When you think of Smith and Wesson, high-quality knives might not be the first thing that comes to mind.
No, you probably think of great firearms… and Dirty Harry. But the truth is, Smith and Wesson also manufactures quality knives. They’re of the type that appeal to hunters and those interested in self-defense—these aren’t your average kitchen knives.
Smith and Wesson knives are versatile and rugged. They’re designed for the field, with sturdy blades that hold their cutting edges, and good grips for ease of use.
If you’re out in the wilderness, where a quality knife can mean the difference between life and death, then these are the blades for you.
So let’s cut to the chase. Here’s our Smith and Wesson knife review for 2020.
1. 10” Extreme Ops Tanto Pocket Knife
This is a great tactical folding knife, with the best features and quality for its price point.
As the name suggests, it includes a 10-inch folding blade and weighs in at a very reasonable 8.8 ounces. The blade is stainless steel and it comes with aluminum handles and a pocket clip.
Another nice touch is that this blade comes with an ambidextrous thumb knob. This is great for southpaws, or ease of access to the knife in general.
2. HRT Boot Knife
This is a fine, attractively priced fixed blade. The stainless steel, high-carbon blade is 4.7 inches long, and the knife overall is 9 inches in length. On top of that, it only weighs 7.7 ounces.
This knife comes with a dual-edged blade, along with a handguard to protect your fingers. A dual-edged knife also has the advantage of allowing you to use either hand for cutting. But it also makes it easier to hurt yourself—so be careful using it.
The knife comes with a sheath for your boot or your belt, which gives you quick access.
3. 10.5” Fixed Blade Knife
This is another fixed blade knife. The overall length is 10.5 inches, with the blade about 6 inches long. It also has a handguard, which is a must for these types of knives.
The knife only weighs 7.4 ounces, making it lightweight and versatile for its size.
4. M&P Linerlock Knife With M.A.G.I.C. Assist
This is a perfect, lightweight tactical knife. It only weighs about 7.6 ounces and features a 3.6-inch blade for a total knife length of 8.6 inches.
Another great feature is its M.A.G.I.C. assisted opening. Rather than having to open the knife manually, you just press the button and out pops the blade. This makes it one of the better Smith and Wesson folding knives.
And yes, there’s a lock so it won’t accidentally spring open when you least want it to.
5. 8” First Response Drop-Point Serrated Pocket Knife
This is a fantastic blade.
At only 5.8 ounces, it’s very light in the hand. The knife is 8 inches long overall, with a 3.3-inch blade. Unlike the other knives we’ve featured so far, it has a typical, shiny stainless steel look to it.
Also, it comes with some added functionality: a strap-cutter and a glass break at the end of the handle.
6. 7.1” Extreme Ops
This is a good-looking knife. It features a black oxide stainless steel blade, conferring both sharpness and rust-resistance.
For a Smith and Wesson knife, it’s also incredibly compact and lightweight. It extends to 7.1 inches when unfolded, and only weighs about 3.5 ounces. It folds up nicely to fit in your pocket, or you can clip it to your belt.
7. Outback Kukri Machete
Okay, this one is a little different from the blades we’ve examined so far.
It’s based on the kukri, the distinctive blade of the Nepalese and Indian Gurkhas, and features a 12-inch stainless steel blade designed to stand up to all the rigors of brush-cutting. The curved blade is perfect for chopping through thick vegetation, and the rubber handle is maximized for comfort.
There’s also a nylon sheath included, so you can stow your machete when not in use.
8. Six-Piece 8” Throwing Set
Now we’re getting into something a little more specialized. If knife-throwing is your thing, then these throwing knives are just the ticket.
All six knives are 8 inches long, and they each weigh 4.7 ounces. But there’s more to it than that.
When it comes to throwing knives, it’s all about the balance. No amount of skill can overcome a poorly balanced knife. All six of these blades are well balanced to ensure accuracy.
Now all you have to do is learn how to throw them.
9. 9” Tanto Fixed Blade Boot Knife
Here’s another fixed blade boot knife. It’s a 9-inch knife overall, with a 4.7-inch blade made of 400 series stainless steel.
It’s fairly lightweight at 7.2 ounces, and it has the perfect shape and fit for inserting into a work boot.
10. 3.75” Karambit
The karambit-type knife is a versatile little blade that’s always a favorite with the hunting set. Its shape enables precision cutting for skinning and defleshing, which is always a plus.
But the karambit also doubles as a great multipurpose knife. It’s perfect for self-defense and just about any other use a knife might have.
This particular karambit is manufactured of top-quality, high-carbon stainless steel, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
The Best Smith and Wesson Knives of 2020
Look, it’s a well-known fact that you can never have too many knives. And when it comes to high-quality Smith and Wesson knives, the choices are endless.
Whether you’re looking for tactical knives, hunting knives, throwing knives, or a kukri machete, Smith and Wesson has pretty much got it all. Whichever knife you’re looking for, the Knife Depot has you covered.
So if you’re in the market for a Smith and Wesson blade, check out our inventory to find what you’re looking for.