Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481
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Ka-Bar Knives TDI Law Enforcement Knife 1480 1481

SKU #: KB-tdi
MSRP: $59.39
In extreme close-quarter encounters where a suspect is attempting to take an officer's handgun, or an officer cannot access his handgun, the TDI knife is available as a "last option" knife. When worn on the pant belt the entire unit - knife and sheath - is well concealed. Designed by John Benner, founder and owner of Tactical Defense Institute.

Hard plastic sheath and black metal belt clip (1480CLIP) included. Belt opening is approximately 1.75" wide and the clip flexes easily (and without stressing the metal) up to approximately 0.25".


  • Weight: 0.20 lb
  • Steel: AUS 8A Stainless Steel
  • Blade Type: Fixed Blade
  • Lock Style: N/A
  • Measurements: Blade length 2.3125"; Overall length 5.625"
  • Grind: Hollow
  • Edge Angles: N/A
  • Handle Material: Zytel ®
  • Shape: Drop Point
  • HRC: 57-59CR
  • Stamp: KA-BAR/TDI
  • Butt Cap/Guard: N/A
  • Pocket Clip: No
  • Made in Taiwan
  • NSN: N/A
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125
  • Reviews
    58 Reviews
    79% (46)
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    91% Recommend this product (53 of 58 responses)
    By Adam Fett
    May 11, 2017
    Great product
    Greay product
    By Tyler
    April 22, 2017
    Great price and great knife
    The price point for this knife was the cheapest I could find pretty much anywhere. Shipped fast also. The knife comes pretty sharp out of the box and is perfect size for an addition to your EDC. I would recommend purchasing a custom kydex sheath though as the one it comes with works but tends to dig into your waist and leg when sitting due to its sharper corners and shape. Other than that it is a great buy.
    By Pat
    Delray Beach, Flkorida
    April 22, 2017
    Ka-Bar TDI 1480 1481
    I received the knife in a timely fashion, packaging undamaged. The knife is very sharp and the right size for concealment. I will be wearing it as a back off knife. You can't beat Ka-Bar.
    By Brian Green
    Rogers, Arkansas
    April 19, 2017
    Good knife
    I really like this knife but holster needs a cut out so you can get a good grip. Without the cutout you need to adjust your grip after pulling the knife. I would also prefer the holster to be a horizontal. The knife is sharp and feels solid as you would expect a Kabar knife to be.
    ProsSharp Solid feel Fits my hand nicely
    ConsHolster needs a cutout so you can get a good grip without having to readjust your grip Holster needs the option to be a horizontal mount
    By Jackson Key
    Republic wa
    April 2, 2017
    Better than I hoped
    Super fast shipping and half the price of anywhere else including amazon! I carry this every day.
    ProsSuper comfortable to hold
    By Matt Robinson
    Delmar maryland
    March 1, 2017
    Great knife
    Great knife, fits good in your palm, very good in sticky situations
    ProsGreat design
    ConsNot made in America
    By Deputy N.D. Zalva
    Bryson city ,NC
    January 19, 2017
    I love this knife. I placed it on the inside band of my mag pouch on my duty belt for quick easy access incase of an emergency yet many people don't even see it.
    By Adam
    Charlotte, NC
    December 31, 2016
    Great item
    Great knife
    By Derick
    Bayou La Batre, Alabama
    November 16, 2016
    Great Tactical EDC Knife
    The weight and grip on this TDI feels incredible, Sharp out the box, more than what I expected from this knife. Big fan of LAPG, I'll stick around.
    ProsDelivery, Sharpness, Retention, Point, Thickness, Length, Weight, And the handle feels great in the hands.
    ConsNothing, you will not regret it.
    By Vernon
    Columbus , Ohio
    November 2, 2016
    Great knive
    Great strong backup knive. A little bit too small for a 6'4" man so passing it to my wife and ordering the bigger size.
    By Russell
    Little Rock
    October 22, 2016
    Great kabar
    Very sharp and well made!
    By Marty
    September 8, 2016
    Great product!
    I carry this knife on duty and it fits comfortably under my duty belt while still easily accessible.
    By 64North
    July 28, 2016
    Peace of mind
    What I like best about the karambit style is that it can be drawn like a gun--use thumb to push on the grooved area and the knife slides right out of the sheath. I have two for myself, one tan and one black, to match clothing, and bought three for gifts.
    ProsBlends with clothing Easy to draw
    By Jonathan
    Lexington, South Carolina
    April 26, 2016
    great last line of defense
    fits perfectly on my interbelt it sits directly behind my mag pouch I can reach it with both hands, and it's easy to draw and easy to re-holster.
    Proslightning fast and Laser Sharp
    Conshaven't found any yet
    By John
    April 17, 2016
    Awesome knife.
    It replaced all of the folding knives I used to carry.
    ProsLove the design. It's made for when You really need to get out of a jam.
    18 Questions & 29 Answers
    from Oak forest il asked:
    April 7, 2017
    Can this be carried horizontal on the belt
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately no this cannot be adjusted for horizontal carry.
    Customer Service
    on May 2, 2017

    from California asked:
    March 5, 2017
    Is this knife available for civilians as well or is this for law enforcement only?
    1 Answers
    Yes this can be purchased by civilians as well as LEOs.
    Customer Service
    on March 6, 2017

    from Simpsonville, SC asked:
    November 20, 2016
    Is this a full tang blade? If not, how long does it extend into the grip?
    3 Answers
    Yes, it is.
    on November 21, 2016
    from SC
    Yes it is - enclosed two pics
    on November 21, 2016
    from West Chester, PA
    Yes it does and screws hold the handles in place like any other knife.
    on November 23, 2016
    from St Petersburg, FL

    from Chattanooga, Tennessee asked:
    August 18, 2016
    I read that there's no button hold for the knife, how secure is the sheath that it comes with?
    7 Answers
    The sheath is adequate for most situations. Most people upgrade the sheath for a different position. You can set up for left hand draw or right hand draw and that's it. NSR tactical has the best sheath for after market support.
    on August 19, 2016
    from South Carolina
    The sheath works just fine. It's secure and ready to use.
    on August 19, 2016
    from Coral Springs, FL
    You would have a hard time getting the knife to come out accidentally. It"snaps" into place.
    on August 19, 2016
    from Citrus Heights, CA
    I've had no issues. However, if someone else pulls on it it will come out. It clicks in securely into it's sheath. But there is no retention other than the pressure from the sheath.
    on August 19, 2016
    from Leavittsburg, OH
    The sheath holds knife in place very well if you would please tonight upside down it would not come undone.
    on August 19, 2016
    from Cliffside Pk, NJ
    I bought three of these recently. One I gave away as a gift; no complaints from giftee. On the other two recently purchased ones, the knife fits snugly in the sheath. It won't fall out if I shake it upside down. The clip fits securely on my pants pocket and won't pull off when I pull the knife. The clip is heavy duty. One that I acquired about two years ago was not as snug in its sheath as the latest ones. I did screw down the clip screws and that helped. When you withdraw the knife, use your thumb to push against the raised ribs to push it out of the sheath--makes for a smooth release and doesn't disturb the clip on your belt or pants.
    on August 19, 2016
    from Fairbanks, AK
    The sheath holds the knife very well. I put it on my inner belt (behind my duty belt) and I can pull the knife with no problem. It stays put, does not move around, and holds the knife securely.
    on August 20, 2016
    from Central Ohio

    from 221B Baker St asked:
    August 3, 2016
    It says it has a belt clip, there is also a recommended belt clip as an accessory. Does the sheath have a clip that is different than the recommended one?
    1 Answers
    Its the same clip
    Customer Service
    on August 3, 2016

    from Ft. Lauderdale, FL asked:
    June 20, 2016
    Does this knife attach to a molle system without issue?
    2 Answers
    I attached this item to my magazine pouch on my duty belt. It attached great to that. I did not use it on FLC or other type of molle type vest. With the type of clip it has I wouldn't be concerned with it falling off but probably with it fitting snuggly. It's a great knife. If you want it fully secure you may need to use an additional item to secure it, i.e. Tape, rubber band, paracord
    on June 20, 2016
    from El Cajon, CA
    I usually have mine on my hip. I do believe you can take the belt clip off and tie it down.
    on June 20, 2016
    from Cullowhee, NC

    from Houston,texas asked:
    May 25, 2016
    Does the sheath have a retention button on it to hold the knife?
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately it does not.
    Customer Service
    on May 25, 2016

    from Carbondale Illinois asked:
    April 3, 2016
    What is the width of the belt clip? Will it fit a 1.75" belt?
    1 Answers
    The clip is able to fit a 1.5" belt
    Customer Service
    on April 4, 2016

    from Wausau, WI asked:
    January 7, 2016
    How long is the handle as measured from the tip to the top along the back?
    1 Answers
    The handle measures in at 3.3125".
    Customer Service
    on February 3, 2016

    Pooky Maliboo
    from Oakland, CA asked:
    January 7, 2016
    Can you use the knife as a karambit with blade on the bottom? Is it intended to be used like that?
    2 Answers
    That's the way I use it. I place it so that it's drawn with my off hand, blade pointing down.
    on February 2, 2016
    from Sandpoint, ID
    I would not consider this a Karambit style knife nor do I believe it was designed with that in mind. Normally a Karambit has a more hooked blade and finger hole or holes with which to spin the blade for different maneuvers. It is designed for a fist or punching style grip and often worn off side to allow you to retrieve it with your support hand to deal with a weapon retention issue or other situation where your primary hand/arm is occupied. I wear this on my support side behind my spare magazine and it is very comfortable and concealable (where legal). I'm not a knife expert but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express. ;)
    on February 3, 2016
    from Sharonville, OH

    from Virginia asked:
    December 19, 2015
    Is this made in the USA?
    1 Answers
    No, this specific knife is made in Taiwan.
    Customer Service
    on December 29, 2015

    from Michigan asked:
    July 2, 2014
    How can I order this with the "belt loop" sheath? (Not the belt clip)
    1 Answers
    at this time we do not offer this knife with a belt loop sheath we do apologize.
    Customer Service
    on July 2, 2014

    from Birmingham, AL asked:
    December 4, 2013
    Does this knife come with a sheath of some type?
    1 Answers
    yes this knife does come with a sheath along with the knife.
    Customer Service
    on December 4, 2013

    from GA asked:
    October 31, 2013
    Does this item come with the sheath?
    1 Answers
    Yes this item does come with a sheath as well.
    Customer Service
    on October 31, 2013

    July 17, 2013
    Are there any state restrictions to carrying this knife consealed?
    2 Answers
    We are not sure of the knife laws for each state, and most of the time the laws vary by county. So your best bet would be to contact your local police/sheriff station and ask them what the knife laws are for your area.
    on July 17, 2013
    For blade laws by state go to knife up.com
    on November 27, 2013
    from Boardman, OH

    a.d. chapman
    January 10, 2013
    does the sheath come with the metal belt/boot clip?
    1 Answers
    Yes, the sheath has a metal belt/boot clip attached to it.
    on January 10, 2013

    December 18, 2012
    Does knife have a sheath for neck carry?
    1 Answers
    This knife does not have a sheath for neck carry.
    on December 18, 2012

    Ed Moe
    December 18, 2012
    delivery time?
    1 Answers
    Delivery time depends on where you are in the world. If you go to the Customer Service tap and click on Shipping Info, you can see the estimated shipping times for the U.S.
    on December 18, 2012

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