The Rothco Smith and Wesson Homeland Security Survival Knife is a large Urban Survival Knife from Smith and Wesson. As the “Urban” designation suggests, this knife is designed differently from a forest survival knife. The large tanto blade, urban camo paint job, and large non-functional serrations on the back of the blade add to the urban effect.
Stainless Steel Blade
The tanto blade shape was a good choice for this knife. Tanto blades are great for stabbing and piercing attacks. In an urban survival situation I could see myself having to drive this knife through all sorts of things like drywall, sheet metal, or even an assailant so I really like the extra tip strength the tanto blade provides.
The 8″ long 440C high stainless steel blade is<--!more--> plenty big and it has a titanium nitride coating for added durability. This is a large and solidly built knife and it feels nice and heavy in the hand. What I really like about this knife is the balance. It slightly favors the blade which makes it perfect for chopping survival tasks. I could see myself busting up pallets for a fire or hacking a door down with this knife.
The S&W Homeland Security comes with 5 3/4″ handle. The handle scales are made of a textured G10 and are bolted on to the knife in 3 positions. The G10 offers nice grip and the shape of the handle feels good in the hand. Something I really like about this handle is S&W’s inclusion of three lanyard holes. This is important if you are going to do any kind of heavy chopping. Also, you can lash this knife to the end o a pole to make a spear.
The Homeland Securty comes with a decent cordura sheath. This isn’t the best sheath in town but it will get the job done. It is pretty simple sheath with belt loop and a velcro strap for the handle. It has good blade retention and provides ambidextrous access. As an added bonus the outside pouch comes with a diamond coated sharpening stone. You can use the stone or replace it with a firestarter or whatever other survival gear you find necessary.