Monday, July 4, 2016

Treeman TASS: A Combat Knife Actually Used by Navy SEALs — Review

 The Treeman TASS.

A lot of knife makers use Navy SEALs and other elite military units as a way to market their blades to the general public. The sales pitch being, if it passes muster with the SEALs, well, then it should suit your pedestrian needs too.

It’s an effective strategy. But I often wonder how many knife makers that claim to have an affiliation with these units actually do? How many are just blowing smoke to move product? I don’t have the answers to those questions, but what I do know is that Jim Behring of Treeman knives actually makes knives for Navy SEALs. His story is an interesting one and it’s no B.S.

Recently, he sent me a TASS knife for review. TASS stand for Teams And Shit Shank. It doesn’t get more authentic than that. Yes, it was named by the SEAL platoon that helped design it. They voted on it, and that’s what they came up with.

There is one special point worth mentioning, that the SEAL’s version of the TASS is called the “TASS E-4.” The E-4 designation was added in honor of Matthew Kantor, a SEAL and Bronze Star recipient who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012. E-4 was Kantor’s SOCOM-issued call sign. May he RIP.

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  1. The "actually used by Navy SEALS" has got to be some of the biggest marketing hype ever created. While it is technically true in a few cases, it is not the same thing as the US Navy rigorously testing ten thousand different knives with exceptional SEAL-only standards* and selecting this one as the best combat knife ever.

    *Sample SEAL-only standards: Knife, when driven into a tree, must not break or bend when stood on by a 300 pound man, carrying 300 pounds of equipment, and not show up on radar. Must remain rust free when submerged in Salt Water for 1000 years. Must float and glow in the dark in only in SEAL night vision goggles, so they can find the knife if dropped in deep water, but other people can't see them.

    1. No way that could cost $400. How much are they?