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KA-BAR 2486 TDI/Hinderer Hell Fire Fixed 3.5" Recurve Tanto Blade, Zytel Handles - 2-2486-7

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KA246: TDI/Hinderer "Hell Fire" Fixed Blade
KA-BAR Knives
The original TDI series of knives changed many law enforcement officers’ idea of what an edged backup weapon could be. With input from tactical knifemaker Rick Hinderer, these models are gonna change all those minds all over again!
The Original TDI Knife was designed by John Benner, founder of Tactical Defense Institute. A former Police Lieutenant, Drug Task Force Coordinator, and SWAT Team Tactical Field Commander, Benner has more than 30 years' experience in the law enforcement field. He has developed courses for raid tactics, defensive tactics and knife programs that are currently taught to law enforcement, military and civilian groups.

The TDI/Hinderer knives are design collaborations between Tactical Defense Institute President and Chief Instructor, John Benner, and custom knife maker, Rick Hinderer, owner of Hinderer Knives. Based on their combined respective experiences as a veteran police Lieutenant and Fire Fighter/EMT, John Benner and Rick Hinderer have designed knives for real-world emergency situations - where a sure grip and quick draw are paramount. Features an ambidextrous friction-fit glass reinforced nylon sheath which can be attached at multiple angle to fit anyone's personal preference.
  • Blade Length: 3.5"
  • Overall Length: 7.25"
  • Handle Length: 3.75"
  • Blade Shape: Recurve Tanto 
  • Edge Angle: 20 degrees
  • Blade Steel: 1095 Cro-Van, 56-58HRC
  • Grind: Flat
  • Handle Material: Zytel
  • Sheath Material: Glass Filled Nylon with Black Metal Belt Clip
  • Weight: 5.6 oz. 
  • Made in the USA
1095 Carbon Steel
1095 Carbon Steel
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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Joseph M
Yonkers, Ny
May 16, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
good EDC
Holster and belt clip make for a nice fit. The handle is also smaller than the tdi 1480, which does not come with a belt clip. In comparison to the 1480, it seems more versatile in that it is more of a stabbing knife where as the angle of the 1480 leads to easier slashing but difficult stabbing at certain angles. The width of the blade is also smaller than the 1480. Way more comfortable to carry, plus the holster has a level of retention. The 1480, however, feels better in the hand. But for an EDC, the hellfire makes for a better fit. This also needed some sharpening out of the box. I used a fine Norton India block which did the job
5 out of 5
Marine Corps Dd
Feb 11, 2015
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
Awesome knife
This is the best kbar yet for a carry knife. I love the standard usmc kbar but I fell in love with this knife. Comfortable, non slip, super tough, etc. You will not regret buying this one.
5 out of 5
Somewhere in NC
Mar 30, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Finish, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
For any knife that I buy which has removable components (screws, handle scales, etc..) I Take them apart to see the real makeup of the body. Heavy duty Allen screws, thick blade stock with reinforced skeletonized construction where the scale hardware goes through. This knife wasn't just built for protection, but for durability, I'm impressed. Holding it in my hand, it just feels right. I've sustained many hand injuries in my younger years so a proper feeling handle is a must. With the thumb or forefinger over the thumb scales places on the spine you won't have any trouble losing control for whatever adventure heads your way. It came from the factory "Ka Bar" sharp. But I can't leave well enough alone and had to use some diamond and sapphire materials and make it "Bob" sharp. After treating it with rust inhibitor and putting it together, VOILA! Nice little setup. In comparison with the other TDI I carry at work, I know this one's on me at all times. The small TDI is more low profile and more comfortable to wear. You KNOW, when you have this one on you, or have it in your hand. That can be worked with. My only issue, a small one, is the placement in the sheath. It's held in with a thumb-activated (or lower palm with some practice) catch. The blade fits loosely inside and has that ever-aggravating *rattle*. Once again, that can be worked with, but not worth taking any grades off the official rating. If you already own one of the smaller TDI blades, and care to step up a notch, take this one in mind. You're either going to love it, or not care for it. But it's number 1 for me when I go out running and doing errands around town. Another "Well done, Ka Bar". Built for purpose, not beauty. How a knife should be.
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