The CRKT Tecpatl is the latest knife to join the company’s Forged By War lineup and the only push dagger in their catalog. The Tecpatl has been designed from the ground up as a fighting knife, but creator Michael Rodriguez took a unique approach to the concept, informed by artistic acumen and a long career as a professional soldier.

With a manageable 3.4-inch single edged SK5 blade and a weight of just 5.6 oz., the Tecpatl was designed as a versatile, simple tool that any soldier could rely upon. “The thought process was always about efficiency, flexibility and opportunity, and about creating a weapon that anybody could effectively use,” explains Rodriguez.

The decorated Green Beret, sniper instructor, and combat leader says soldiers shouldn’t waste time learning the art of knife fighting. “Why spend thousands of hours learning how to use a fighting knife? That time can be better spent elsewhere.” So instead of catering to specialists, the Tecpatl is a tool designed to function using something that everybody has: instinct. “I’ve learned that monopolizing on basic human instincts is best,” Rodriguez says. Push daggers leverage basic human self-defense skills more effectively than any other kind of knife.

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