Guardian Tactical, Inc. bills themselves as “Superior Knife Manufacturing.” You have already seen their prowess in making Rat Worx’ knives. At Blade Show, I actually visited Guardian Tactical before Rat Worx and the Guardian guys urged me to go right over to see the “steampunk” Nautilus, of which they were very proud.
Andy Buerk is a design engineer with Guardian Tactical. He said their knives are 100% Made in the USA with nearly all the components constructed in their Emporium, PA, shop. The HELIX is their flagship model. It is robust, but tips the scale at just 4 ounces. He was jazzed about their unique CNC blade grinds. The HELIX blade has both flat and hollow grinds milled with precision on Guardian Tactical’s machines.
Another Guardian Tactical model I examined was their Patron, with its modified tanto grind and unique facets on the sides of the blade. The Patron is also available as a fixed blade with a G-10 handle.
The fit and finish of all the Guardian Tactical knives was unbelievable. Their knives are Made in the USA to be used–and hard. The base HELIX folder model sells at $325.00 The Patron folder starts at $275.00, and the fixed blade is $269.00. If you wanted a Walter Brend-ground custom, you needed to bring $1,200.00 to the Blade Show!