Knifemaker Paul LeBatard’s Practical Tactical Cover All The Bases.
The term “crossover cutter” is a relatively recent one in cutlery terminology, meant to describe a knife that can serve equally well in both tactical and sporting roles. Paul LeBatard’s PTK-4 Practical Tactical not only fills the bill in spades, it does it with class. At 8.75″ overall and weighing it at 7.5 ounces, the PTK-4 is just right for a mid-sized fixed blade that won’t drag you down. The 5″ ATS-34 clip-point blade (4.5″ edge) sports a deep hollow grind for excellent slice, and features a swedge grind on the backside for enhanced penetration. The gentle slope of the blade’s hind side also makes it perfect for skinning.
The PTK-4 handle is unique from the majority of fixed blades you’ll find because it utilizes hidden-tang construction, which allows the Micarta handle to be fully sculpted all the way around—making for a superb grip. The tang itself is 3/8″ wide, stouter than most knives of this type and size, and is epoxied and pinned firmly in place. The aircraft aluminum double-guard is very nicely contoured, and blends into the handle seamlessly.
Paul offers the PTK-4 in various grades, from a basic model with bead-blasted finish, to a more upscale version with polish on the metal and Micarta from stem to stern. You can go even more high-end by adding a handle of stag or exotic wood and upgrading to more expensive steel, although ATA-34 is pretty darn awesome in its own right. LeBatard’s leather sheaths are top flight, and hand-stitched with a full welt all the way around for an easy draw and longer life. And with this versatile handmade knife comes an affordable price: $275 for the base model and $300 polished. For a custom fixed blade of such quality, that’s downright practical!
PTK-4 Practical Tactical
Paul LeBatard Knives
14700 Old River Rd.
Vancleave, MS 39565
Blade steel: ATS-34 stainless,
Blade length: 5″ ,
Overall length: 8.75″
Weight: 7.5 ounces
Guard: 7075 P-6 aluminum alloy
Carry: Leather sheath
Price: $275 bead-blasted, $300 polished