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.
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
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.