Smith and Wesson introduced their first knives in 1974. S&W is best known for being America’s largest manufacturer of handguns. The company basically operates a safety and security business and working with knives was an extension of their core activities. S&W knives are generally catered to the police and military. The is just one of several types of knives available from S&W.
At the outset, the were prepared in-house. In 1986, the company assigned Vermont Cutlery Co of West Rutland VT the task of making the knives. This lasted until 1993. At present, S&W knives, including the Smith and Wesson Extreme Ops knife, are made and sold by Taylor Cutlery.
The Smith and Wesson Extreme Ops knife is an inexpensive type. Still, the Extreme Ops model is packed with a lot of great features, from the blades to the handles. Its blades are made from 440C stainless steel, which are coated with non-reflective black Teflon. The blades also come with an S&W Extreme Ops logo.
The handles of the Smith and Wesson Extreme Ops knife are easy to clean because of its open frame configuration. The handles are made from dual stainless steel liners. For easier use, the handles have texture notches found in three places, specifically at the liner lock release, the thumb ramp, and the point where one’s fingers curve around the knife’s butt. Other features of the Extreme Ops knife handles are its textured G10 scales, a Smith and Wesson shield inlay, a hole for a lanyard, and a removable pocket clip. The clip is mounted at the handle’s pivot end.
The Smith and Wesson Extreme Ops knife is also equipped with dual thumb studs, which are efficient for one-hand opening, using either the left or the right hand.
A number of Smith and Wesson Extreme Ops knives are available in the market. Most models are made in China, but buyers need not worry because the company continues to ensure excellent quality for the materials and manufacturing of their products. The knives usually vary depending on sizes (small, medium or large), blade type (tanto, serrated, partially serrated, plain, etc.), and colors (black, blue, silver, etc.). Among the many Extreme Ops models available are the Black Blade, Black Tanto Blade, Linerlock, Linerlock Pocket Knife, Framelock Black Blade, Framelock Pocket Knife, G10 Plain Blade, Blue Aluminum Handles, Aluminum Handles, Linerlock Desert Sand, Folder Blue Plain Blade, Folder Blue Partially Serrated, Black Titanium Coated Blade, Urban Titanium Camo Blade, Folder Desert Camo Handle, Fixed Blade Tanto, Aircraft Aluminum Handles, Lockback, European Lockback, and G10 Extreme Ops Partially Serrated.