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Image courtesy Wilson Combat

Unlike most EDC knives which are great for box-cutting and, well, okay for CCW backup, Wilson Combat knives are designed from the ground up to stand in harm’s way with Wilson’s combat-tuned handguns and long guns. Their latest offering is the $289 Rapid Response XL. Jump over to The Truth About Knives for more.

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  1. $289?!

    I learned long ago that I mainly use a knife for 2 things; cutting rope and digging out splinters.

    Once the tip breaks off, as is inevitable, I have reduced the functionality of my knife by 50%, and I need a new knife. That’s why I always buy a $20 Gerber or Kershaw. If you actually use your knife regularly, you need to think of it as a consumable, and purchase accordingly.

    This thing is a showpiece for the idle rich to flash around to impress their friends.

    • It sure is a good lookin knife, but yeah, I would be afraid to use it!

      My top end is $80, I like a nice axis lock benchmade action or similar

    • “This thing is a showpiece for the idle rich to flash around to impress their friends.”

      This is Wilson Combat we’re talking about. Makers of a $3000 Pistol for concealed carry. Yeah it’s nice, but it ain’t coming back when the cops confiscate it after a DGU.

      • hey dude, as long as the thing works as advertised, I’ll be happy to turn it in to the cops. I’m alive, and the bad guy ain’t, but they took my primo-custom ccw gun. 1st world problems 🙂

        as for knives go, I’ve got a Kershaw Cryo. $35. I dig it

    • Buy a decent knife with decent steel and the tip breaking will no longer be inevitable. I’m not rich, but I carry a $200 knife (and use it daily) because I know I can depend on it. And if the blade does break, the manufacturer will take care of it. Buy once, cry once.

  2. I have to say, the half article posts to direct traffic to TTAK are annoying. If it’s worth mentioning to the readers of TTAG, then give us the whole article. There’s still plenty of space and opprotunity to link to TTAK if we want to read more knife related articles.

  3. SOG Flash2 for $45 at Lowes. Does everything I need it to and I’m not afraid of abusing it. In real life the Wilson could probably be had for closer to two bills and it looks spectacular but still……

    • +1 on the SOG Flash II. I used it with serious abuse and yes it failed at the end of an 8th month tour in Afghanistan. But it was also 4 years old and I beat the sh!t out of it.

  4. Smith and Wesson extreme ops swa6 from academy. $10.

    I’m going to be buying and hk entourage soon, but as mainly a “show knife” not one id be unafraid to use.

    • Those S&W extreme ops knives are garbage. They just fall apart in your pocket after a couple months. It’s pretty much regulated to being a birthday present for a young nephew.

      • Mine has been great for 3 years this chrismas. The finish has worn off on both sides and the tip has broken off. 2 minutes with a grinder and got a new tip. Clip has bent but I also own a pair of plies, fixed. Only problem I’ve had was the screw that holds the blade coming lose, I put some locktite on it 2 years ago. Best knife ever.

      • It is. I got mine for $13 and i use it hard everyday. Its a screwdriver, a wire stripper/cutter, pry bar, and a knife. And for $13 I’ll buy 20 more and use them till the day I die. Hard use for almost 3 years and still going. Might be time to sharpen or replace it though.

  5. Come on guys. We all know a $550 Glock goes bang just as well, and many think better, than a $3000-5000 Wilson Combat, Les Baer, etc… But some people prefer the fit, finish, and craftsmanship of a custom pistol. When I graduate college I intend to purchase myself either a Chris Reeve or custom folder in ultra high-end steel and carbon fiber.


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