KnifeHog's Addison reviews the Smith & Wesson M&P folding knife. See what she has to say about this tough combat/tactical folder.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Hey guys, welcome back to KnifeHog.com! Addison here and today I’ll be reviewing the Smith & Wesson M&P folder model SWMP4LS.
Boasting the same firearm style and solid feel of the Military and Police series, the Smith & Wesson M&P is definitely an effective combat folding knife. With an overall length of 8.6” and a blade measuring 3.6”, this is not your average mid sized folder. This knife’s blade is constructed of 4034 stainless steel and features a combo edge grind. The serrations at the base of the blade are extremely sharp and are perfect for cutting things like thick rope and seat belt straps. The plain edge portion of the blade has a slight hollow grind, which dips into a drop point tip that is ideal for cutting materials like cloth, plastic and thin rope or twine. Just like many Smith & Wesson knives, the M&P’s handle is composed of machined aluminum with rubber inlay in order to provide you with a more textured and durable grip. Smith & Wesson has also fitted this knife with its signature MAGIC assisted opening technology, which is used to deploy the blade by either pushing up on the thumb plate on the lower spine of the blade or pushing down on the flipper button on the back of the handle. A glass breaker, fixed position pocket clip and standard liner lock are also included on the handle of this knife.
Overall, the Smith & Wesson M&P is a decent mid-sized folder. Its combo edge blade grind, MAGIC assisted opening system and sturdy handle make this knife great for performing almost any type of cutting chore. The glass breaker on the butt of the handle also highlights Smith & Wesson’s attempt to add a survivalist element to this knife. Although the M&P is an effective knife, it does have a few drawbacks I’d like to point out. One drawback is that the 4034 stainless steel the blade is constructed of, although tough, has a very low edge retention rate and, if used frequently, would require a large amount of sharpening. Another drawback is that the handle has no real texturing other than the rubber inlay, which makes it difficult to get a good grip on the knife while delivering forceful cuts. Another drawback is that the pocket clip is fixed and is only configured for one type of carrying option. Lastly, this knife weighs 7.6 ounces, which is a little too hefty carry around like most mid sized folders.
We here at KnifeHog give this knife 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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