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his uber-aggressive, modified karambit-looking knife is the newest beast from mantis knives. the z’mora is 6.5" closed, with a 4" auS 8 steel blade, texturized g-10 scales and weighs 8.8 ounces. the double-ground blade (convex at the front of the belly changing to a concave grind at the middle) offers excellent cutting and piercing capability. the hump on the back of the blade, favored by its designer and famous knifeguy, Bram Frank, allows for a kinetic opening of the knife and good, firm grip. Closed, the hump is perfect to use for mashing into pressure points. the z’mora has a reversible clip, a small hook-cutter (for seat belts) on the opposite end of the main blade and utilizes a “puzzle” lock — a liner lock on the spine of the knife as opposed to the belly. it’s a lot of knife for $120. T IT SlIceS , …ButWait,there’sMore nives are as much a part of police work as the siren on your patrol car and the gun on your side. Think of how often you pull your knife to pry, scrape a registration tag or cut something — like a seatbelt or flex-cuffs. And knives have been around in some form pretty much since the caveman days; their uses as varied as their designs. I’ll go out on a limb here; if you’re not carrying a knife then you must be sitting in your car all day watching the world go by. I’ve used many different knives over the years — I have a big box of ‘em to show for it. Some of my first knives were cheap (knock-off cheap) or stupid, but as I learned more about what I most often suZIhuNtINGtON K did with the knives, I focused my attention to better blade shapes and steel types. Ease of opening one-handed is a major point with me and even though I may like the look of so-and-so’s knife, good looks won’t make it easy to open if I can’t manipulate the thumb-stud. Here is a cross section of knives, from folders to fixedblades, tactical to tacti-cool or just silly, simple to over-engineered and in a wide variety of price ranges. I don’t know what your personal needs or likes are in knives — only you know that. In your quest for the perfect poker, you’ll have to try a lot of different knives and you may find “it” here. The manufacturers in this article are top notch and have lots of other knives on their websites; this is just a good place to start. 36 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • JULY/AUGUST 2010