Smith and Wesson, the company known for being the principal manufacturer of handguns in the USA, began to manufacture knives in 1974. The company ventured into manufacturing tactical and rescue knives, which are in line with its core activities as a safety and security business. S&W knives are generally provided to law enforcement agencies such as the police and the military. The is an example of some of the knives manufactured by S&W.
Initially, Smith and Wesson manufactured its knives in-house. In 1986, however, the company decided to transfer the manufacturing of knives to Vermont Cutlery Co of West Rutland VT. The agreement lasted for seven years, and ended in 1993. At present, Taylor Cutlery makes and sells S&W knives, including the Smith and Wesson boot knife.
A boot knife is a fixed-blade type that is small enough to be carried in or on a person’s boot. This kind of knife is also pretty handy so one can either carry it on their belts or secure them under a pant leg. Boot knives can also be worn around the neck with the use of a lanyard or a chain, which then transforms them into neck knives.
Most boot knives have double-edged blades, which makes them look like a dagger. This would explain why a boot knife is also called a gambler’s dagger. Typically, the blades range from 3 inches to 5 inches, or 7.62 cm to 12.7 cm. These knives usually come with a sheath and a clip for attachments.
The Smith and Wesson boot knife comes in a variety of models. One popular choice is the Smith and Wesson Tactical Boot Knife Hostage Rescue Team 8″ Overall. The knife is a Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) fixed-blade tactical boot knife. Its blade is made from 440C powder-coated steel. The overall length of the knife is a petite 8 inches but the blade length is just 3.88 inches. The knife is lightweight at 2.18 ounces. The knife also includes a molded sheath that allows the owner to carry it safely.
Another Smith and Wesson boot knife model is the Smith and Wesson military boot knife, which boasts of a compact and sleek design. The knife is double-bladed and polished. Its blade is made from 440C brushed steel. It has a rubberized handle, which ensures a better grip. It also includes a sheath and a strong chain.
The HRT Boot Knife is also a common choice for those who want to purchase a Smith and Wesson boot knife. This knife has a false edge and a rubberized handle. The overall length of the knife is 7.75 inches. The blade is 3.5 inches long. The blade is made from 440 carbon steel and has a Teflon coating. It comes with a plastic sheath and a clip, for easy transport.