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You southpaws need your own knife, dadgummit, and thanks to crkT your wishes have been granted. The popular kit carson designed M21 is now available in a left hand model. The M21 features a re-curved spear point blade with inconspicuous black titanium nitride finish and rolls out with either a thumb stud or flipper. The handle is textured G10 over stainless steel liners and houses crkT’s patented autolaWks automatic safety. at 7.25" overall, the M21 is a lot of knife, and at $49.95 MsrP it’s also a bargain! need a handful of attitude? spyderco’s Fred Perrin PPT steps up to the plate. The PPT’s deep flat ground 3.3" modified Wharncliff blade looks like it got up on the wrong side of the bed, and premium crucible s30v stainless steel makes sure it stays that way. The folder’s 4.25" grippy “corrugated” G10 handle makes for excellent purchase and jimping on the backside of the handle and blade spine adds even more. The handle conceals a beefy frame-lock within. MsrP is $229. T he tactical knife market has never been hotter, and it’s time to update your gear. The explosion in blade steels and proliferation in knife and tool design have made for a veritable cornucopia of cop-delight. Add to that the competitive nature of the knife industry and there’s something for every budget. Never in the history of cutlery have you been able to better tailor your edged tools to suit your needs. Need a knife that can cut webbing like soft butter? Need a knife that can open in a flash — even in a gloved hand? Need the latest in hi-tech steel that cuts like a house on fire and rarely needs sharpening? We’ve got your steel! need a knife that will cut, pry, chop, and basically maul anything in its path with nary a complaint? Meet the TOPs/Buck csar-T fixed blade. With its 4.5" heavy-duty tanto blade and rugged “rocky Mountain Tread” G10 handles, this collaboration between Buck knives and TOPs knives is built for abuse. There’s a hex socket in the base with an optional set of hex tools available. comes with a nylon, MOllEcompatible sheath and checks in at a respectable $150. Whether you need sleek or just like it, al Mar knives delivers in spades with their stealthy shrike model. designed by aBs Mastersmith kirk rexroat, the shrike features a 3.7" clip point blade of vG10 stainless steel and lengthy (just over 5") handle of textured G10 scales over stainless steel liners. Priced at $229 suggested retail, the shrike ain’t cheap, but if you’ve ever held an al Mar knife in your hand, you’ll understand why. 42 WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • JULY/AUGUST 2011

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