KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife, Zytel Handle, Plain

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When you're in trouble and need something to defend yourself in a pinch, reach for the KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement.

This knife is one of the collaborations between John Benner of the Tactical Defense Institute (TDI) and KA-BAR. Benner is the chief instructor at TDI and a 37-year veteran police Lieutenant, so he knows a thing or two about self-defense.

The TDI Law Enforcement, with its uniquely curved blade, is designed to be used when all else has failed. As a self-defense tool, the original idea behind the TDI Law Enforcement was to offer police officers protection from someone reaching for his or her firearm. However, it's also found life among civilians as a versatile fixed blade.

Its resemblance to a pistol is no coincidence. The knife, which is typically worn on the pant belt, can be quickly drawn like a firearm to immobilize an assailant.

The 2.31-inch drop point blade is made from AUS-8A stainless steel and coated with a black finish. This iteration of the TDI Law Enforcement has a straight edge, but it also comes in a serrated version.

The black Zytel handle features a deep finger groove along with a textured grip to allow for a secure hold. An included glass-filled nylon sheath attaches to the belt.

Don't get trapped in a close-quarters incident without the TDI Law Enforcement.

Model Number: 2-1480-6
Catalog Number: 45570
Blade Length 2.31 inches
Blade Material Stainless Steel (AUS8)
Sheath Material Glass filled nylon
Blade Edge Plain
Point Drop Point
Handle Material Zytel
Total Length 5.63 inches
Blade Color Black
Sheath Included Yes
Pocket Clip Included No
Knife Type Fixed Blade
Knife Weight 9.6 ounces
Handle Color Black
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Soon after its introduction in the mid-1920's, the KA-BAR trademark became widely known and respected. There have been many versions of how the KA-BAR name came to be, but all evidence points to a letter received from a fur trapper. This particular fur trapper's testimonial turned out to be the most significant ever received by the company.

He wrote, in very rough English, that his gun had jammed and that he had therefore relied on his knife to kill a wounded bear that was attacking him. In thanking the company for their quality product the trapper described using his knife to kill the bear. All that was legible of his scrawled writing was "k a bar". The company was so honored by this testimonial that they adopted this phrase and used it as their trademark, KA-BAR.

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Customer Reviews

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By Teresa S. from California
March 3, 2017

Loved it so much going to order a few more!

By Justin H. from North Carolina
November 26, 2016

One of the best knives I own and has a purpose of its own. It usually sits opposite of my pistol on my left side when I might not be able to draw quickly, its an easy cross draw and slice if needed. I never even know its there. I carry a traditional flip knife on my pants pocket, but that would take a while to deploy, where this is ready to go. Its very sharp and durable.

By Jim F. from St Louis Mo
July 27, 2015

I like this knife a lot.can carry it around with no sweat.the handle take a little to gets used to.but doesn't brother anyone when sitting in a chair or car.

By John M. from Indy
December 1, 2012

I bought this KA-BAR because of the unusual configuration of the knife. Now that I have handled this piece, I better understand the design. There is quality and utility to this knife and I recommend it.

By Julia T. from Nashville, TN
January 31, 2009

It was a Christmas gift and my nephew loves it! Thanks for all your help!

By Jim S. from Greenville, SC
September 8, 2008

This is a fine knife for the money and it works well in either hand. Quick shipping!

By Jim S. from Greenville, SC
January 21, 2006

This knife arrived just as discribed and is a top quality product. I would recommend it to others.

By Richard W. from Santa Cruz Ca
January 21, 2017

I bought this for a female friend for self defense. The Karambit style is excellent for stealth defense and the handle size is excellent for the girl's hand.

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