BLACKHAWK! Lights and Blades

BLACKHAWK! has one of the best reputations in law enforcement. If it has the BLACKHAWK! name on it, it is functional, it is tested and reliable, and it is well thought out as a real tactical solution, period. So it is with two of the many new BLACKHAWK! products announced at the recent SHOT Show. One is the latest of the Night-Ops® illumination tools, the Legacy™ L-6V. The other is the latest of the MOD® tactical knives, the SFK Folder.


Night-Ops Legacy

Three Night-Ops Ally™ compact handheld and two Night-Ops Legacy tactical handheld lights and an upgraded Night-Ops Xiphos™ weapon light now join the BLACKHAWK!  

lineup. The powerhouse of the group is 570-lumen Legacy L-6V. Powered by two CR123 batteries, this LED flashlight has High (570 lumens), Med (220 lumens), Low (20 lumens) and strobe (570 lumens) settings controlled by the multiple-position rotating switch.

We found the switch to be simple and intuitive even under the stress of patrol situations. With the rotary switch set on the preferred setting, the tailcap push button controls either momentary or constant light. No need to scroll or button through different functions to get the light you want. Set on High, the rotating switch logically moves clockwise to Med, then Low, then Strobe and then Off.

The Legacy L-6V uses an aluminum body with hard-coat anodized finish. The 1-inch body diameter is a perfect fit for the BLACKHAWK! Offset Flashlight Rail Mount. On the High (570 lumens) setting, the Legacy L-6V has a runtime of 120 minutes and a beam distance of 200 yards. At just 6 inches long and with a 1 ¼-inch bezel, we found the Legacy L-6V easy to carry. Now is the time to upgrade to a ~600 lumen handheld.


MOD SFK Folding Knife

The new MOD SFK Folding Knife is a perfect companion to the larger, longer BLACKHAWK! UK-SFK™ dagger. The SFK (Special Forces Knife) folder and SFK dagger are both designs based on Col. Rex Applegate, W.E. Fairbairn and Brent Beshara’s original UK-SFK™ dagger. The SFK folder looks like double-edge knife; however, the back of the blade is actually a false edge. Of course, the blade only comes as a plain edge, not a partially serrated blade.

The SFK folder uses a 4-inch long, 0.150-inch thick, N690Co stainless-steel blade. A relative unknown, N690Co is a European-made upgrade to 440-C stainless steel. The SFK folder is made in Italy, where knife making excellence literally dates back to the medieval times.

The cross-guard facilitates rapid, manual opening using a finger flick. The ambidextrous thumb studs also allow a one-handed blade opening. The cross-guard also functions as a double-sided hilt for blade safety. The SFK folder uses the liner-lock design, involving 420 stainless-steel liners. The liner-lock fully engaged the blade tang each time we tested it.

The SFK folder has outstanding, rough-textured G-10 scales, which definitely set the SFK folder apart from other tactical folders. The handle is fairly long with a series of subtle finger grooves with the cross-guard ergonomically ideal. Maximum grip is also assured through aggressive jimping or notching all the way around the liner from the thumb stud to the lower cross-guard. The stainless-steel pocket clip is fully ambidextrous with both tip-up and tip-down carry options.

A Special Edition, serialized version of the SKF is also available. This exotic presentation knife features an ATS-34 stainless steel and high-nickel Damascus steel blade with a Ziricote hardwood handle and titanium liners. Both these SFK folders join two dozen tactical folders and fixed blades in the BLACKHAWK! MOD lineup where honor is a way of life.

Published in Law and Order, Apr 2014

Rating : Not Yet Rated

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