Melee Weapons

Knives

 

In truth, close to all knives will have the same stats.  Thus, knives will tend to have the same stats ad nauseum.  Can’t be helped, if, as some people have emailed me, want more delineated knives.

 

 

5.11 Tactical CUB Master 2.0

     Notes: Designed in collaboration with Steve Tarani, there are two CUB Masters: one with a 5.72-centimeter blade and one with an 8.13-centimeter blade.  Both have an ergonomic G-10-surface handle with a reversible belt clip that fits well in a forward and reverse grip.  There is a large finger ring at the end of the handle; most karambits have this for stabilization of hold.  Due to a collaboration with Emerson Knives, it has the Wave shape to its blade that makes draws and sheathing much faster.  The blade is of CPM-S30V Crucible Steel, making it tough, and the blade is ground to a razor;s edge like most karambits.  The CUB Master 2.0 was designed for the rigors of special operations use, and has seen some use with them.  The CUB Master 2.0 is a folder, with a positive snap-open/lock-open feature, and the handle is designed for a sure grip even in a wet, slippery, or bloody hand.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

CUB Master 2.0 (Small)

0.12 kg

$14

S

+1

Karambit

(1D6) + (0.4 STR or AMA or UMA)

CUB Master (Large)

0.15 kg

$17

S

+1

Karambit

(1D6+2) + (0.5 STR or AMA or UMA)

 

Benchmade 551H2O Griptilian

     Notes: The Griptilian is another lock blade designed primarily as a tool, but also useful as a weapon.  The handle is International Orange, and could be used as a small signal.  The blade is half serrations, with the rest a chisel blade with a back portion also chisel bladed.  It does not come with a sheath, but instead has a clip on the back.  The N680 steel is razor sharp and is resistant to all but the worst of the extremes (though it does require proper care and maintenance).  The blade's controls are ambidextrous, whether unfolding or folding.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Griptilian

0.11 kg

$19

S

0

Lock Knife

(1d6+1)+(0.5 STR)

 

Benchmade 761 Ti Monolock

     Notes: This is basically what you would expect from a combat-style lock blade.  The titanium-alloy handle is well-contoured and ergonomic. (The blade itself is of M390 Stainless Steel, which is quite hard and holds an edge well.)  It is heavy for a folder, but this is from the reliable lock mechanism and the weight of the blade (the knife is blade-heavy).  As the name indicates, the 761 Ti used a monolock mechanism, which is designed to be quite reliable.

     On the other hand, it's design makes it better for fighting than as a utility knife.  The handle is thin, but is ergonomic.  One problem is that the clip limits how you carry it, and you basically have to shift your grip after you pull it out preparatory to actually deploying it.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

761 Ti

0.12 kg

$22

S

0

Lock Knife

(1d6)+(0.5 STR)

 

Benchmade 3300 Infidel

     Notes: There is no mistaking the purpose of this knife – it is an automatic-deploying stiletto, with a long, narrow double-sided blade.  The blade is 10 centimeters long, with an overall length of 22.73 centimeters.  It has a 6061-T6 aluminum handle with a push-lever opening that is spring-loaded.  It has a G10 grip pattern. The blade material is D2 Tool Steel with a 60-62 Hardness Rating, highly-polished and with a lightning groove down the center.  The blade is a slender 3 millimeters down the center, at its thickest point.  It has a conventional clip allowing tip-down carry, and attachments for MOLLE gear on the Codura sheath.  It is not designed as a tool and should not be used as such – it is an offensive weapon.  Reviews are uniformly good, and it has seen some military use, both in training and combat.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

3300 Infidel

0.14 kg

$27

S

+1

Lock Stilletto

(1d6+1) + (0.3 STR or 0.6 AMA)

 

Blackhawk XSF Micro

     Notes: The XSF Micro is a miniature dagger, with a triangular, elongated blade and a narrow, barely-ergonomic handle and is probably better wrapped in 550 cord for a surer and more comfortable grip.  Despite its small size and light weight, the blade shape makes it a good thrusting weapon, and the interposing blades make slashing attacks also feasible.  It therefore causes outsized damage.  It was designed to alleviate a common problem among daggers -- broken tips.  Despite its blades, the XSF Micro is basically a stabbing dagger.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

XSF Micro

0.05 kg

$5

S

0

Short Dagger

(1d6-1)+(0.5 STR)

 

Boker Aurora

     Notes: This is a folder with a short, broad blade and a sharply-curved handle.  The locking mechanism is a framelock and the handle is made of titanium with two-tone anodizing. The titanium liners inside the handle give the blade excellent stability, and the radial milling grants a good grip.  The blade is made of 154CM steel, a premium steel known for toughness and its ability to hold an edge.  The blade is 4 millimeters wide and 8.11 centimeters long, and has been given a flat edge.  It comes straight out of the handle and then rapidly curves to a point.  The blade has a stonewashed finished.  The belt clip is detachable.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Aurora

0.14 kg

$26

S

0

Lock Knife

(1d6)+(0.5 STR)

 

Boker Magnum Lil Friend

     Notes: Though there is a lot of talk about the Lil Friend having too small a grip and in general being too small, it is quite good at its purpose -- being an easily-concealable knife for very short range combat.  It is a Tanto-type knife, shaped like a miniature katana with a serrated back, and comes in a small, flat scabbard. designed to be tied to an equipment belt, with a clip on the back for general stowing.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Lil Friend

0.05 kg

$5

S

0

Single-Blade Knife

(1d6-2)+(0.5 UMA)

 

Boker Plus CLB Karambit

     Notes: This knife is a modified karambit; it has minimal hook to its blade, and the blade shape is more like a very short tanto than a true karambit.  The blade starts with a shallow curve , then continues the blade angled to a point, with a slight back edge.  It has a small section on the back for sawing.  The fingerhole includes a gate to use it as a belt loop.  It has a plain composite G10 handle.  It is useful in the right hand or left hand, but not reversed except for the very skilled.  The blade is of 440C Stainless Steel coated with Titanium/Nickel finish. It is a folder, and locks open with a push on a stud. (Users say the frame lock is a bit stiff, however.) The blade is 7.3 centimeters and overall length is 19.7 centimeters.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

CLB Karambit

0.14 kg

$15

S

0

Modified Karambit

(1d6+1) + (0.4 STR or AMA)

 

Brite-Strike Brite-Blade Tactical Lighted Survival Knife

     Notes: Though it conceivably be used for defense of even offense, the Brite-Blade is more a tool than anything else.  The Brite-Blade is a folder that comes in a small box, which is clipped to a belt; it is not just a knife, but also a survival package.  The Brite-Blade, also known by its company designation of TLSK-100, has a blade of 440C stainless steel with a proprietary titanium coating, ground to be razor-sharp, and easy to sharpen.  The blade is 8.89 centimeters long and a little over 3 millimeters at its thickest point. It tapers to a point, with a gentle curve on the blade side, and the back of the blade, which also has a (less sharp) edge. There are two styles of blade to choose from: a straight blade and a blade with a base that is serrated for sawing.  The knife has a single edge. The blade is spring-loaded and flicks out. Like a switchblade (though it is much larger). The handle/body is made of Mil-Spec 6061 aluminum which is hard anodized, as is its box and the tools.  Two tactical 45-lumen LED penlights come with the package, and these can be slid into the back of the knife and held there by the bracket and a magnetic strip.  They also may be put on the magnetic strip at a 90-degree angle. They come in red and white light, and could be used to dazzle an opponent; however, they are more designed to be used as a source of light, and can be used removed from the knife. They take a single AAA battery each. Other tools include a carbide window punch, a seat belt cutter/wire stripper/cord cutter, a ferrocerium fire-starting strike strip/knife edge deburring tool, a wire stripper, a line/rope cutter, and an extra belt clip which can also be used as a flat-head screwdriver or used to carry the knife and box separately. The heel of the knife has a positive line lock.  The entire package is quite small and light in weight.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Brite-Blade

0.45 kg (Box)/0.15 kg (Knife)

$247

S

0 (+1 With Light Mounted)

Tool

(1d6) + (0.25 STR)

 

Buck/TOPS CSAR-T

     Notes: The CSAR-T (Combat Search and Rescue Tool) is definitely not a combat knife at its first use; it looks very much like a meat cleaver and not a combat knife.  This is because the CSAR-T is designed as tool for rescue purposes, particularly from downed aircraft.  The blade is 11.43 centimeters long and heavy; the knife is also heavy.  The blade and tang are of 420HC steel, and tempered for extra toughness.  Openings on the back of the blade allow limited use of the CSAR-T as a screwdriver or wrench.  The CSAR-T is ideal for chopping and sawing, and the handle hex hole can also take some kinds of sockets, making it even more useful as a tool.  The handle is of a tough Kevlar/polymer composite, with a large finger dimple for the front finger.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

CSAR-T

0.4 kg

$73

S

-1

Chopping Blade Knife

(1d6+2) + (0.5 STR)

 

Buck Knives Bones

     Notes: This is a folding lock knife with a skeletonized handle and an attractive tiger-stripe camouflage pattern on the handle and knife itself.  It comes in small and standard-size versions, and the standard size has a half-serrated blade.  The blade shape is a modified Tanto, and on the standard blade is 7.62 centimeters long; on the small version, the blade is 5.52 centimeters.  Overall length with the blade extended is 11.75 centimeters for the standard size, and 10.55 inches for the small size.  Both use 420HC Stainless Steel hardened to Rc 58 for the blade and regular stainless steel for the handle. Even the pocket clip is stainless steel.  The handle is ergonomic, with three finger grooves.  The blade springs open at the pressing of an ambidextrous stud.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Bones Standard Size

1.25 kg

$73

S

0

Folding Tanto

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR or 0.4 AMA)

Bones Small Size

0.51 kg

$36

S

0

Folding Tanto

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

 

Bud Nealy Shrike G-10

     Notes: The Shrike G-10 is a short, pointed blade.  It is available in two sizes, both with 10.16-centimeter blades: one with an overall length of 18.42 centimeters and one with an overall length of 19.05 centimeters.  This allows the user to choose the one that best fits his hand, with a secondary thought of the shorter knife providing better concealability.  The Shrike G-10 is balanced for throwing.

    The Shrike G-10 comes with a sheath that uses what Bud Nealy calls an MCS – Multi-Concealment Sheath system.  It can be carried in several ways, on the belt in a conventional manner, on MOLLE gear, up an arm or leg, in a neck sheath, under the arm, or a shoulder-carried neck sheath. When carried on a belt or MOLLE gear, the sheath allows for carry in any orientation.  It has polyurethane straps in addition to its belt and MOLLE clips. The sheath is of black Kydex, and allows for left-side or right-side carry. The handle is of checkered black or OD Green polymer material, with no pommel – it simply curves at the end.  The handle has a G-10 pattern, (hence the name),and has finger grooves. The blade is of CPM-154 stainless bead-blasted steel, with a high carbon content for strength, keeping an edge, and easy sharpening. The blade is hollow-ground, with jimping around the handle; it can be sharpened to a razor-sharp edge. The blade is on the bottom, with a slight curve toward the very sharp tip.  It is primarily a stabbing knife that can also be used for slashing or ripping (to an extent).

     The Shrike Stag is basically the take, but the handle is made from a Sambar Stag horn, headed by a reinforced copper bolster and secured with copper screws  It also has a bladed back side, running about 2/3 on the top edge.  The overall size is 18.1 centimeters, with a blade length of 9.53 centimeters. It essentially a combat knife done over to look good, and to be even more concealable. 

     The Shrike is not meant to be a tool; it’s sole purpose is being a weapon which is concealable.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Shrike G-10

0.23 kg

$42

S

0

Dagger

(1d6) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

Shrike Stag

0.23 kg

$41

S

0

Dagger

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

 

Camilus 7.75-Inch Fixed Blade

     Notes: This is a shortish (for a fixed blade), lightweight knife that is of good quality, but fairly inexpensive (IRL).  The 7.75 inches refers to the entire length of the knife, not the blade, which is 3.75 inches. The blade and tang are of a steel alloy called AUS-8, and the blade is coated with Carbonitride Titanium. It has a handle of Micarta, which at 10.16 centimeters, is considered to be too short by many users.  It is an ergonomic grip (with an extra grip ridge for the front finger), so for those with hands the right size, it provides a good tight grip.  The knife’s sheath not only has a loop on the back for placement on a belt, it has a clip for simple belt placement or to clip to any number of loops of straps, and it also has a hole in the clip to tie it onto something if necessary.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

7.75” Fixed Blade

0.2 kg

$20

S

0

Single-Blade Knife

(1d6) + (0.33 STR)

 

CKRT Triumph Crawford NECK

     Notes: The Crawford NECK is…well…designed specifically with slitting throats in mind, and other hand-to-hand fighting or disposing of persons silently.  It is also meant to kill someone in less than opportune conditions, such as when your firearm has been knocked out of your hand or has malfunctioned, the victim is in a crowd, or the victim is too close for a shot.  The NECK (No-nonsense Emergency Compact Knife) is a single-bladed short knife which has a point that comes off the straight edge of the blade at an angle to a point. This is known as a Tanto blade.  The handle is wrapped in 550 cord that can also be used to neck-carry the blade.  The 550 cord may be adjusted to fit by use of rubber keepers on the tang. It has a Kydex sheath has a patented which belt release design that allow a quick draw of the knife and the sheath, leaving the clip behind.  The belt clip can also be locked down with screws for a more secure carry.  The sheath has detents to lock the knife in the sheath, yet allow for a smooth draw.

     The blade length is 7 centimeters long, for a total length of 16.5 centimeters.  The blade, at its thickest point, is 3.5 millimeters.  Construction of the blade and tang is of 2CR13 steel, with a blade hardness of 51-53.  It comes from the factory with a razor edge and a hollow grind.  The finish is black EDP, with OD Green 550 cord.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Triumph Crawford NECK

0.1 kg

$11

S

+1

Single-Blade Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.2 STR or 0.5 AMA)

 

Cold Steel Hold Out

     Notes: Each of these folders come in versions with a plain edge and a serrated edge.  Both are useful as fighting knifes.  The plain-edged knives are useful for slicing and skinning, as well as fighting.  The serrated edge knives are useful for cutting bone, wood, and aircraft skins, and can also inflict nasty wounds on an enemy.  (The company emphasizes their use as a tool.) 

     Hold Out II blade construction is satin-polished Carpenter CTS XHP alloy steel. They are flat-ground from the spine, with a shallow V-shaped cross-section to the blade, and hand-ground and honed to a razor edge; the tip is needle-sharp.  The blade is 3.5mm wide at its widest point, and the blade is 10.16 centimeters long.  When the blade is out, the overall length is 22.86 centimeters.  The handle is covered in a G-10 pattern; the handle has a belt clip to affix it to a belt or other load-carrying gear.

     The Hold Out III is largely like the Hold Out II, but the blade is shorter at 7.62 centimeters, and an overall length of 17.78 centimeters.  Blade width is 3 millimeters. The handle is the same as on the Hold Out II; the blade just not fit in so snugly.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Hold Out II (Straight Edge)

0.1 kg

$15

S

+1

Folder Knife

(1d6) + (0.25 STR or 0.4 AMA)

Hold Out II (Serrated Edge)

0.1 kg

$16

S

0

Folder Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.3 STR or 0.6 AMA)

Hold Out III (Straight Edge)

0.07 kg

$11

S

0

Folder Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.2 STR or 0.3 AMA)

Hold Out III (Serrated Edge)

0.07 kg

$12

S

0

Folder Knife

(1d6) + (0.2 STR or 0.5 AMA)

 

Colonel Knives LowVz

     Notes: These knives are angled and designed to curl up in a first, to be used essentially to woodpecker with when fighting.  They have a large thumbhole and a small handle to fit into the fist and a short double-bladed knife. The knives have a 70-millimeter blade and a 76-millimeter handle.  The NP3+ has G10 grip patterns and jimping at the spine and hilt.  It comes with a Kydex 100 sheath, with a grommet/slot array for easy attachment to a belt or gear.  The Robar Roguard has essentially the same features, but has a convertible clip.  The Robard Rogard’s finish is black, while it is silver for the NP3+.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

LowVz NP3+

0.3 kg

$30

S

-1

Double-Blade Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.25 AMA)

LowVz Robar Roguard

0.3 kg

$40

S

0

Double-Blade Knife

(1d6) + (0.25 AMA)

 

Emerson X-HD Karambit

     Notes: Emerson says they based this knife on a tiger’s claw.  Like most karambits, it is a wickedly-hooked blade, almost like a pick which is hook-shaped.  It can be used to make stabbing strikes, but the best use appears to be a ripping cut, as the blade is on the inside of the curve.  It is, make no mistake, a battle blade.  The blade is over 8 centimeters long, with a cutting surface nearly 9 centimeters long around its curve.  The blade is of 154 CM Premium Blade Steel, either finished in black or stonewashed, with a satin silver blade surface.  The blade has a chisel grind and is said to be razor-sharp.  The handle has a Black G10 epoxy/glass laminate composite.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

X-HD Karambit

0.18 kg

$27

S

+1

Karambit

(1d6+1) + (0.5 STR or AMA)

 

Hogue EX-T01 Tomahawk

     Notes: Perhaps more of a display piece than a weapon of tool due to its RL price and it's limited issue, the EX-T01 is nonetheless quite capable of felling trees and delivering killing blows. The blade head is skeletonized, and some sections of this head may be removed to make it able to be used as a pickaxe, grapple, or hand hook.; some sections also be added on to create a head backed by an adze.  Finishes for the handle include Red Lava Scales, Green Scales, Dark Earth Scales, and Black Scales.  The EX-T01 has a sheath that fits around the entire head, connected to a paddle sheath.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

EX-T01

0.66 kg

$66

M

+1

Tomahawk

(1d6+1) + (0.75 STR)

 

M3 Trench Knife

     Notes: The request for this knife was issued in 1942; by 1943, just about everyone was making them.  By 1944, it had been replaced by the M4.  It was a strong but rugged knife, and has been copied by almost everyone (I had a knife of this type in the Army).  At first, it came with a leather scabbard reinforced by metal, but it proved too prone to deterioration with normal use, so it was replaced by a plastic sheath similar to that of the M7 bayonet sheath.  And, GIs themselves improvised many ways to carry their knives.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

M3

0.24 kg

$25

S

0

Dagger

(1d6) + (STR)

 

M1918 Mk I Trench Knife

     Notes: The M1918 Mk I was designed for the pitched trench fighting of World War 1, but barely issued during that war.  In World War 2, they were issued en masse to Rangers, Paratroopers, Marine Raiders, and some other special operations units like Merrill's Marauders.  The knives consisted of a dagger-like knife with a handle that incorporated a pair of brass knuckles, which were themselves spiked, and the end of the hilt likewise spiked.  Reviews of these knives depended on the experience of the user -- some thought they were great fighting knives, others found the blades snapped off too easily, especially during utility work.  The user of an M1918 Mk I can make an attack with a part of the weapon, then immediately make another attack at one difficulty level more -- but if he misses that second roll, he cannot make any attack with the weapon on the next round. The blade was known to be able to take a sharp edge, but that edge dulled quickly. damage will be listed with the knife blade/brass knuckles/heel spike.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

M1918 Mk I

0.4 kg

$70

S

+1

Dagger w/Brass Knuckles

(1d6) + (STR, 1+UMA or 1+AMA)

 

Camillus Folding Knife w/Martin Spike

     Notes: The blade on this knife looks more like a straight razor than anything else, though it has a wicked curved spike that folds out from the rear of the knife.  The blade is for slashing and the spike for stabbing and blocking.  The knife is of very strong VG-10 stainless steel.  The spike is also used as an aid for splicing ropes and tying knots. The knife is more a tool, on the whole, for working with ropes than a weapon.  The stainless steel construction means that it is highly-resistant to rust and blemishes, and the G-10 handle assures a grip in wet weather.  The damage listed is by blade/spike.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Folding Knife w/Martin Spike

0.08 kg

$15

S

0

Small Knife w/Rear Spike

(1d6-2) + (0.5 UMA)

 

Camillus TigerSharp Skinning Knife

     Notes: The TigerSharp is, as the name indicates, is designed primarily for dressing game and as a tool rather than a weapon.  It actually makes a rather clumsy weapon, though hits scored will easily slice through clothing and skin due to the sharpness of the blade. The TigerSharp is shaped as almost a quarter circle, with the point at the top of the curved blade and meeting the slightly-curved top edge.  The cutting edge goes through the round and all the way to the point, but it is a single-edged blade.  The TigerSharp comes with a two replacement blades, so one does not have to sharpen blades while in the field; Camillus also sells four-packs of replacement blades at a very reasonable price. The TigerSharp is named for its TigerSharp blade technology, using a proprietary steel alloy and bonded to a layer of titanium. Camillus says that this TigerSharp technology makes a blade three times harder than carbon steel or stainless steel.  The blade is 7.62 centimeters long, with an overall length of 19.2 centimeters.  It is a very light knife. The handle is of a synthetic glass fiber/nylon blend, molded in a camouflage pattern, with an OD Green checkered grip area. Price below is with the two replacement blades included.

     Some users say that the TigerSharp is not up to Camillus’s usual standards.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

TigerSharp Skinning Knife

0.09 kg

$34

S

-1

Tool Knife

(1d6-2) + (0.15 STR or 0.4 AMA)

 

CampCo UZI Covert Neck Knife

     Notes: This knife is a full 20 centimeters long, with an ergonomic handle and curved cutting edge, with a serrated back edge for sawing.  Though the sawing blade is good for its purpose, the tip is prone to breaking when used for utility. It is a medium-sized fighting knife for both slashing and stabbing when the tip is used correctly.  It's light for its size, and the sheath has a back clip as well as attachments for an equipment belt.  As it comes from the manufacturer, the blade is dull, and needs a lot of work.  It is also on a chisel cut, which is not conducive for efficient slashing.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

UZI Knife

0.08 kg

$14

S

+1

Short Knife

1d6 + (0.5 AMA)

 

Case V-42 Stiletto

     Notes: Still available today, the V-42 was first designed in early World War 2 and issued only in very limited amounts -- some of it's users included the First Special Service Force, Marine Raiders,  and OSS.  It was based on the famous Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, and was a double-edged dagger made of high-carbon steel.  It was designed both for surprise attacks as well as close-quarters fighting.  The blade is designed for thrusting and penetration, and could be spiked through a German helmet of the time period.  It was not designed or meant for utility use -- it's high-carbon, flat blade was prone to snapping when used to pry open a box, for example.  The pommel also had a spike like that of the M1918 Mk I, which could be used to break skulls or necks when used correctly.

     The original sheath was hard and inflexible, and not such a hit.  There were several injuries among paratroopers when the V-42 was carried in a leg sheath of the early type, up to broken bones and cuts from the knife tip penetrating the sheath.  A reinforced leather sheath with a metal tip replaced the early sheath. The V-42 is the knife seen on the beret flashes and patches of the US Army Special Forces, Canadian SOCOM, and Canadian JTF-2.

     The US Marine Raiders, a force of elites among elites patterned after the British Marine Commandos, had their own version of this knife, called the Marine Raider Stiletto.  Marine Snipers also were issued the knife. If anything, it was even more meant for stabbing and penetration, with a longer, more pointed, and slimmer blade.  The handle was more ergonomic and did not have the pommel spike of the M3.  The Raiders, along with the 1st Canadian Airborne, found it more conducive to surprise attacks as well as hand-to-hand than the Mark 2 Ka-Bar or the even larger M1918 Mk I. It is made of heavier, high-density steel, very strong but heavy.  Many felt that this made the Marine Raider Stiletto a superior fighting knife, and the weight increased the power of blows. Like the V-42, the Marine Raider Stiletto was not meant as a utility knife.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

V-42

0.2 kg

$30

S

+1

Long Knife

(1d6) + (AMA or 1+UMA)

Marine Raider Stiletto

0.45 kg

$40

S

+1

Long Knife

(1d6+1) + (AMA)

 

CKRT Bear Claw

     Notes: Though the blade is relatively short at 6 centimeters, the edge is curved and wickedly serrated. The handle is simple, with a thumbhole for a sure grip (or to sprain your thumb). It is not meant so much to be a combat blade at to saw oneself out of belts, aircraft fuselages, car bodies, etc.  The Bear Claw may be had with serrated edge and blunt tip or as a plain edge with a sharp, stabbing cliff.  The scabbard has several holes to allow stowing in several ways, as well as a clip and a lanyard. The serrated edge version is not known for its ability to carry out precision cuts (is cannot peel an apple, for example).

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Bear Claw (Serrated Edge)

0.09 kg

$14

S

0

Short Knife

(1d6-1)+ (0.5 AMA)

Bear Claw (Plain Edge)

0.09 kg

$14

S

0

Short Knife

1d6 + (0.5 AMA)

 

CKRT Eros

     Notes: Legendary knifesmith Ken Onion designed the Eros to be primarily functional but non-tactical.  The Eros has a nylon sheath which can be zipped and unzipped as necessary.  The handle is of titanium alloy, as are the pivot bearings.  The blade is shaped like a small spear point.  Unfortunate features include squeezing the sides if the handle; it you do this on an Eros, you will quickly be fumbling trying to unjam the knife  In addition, the Eros is very right-handed; opening it left-handed takes a high degree of dexterity.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Eros

0.04 kg

$8

S

-1

Short Folding Dagger

(1d6-2)+(0.25 STR)

 

CKRT Hisshou

     Notes: This wicked-looking knife was designed by James Williams, based on feedback and suggestions from military personnel and special operators who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other little-publicized places.  It was designed first and foremost as a weapon, whether to quickly silence guards or use in a general knife-fight.  The knife is curved and the blade cutting edge is 33 centimeters, with an overall length of 46.69 centimeters.  At its thickest point, the Hisshou’s blade is 6.6 millimeters, giving a good backing. Its shape is based on a Tanto, though it does not have the squared off end, instead coming to a needle point.  The blade is of YK-30 high-carbon steel, with a high satin finish.  Though its stabbing performance is good, its forte is slashing.  The handle is Micarta, with a Ray Skin under the cord-wrapping. The sheath is specially-formed to be conducive to retention and quick-drawing.  It has a belt/gear clip, and it can be taken off gear or belts with a simple press.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Hisshou

0.46 kg

$92

S

+1

Modified Tanto

(1d6+2) + (0.25 STR or 0.4 AMA)

 

CKRT M16-04A

     Notes: This primarily a combat knife, though the web site says that it has utility for general chopping or whittling, and it does have a short (and I mean very short) sawing portion on top of the blade.  It is a Tanto-type blade, with an edge that extends completely up to the point, and a back edge that, while narrower than the rest of the knife, does not have an edge. It is an automatic-deploying blade, spring-loaded and opening at the press of a stud.  A second button provides a safety, keeping the blade in when folded and and making sure is locks out when the blade is out. The blade is made of CPM 154 steel with a Harness Rating of 58-60 RC.  The blade is 10.16 centimeters long, making an excellent fighting knife, and the shape makes ripping cuts and withdrawing the knife easier.  The thickness of the blade is 3.81 millimeters thick at its thickest point (the back of the blade).  The blade is finished in Matte Black DLC.  The edge is a plain slicing edge and easy to sharpen or make sharper.  The handle is of Type III Aircraft Aluminum, and anodized and finished in Matte Black with lightning holes in one side of the handle.  The handle thickens towards the blade, to help prevent finger slippage; the rest of the handle is plain with a slight curve in it and a pommel that is wider than the rest of the handle, reinforced for hammering or striking blows.  The M16-04A has a three-position stainless steel clip. Design is by noted bladesmith Kit Carson.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

M16-04A

0.15 kg

$31

S

0

Lock Tanto

(1d6+1) + (0.4 STR or 0.6 AMA)

 

CKRT SPEW

     Notes: The SPEW (Small Pocket Everyday Whamcliffe) is shaped almost like a kitchen implement -- but the rapidly sharpening blade and straight edge, as well as ergonomic handle, mark it as a weapon.  It looks good, and it looks like a small version of several larger knives.  Frequent sharpening is required, as it does not hold an edge well, and the edge is weak and prone to chipping, due to the Chinese steel used (China is not known for its quality knife steel).

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

SPEW

0.08 kg

$4

S

0

Short Dagger

(1d6-2) + (0.25 STR)

 

Collins V-44 Gung-Ho Knife

     Notes: The V-44 received it's Gung-Ho moniker from the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, who were the sole unit to adopt the knife other than some small amounts of use elsewhere.  It is a big, Bowie-type knife, with a 9.5-inch blade, almost large enough to be considered a shortsword.  The blade is wide, strong, with a blade sharpened along the inside edge and the Bowie-type edge.  They are based on, and almost identical to, the Collins Type 2 Survival Knife.  Most V-44s have Green Horn handles, though some were black plastic. It is a heavy, sharp blade that could probably take off an arm or hand with the right employment.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

V-44

0.91 kg

$50

S

0

Long Knife

(1d6+2) + (0.5 STR)

 

Cutco Mark 2 Ka-Bar

     Notes: A descendant of the Bowie Knife, the Ka-Bar was first issued in World War 2 and is now still manufactured by the KA-BAR Corporation, in an updated form.  Cutco, however, designed the knife in 1923; it simply did not attract much military sales until World War 2. There was civilian interest, as it could also be used for skinning and bone-cutting, qualities that made a good hunting knife. It is a single-edged wide blade that has a sharpened back edge to the point of the knife. It is designed for slashing, stabbing, and ripping, and in a piece of Grunt mentality, is also useful as a utility tool. Descendants of those World War 2 Marines still use a similar knife today. Military sales came about by an unusual route: the Marines were buying the Ka-Bar with their own money, and recommended them to their superiors, and the Mark 2 became official issue in 1942. The Navy also issued the Mark 2 to divers and Seabees. Some Ka-Bars were also issued to Army Personnel in World War 2, such as some Rangers and British Commandos.

     The Mark 2 and it's descendants are thought of by many as ideal knives, useful for fighting as well as prying the lids off boxes or unburying cables. The Ka-Bar is a large, heavy blade, capable of slashing blood vessels, opening up a gut, or piercing a helmet. The pommel is a flat face backed with high-strength steel, making it useful as a hammer.  It was supposedly capable of being sharpened with nothing more than a good-sized rock (though this story is probably apocryphal).  Like many knives when first issued, the Mark 2 was issued with a reinforced leather sheath.  This deteriorated quickly, particularly in the jungle that the Marines were fighting in in World War 2, and replaced with a plastic sheath with a metal reinforcing tip and a canvas belt loop.  Though technically not as an effective design as the M3 or the V-42, its weight, wide blade, and good mixture of steels made it at least the equal of those knives.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Mark 2 Ka-Bar

0.56 kg

$8

S

0

Long Knife

1d6+1+STR

 

Dawson Asian Tanto

     Notes: The Asian Tanto is not Tanto-like in design; in fact, it looks more like a slimmer version of a Roman gladius than a Tanto or Japanese Sword.  The blade is 48.26 centimeters long, and the overall length 76.84 centimeters, which in fact does make it a sword here in Texas where I live.  Ostensibly meant to be used as a sort of machete, its design and the slimness of the blade wouldn’t make a very good machete.  It seems more than anything else a killing weapon with a secondary use as a machete.  The top edge is sharpened for about a quarter of the way to give it even more utility as a weapon. It’s a sword “by any other name.” The blade is heat-treated for hardness and produces a tough, shock-resistant weapon with a superior edge that holds its edge. The Micarta handle is slightly curved and the hand wraps around it naturally; it is overlaid in two sections with Japanese Interlocking Wrap in 550 cord.  An alternate handle is of exotic rare woods plus the Japanese Interlocking Wrap. The standard Asian Tanto is made from 5160 high-carbon steel alloy; the buyer has the option of an American Damascus steel blade and tang.  The blade and tang are treated with a thin layer of clear Cerekote to make it further weatherproof.  The sheath may be hand-stitched leather treated against rot and weather or a less-expensive (IRL) Kydex sheath with attachment points to attach it to a belt or backpack.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Asian Tanto

0.99 kg

$298

M

+1

Sword

(2d6-3) + (0.25 STR or 0.5 AMA)

 

Emerson Karambit-SF

     Notes: Also known as the Super Karambit and the Super Folder Karambit, the blade is, like most karabits, wickedly sharp.  It has the sort of high-quality construction people have come to expect from Emerson Knives.  The handle has a G10 pattern and is of composite material.  The blade material is of 154CM Stainless Steel, polished; the rest of the metal of the knife has a brushed surface.  The blade is large and generous and the karambit has an overall length of 26 centimeters with a blade of 6.6 centimeters.  Like almost all karambits, the handle includes a large finger ring.  Emerson says that the Karambit-SF is made in a special wave-shaped feature.  Opening and closing are ambidextrous, and forward or reverse openings and use are equally valid methods of use.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Karambit-SF

0.12 kg

$14

S

+1

Karambit

(1D6+2) + (0.5 STR or AMA or UMA)

 

ESSE Izula-II

     Notes: The Izula-II is a lightweight, short-bladed knife designed for survival use, making is more a tool than a combat knife.  The blade is a mere 6.68 centimeters long, and is shaped more like a chopper than a combat knife.  The blade has a flat grind. The blade is of 1095 carbon steel and is 3.96 millimeters thick, with a back near the base having a sawing edge.  It is a good knife for skinning, dressing game, and stripping wires.  It comes in a sheath with a lanyard hole at the tip, and its small size means that it can be carried as a neck knife.  The knife itself also has a lanyard hole. It also may be carried elsewhere, and has a belt clip on the back.  It is also a good knife for concealed carry, so some thought was made to its use as a combat knife.  The finish is a textured powder coat in black, and the sheathes may be Black, OD Green, or Desert Tan.

     A variant of the Izula-II is a set including 550 cord for making lanyards, a cord lock on the heel of the knife, large and small split rings, a ferro fire rod, a whistle, and a snap hook.  These tools fit into an enlarged sheath.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Izula-II

0.15 kg

$41

S

-1

Tool/Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.1 STR or 0.25 AMA)

Izula-II w/Tool Kit

0.26 kg

$142

S

-1

Tool/Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.1 STR or 0.25 AMA)

 

ESSE-6 Survival Knife

     Notes: This knife is meant to be more a tool, as it is optimized for chopping, skinning, slicing, and cutting through bone, though it is also useful for more intricate cutting.  The blade is made of 1095 high-carbon steel, with a full flat grind.  The blade is fixed, and is 16.51 centimeters long, 3.96 centimeters wide, and is 4.8 millimeters thick.  The blade is single-edged, curving to a point at the end of the slightly-curved back.  The handles are of Micarta, are very durable, and provide a good grip even when wet.  This is due to the linen covering.  They can be removed.  The ESSE-6 has a lanyard hole at the base, and the sheath is molded plastic with a clip plate.  Finishes include standard black with an OD Green or Coyote Brown sheath, and a Venom Green blade with Orange handles (and an OD Green or Coyote Brown sheath).  As an option, the ESSE-6 may have a sharpened back of the blade.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

ESSE-6 (One Blade)

0.37 kg

$80

S

0

Tool/Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR)

ESSE-6 (Double-Bladed)

0.37 kg

$88

S

+1

Tool/Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.4 STR)

 

Fox Knives Karambit 599 XT

     Notes: This is a folding karambit with a relatively short blade, but with a pronounced hook in it.  It manually extends by means of a stud on the back of the blade.  Another lock can be employed is the user has the karambit in an ice pick grip. It is designed, despite the blade size, for medium and large-sized hands, due to the size of the grip.  One extended, it locks into place, and the same stud releases it again.  The blade is ground to be razor sharp out of N690CO steel.  The back of the knife also has a glass breaker.  It is assembled with Torx screws (with Loctite pre-applied), but an appropriate Torx wrench comes with the knife.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Karambit 599 XT

0.1 kg

$11

S

+1

Karambit

(1D6+2) + (0.5 STR or AMA or UMA)

 

Fremont Farson Blade

     Notes: The Farson Blade is not actually a knife, though it could be used as a slashing instrument by gripping the handle; except in the hands of a skilled wielder, however, it would make a poor hand-held weapon.  The Farson Blade is roughly D-shaped, narrower at the bottom than at the top, straight-backed, and bladed along the front and top outer edges.  The slicing edge is nearly 19.7 centimeters long, and it is 3.56 millimeters thick. The grip is made by wrapping some cord around the grip to comfort, and the Farson Blade comes with 2.4 meters of 550 cord.  It can also be used this way for chopping, and if skillfully-wielded, for cutting, slicing, and skinning.  One could also attach it to a makeshift handle with the cord around the grip to make a hatchet.  The Farson Blade is made of high-carbon stainless steel, with a glass bead-blasted non-reflective finish.  The Farson Blade comes with a special sheath with plastic inserts to keep the sharp blade from slicing its way through the leather of the sheath.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Farson Blade

0.19 kg

$47

S

0

Tool/Knife

(1d6) + (0.1 STR or 0.5 AMA)

Farson Blade (On Handle)

0.69 kg

$47

M

+1

Tool/Knife

(2d6) + (0.3 STR or AMA)

 

Gerber 06 Auto

     Notes: The 06 Auto series is a set of automatic-deploying knives, opening by a push on a stud on the back of the handle near the blade.  They come in varying sizes and points, but all are excellent fighting knives, as well as more general tools, as most have saw-edge portions, and they have ergonomically-shaped aluminum handles. The 06 Auto has received high marks from military personnel who have deployed, even to the point of having to have fought with it.  First responders also give it high marks.

     The first model has a drop-point, spear-shaped blade, with a blade on one side with about half of that being a saw edge.  The back of the blade from the point to about halfway back has a thinner edge, though it is not a blade.  The knife is considered to be a premium knife by most knife experts.  The blade is a corrosion-resistant CPM-S30V stainless steel blade 9.65 centimeters long which is finished in matte black.  The blade may be 9.65 centimeters, but the a small blank section between the handle and the choils means that the cutting edge is only 8.89 centimeters. The blade grind is flat. Overall length is 21.6 centimeters.  The stainless steel pommel has a lanyard hole, and is also reinforced and slightly pointed to act as a striking point.  The handle is of anodized Type 6061 aluminum that has a G-10 grooved gripping surface, and large finger choils to prevent the fingers from riding up the knife under stress and sweat and cutting one’s own fingers. 

     The 06 Auto Tanto Serrated is basically the same as the previous knife, but has a chisel Tanto-shaped edge. It too has a blade of CPM-S30V carbon steel, but has a shorter blade edge of 8.5 centimeters due to the Tanto point. Overall length is 21.8 centimeters long. The 06 Auto, Tanto, is for the most part the same, but does not have the serrations on its blade and the blade in ground to a sharper standard.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Gerber 06 Auto, Drop Point (Serrated)

0.18 kg

$40

S

+1

Tool/Knife

(1d6) + (0.4 STR or 0.5 AMA)

Gerber 06 Auto, Tanto Point (Non-Serrated)

0.19 kg

$43

S

+1

Tool/Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.4 STR or 0.5 AMA)

Gerber 06 Auto, Tanto Point (Serrated)

0.19 kg

$43

S

+1

Tanto

(1d6) + (0.4 STR or 0.6 AMA )

 

Gerber Bear Grylls Parang

     Notes: This implement comes in compact and standard sizes, and it is based on the tool/weapon used originally in the Malay Archipelago and later in Southeast Asia.  There, it is a common tool for chopping, cutting down fruit and general chopping, harvesting, and shaping wood and other materials.  It works as a machete too. And, if necessary, it is used as a weapon; a good strong swing with one can lop off an arm with little problems.  They are favorites of some SASR and SAS units, as well as special operations of India and Pakistan, and Malaysian, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, and Singaporean street gangs. 

     The Bear Grylls Parang is sort of an updated version, made of stronger materials and better general construction, and tweaks from Bear Grylls himself. The blade comes out angled from the handle, and then curves well towards the end, with a mild point.  In between the point and the handle, the Parang widens out into a chopping blade similar to a cross between machete and hand axe.  The blade length is 34.3 centimeters, but about 6.4 centimeters of that is the section coming out from the handle before the edge starts.  The blade is made of a alloy of high carbon 1055 steel and other metals, which is reportedly very tough and rust-resistant. It also has the standard Gerber blade coating that is used on almost all of its blades. The blade is ground to be razor-sharp, and has a convex grind. The grip is semi-soft polypropylene, and is textured to provide a good grip.  Both the handle and the sheath have a lanyard hole, and it is recommended to use the handle lanyard hole to use a cord to stabilize your grip.

     The sheath is made from military-grade nylon material, well-built and tough. The sheath is sized for the Parang and has a top Velcro strap and several snaps; it retains the Parangs quite well.  The sheath also has a total of two lanyard/tie-down holes, to secure it to the leg or other gear.  A bonus is the booklet of survival tips and how you can utilize the Parang in your survival.  This fits into a plastic pouch on the inside of the sheath.

     The Compact Parang is essentially the Parang, but smaller, with a 23.7-centimeter blade and a 38.3-centimeter overall length. It is much lighter, and does not deal out as much damage in melee, though it is just as useful as a tool, with a little more oomph when swinging.

     Some users have noticed a certain tendency for the Parangs to accumulate dings very quickly, which have to be repeatedly dressed and sharpened out.  Some others have noticed a tendency to bend, particularly on the larger version.  Others say it is every bit as sharp and tough as Gerber advertises, and that accidental misuse can result in serious injuries to others.  Some reviews call it a bit clumsy. Some say the sheath is a bit fragile. The survival tips booklet is said to be uninformative to a person with average fieldcraft skills. Your mileage may vary.  Most users gave it five stars. One article even said that if you pack one of these, bring some leather bandaids for those unintended injuries.  Many say that it chops better than a hand axe, and some say, not so much.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Bear Grylls Parang

0.72 kg

$80

M

+1

Machete/Axe

(1d6+2) + (0.25 STR or 0.75 AMA)

Farson Blade (On Handle)

0.39 kg

$48

M

+1

Machete/Axe

(1d6) + (0.25 STR or 0.5 AMA)

 

Gerber Decree

     Notes: This is a fairly large folder with a deployment flipper and a long blade with about a quarter of the blade being serrations.  Therefore, while it can be used as a tool, it is a good fighting knife, as it is a lock blade.  The butt-end has a glass breaker, and the handle is glass-filled plastic, and it is textured for a sure grip. The flipper doubles as a finger guard once the blade is deployed.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Decree

0.14 kg

$30

S

0

Lock Knife/Tool

(1d6-1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Grayman DUA

     Notes: The DUA is a folder with a blade 7.62 centimeters long and a handle made of either G10 composite on either side (in varying colors of camouflage patters), or G10 on the left side and titanium on the right.  The blade and internal parts are precision-machined from a CPM 20CV steel/Titanium alloy, and is marvelously light for its size.  The blade has a stonewashed finish, and the titanium handle pieces are of a matte finish.  The blade is a modified leaf-shape, with a saw on the back of the blade near the folding point.  A clip is attached hear the folding point on the right side, but this is reversible.

     The Satu is a larger, heavier version of the DUA, with a 10.16-centimeter blade and an overall length of 14.3 centimeters.  The construction is all titanium/CPM 20CV steel alloy, with a heat-treated blade; this is with the exception of G10 composite backstraps.  The blade is flat ground, and at its maximum 3.81 centimeters. It is designed primarily for cutting and sawing through cords and aircraft fuselages; its use as a good combat knife is secondary.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

DUA

0.14 kg

$35

S

-1

Lock Knife

(1d6-2) + (0.5 STR)

Satu

0.33 kg

$77

S

0

Lock Knife/Tool

(1d6-1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Habilis Bush Tools Knives

     Notes: Habilis Bush Tools started from scratch – literally.  Steven and Penny Staten built their own production facility to their own specs, built the production tools, and still take an active hand in making the knives and accouterments for their knives.  Their first knife was the Bush Tool, a version of the Scandinavian puukko.  This is a large, wide-bladed knife, with a heavy, wide, fixed blade designed primarily for chopping wood (or people…)  It has a recurve on the back edge of the front of the knife for finer wood cutting, and the blade extends from the handle to the tip point.  There is a notch on the rear near the handle for actions as diverse as sawing wire and cutting fruit from trees.  The Bush Tool may be had with a 3.175-millimeter grind or a 4.76-millimeter grind.  It has three thong holes allowing it to be attached to a belt or equipment or even a staff to make a spear.

     The Feral Hunter has a spear-type point with a handle wrapped in 550 cord, enough to make a very comfortable handle. The spear point is edged on all sides and comes to a point 5.715 centimeters to the end.  Though it is useful as a chopper or other wood-carving task, or for digging, the Feral Hunter appears to be primarily a weapon.  The Nomadic hunter is essentially the same blade with a much-longer handle; it reminds me of the Zulu assegai short-hafted spear, though it is not as long as that weapon and it has a smaller spear point.  It is designed for thrusting and can also be used for slashing.

     The LUCK is, on the other hand, designed to be a camp or survival tool, with a chopping/cutting edge and a deep rounded notch to form a finger guard.  The edge goes forward from this guard to the point.  The entire knife is 22.86 centimeters; the blade is 11.43 centimeters, with a 9.2-centimeter cutting edge.

     The Self Reliance Tool is an outgrowth of the Bush Tool, with a larger, heavier blade with a finger guard, a “doggie bone”-shaped handle, and a back notch for fine cutting.  The entire knife is nearly 30 centimeters long, a blade over 17 centimeters long, and a continuous curved cutting edge 14 centimeters long.  It is made out of 1095 High-Carbon steel, with a fiberglass composite handle.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Bush Tool

0.35 kg

$74

S

+1

Tool Knife/Chopper

(1D6+2) + (0.25 STR or 0.75 AMA)

Feral Hunter

0.07 kg

$15

S

0

Spear Point Knife

(1D6) + (0.5 STR or AMA)

Nomadic Hunter

0.08 kg

$20

M

+1

Spear Point Knife

(1D6+1) + (0.6 STR or AMA)

LUCK

0.8 kg

$70

S

0

Tool Knife

(1D6-1) + (0.5 STR)

Self Reliance Tool

0.71 kg

$151

S

+1

Tool Knife/Chopper

(1D6+3) + (0.3 STR or 0.9 AMA)

 

KA-BAR Ek Model 4

     Notes: This is a reproduction of a dagger used by Marine Raiders in World War 2.  John Ek’s knives have been used in six major conflicts since he founded his company in 1941.  It has been recently acquired by KA-BAR, who have continued his tradition of combat knives.  Also known as the Commando Knife Model 4, the Ek Model 4 is a dagger useful for stabbing and slashing.  It is made of 1095 Cro-Van high carbon steel, cut with a little chromium for hardening and molybdenum for edge-holding, some nickel for toughness, and vanadium for better bonding between the metals used in its construction.  It has a 16.8-centimeter blade, tapering to a point at the end, but a point, due to its construction, is unlikely to break in normal use. The design concentrates 100% of the force used along the center of the blade, making it highly useful for stabbing, though the edges are also good for ripping and slashing.  It is also well balanced for throwing.  The handle is wood with deep-scalloped serrations for a sure grip, and they can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement if desired.  The sheath is of Celcon thermoplastic.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Ek Model 4

0.32 kg

$69

S

+1

Dagger

(1d6) + (0.5 STR)

 

KA-BAR Kukri Machete

     Notes: As the name would indicate, this is sort a cross between a machete and kukri, though it favors its kukri ancestry.  It has a blade length of 29.21 centimeters, with an overall length of 43.18 centimeters.  It is made from 1085 carbon steel treated to a hardness rating of HRC 52-54.  It is useful for slashing through overgrowth, killing game (if you can get close enough), and even chopping a log like an axe -- or lopping off heads and arms and legs.  It is an excellent tool and an excellent fighting weapon.  At its maximum thickness the blade is 4.2 millimeters wide; this in the back of the blade to provide a good backing and provide stiffness.  The handle is made of a synthetic material called TPR, and is shaped for a good grip.  It is finished in all black.  Though sold exclusively by KA-BAR, the Kukri Machete is made in Taiwan.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Kukri Machete

0.59 kg

$153

M

+1

Kukri

(1d6+3) + (0.5 STR or AMA or 0.25 UMA)

 

Keen Edge Live Kerambit 1

     Notes: The Live Kerambit 1 has the typical hooked blade, but has a more normal knife-like handle.  The handle is wrapped in specially-knotted 550 cord that may be black, red, blue – pretty much any color of the rainbow.  The 550 cord gives a secure grip while keeping weight down. The finger ring is polished to a smooth profile, and the metal color may be stainless steel or gray.   The blade material is 1095 stainless steel.  A blunt aluminum version, called the K1, is also sold, for practice purposes.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Live Kerambit 1

0.09 kg

$6

S

0

Karambit

(1d6) + (0.5 STR or 0.75 AMA or UMA)

 

KnifeCenter Svord Golok

     Notes: A Golok is essentially a shortened machete – in fact, some companies that make machetes also sell Goloks.  The Australian SASR and the New Zealand SAS do not exactly issue Goloks, but they do encourage their members to buy one, and a lot of troops do.  The older troopers do recommend Svord Goloks. KnifeCenter, who makes Svord machetes and Goloks, sells theirs by the full title of “British Army Pattern Golok,” though there is no indication of widespread use by the British.

     The Svord Golok’s blade is basically like a smaller version of a machete; the blade is 11 inches, and is an almost straight blade, which widens as it goes towards the end.  The blade is Swedish High-Carbon Tool Steel, said to be excellent not only for machetes, but knives and swords.  Each blade is individually hardened and tempered using a unique heat treatment process.  The factory edge is put on with hand grinding, on a water-cooled stone.  A convex razor edge is used; this is called a “Baker Edge” by KnifeCenter. The non-edged part of the blade has an almost color case-hardened finish.http://www.theultimateknife.com/599-XT-599-XTTK-FOX-Karambit-G10-Fighting-Trainer-Knife-Size-M--XL_p_53.html - tab-1

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Svord Golok

0.48 kg

$125

M

+1

Machete

(1d6+2) + (0.4 STR or AMA)

 

Martindale Golok

     Notes: A favorite of the British SAS, the Golok is sort of a cross between a good-sized knife and a machete.  It is better than a knife for slashing through growth, but smaller and lighter than a machete. It has a 13-inch blade, widening and getting heavier towards the end.  The blade is square-ended and is curved towards the end.  The blade has a “pocket” hear the handle used to catch heavy undergrowth.  It is made of hard but flexible carbon steel; the spine is thick, making it durable and tough (and it can also be used as a club because of this spine). The handle is of hardwood, but does not have any special gripping surfaces. It is securely pinned to the tang, and has a hole at the end for a lanyard or wrist thong.  The sheath is basic, but has a pocket for a sharpening file.  The Martindale Golok will take a fine edge, but you really have to work at it.  The Martindale Golok is primarily a tool, but it’s also a fine melee weapon.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Martindale Golok

0.57 kg

$123

M

+1

Machete

(1d6+2) + (0.5 STR or AMA)

 

Max Venom Karambite

     Notes: This is simple karambit-shaped piece of flat steel with an edge and a finger ring in the normal places; it is meant as a last-ditch weapon, to be hung on a neck lanyard or back sheath.  It has no belt clip and has a Kydex sheath, and does have a large hole at the bottom of the handle; the handle is also semi-ergonomically shaped with finger grooves.  It can be used for precision cutting or as a weapon.  The blade is a mere 3.175 centimeters long, though the cutting edge is a little over 3.5 centimeters long due to the curve.  It is designed to extend natural actions like punches, spear hand strikes, and shuto-type strikes.  Nonetheless, it is a small weapon, and does not deal out a great deal of damage unless the user is skilled.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Karambite

0.03 kg

$2

S

0

Karambit

(1d6-2) + (0.5 STR or 0.75 AMA or UMA)

 

Ontario ARK

     Notes: This hooked blade is a folder -- specifically, a lock blade. It has a inward-curving blade with about a third serrated -- useful for fighting as well as a tool.  The blade is made from 154CM stainless steel.  The curved blade with serrations allows a rescuer to cut seat belts and harnesses without risking cutting the victim.  The blade is sharp, holds an edge well, and sharpened easily.  The Automatic part of ARK refers to the push-button deployment.  The grip is aluminum, textured to not slip out of even wet or bloody hands.  IRL, the ARK is an expensive knife.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

ARK

0.12 kg

$7

S

0

Lock Blade

(1d6-1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Piranha Excalibur

     This is a spring-loaded knife that comes straight out by a push on a slide.  It is a combat knife, and (as one can tell by the design) not meant in any way to be a tool.  The blade is of 154CM stainless steel with a hardness rating of 59 RC, double-bladed and with a mirror polish.  It has a lightening groove down the center.  The blade is 8.26 centimeters long and has a maximum thickness (down the center) of 3.18 millimeters.  The overall length with the blade out is 20.07 centimeters. The handle is quite striking, made of aircraft aluminum and anodized; the handle has an elaborate design and the base color may be Red, Tactical Black, Desert Camo, Silver, Blue, Green, Plum, and Hot Pink. The Excalibur is quite effective in a hand-to-hand fight.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Excalibur

0.13 kg

$29

S

+1

Lock Dagger

(1d6+1) + (0.4 STR or 0.6 AMA)

 

Pro-Tech Brend Combat Companion

     Notes: This knife has a blade that seems partially like a dagger and partially with a filleting knife.  The blade itself is about 9.52 centimeters long and tapers to a sharp, curving point, which makes adept at both stabbing and slashing attacks.  It is of S35VN stainless steel alloy. It comes with a chain and a clip, allowing it to be clipped to a belt of equipment or hung around the neck. (The clip is a special design called the Tek-Lok clip.) The sheath is of Kydex, it is made to hold the knife snugly while being loosened in the sheath with merely a flick of the thumb.  The Brend Combat Companion is a very light knife.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Brend Combat Companion

0.12 kg

$26

S

0

Single-Blade Spike

(1d6) + (0.25 STR)

 

ProTech/Emerson CQC-7

     Notes: The CQC-7 is a series of folder knives which are automatic openers with a push on a stud and manual closers.  They all have a chisel-point Tanto-type blade.  Some have a saw-type cutting edge along a third of the cutting edge. They are a collaboration between ProTech and bladesmith Ernest Emerson. The differences between most of this series is the blade finish, and the handle construction. The E7A1 has a stonewashed blade finish, with a plain edge; the E7A2 has a saw edge.  The E7A3 has a DLC Black Blade finish; the E7A4 has a saw edge.  The E7A7 has a DLC Black Blade finish and an aluminum handle; the E7A8 has a saw edge. The E7A7-SW has a machined texture finish and a safety, and an aluminum handle.  Half of them have black Micarta handles; the aluminum handles are T6-6061 Aluminum. The San Mai is a limited issue uses a solid 416 Damascus steel blade, with a stonewashed finish.  The handle is brown Micarta with green Micarta inlays.

     Overall length is 20.07 centimeters and the blade is 8.26 centimeters long.  This allows for a decent blade size as well as a good grip.  Blade material for all but the San Mai is 164CM carbon steel.  At its thickest point the blade is 3.05 millimeters wide.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

CQC-7E7A1

0.12 kg

$26

S

0

Tanto-Type Folder

(1d6) + (0.25 STR or AMA)

CQC-7A2

0.12 kg

$26

S

0

Tanto-Type Folder

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR or AMA)

 

Pro-Tech TR-4 Knives

     The basic T-4 Manual Skull is a manually-opened knife that is long enough to be used as a weapon, and locks tight enough for such.  The knife, extended, is 11.7 centimeters long, with a 7.62-centimeter blade, and blade construction is 154CM Steel.  The blade is finished in black with a silver butting edge, and is roughly spear-shaped. The handle has a lanyard hole at the root.  It has a Bruce Shaw-designed skull emblem on the handle.

     The T-4 Skull Automatic Knife Lava Splash is similar in many ways to the Manual Skull, though is a much larger knife, with an overall length 23.5 centimeters, 10.2 centimeter blade, 3.3 millimeters at the thickest point.  It is long enough to be used as a dagger, with an elongated Manual Skull blade.  Perhaps most striking is it’s Damascus Steel, complete with the typical Damascus patterning.  The handle is made of aluminum with a coloring of several colors.  It retains the skull inlay on the handle, though it is sideways in relation of the handle instead of being in line. The knife is spring-loaded and flicks out, though it takes longer to fold.

     The TR-4 Custom Skull is a limited-edition knife, with production beginning in 2013 and only 10 per year being made.  The handle is solid steel. The knife springs open, with the deployment button being a black pearl.  The blade is of stainless Damascus 60 RC steel finished in a razor-wire pattern. The Skull emblem is carved as a part of the frame, so it will not fall off.  Handle finish is checkered. Overall length is 23.5 centimeters, blade length is 10.16, and maximum thickness is 3.18 millimeters. The blade finish is Smoky Gray DLC Coated CPM-D2, with a flat grind for the edge.  The handle is of Black Anodized 6061 Aluminum.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

TR-4 Manual Skull

0.09 kg

$20

S

0

Single-Blade Folder

(1d6) + (0.25 STR)

TR-4 Skull Automatic Knife Kava Splash

0.16 kg

$36

S

0

Single-Blade Folder

(1d6+2) + (0.25 STR)

TR-4 Custom Skull

0.15 kg

$33

S

0

Single-Blade Folder

(1d6+2) + (0.25 STR)

 

Pro Tool Woodsman’s Pal

     Notes: This tool has been US military issue since just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was generally carried one per platoon or in each APC, IFV, or other vehicle where there was space.  It can be used to prune, trim, blaze trails, cut away overgrowth, and build various shelters and blinds, as well as other structures.  The Woodman’s Pal’s blade runs straight out at a slight curve from the handle, and has a rear edge that can be used like a machete or a chopper, and a hooked end that can be used as an exe or wire stripper.  The tool has an overall length of 41.9 centimeters, with a blade length of 26.7 centimeters for the machete blade and an axe blade 10 centimeters wide and 15 centimeters long.  The axe has a hooked blade which is also sharpened, along with the axe surface, and the back of the axe can be used as a hammer. The hook is also useful for threshing, as a sling blade, and can sweep away thick branches up to 25 millimeters thick with one swipe.  The blade has a 3-millimeter-wide cross-section.  The sheath is rubberized nylon, with a nylon cord on the handle to aid in retention, and with holes in the handle and sheath.  The blade is made of high carbon steel treated to C47 hardness; the handle is made of hardwood ash and designed for a snug grip.  It comes with a sharpening stone, which fits into a pocket on the side of the sheath.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Woodsman’s Pal

0.65 kg

$154

M

-1

Tool/Machete

(1d6-1) + (0.2 STR)

 

Red Horse Knife  The Chopper

     Notes: This folder reminds me of a short butcher knife; the blade is flat and wide, and runs to the end of the knife, where there is a substantial point.  It is definitely useful as a tool, whether for chopping or sawing; it is still useful as a weapon, though not as useful than as a tool.  The entire blade is heavy for a folder.  The blade is locket closed by a spring-loaded catch, easing opened.  The blade is sharp as a true Tanto. It has Titanium alloy handle, and made entirely in the US.  Instead of stainless steel, the blade is of D2 tool steel, more suitable in a blade of its size.  This also means that the Chopper is strong enough for many types of abuse, and can do things a folder cannot normally do.  IRL prices are enough to buy you a decent used car -- astronomical for what you get in a single-bladed folder.  Snapping over the knife takes some practice to do so without cutting your thumb.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

The Chopper

0.21 kg

$45

S

0

Chopping Blade

(1d6+1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Silver Stag Sharp Forest Elk Stick

     Notes: This knife is made for bushcraft; as such, it is meant more as a tool than a weapon.  It is excellent at tinder shaving, skinning, cutting meat, and many field chores.  Like all of Silver Stag’s knives, the handle of staghorn, in an attractive pattern.  The knife has a blade 9.15 centimeters long, and is a basic sort of blade shape, curved on the front edge and tapering to a point.  The blade is of D2 high carbon steel, which is very corrosion-resistant, and the high chromium content is easy to sharpen to a razor edge.  The edge has a narrow sabre grind to facilitate skinning.  This is a tool, not necessarily a fighting knife, though it can be used as one. It is not balanced for throwing.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Sharp Forest Elk Stick

0.14 kg

$30

S

-2

Tool Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR)

 

SOG Fatcat

     Notes: The Fatcat is named for the sheer size of the blade -- over 114 millimeters long and almost 25mm wide.  A Recoil magazine author calls it the "Siberian Tiger of the Folding Knife World." The Fatcat is good as a tool and is also good for a fighting blade.  The design is ergonomic and a simple slide of a stud opens the knife.  The handle is of patterned titanium alloy and the blade is VG-10 Stainless steel. Insert of Kraton Synthetic material help increase grip, allowing extra grip on even a wet knife.  The SOG Arc-Lock is useful for left and right-handed wielders, and a thumb guard all but the most ham-handed overreaches. The Fatcat, unfortunately has no pocket clip and instead used a nylon sheath; the whole package goes in the pocket instead.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Fatcat

0.24 kg

$52

S

+1

Stabbing/Slashing Blade

(1d6+1) + (0.5 STR)

 

SOG SEAL Pup Elite

     Notes: This is a large knife, over 24 centimeters long with a blade 4.85 centimeters long.  The blade is of AUS-8 alloy steel, and has a tapered end, with a saw blade atop the tapered section.  Another serration is just before the slashing part of the blade, and is even a better saw blade.  The handle is polymer (primarily glass-reinforced) and is checkered; it has deep finger grooves.  The handle’s material is strong, yet makes the SEAL Pup light, though it is a bit unbalanced for throwing. The blade and hilt are cut out during finishing with a laser.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

SEAL Pup Elite

0.15 kg

$33

S

+1 (-2 when thrown)

Fixed Blade Knife

(1d6+3) + (0.5 STR)

 

SOG SOGfari

     Notes: The SOGfari is a machete that, due to its heavily-serrated back edge, is equally useable as a saw for logs and foliage or bone.  It can be useful building shelters, harvesting crops and plant foods, preparing foods, and even hunting.  Extending from the bottom of the handle is a spiked tang, making the sheathed SOGfari useful for pounding and scraping. There are holes in the handle and sheath for lanyards or attaching to gear and belts. And machetes in general are useful weapons. The blade has a black powder coat finish, with a black Kraton rubber handle.  The blade is 45.72 centimeters, with an overall length of 57.6 centimeters.  The blade and tang are made of 3CR13 alloy steel, with a cutting edge that circles around the end of the blade to the point.  At its maximum thickness, the blade is 2mm wide. The sheath is made from molded black Kevlar, and closure is with Velcro.

     SOG will engrave your SOGfari on request.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

SEAL Pup Elite

0.52 kg

$126

M

+1

Machete

(2d6-3) + (0.5 STR or AMA)

 

SOG Spec-Elite

     Notes: The Spec-Elite has a blade sort of like a spear point, with a long, slightly recurved blade and a bladeless narrow section opposite the blade extending from the point to about one-quarter the way back.  Deployment is fast and reliable with a safety slide.  The Spec-Elite is marvelously light, but quite useful as a combat blade.  It is a compact knife, with an overall length of 19.8 centimeters, but has a blade 8.9 centimeters long.  The blade material for the Spec-Elite I is 154CM steel with a hardness of 57-59 RC; the finish of the blade is Matte Black Hardcased Tini, while the handle is Anodized Aircraft Aluminum with a black overcoat.  On the Spec-Elite II, the blade is satin-finished AUS-9 with a hardness of 57-58 RC; the blade is 10.2 centimeters long, with an overall length of 21.1 centimeters.  The Spec-Elite is automatic-opening at the touch of a button, though it also has a safety button.  The blade shape is a clip point, with the back of the blade also sharpened to about halfway down the blade.  The handle is a simple one, widened at the pommel, and with grip serrations at the front, which is also widened.  The Spec-Elite II has a small sawing surface at the rear of the back of the blade.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Spec Elite I

0.08 kg

$21

S

0

Slashing/Stabbing Knife

(1d6) + (0.25 STR or 0.4 AMA)

Spec Elite II

0.1 kg

$27

S

0

Slashing/Stabbing Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR or 0.4 AMA)

 

Spartan Enyo

     Notes: This blade, over 16 centimeters long and useful for stabbing as well as slashing, also has a short serrated sawing section.  The sheath has a large clip in back for attachment to gear.  The handle is skeletonized but ergonomic.  The blade is drop-point forged and made of strong stainless steel that keeps an edge.  A plated pewter Spartan's head acts as a pommel as well as a grip extension.  Damage is blade/pommel. Finish may be flat black or flat dark earth.  The IRL price is almost ridiculously expensive.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Enyo

0.08 kg

$21

S

0

Long Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Spartan Nymph

     Notes: The Nymph is a folder designed to be more a tool than a combat implement.  The blade and much of the working parts are made from titanium alloy.  It is intended for use in places where knife ownership has draconian laws -- therefore, the Nymph has a safety lock requiring the thumb and another finger to actuate the knife, and the blade must be pulled out physically.  Ease of this opening is done as much as possible by Spartan, including a slip-joint with as few moving parts as possible.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Nymph

0.04 kg

$11

S

0

Short Folder Stabbing Point

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR)

 

Spartan Phrike

     Notes: For the most part an average blade, the Phrike is also specially balanced for throwing; throws with the Phrike are at +1 to hit.  The Phrike is names after the Greek goddess of fear. The Phrike is thin in profile (less than 5 millimeters wide), with a handle inset with G10 polymer, and the blade and handle cast in one piece.  The Phrike is made of S35VN stainless steel finished in a dull brown by chemical treatment.  Despite its slim profile, the Phrike is designed not only with offense, but with bushcraft in mind; it is an able tool as well as a weapon.  Extending from the handle atop the blade is a flattened length that is meant for the user to place his thumb, when held in a proper fighting grip.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Phrike

0.11 kg

$31

S

0

Fixed Blade Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Spyderco byrd Cara Cara 2

     Notes: That is not a misspelling above – the “byrd” is in all-lowercase letters.  These knives are designed to offer good performance at what IRL a budget price. 

     The Cara Cara 2 Black Blade is a combination blade – a little under a half of the blade is serrated, and the back of the blade is sharpened for about a third of the way back from the point.  It is finished in all matte black oxide, with the handle screwed together with locking screws.  The blade is made of 8Cr12MoV steel alloy, with the handle being made of stainless steel.  The knife is a folder, but is not a spring blade; a large Comet finger hole on the root of the blade is what the wielder uses to open it, and this can be done one-handed, then snapped open.  The serrated part of the edge can saw through items ranging from cord and string to aircraft skins. The pocket clip can be attached to either side, and lower or higher on the handle.  The blade is 9.5 centimeters long, with a cutting edge of 8.18 centimeters long, and an overall length of 21.66 centimeters.  Width of the blade at its widest point is 2.8 millimeters.

     The Cara Cara 2 FRN has a black, synthetic handle with a bi-directional pattern called FRN by byrd.  It is a very light blade, flat ground, with a 9.5-centimeter blade and an overall length of 21.7 centimeters.  The blade width is 3 millimeters. The handle has shallow finger grooves, though the one at the front of the handle has a longer grooves upper surface to keep the wielder from slipping his hand onto the blade.  It has spine and choil jimping for precise control as well as an adjustavle belt clip, like that of the Black Blade, to maximize attaching to a belt or gear.

     The Cara Cara 2 Ti features a titanium-alloy handle, widely-scaled for grip; this is not only for grip, but for aesthetic purposes.  The blade has the same design and features as the FRN, and the blade is of 8Cr13MOV stainless steel alloy; it too has a blade length of 9.5 centimeters, and an 8.18-centimeter blade edge.  The knife has an overall length of 21.7 centimeters, with a blade thickness of 2.8 millimeters.

     The Cara Cara 2 Rescue is not really a knife as such – is is shaped roughly like a comb (a sheepfoot blade), has no stabbing point, and the edge is fully serrated.  It is meant for cutting of all sorts, as well as wire stripping, and makes a clumsy and poor weapon.  The blade length of 10 centimeters with an 8.6-centimeter edge length; at its widest point, the thickness is 3mm.

     The Cara Cara G-10 uses a synthetic handle with a G-10 grip pattern.  It uses a blade like that of the FRN, and is in fact an FRM with a G-10 grip pattern to the handle, and with a finger choil for control.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Cara Cara 2 Black Blade

0.15 kg

$41

S

0

Folding Tool Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

Cara Cara 2 FRN

0.1 kg

$28

S

0

Folding Dagger

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

Cara Cara 2 Ti

0.11 kg

$31

S

0

Folding Dagger

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

Cara Cara 2 Rescue

0.11 kg

$31

S

-1

Folding Tool Knife

(1d6-2) + (0.2 STR or AMA)

Cara Cara G-10

0.12 kg

$34

S

0

Folding Dagger

(1d6) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

 

Spyderco Slysz Bowie

     Notes: This was designed by the designers at Spyderco as well as renowned knife designer the Pole Marcin Slycz. Despite the name, the Slysz Bowie does bear anything but the slightest resemblance to a real Bowie.  In fact, the blade has a short of chopping edge and edge of the blade, though chopping and slashing attacks could be made, and it would also be a useful tool to eat a steak.  It is also ergonomically balanced.  Throughout the upper plane in the flat side is a curved line that also makes the Slysz an able combat knife.  The blade is of D2 tool steel, which is harder and more flexible

     The Slycz has an automatically opening blade actuated by a single button.  The handle is titanium alloy, but the bearings are of steel alloy.  Spyderco buts a large circle on the blade base, as per traditions.  Another Spyderco tradition gives a reinforcing bar below the front of the handle; this offers support, but no others in game terms.  It has a skeletonized and the clip is not very light, which can be have negative retention positions.  There is also no position for lefties. The wider grip allows for better hold.  The RL is around $500, quite expensive for a knife, even a folder,

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Slysz Bowie

0.12 kg

$33

S

+1

Chopping Folder

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR)

 

Spyderco Civilian G-10-C-12G

     Notes: The Civilian is so named because it was originally designed for undercover plain-clothes agents of an unnamed National-level LE organization.  This was to be used when the the agent could not carry a firearm, but where a supposed utility knife would be passed.  The blade can be used as a utility knife; it has a saw-edge and can cut through wood, metal, ropes, etc. The blade is a hybrid, useable as a utility knife and a fighting knife.  The blade length is 10.48 centimeters, with a edge length of 9.53 centimeters, with a maximum thickness of 3.2 millimeters. The blade curves to the inside, and tapers quickly to a wicked hooking shape.  The blade is in a sort of s-shape, and is made of VG-10 steel, with the blade polished and the edge ground to be razor-sharp (called SpyderEdged by the company).  The knife is a folder, with a folded length of 13.18 centimeters; there is a hold in the blade in the back for a lanyard.  The grip is ergonomic, and designed for a good grip; the blade is covered in G-10 panels for a further good grip.  A belt clip is on the back of the handle is designed for tip-up or tip-down carry on the right side (called a CLIPIT by the company).

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Civilian G-10-C-12G

0.13 kg

S

0

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6) + (0.5 STR)

 

Spyderco Pacific Salt

     Notes: Designed for maritime use, the Pacific Salt is made from weather-resistant H-1 steel, with black carbonitride coating.  Spyderco says it will not rust in salt or fresh water. It is a lock blade, with a strangely-shaped blade that is also ergonomic.  The back has a clip, and there is a lanyard hole.  The blade is extremely sharp.  It's a large knife, but marvelously light.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Pacific Salt

0.09 kg

$35

S

0

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR or 0.5 AMA)

 

tecX Inceptra

     Notes: There are several models of the Inceptra; most vary only in the color of their handles, which may be black, blue, red, black with a serrated lower half of the edge, a metal handle, and a metal handle with a half-serrated edge.  The colored blades have handles of are made from textured aluminum. The blade is a 440 stainless steel or AUS-8 high-carbon steel drop-point blade, with an anodized aluminum handle (or finished in whatever color the buyer desires).  The blade is 11.43 inches, and is a folder.  The blade springs open with a touch on the stud at the front of the handle.  At the buyer’s request, the Inceptra has a pocket clip or a sheath with a pocket clip that allows the blade to remain open while still being attached to a belt or other LBE.  Again, at the buyer’s option, the Inceptra may be equipped with a liner lock or a lockback. Versions with serrated edges are useful as a tool as well as a weapon, able to cut through aircraft skins, bone, and wood.  They also inflict slightly nastier, more ragged wounds on one’s opponent.

     The Inceptra metal-handled models are made of 440 stainless steel, coated with titanium for extra wear resistance.  It comes standard with a liner lock, and has sawing serrations at the rear of the handle.  The handles are impact-resistant.  They have both a pocket clip for carry when folded and on the sheath. They are otherwise similar to the colored-handle options.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Inceptra Colored Model

1.16 kg

$243

S

0

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6) + (0.25 STR)

Inceptra Colored Model (w/Serrations)

1.16 kg

$246

S

0

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR or 0.2 AMA)

Inceptra Metal Model

1.53 kg

$282

S

0

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6+1) + (0.25 STR)

Inceptra Metal Model (w/Serrations)

1.53 kg

$286

S

0

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6+2) + (0.25 STR or 0.3 AMA)

 

ToolLogic SL3

     Notes: The SL3 is not only a folder knife, its handle houses a couple of potentially useful tools – a magnesium fire starter and a whistle.  The blade is 7.62 centimeters long and almost half the blade has a serrated edge, and the rest is a straight edge.  Overall length is 17.78 centimeters.  The blade opens by pressing a stud on the handle of the knife and opens with spring assist (though it does not spring open).  The tool is a two-in-one, with the fire-starter on one end and the whistle on the other; it fits into a track on the top end of the handle.  The handle is synthetic – glass-reinforced nylon and molded in black. The blade has a satin finish, and is made of 5Cr13MoV steel alloy.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

SL3

0.09 kg

$36

S

-1

Folding Lock Knife

(1d6-1) + (0.25 STR or AMA)

 

TOPS CUMA Tak-Ri 3.5

     Notes: The CUMA Tak-Ri is sort a cross between a kukri, machete, and knife.  It’s huge for a knife: 34.29 centimeters long, with a blade 17.78 centimeters long and 8.89 centimeters at its widest point, with a thickness of 4.8 millimeters.  It is a huge, heavy blade able to chop away offending foliage, chop wood and bone, and still inflict severe injuries on people. It is strong enough to use as a pry bar on all but the most stubborn items.  The blade is slightly angled from the center like a kukri (though nowhere nearly as much as on a kukri) and it is heavy and strong – and its chopping abilities are make it capable of inflicting massive injuries, in addition to the wide blade.  The 1095 RC 56-58 high carbon steel blade goes out from the handle in a wide curve, to a point on the end.  The bottom edge is sharpened, as is about three-fifths of the top edge.  The blade is treated with a Coyote Tan finish which gives it weatherproofing and rustproofing resistance. The handle is of Green Canvas Micarta, with a grip pattern that TOPS calls a Rocky Mountain Tread. (The CUMA Tak-Ri is made in TOPS’s Rocky Mountain facility, where the grip pattern was designed.) ) The CUMA Tak-Ri has a hammer base.  The sheath that comes with the CUMA Tak-Ri is made of black ballistic nylon and the sheath clip is MOLLE-compatible. The CUMA Tak-Ri also has a lanyard hole at the base of the handle.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

CUMA Tak-Ri

0.46 kg

$123

M

+1

Chopping Knife

(1d6+3) + (0.4 STR or 0.6 AMA)

 

TOPS FDX Shark Heat

     Notes: Like many such knifes with large lengths of serrated edges, the Shark Heat is more a tool than a knife, and not really meant to be a fighting implement.  Though it has a 9.5-centimeter blade length, two-thirds of the blade is essentially a saw blade -- the Shark Heat is more a hand-held mini-saw than a knife, as it is broad and designed for a good grip.  The knife is made from tough 440C stainless steel, and with a bead-blasted finish.  It is good for cutting through wood, light metal, or rope and webbing. The sheath comes with an emergency whistle attached.  The handle is a bit small, really having room for only a thumb and two fingers.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Shark Heat

0.12 kg

$32

S

0

Tool

(1d6) + (0.25 AMA)

 

TOPS Micro Hawk

     Notes: The Micro Hawk was designed by Shawn Owens, pilot, Filipino martial artist, and HtH/edged weapons instructor. This is more a mini-axe than anything else, a combination of tomahawk, karambit, and knife.  It is a short-hafted axe with a handle wrapped in 550 cord, and with a spike back, a bladed top edge, and an axe front edge.  It can be used for chopping, slicing, stabbing, and general cutting away of items from wood to aircraft skins.  A skilled user can also use it to dress game. The back has a belt clip, and the bottom has a belt loop.  It is made from 8 millimeter 1095 steel and is balanced for throwing.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Micro Hawk

0.32 kg

$89

S

-1

Small Axe

(1d6+1) + (0.5 AMA)

 

TOPS Mini Scandi

     Notes: Despite the short handle, the ergonomic handle is well-designed for large as well as small hands.  It has a decent-sized broad, curving blade.  The blade retains an edge well, though it does require a lot of polishing and cleaning, even when it hasn't been used recently.  The Mini Scandi is a much smaller version of the BOB, a bushcrafting knife.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Mini Scandi

0.06 kg

$6

S

0

Short Knife/Tool

(1d6-2) + (0.5 STR)

 

Winkler Mk II Belt Knife

     Notes: A favorite of US special operations forces, the Mk II Belt Knife is a lightweight, high-performance knife that strikes a good balance between weapon and tool.  Handles are wood or rubber, and optionally, the top and bottom of the recurved blade can have a short sawing edge.  The Handles may also be ergonomic or with a simple curved and rounded surface.  The blade can be sharpened to a keen edge and the blade is balanced for throwing.  A variety of no-glare finishes are available for the blade and handle. The normal sheath is designed for a standard sort of belt, but an optional Kydex sheath is available that is MOLLE-compatible.  Sheaths are ambidextrous and can be worn vertically or horizontally.  The blade is some 12.1 centimeters long, and very lightweight.

     The Blue Ridge Hunter is basically a smaller version of the Belt Knife, with a 10.2-centimeter blade.  This blade is straighter than the Belt Knife, with a less recurved shape.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

Mk II Belt Knife

0.2 kg

$55

S

+1

Short Knife/Tool

(1d6) + (0.25 STR)

Mk II Blue Ridge Hunter

0.17 kg

$47

S

0

Short Knife/Tool

(1d6-1) + (0.2 STR)

 

Winkler Wk II Ranger Axe

     Notes: This is more or less an updated version of the type of axe carried by Roger’s Rangers on their backwoods raids.  This axe was also chosen for the 2015 Top Ranger Competition, where participants had to throw the axe for accuracy. It is a tomahawk-type axe, with a relatively small blade and a back spike, and a handle about 2.5 times the length of the blade and spike.  The axe head is 16.5 centimeters across, and the length of the handle and blade is 31.75 centimeters. There are two primary types of Winkler Ranger Axes: one with a glassbreaker pommel, and one with a pommel which has a forked prybar; this latter kind has a reinforced handle to facilitate prying.  The lower half of the handle is made with black or tan Micarta, maple or recycled rubber with a scaly finish.  The upper handle is wrapped tightly with 550 cord.  The Ranger Axe is made from 6.35-millimeter 80crv2 carbon steel, which makes it light yet strong.  The Ranger Axe is equally useful as a weapon and a tool.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

WK II Ranger Axe

0.6 kg

$75

M

0

Tomahawk

(1d6+1) + (0.75 STR)

WK II Ranger Axe w/Prybar

0.7 kg

$88

M

0

Tomahawk

(1d6+2) + (0.75 STR)

 

Zero Tolerance M-0450

     Notes: The M-0450 is one of the few folding knives that is designed from start to be both a tool and weapon.  The blade is wide and suited for slashing, but also has a good stabbing point.  It was designed through the output of 27 knife designers, and has a titanium handle and blade edge.  The handle has a frame lock, along with button-actuated blade and a KVT ball-bearing set and a stonewashed titanium finish to its handle.  The M-0450 is known to be tough, hold an edge long, and be carried easily due to a deep-pocket clip.  The handle allows for a good grip.  It does have a tendency to jam is not opened right.  Done right, though, you will have a quick weapon you can pry open MRE crates with.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

M-0450

0.08 kg

$8

S

0

Blade/Stabbing Point

(1d6-1) + (0.5 STR)

 

Zero Tolerance M-0456

     Notes: This lock blade is the result of a collaboration between Zero Tolerance and Belarusian custom knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich.  It is based on another Sinkevich design, The Pole.  The knife was designed on a computer using 3D CAD software, and features an ergonomic handle with a deep forefinger groove.  The blade is an unusual custom shape with a curved cutting edge and a faceted rear blade edge.  The blade is made from high-quality CTS-240P steel, and the handle and blade form a two-tone finish (stonewashed on the flats and satin on the grinds.  The M-0456 is not a switchblade, but has a thumb lever that locks the blade open when actuated.  A blue light alloy backspacer wheel (one of the few non-steel parts) allows the M-0456 to be returned to its folded position when twisted.  The M-0456 is held open by a titanium alloy frame lock and a hardened steel lockbar insert.  The opening mechanism uses Zero Tolerance’s KVT ball-bearing system which allows it to open smoothly, even when dirty.  (Essentially, most dirt is kept out of the mechanism by the design.)  A pocket clip is found on both sides of the knife, and the rear corner has a lanyard ring.  Though advertised in the US and Europe as a hunter’s tool, it is not hard to see that the M-0456’s design makes it far more useful as a weapon.  Blade length is 8.3 centimeters, so it is a compact folder that easily fits in a pocket or small pouch, as well on a belt.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

M-0456

0.19 kg

$19

S

0

Blade/Stabbing Point

(1d6+4) + (0.5 STR)

 

Zero Tolerance ZT-0220

     Notes: This folder is the result of a collaborations between Zero Tolerance and famed knife designer Jens Anso, who has been designing knives since 1988.  It has a slab-sided appearance, with rounded edges that make it effectively non-snag and comfortable to wield.  The handle halves are of titanium alloy, while the blade and most of the internals are of CPM S35VN stainless steel (a vanadium/niobium/chromium carbide steel), which is tougher and easier to sharpen and polish than most stainless steels.  The stainless steel is, well, stainless-steel colored with a bead-blasted finish, while the titanium alloy is also bead-blasted and has the characteristic color.  Contrasting with this is the aluminum international orange backspacer (with lanyard loop) and bright blue-and white Zero Tolerance emblem the left side.  The ZT-0220 flips out using the KVT method, and opens fast and smooth.  The blade is very slightly recurved and is 8.9 centimeters long.  It tapers down to a very fine stabbing point. It’s a big knife, 21.3 centimeters full open and 12.4 centimeters closed.  The carry clip allows the knife to be carried on the left or right, facing up or down, or slipped into combat gear.  It’s an excellent general-purpose tool, but also a good fighting knife.

Weapon

Weight

Price

Range

Hit Modifier

Blade Type

Damage Value

ZT-0220

0.18 kg

$27

S

+1

Blade/Stabbing Point

(1d6+4) + (0.5 STR)