How to Close a Tactical Knife
If you're new to using a tactical knife, you may find that it's easy to open but confusing to close.
Not to worry – we can help you with getting your tactical knife closed safely and securely so that you can store it when you need to.
You may find that it can take a little practice to get comfortable with your knife, but that's perfectly natural.
Just make sure to handle your knife with care and don't be too hard on it. Once you've gotten it figured out, you're sure to be a knife-wielding professional, or darn close to it.
What is a Tactical Knife?
Tactical knives are a kind of pocket knife that pack a little more of a punch.
For many regular pocket knives, you have to take the time to pull the blade out of the handle before you can use it.
However, tactical knives allow you to make use of the blade after a simple press of a button.
It's because of this that these kinds of knives are often supplied to soldiers.
They can use it more quickly and easily, making it a more effective option in combat situations. However, they can be a little bit tricky to close when you're done using one.
How to Close a Tactical Knife
All knives can be a little bit different, but the methods for closing different kinds of pocket knives can be quite similar.
If you are brand new to using a tactical knife at all, you'll need to start with it opened in order to close it. Luckily, this can typically be done easily with a small metal button on the side of the handle.
The most important aspect of opening, closing or using this knife is to be careful.
It certainly isn't a toy, and it isn't something you should push or pull on to try to get it opened or close. Trying to force the blade in any way can result to damage to you as well as to the blade itself.
Consequently, you'll need to make sure that you take each step slowly and carefully, at least until you have built up a strong comfort level with the tool.
You really can't be too safe when it comes to any pocket knife, much less these ones that pack a serious punch when they are messed with.
Look for the Metal Block
After the blade has been opened, you should be able to see a metal piece that is blocking the blade from falling down.
This is an important tool for making sure your knife doesn't close at random, for example while you're trying to use it.
Check this piece regularly to make sure it's in good shape.
When you're ready to close your knife, you'll need to use one hand to press the metal piece so that it relieves the tension on the blade itself.
This basically just moves the metal piece, allowing the knife to move more freely. When you've pressed it, moving the knife should no longer be a problem.
Begin to Close the Knife
At this point, you can start to push the knife blade down.
Make sure to avoid pressing it all the way down while your thumb or finger is on the metal button, but just far enough that you can release the button without it keeping the blade up any longer.
Do this slowly and carefully.
Then you'll be able to press the blade back into the handle completely. It should remain in the closed position until the next time you press the button.
If you find that this isn't the case, you can usually just tighten a screw on the knife in order to allow it to remain closed more tightly.
At that point, it will just take a little practice to get used to closing your tactical knife.
Tactical Knife Tips
There are a few tips that can be useful for keeping and handling tactical knives. The first is to make sure to keep the knife clean.
Debris can cause difficulty for the knife to function as it was designed. In addition, some debris or moisture can damage the blade or handle.
Learning how to handle rust on your blade will also be key, as this can happen to some extent over time.
For the most part, it doesn't tend to be difficult to get rid of, but in extreme cases, you may need to use things like onions or potatoes to help with clearing the rust away.
Additionally, you'll want to keep your blade sharpened and lubricated as needed.
Make sure to locate the best tools for your specific knife and learn how to use them well. This can really prolong the life of your tactical blade.