Blackhawk! UK-SFK (United Kingdom Special Forces Knife) Review

“Drawing from the groundbreaking works of Col. Rex Applegate, W.E. Fairbairn, and Brent Beshara, the United Kingdom Special Forces Knife features a broad, …

24 thoughts on “Blackhawk! UK-SFK (United Kingdom Special Forces Knife) Review

  1. martin goyles says:

    D2 steel is a tool steel like A2. From what I read, it isn't stainless so very likely to corrode, and it is very difficult to sharpen.

    I'm not too keen on the design on this. Think I would prefer a Boker Applegate-Fairbairn or Ka-Bar John Ek commando dagger.

  2. Stephen Lynch says:

    The knife is worn handle down on the vest . That's why the sheaf has button to release it. Press the button and the knife drops into your hand and also prevents non wearer to un sheaf the knife

  3. carroj9 says:

    The likelihood  this is ever going to be used by any British Special Forces unit either regular or reserve is very remote. 1. it is bright and shiny, special forces work is usually to go unnoticed, and wearing camouflage or black antiterrorist uniforms, or even civilian clothes, this thing is not tactical, there is a reason why most knives chosen by special units have subdued blades, its called SHINE and one of the basic tenets any Brit soldier is taught in basic training.2. Much of special forces work especially RM Commando, SBS or SAS mountain troops, is in high mountains or arctic, this thing has exposed metal surfaces, which in such places are likely to lead to cold burns (yes they could wear gloves), and a knife is not just for fighting and killing its also used for survival and animal butchery and skinning, and you don't wear gloves to do that unless you want to have icy blood all over them. This thing would be particularly useless as a skinning knife. Most arctic troops  Norwegians Swedes and Finns use something like a Sami puukko (like a Mora type) and these have been adopted by a lot of Brit troops who learn from Arctic instructor. There is a reason why Moras and Scandinavian knives have full wrap around handles its called COLD down to at least -40C in Norway, metal is a no no. The same applies to the cross guard, take a look at the V-42 designed for mountain troops the First SSF it has a leather finger guard to prevent cold burns.3. The scabbard/sheath lock is not soldier friendly, its too fiddly and difficult to operate, it is also one sided not allowing for soldiers who use a different dominant hand and its probably very difficult with combat gloves to get a grip and press in order to draw it quickly.4.Brit soldiers tend not to put their knives onto their shoulder yoke straps, American style, in fact most tend not to have them on their webbing straps at all. Especially not upside down. 5. The sheath looks reasonable but would be extremely uncomfortable to wear in a number of positions due to the way the grips extend past the sheath (yes I know why it is like that, to grip and draw) you could get some very nasty injuries from themetal of the grips and would be a pain in the ass every time you caught your hand on it or some foliage jammed up between the knife sheath and equipment. One reason why the V-42 was disliked was the pommel skull crusher injuring the hand (I know from experience because I have V-42 that its true). The sheath does have some merits for ability to tie down but itsdamned uncomfortable and often impractical to use cords to strap a knife on. Straps spread the pressure better and don't cut into the body. On the leg this could cause problems.6. The flat grips and the shape of them is not the best for knife fighting or for survival use, in some uses of a fighting knife you need to be able to rotate the handle comfortably or flip it from a fencing grip to a stabbing grip. Its why the FSykes "commando" knife has round grips.There are more reason.If you want to see what kind of knife the British forces might use I suggest you look at the Glock Field knife, the Eickhorn military range, the Mora's, or the Sissipuukko  which I personally have seen them use amongst others and usually a folding knife and the uniquitous Swiss Army or Wenger range. The older Bundeswehrmesser (German army field knife c 1970's is also still around) my own personal choice was an AES Solingen field knife which looks like a Glock but came many yearsbefore it.Rumour has it that there IS a genuinely new British Infantry Fighting knife due to be issued which is a good sound military design and very tactical, of German manufacture.

  4. PISSDRUNK says:

    We are able to own knives and firearms because it's our responsibility as an American citizen's too protect & defend our Freedoms at every level of society. Unfortunately since the 1960's, before most of us were born people had decided too trash our country & it's history as a way to make excuses for why they felt they didn't & shouldn't have to defend it.   

  5. Chebby303 says:

    You don't need to justify why you have any type of knife. What is anyone who asks 'why?' doing on knife- review channels anyway? Ignore stupid questions from people who obviously have no 'feel for steel'… Enjoy the 'look and feel' of your knives! 

  6. Barbara Taylor says:

    this knife is made for special operation forces and they use when they go out on ops its not made to be carried down the street dumb ass !!!!!!! and why would you carry something that big down the street anyway

  7. x Moon says:

    Im really not loyal to any knife companies, but if i was i would definitely be loyal to Blackhawk and Benchmade.. I have never gotten a bad product from either of them. Benchmade is a little expensive sometimes, but at least the quality backs up the price tag.. Blackhawk on the other hand i find to be very reasonably priced for the quality. They could have easily priced their knives in the 200$ range and i don't think anyone would have questioned it.

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