With one of Smith & Wesson’s easiest assisted opening systems, the S&W Military Police M.A.G.I.C. Scooped Tanto offers both tactical and emergency rescue features in a highly engineered but economical package. Manufactured to Smith & Wesson specifications in Taiwan, the knife is a good choice for anyone who needs a dependable, fast, and economical one-handed folder.
The MAGIC acronym stands for Multi-purpose Assisted Generational Innovative Cutlery — and that term does set a high standard for the Scooped Tanto. The 2.9-inch high carbon stainless steel blade has the dark non-reflective coating of a modern tactical knife as well as fast assisted opening triggered by a thumb stud. A side lock mechanism prevents accidental opening and allows quick release of the locked blade. The liner lock style prevents the blade from closing on the hand when the tanto point strikes a target. A concave “scooped” blade spine puts the point more in line with the thrust than in many tanto folders. The system should be dependable so long as the knife stays clean, but debris in the handle could prevent the lockback mechanism from working properly.
The coated T6061 aircraft aluminum handle provides a solid grip and protects the inner workings of the knife, unlike the open structure of skeletonized knives. The weight of 4.1 ounces is only slightly more than a more vulnerable openwork version. The combo blade’s serrated section grips and severs seat belts and ropes, but the knife doesn’t offer a safe harness cutter as most good rescue knives do. The butt of the handle houses a steel spike useful for shattering window glass — aside from that, the MAGIC Tanto works better as a military knife than an emergency rescue tool.