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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2011
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This isn't a pocketknife in the traditional sense. You won't use it for slicing apples, preparing kindling, etc....
What it is, however, is a nasty little surprise for any goblins who attempt to grab you in the parking lot and you can't grab your Sig 238. Nasty point, nasty sharp. Definitely the sort of thing to ruin a bad guy's day. I have my keys attached to the sheath, and it easily fits in my suit coat pocket. I'd rather engage w/my pistol at 5 yards, but this is like having a razor-sharp human claw. As for the size, I'm 6 foot, 220, and take XL motorcycle/ski gloves and have no problem grasping the handle securely.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
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CLicks firmly into hard plastic case. Great for a neck knife to cut seatbelts, etc. This may be very useful in a close, locked or pinned position. I wear it out of sight with a break away strap connected directly to the larger hole. Pinned down, this could save your live against a violent criminal. Case can be laced in boots. Last ditch is a good description.
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91 of 109 people found the following review helpful
This is a great, concealable last ditch, or even quick access, knife. I like the design, the size and ability to tuck it out of sight.

Problem: Ka-Bar, this is the second of your knives I have purchased that boasts "Made in America". I try to buy American to support our internal industry, its my preference. I do feel tricked when my product arrives with "Made in Taiwan" stamped on the blade. Seriously, because your offices are in American does not give you the right to say your product is American made when it is made overseas and shipped here. Get back to your roots Ka-Bar, your true fans are waiting!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2009
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As the name states, it is definitely a last ditch knife. It is very small and easy to conceal, but not my first option in a self-defense situation. I have mine looped through the shoe laces of my right shoe. You can also wear it as a neck knife or attach it to your belt with the paracord that is included. I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a small backup knife.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2009
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I never liked pocket knives, as I felt my pocket always had something "awkward" in it. I tried small ones, and those were uncomfortable as well. This neck knife is GREAT! Real easy to get used to, and now I don't even know it is there. I even sleep with it on because it is so comfortable. It has a pin-point, and it is very sharp. It holds an edge well, and it is easy to get to, no matter what kind of shirt I have on. If I have a button shirt on, I just reach it in between the buttons, and it is always there. There are a few ways to grip it, and it has cuts at the outer round part of the handle, where the curve is, so your finger, or thumb has a good grip. I would hate to be stabbed into the neck, or face with this, with any kind of force behind it, as the fight would be over that quick. Everyday "All around" use is great, and I use it often. If you are looking for a good neck knife, this is it, period!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2010
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The name is self explanatory if you have to use this knife, you've gotta be completely out of options. This is actually a Kabar TDI which is made in China as opposed to Kabars made in Olean Ny. TDI knives are PRODUCED by Kabar but were actually created by the head of the Tactical Defense Institute made as a last resort knife for police officers and the entire TDI series is made out of 440 stainless steel which differs from Kabar's usual 1095 carbon steel

Pros:
Small and ultra portable
Sheath holds knife tight until needed
Easy to pull from sheath
Comes razor sharp
Useful for opening boxes or cutting open blister packs
Light enough to wear and forget
Quick to sharpen
Easy to hone

Cons:
Not great at self defense
Not very intimidating
Only has room on the knife for 3 fingers (does not feel secure)
Blade is too small to slash, stab only

Although this is not as good as the regular TDI knives, it still works much better than other small neck knives. I would give this 3 stars, but it is REALLY good at opening blister packs and other annoying packaging material which I love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
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This is a great little knife with a bit of a nasty attitude. It is super light weight and fits completely concealed in a boot, pocket, purse, etc. It is so small that people with large hands may have a difficult time gripping it. I love the little sheath and look forward to putting its durability to the test.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2011
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I bought this as a last stand self defense tool and I am VERY pleased with it. Worn around the neck attached by ranger cord you can easily forget you even have it on you.
Fortunately Ive not had to use it for the purpose which it was acquired. I do find myself getting it out regularly to open the occasional box from amazon (god love em) or any other number of misc tasks one might tpically need a knife for. It isnt really designed to do any heavy work but for small jobs it is perfect.

It is a perfect little last stand knife. I actually just purchased a second to lace onto my tactical vest.

Get one, great value for the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
Although I have owned it for a couple years now, this knife recently accompanied me on a short hike on the Appalachian Trail. I wore it around my neck for the entire duration and it was used more than any other knife I brought. Why did I bring more than one knife? Well, I like to have a larger one, a smaller one, and a utensil/knife combo (also by Ka-bar). As it turned out my large knife came in handy as a security knife because I ran into a real deranged homicidal creep. It was ready to protect my friend and I if need be. Thank God we were safe though.
Anyway, back to the LDK. The knife was always easily reached, even among all my backpack straps. I used it for cutting rope a number of times. Just a quick draw and slice and back into the sheath it went. Bada-bing-bada-boom! It also met the needs of me and my friend's blistered feet. The super pointed tip allowed for easy blister drainage and skin removal. We just sat there by the creek and relieved our painful afflictions with no blood and no further damage. It also made quick work of cutting appropriate sized sections of moleskin and opening various packages.
The sheath is snug and I didn't worry about it falling out even though I carried it upside down. It thoroughly enriched my time in the backcountry and it met my primary needs. As far as a self-defense knife, sure it would work for a quick punch and stab fight but for a real weapon I prefer something bigger. This knife will serve well in your last ditch but I recommend bringing supplemental knives just to be safe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
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Out of the box it can slice through denim, nylon, and most leather jackets. the radius of the grip is awkward and allows the angle of the blade to change in your hand depending on resistance.

Bottom line: Get one for each pair of shoes/boots you have!

Suggestion to the mfg: Please add jimping to the interior edge of the finger hole on the grip!
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