KA-BAR Knife Review – TDI Law Enforcement

Well, this review has some age on it at this point, and we’ve looked at some fantastic knives since then. For a more up-to-date take, check out The Best Survival Knife with a Fixed Blade.

KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife Technical Info

  • Blade Material: AUS 8A Stainless Steel
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Shape: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Rockwell: 57-59CR
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″
  • Blade Length: 2.3″
  • Total Length: 5.6″
  • Weight: 3.0 oz (5.2 w/ sheath)
  • Handle Material: Zytel (nylon resin)
  • Functionality: Tactical Personal Protection
  • Made In: Taiwan
  • Designer: John Benner
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife
Small but capable

What they got right on the TDI Law Enforcement Knife

The KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife is lightweight, but has a substantial tactical grip. The nonslip nylon resin handle is engineered great for quickly drawing the knife consistently, thanks to the handle ergonomics. The small, black blade is very subtle, and combined with the concealed sheath it makes for an excellent tactical knife. It is designed to be used as a ‘last resort’ weapon on the weak side, opposite of a concealed carry firearm. The idea is to use the hidden knife if someone attempted to take your firearm. It draws smoothly out of the sheath, which is well constructed with a wide metal clip.

KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife2
KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife blade

What they got wrong on the TDI Law Enforcement Knife

It is difficult to find faults in a knife designed for one purpose, especially if it fulfills that purpose well. There could be many faults if this was a survival knife or stand alone tactical knife, but it is a last resort knife and is perfect in that utility. The KA-BAR warranty could be better by not being a limited warranty, but very few tactical knife manufacturers offer full lifetime warranties. Some complain that the sheath could be better in securing the knife, but there are many options for different types of sheaths.

KA-BAR TDI law enforcement sheath full weight
KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife weight
Extremely lightweight both with or without the sheath

My experience with the TDI Law Enforcement Knife

I have not had to use this knife for it’s intended purpose, but that is most definitely for the best. Situational awareness and avoiding confrontation is the best if you can manage it.  Being a ‘last resort’ knife keeps the blade in good condition. It is light enough to where it is very easy to get used to carrying.

KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife sheath
KA-BAR TDI law enforcement knife clip
Low profile for EDC

The Verdict

The KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife is a good addition for anyone using a concealed carry firearm. While it may not be versatile enough to carry as a stand alone knife, it does it’s job very well. It is a great small, concealable, last resort knife. We recommend it here at TruePrepper, and have enjoyed ours as part of our EDC loadout.

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KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife Review

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer, Air Force veteran, emergency manager, husband, dad, and experienced prepper. I developed emergency and disaster plans around the globe and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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