / C2 USB Magnet

    Armytek have always impressed me with how much functionality they manage to pack into the control systems of their lights. (I still keep a Predator V1.2 with S-tek driver in my bedside table drawer). This group review is of four models of their ‘Prime Pro’ range of lights (also included …
  • Sharpest Knife Competition at IWA 2019

    Sharpest Knife Competition at IWA 2019

    This year at IWA, Tactical Reviews is throwing down the gauntlet and asking the knife trade “How sharp can you go?”. OK, it’s actually a lot less formal than that, a ‘just for fun’ competition to see who can create the finest edge on a knife blade, by any means …
  • Knife Review: Spyderco Hundred Pacer

    Knife Review: Spyderco Hundred Pacer

    What are your first impressions of the Spyderco Hundred Pacer? Well, it certainly is an unusual looking knife with an unusual name and design inspiration, and I’ll admit to being sceptical about the look of this knife. But, whatever your first impressions are, I can say that this knife has …
  • Knife Review: Chris Reeve Knives Nyala (Insingo blade)

    Knife Review: Chris Reeve Knives Nyala (Insingo blade)

    Chris Reeve Knives’ Nyala fixed blade knife (first released in 2010) is a classic skinner / utility knife. Available in a drop-point, or, as featured here, the Insingo style blade (a modified Wharncliffe), and coming in a traditional leather pouch-sheath. Despite being a modern contemporary design, it achieves a timeless …
  • Gear Review: NORDIC HEAT Heated Glove Liner (Thin)

    Gear Review: NORDIC HEAT Heated Glove Liner (Thin)

    Having been thoroughly impressed by NORDIC HEAT in previous years at IWA, at IWA 2018 I made sure to visit them to be able to talk directly about their thoughtful approach to electrically heated clothing; plus I wanted to take the opportunity try some of their products at the show. …
  • Knife Review: Fox Suru – Exclusive Heinnie Haynes Edition

    Knife Review: Fox Suru – Exclusive Heinnie Haynes Edition

    In this review, the Fox Suru on test is not just any old Suru, it’s the ‘Heinnie Haynes Edition’. As well as having global reach, Heinnie Haynes is the UK’s largest seller of knives and EDC gear. With its roots in the UK market there is particular interest in knives …
  • Knife Review: Lionsteel TM1 CF

    Knife Review: Lionsteel TM1 CF

    Lionsteel are a brand that stand out year-on-year thanks to maintaining a superb level of manufacturing quality over a wide range of knife designs, both fixed and folding. This review takes a look at the Carbon Fibre version of the TM1 folding knife. Like the outstanding SR-1 (which is still …