The last post about my neck knife seemed to get a lot of attention and Notwende (https://notwende.com/) commented that he had just finished making a dagger blade from a file. Great steel! I recently decided to purchase a dagger (that would make 4 blades for EDC) though I doubt I really need it.
But of course, when one asks the question “How many knives/guns do you need?” the answer is always “One more.” So I started looking at daggers. Of course, the first thing was the combination of price and quality. I didn’t want a piece of junk that was cheap steel and poorly manufactured, but I also saw no need to spend a couple of hundred dollars on a custom-made blade.
A dagger has one basic purpose, and that is to introduce a sharp, pointy piece of metal into the soft vulnerable parts of a meat sack. I was absolutely amazed at how many people didn’t get this idea. Go to Amazon (one of my favorite sites for product ratings) and see how many idiots complain about how a tool made for one purpose does not work for a totally different purpose. So many moron commenters apparently think that an axe should be good to stab with, and a dagger should be a good camp knife or tree-felling tool. Idiots! You wouldn’t hunt elephants with a .22LR, and you wouldn’t hunt rabbits with a Win 458 mag. Well, maybe some people would. Who knows?
My youngest happens to own a S&W H.R.T. dagger which he bought for its ‘tacti-cool’ looks. Yep, I have to say that to the average Joe it is a baddass looking blade. Looks do count sometimes, and I would rather scare someone into compliance that have to use force. It’s safer for all involved. I remember an old episode of ‘COPS’ where one state trooper said to another that the subject decided to quit resisting after he was introduced to ‘Mr SIG .45.’ Looking down a large caliber barrel is definitely intimidating.
The S&W HRT is basically a 440 steel, though it seems to be one of the better ones. It is a full-tang and the handle is pretty comfortable and has a rubberized finish. One of these days I’m going to get out the olive oil and do a non-scientific grip test to see how well one can maintain their grip on a slippery handle. Blood is very slippery! I do like the HRT grip.
The sheath is decent leather, though my preference for sheath material is Kydex. It has a steel clip on it that works for most belts. This knife is listed as a ‘boot knife,’ though I think that term is pretty silly. I’ve never worn a knife clipped to my boot and cannot imagine it to be comfortable. Of course, the sheath goes inside the boot and the clip is on the outside, but I still am not sold on the idea.
Now, since I’m a real cheapskate, or at least like to find the best deal, I looked at all the competing blades in the dagger style. I found one I liked that had almost exactly the same steel as the HRT, though I’m sure that there are differences in hardening and tempering. The difference in price was about $5, so it wasn’t that much of a better deal, but it was cheap enough that I thought I’d get one and compare it side-by-side with my son’s HRT.
Dimensions of the MTech MX8059 are almost identical to the HRT, both being about 9 inches overall with blades just under 5 inches. The grip is flat-sided compared to the HRT’s slightly more oval shape and has G10 scales, which provide an excellent grip. Gotta do that olive oil test! I liked the serrations which give the blade shape a little more utility over non-serrated. Serrations are great for cutting cordage of any sort, or cutting any fibrous material. If you like the non-serrated, MTech makes that, too.
Both of these blades are made in China and sell for under $20, so such a knife is not a major investment for most people. The sheaths are identical, possibly contracted from the same manufacturer. The steel clip on the sheath would be handy to secure the knife in an EDC bag, purse, or on a belt. My son liked the MTech so well that last time he was home he took mine with him and I had to order another. Sneaky little devil, but it was close to his birthday so I let it slide.
So there you have it, another knife for EDC, albeit this one is rather specialized. If I kit up fully, I have about 8 or so blades on my person. Just proof that you always need one more blade.