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LATEST REVIEWS and ARTICLES
The latest reviews are listed here, but are also included in the review listings by section and alphabetical order

  • Announcement: The ‘Sharpest Knife’ Competition at KnivesUK 2018

    Announcement: The ‘Sharpest Knife’ Competition at KnivesUK 2018

    Are you the owner of the sharpest tool in the box? This year at Knives UK (24th June 2018), using a certified sharpness testing machine, Tactical Reviews will be accepting entries for ‘The Sharpest Knife’ Competition to definitively answer this question. This is both a Knife sharpening competition and an …
  • Knife Review: Extrema Ratio RAO II

    Knife Review: Extrema Ratio RAO II

    Extrema Ratio’s RAO II is an update of the original RAO which was developed back in 2006. Designed as a super tough, compact, survival and field knife, the brutish RAO was an immediate modern classic. In 2014, with improved ergonomics and a new drop-point blade, the RAO II widens the …
  • Knife Review: Pohl Force Prepper One (Tactical)

    Knife Review: Pohl Force Prepper One (Tactical)

    Born from key influences in Dietmar Pohl’s lifelong passion for knives, the Prepper One combines the hollow handle survival knife concept with a traditional style ‘straight’ utility knife. By using modern materials and manufacturing techniques, Dietmar Pohl has avoided all the typical weaknesses of hollow handle knives and produced a …
  • Tactical Reviews at IWA 2018

    Tactical Reviews at IWA 2018

    This year was the 45th edition of IWA OutdoorClassics at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg with 1,558 exhibitors and almost 47,000 trade visitors from around the world. Exhibitors from almost 60 countries and trade visitors from about 130 countries gave the 45th edition of IWA OutdoorClassics even more of an international …
  • Gear Review: FLIR Scout TK Thermal Camera

    Gear Review: FLIR Scout TK Thermal Camera

    FLIR are a leading manufacturer of thermal imaging sensors and thermal cameras, and though this technology still remains relatively expensive, FLIR have been producing consumer devices that bring thermal imaging within reach for everyone. In this review we are looking at the Scout TK, FLIR’s palm-sized self-contained thermal vision monocular, …
  • Knife Review: Extrema Ratio TASK J

    Knife Review: Extrema Ratio TASK J

    Based on the original TASK tactical knife designed by Thilo Schiller, this version of the TASK, the TASK J has been developed as a collaboration with the Jagdkommando Unit, the Austrian Army special forces. Their requirements were for a heavier duty version of the original TASK which could survive more …
  • Light Review: Streamlight Dualie – 3AA Magnet, 2AA ATEX and Laser ATEX

    Light Review: Streamlight Dualie – 3AA Magnet, 2AA ATEX and Laser ATEX

    Streamlight’s Dualie range are not the only dual-beam lights available, so might look familiar. The 3AA version is not new, but the 2AA ATEX and 3AA Laser ATEX are both recent additions for Streamlight, adding more options to this Intrinsically Safe range. Taking a more detailed look at the Dualie …
  • Knife Review: Lionsteel T5 MI

    Knife Review: Lionsteel T5 MI

    Each year at IWA, there are a few blades that stand out and draw you back to them time and again. Lionsteel’s T5 was one of those, and may well have been my most visited blade at IWA 2017. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot …
  • Light Review: Streamlight Super Siege Lantern

    Light Review: Streamlight Super Siege Lantern

    In its first incarnation, the Siege lantern was a full size D-cell powered light, shortly followed by the cute Siege AA (you guessed it, powered by AA-cells). But not yet finished, Streamlight have taken the lantern to another level with the Super Siege, which now features a built-in rechargeable battery …
  • Knife Review: Spyderco Bradley Bowie

    Knife Review: Spyderco Bradley Bowie

    It’s not something I’ve been able to properly define, but there are some knives that just look ‘right’ from the moment you first see them, and the Spyderco Bradley Bowie (designed by Gayle Bradley of course) is one of those. Many knives have specific purposes and their design reflects the …
  • Light Review: Jetbeam E01R and E10R USB Rechargeable EDC lights

    Light Review: Jetbeam E01R and E10R USB Rechargeable EDC lights

    Jetbeam are taking the concept of USB rechargeable EDC lights to a new level of convenience with their super compact E01R (AAA) and E10R (AA/14500), by hiding the charging port so well you would never guess they had this feature just by looking at them. Taking a more detailed look …
  • Light Review: Streamlight Vantage 180

    Light Review: Streamlight Vantage 180

    Streamlight make some of the most useful articulated-head lights I’ve ever used. Lights like the Knucklehead, and Sidewinder bring an extra level of functionality with their adjustable heads. For this reason I was particularly excited to get my hands on their latest articulated light, Streamlight’s Vantage 180. Taking a more …
  • Knife Review: Cold Steel Espada XL G-10

    Knife Review: Cold Steel Espada XL G-10

    Inspired by the classical Navaja knives of Spain, Cold Steel’s Espada series are the result of a design collaboration between custom knife maker Andrew Demko and Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson, using modern design and materials to bring extreme performance to a range of huge folding knives. In this …
  • Light Review: Surefire 2211 Signature Wrist Light

    Light Review: Surefire 2211 Signature Wrist Light

    Surefire have expanded the choice in their 2211 Wrist Light range with the addition of the 2211 Signature Wrist Light. This features an integrated watch face (like the Luminox version) which is a special new Surefire branded version. Taking a more detailed look: This review sample was a final pre-production …
  • Gear Review: Wicked Edge Advanced Alignment Guide and Low Angle Adapter

    Gear Review: Wicked Edge Advanced Alignment Guide and Low Angle Adapter

    This is a supplementary review to the Wicked Edge ‘Field and Sport’ Sharpener Review as it covers two optional extras that extend the functionality of a Wicked Edge Sharpener. The Low angle adapter has been around for some time, but the Advanced alignment guide is a recent addition which further …