Fixed-blade, non-folding knives are available for a variety of applications. Their innate strength and durability make them an excellent choice for self-defense as well as utilities such as hunting and camping. Thousands of fixed-blade knives exist, but among them one style really stands out from the rest. The tri-dagger knife is as alluring as it is useful — perfect for collectors or styled self-defense. Few knives are designed as distinctively as the tri-dagger. Easily recognizable by its three sharp, twisted edges, it's sometimes referred to as a tri-edge fixed blade, spiraling dagger, cyclone fixed blade or triblade. Regardless of what you call it, one thing is for sure: Using it will inflict serious damage.
The DesignThe blade of a tri-edged knife is constructed of a solid piece of metal, usually stainless steel or aluminum, with deep smooth grooves separating each of the three edges. Curved together in a spiral like an elongated corkscrew, the edges intersect at the end to form a sharp pointed tip. Several small holes are drilled through the blade just above the handle. Both Microtech and United Cutlery produce a tri-dagger knife, though Microtech's version, the JagKommando, is the most popular. JagKommando — pronounced yah-come-ondo — is the brainchild of Microtech's founder, Anthony Marfione, and named for the Austrian Armed Forces' Special Operations group of the same name. Translated from German, JagKommando means hunting force. Indeed, when we take a closer look at the individual characteristics of Microtech's JagKommando, it becomes quickly evident that this knife is a force to be reckoned with. Here are its specifications, at a glance:
- Blade length: 7.4 inches
- Total length: 13-1/4 inches
- Weight: 1.285 pounds (just shy of a pound and a half)