TRC Knives Partners with Special Forces on New M-1 Tactical Fixed Blade

After an ongoing collaboration with several special forces units, Lithuanian knife company TRC Knives finally released the new M-1 Tactical Knife. Since 2013, versions of the knife were placed in the hands of LITHSOF operatives to provoke ideas, identify limitations, and troubleshoot any performance issues under real world conditions. LITHSOF is the special operations division of the Lithuanian army. It has seen action in numerous conflicts, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

According to TRC Knives, every aspect of the M-1 reflects the iterative development process that went into making it. The 5″ drop point blade is made from thick .17″ stock of Vanadis 4 Extra, a steel that is said to combine the toughness of 3V with the edge retention of M4. The jimping on the canvas micarta handle is exactly where LITHSOF wanted it. TRC Knives says the relatively light 11.2 ounces is balanced to give the user the control to perform “precision work and .. tame the sheer power of the M-1.”

TRC Knives M-1

LITHSOF consists of several different branches. The Special Purpose Service, Combat Divers Service, and the VGJB all carried and tested the M-1. These rigorous field tests helped TRC Knives develop what would be, in the words of company founder Andrius Tricius, “one of the highest performing tactical knives available.”


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The goal was to make a knife that was durable, hi-tech, ergonomic, and uncompromising. Lofty goals for any knife, but Tricius says the M-1 “exceeded all expectations.”

TRC Knives has been making high-quality fixed blade knives in Lithuania since 2008. Including the M-1, the company now offers a catalog of 23 models and has grown its production capacity to 3,000 knives a year. The M-1 is now available directly from TRC Knives.


Knife featured in image: TRC Knives M-1 Tactical Fixed Blade

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