How Is “Tactical Value” Determined On This Chart?

Trying to come up with a useful method of calculating each of these knives’ tactical value was difficult, primarily because the characteristics that make for a good throwing knife often conflict with the characteristics that make for a good tactical knife.  My method may not be satisfying to everyone, but I tried to be objective about it, and I think that it does provide some usefulness.

Calculating “Tactical Value” on this site’s Ultimate Guide To Tactical Throwing Knives chart.

I used the following 10 characteristics to assign each knife a tactical value between 1 and 9 (not 10…9, because criteria #5 and #9 are in conflict with each other, making 9 the highest possible score).  It was basically a “yes or no” system with a point given for each “yes.”

  1. Damage (thrown)  —  if knife weighs 6 oz. or more, it gets a point.  Lightweight knives aren’t likely to do much damage.
  2. Damage (handheld)  —  if blade length is 4 in. or more, it gets a point.  Very short blades won’t typically do much damage.
  3. Balance (thrown)  —  if the knife is well-balanced at or near the midpoint for consistent throws, it gets a point.
  4. Balance (handheld)  — if the knife is evenly balanced or slightly handle-heavy, it gets a point.  Blade heavy knives can be awkward and get no points.
  5. Concealability  —  knives 10 inches or less are easier to conceal for everyday carry.
  6. Durability  —  stainless steel bends and breaks more easily than carbon steel.  So no points for the stainless steel blades.
  7. Grip  —  throwing knives with wrapped grips or handle scales are easier to grip for handheld use.  No grip…no points.
  8. No-Spin  —  Rotational throwing in a tactical situation is not ideal, so knives with straight, smooth handles that easily accommodate no-spin techniques earn a point.
  9. Long Range  —  small, lightweight knives are hard to throw accurately at longer distances, so knives with overall length of 12 in. or more and weight of 8 oz. or more got an extra point.
  10. Multiple Knives  —  let’s face it.  Even if you throw your knife and stick it perfectly, you’ll still want another knife in your hand.  So knives sold in sets of 2 or more get a point.