Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker
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"Sirara" Tactical Combat Knife
"The world’s elite and clandestine rescue and tactical squads seek his weapons. Their lives depend on "Jay Fisher Custom Knives"- the best quality knives in the world."
--Bernardo M. Perez
Deputy Assistant Director-Ret.
Tactical is a word with Greek origins, meaning to put in order or to arrangement of or pertaining to military or naval tactics. Specifically defined, it means "pertaining to arrangement, relating to, or characterized by ordered procedure to an end." It also means "skillful, or characterized by skill in tactics or adroit planning or maneuvering."
While the word tactical is thrown around the knife world these days as a description of the appearance of a knife (flat, painted, camouflaged, squarish, and plain), I follow the more specific and defined purpose and nature of the tactical knife. My tactical knives are meant for military, naval, law enforcement, and associated combat and rescue use. They are made with specific arrangements relating to their procedure to an end. This means that when designed as close quarters battle (CQB) weapons, they are weapons with all the features and designs that will make them the best combat weapon they can be. When designed as combat search and rescue (CSAR) tools, they have all the features they might need for the ordered procedure to produce a specific end that are within the scope of their requirements.
With most knives, the word "tactical" defines a pop style.
In real combat knives, the word "tactical" means an ordered procedure to an end.
Real tactical knives are not about looks; they are about results.
Most other tactical knives in the world are made or manufactured for visual and advertising appeal to the masses who would like to visualize themselves as great warriors. The makers and manufacturers of this type of knife apply styles, forms, and ideas that look good to the general public for the purpose of mass manufacturing and widespread public appeal. While most people have never seen or participated in any serious tactical conflict in the military, naval, law enforcement, defensive, or rescue field, their concepts of what makes a knife useful in these situations is obviously limited. This is not the kind of knife I make.
I communicate and work with professionals in these fields to help design and create the specific weapon or tool that they ask for, offer every option that I can, receive feedback and tuning from their participation in combat, street, and rescue situations, and offer continual refinement and improvement of these critical types of knife. I accept commissions, make what they ask for, and have a decades long history of making knives that are actually used in the active field of battle, arena of conflict, streets of crime, or chaos of disasters. I make the real thing.
As a professional knife maker who has made literally hundreds of knives that have been not only designed with the input of military, law enforcement and tactical professionals, but also carried and used in combat, I can assure you that these are combat and tactical knives. In our culture, it is unfortunate that most people do not recognize fine knives, and doubly tragic that those who may depend on a knife to save their life or those lives of their victims, charges, and buddies are not aware that very fine tactical knives exist.
It is my job as a professional and custom knife maker to educate, listen to, and fulfill the needs of my clients, including military and law enforcement professionals. In doing so, I am committed to make the very best knives out there for their purpose. This is what I do.
For more on this subject, please take a look at it in detail on my Business of Knifemaking page at this bookmark.
This portal page has all the links to the pages on my site that feature the tactical, military, combat, and professional duty knives I make and the pages that apply to this type of knife. I am confident that when you have looked at the knives and read through the topics, you will have a much greater understanding of the modern warrior and knife maker, the tool and weapon of the modern world, and the widespread applications of man's first tool. Though you will see knives that span the range from modest working to commemorative collector's grade custom handmade knives, they are all distinctly tactical.
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