Smith & Wesson’s Military Police Magic Assisted Tanto shows good quality in an American-sponsored imported design. The Taiwanese makers of the Military Police Tanto put together good features and good materials. Tactical users may be tempted and anyone who needs a good urban survival knife should take a serious look.
The 2.9-inch 4034 stainless steel blade of the Smith & Wesson knife has the black coating of a military folder and the armor-piercing tanto shape that today comes in handy when dealing with sheet metal and plastic. Emergency features beyond that include a window breaker stud in the butt of the knife and textured rubber grips for a solid hold in all types of conditions. A secure liner lock prevents the blade from accidentally folding on the owner, and the side lock allows easy closure. Basic handle parts are of machined aircraft quality aluminum, light and strong. The blade’s thumb studs make one-handed opening smooth and simple with either hand. Smith and Wesson’s M.A.G.I.C. system qualifies the knife as an assisted opening blade, not an automatic. Keeping it clean will be critical if you depend on fast deployment.
Handle design is angular but sensible, canted slightly towards the pistol grip shape that many builders imitate today. A stainless steel pocket clip makes the 4-1/4-inch tanto easy to carry and easy to find when you need it. It’s a surprisingly good knife and an economical buy — proof that, if you let them do their job, the craftsmen in Taiwan are as good as anybody.