The TRG Knife

TRG Knife

The Eye of the Storm TRG

The TRG may have a very distinctive look but it is strictly 'Form follows function'.

Named to honor New Zealand's Tactical Response Group, the blade is the first in a series to acknowledge the elite services in New Zealand - Military, Police and civilian rescue.

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The Handle | Grip | The Blade | The Guard | Striking Pommel | Retention | Surprise! | The Draw & The Sheath | Cost | Shipping options |Ordering | Video | TRG Ergonomics | The TRG Concept

TRG Police Layout

With a total length of 10" it is quite a compact offering. The grip style also aids in a comfortable carry and helps the TRG stay out of an operator's way until needed. At 6" the blade still moves easily around passing hands, while maintaining good offensive capabilities in the right hands.

The TRG is hand crafted from a single piece of D2 tool steel – ¼ inch wide. Very, very strong. It is coated in a non reflective black finish that helps prevent corrosion. Weight is 290g.

The Handle

A large part of the TRG's radical appearance is the pistol grip style handle. It is clearly intended to be used in the 'forward grip' and engineered for lightening fast thrusts.

TRG and Traditional Knife

The TRG is incredibly easy to use with great accuracy - simply pointing like a finger.

In theory the reverse grip can also be made to strike at a matching distance - but in practice the forward grip has the range advantage. More so when dealing with multiple opponents.

With a conventional knife the thrust and withdrawal is only supported, at best, by a subtle palm swell. With a pistol grip knife the entire palm supports a thrust, and every finger the withdrawal.

The same power you apply to a chin up or pushing a Harley back onto its stand can now be delivered with the TRG. That's before the benefits of the ring are considered.

Without wanting to be too graphic, the knife cliché is to 'Turn it like a door knob' on withdrawal to cause a more effective strike. In the case of the TRG it becomes door lever. Suddenly you have real leverage.

What gives you more force? A screwdriver or a wrench?

TRG Hold

I hate the hammer grip. Hate it. Any nuance goes out the window and angle slashes become awkward. But it is the most practical grip in real fighting situations. That, or face losing your knife.

In actual combat employment, the vast majority of blade use is what my first instructor calls "Power driven". Hang on for dear life and blast the opponent. Any fine motor control and exotic techniques just go out the window.

That said, I wanted the TRG to be grounded in reality but still be able to support every option in the knife fighters arsenal. If you have trained it, the TRG can execute that technique. Perhaps better than with what you are used to.

The TRG offers vastly improved retention in the saber grip but is now also nimble when used in the hammer grip. Just modify this slightly with what I refer to as the 'Ring hammer' hold. The thumb drops slightly to lay over the index finger, locking it in place. Again, something often seen in Kerambit use.

Any part of the TRG not intended to cut has been nicely rounded. So the handle is still comfortable even after a long period of use.


The TRG allows the users grip to be relaxed - resulting in more speed and power. A death grip can cheat energy from any strike. Tension in the hand moves up the wrist and arm and can also adversely effect the users ability to be accurate.

Remember the old Bruce Lee movies? How he would punch? How relaxed he was till the very moment of delivery? The same theory holds true with a blade.

The TRG can be locked securely in the hand with the index finger and thumb. The last three fingers tense just before the strike - causing a whip like motion.

There is still no way it can leave the hand - even under the centrifugal force of a powerful swing.

The TRG supports rapidly interrupted patterns and angle changes. Its features work together to deliver safety, control and power.

Then G10 grips do not absorb energy. All force is delivered to the target.

The Blade

The TRG was designed from the ground up as a fighting knife - without compromise.

The TRG is designed to thrust.

It has many subtle features but any design concept that would compromise this vital strength was discarded. Thrusting with the TRG is just like pointing your finger and leaning forward.

This is also the reason that the blade is free of any serrations - least they tangle in an opponent's clothing or equipment.

TRG in the Hand

The business end begins with a radical Tanto point. This boasts impressive penetration, a strong tip and the ability to perform instinctive snap and press cuts. Below this is a feature that I have not encountered before. A chopping surface leading to a deep, concave edge.

The most common defensive technique is to simply cut at the weapon hand of your attacker. It has immediate effect and is a non lethal fight stopper. This 'chopper' is designed to excel at this - more so with what is essentially a piercing point at each end.

The main length of the lower blade is curved edge. The best blade geometry simply recognizes the need to cause the target medium to move. Press a knife against an object and little happens - move it and you get damage.

Although it looks simple, every part of the TRG blade is designed to either pierce, break or collect the target and present it to a cutting edge. This curved feature has other strengths.

With the combination of forward blade angle, lower guard and the rear blade arc, you can trap, hold and move an opponent with excellent control.

Its also a nice cheat. Whenever you add a curve you have just added cutting edge without adding length. I'm a fan of the Sabit (A dramatically Hawkbill type blade) but I don't want to give up the ability to thrust. So I included this as a compromise.

You can catch an incoming strike really well. It offers much safer cut checks and blocks. You can also really grab an opponent. Behind the leg is a good example. You can turn on or off how much 'hold' with your wrist position.

So the TRG's edge does not wipe across a target as with a conventional straight blade, but rather cups and holds it. Maintaining contact as pressure is applied.

TRG Balance Point
The balance point of the TRG. No - this is not Mike's hand

The upper blade features an excellent edge for executing hook cuts. A most effective technique in both attack and defense. Devastating when whipped up under the attacking hand with an untelegraphed flick of the wrist.

The area behind this has been left unsharpened to allow for the support hand to apply pressure in certain circumstances. As detailed on the SIS page this top edge has all the sharp it needs.

The Guard

TRG Guard

The guards on the TRG are huge compared to other knives on the market - but because they face forward do not interfere with the drawing of the knife. Nor do they catch on the user's 'Live hand' as it parries away the opponent in the chaos of defense.

Because the well protected thumb rests on not behind the upper guard, there is no chance of the user losing a thumb nail after an impact. Most unpleasant, as many old commandos using the Sykes Fairbairn dagger would tell you...

This thumb rest is grooved for improved purchase.

Even the guard of the TRG poses a threat to the opponent. The top guard rakes, the lower guard catches and both deliver great energy to a tiny point that punishes whatever it contacts. This alone can facilitate a disarming of the opponent.

The lower guard also protects the user's fingers when cutting material in adverse conditions. Should your slip, your knuckles wont pay the price.

Striking Pommel

TRG Pommel

The butt of the TRG features a glass breaker / striking edge. It is modest and doesn't catch on other equipment when sheathed, but is very effective. It is immediately uncomfortable when even the lightest contact is made to the back of ones hand.

It can deliver punishing blows both outward and up or down on any line of strike.

This provides the user with a non lethal striking option in addition to another angle of attack. If you are familiar with the defensive use of the Yawara, Kubotan or pocket stick – you are already ready to execute these simple but effective techniques.

There is also a lanyard hole for users working in water, bush or involved in rope work.


Anyone experienced in learning a blade art will be familiar with the clatter of trainers falling to the floor in their club's hall. Simply from lucky slaps during parry drills.

Most people who carry a blade for defense have never even practiced test cutting. The first time a user feels the violent, jarring impact of a slash they will truly appreciate a good grip. Likewise the unsettling sensation of a blade being stopped cold on a thrust when an unexpected solid medium is encountered makes clear the need for an excellent guard.

TRG Thumb Guard

Thanks to the user's index finger in the TRG's Eye and their palm now absorbing impact, it is impossible for the users hand to ride up onto the blade under any circumstances.

The Eye and grip give the TRG unmatched retention outside of a knuckleduster trench knife. While ensuring that the knife can be released in an instant if the need arises. For example, if the knife hand is seized by a criminal and a tactical officer can't facilitate a release – the blade needs to be quickly passed to the support hand.

If a variation of the classic Filipino disarm is attempted, it's now difficult for the defender to get leverage. Now the surface pushing the weapon from the owner's hand tends to just wipe away – until it finds the sharpened portion of the top blade.


A big benefit to the TRG is that an opponent will most likely simply be unfamiliar with it's characteristics. This makes for a very dangerous learning curve.

Some of the TRG's features are obvious, some are subtle. We hope you never need to discover them all.

In civilian life, our forward ring / pistol grip design is simply safer. If the user should slip, they fall with - not on to the knife.

In a combat situation, if the weapon is pushed back at the user they are more likely to get a fright - not a cut. Then quickly recover.

In order for the user of a TRG to become the victim of their own weapon the knife must be entirely turned around sideways and then returned. Techniques exist to achieve this but they are very advanced and even then - it is still very akward for the opponent to pull off.

So the opponent has a moment to recognize the TRG's unusual traits, have the skills to perform such exotic maneuvers and then find the opportunity to execute them. All in a moment. If they do - they should get a lotto ticket as well.

Again, every part of the TRG is evolved to pose a threat to your threat and enhance user safety at every opportunity.

The Draw & The Sheath

The TRG deploys very quickly, with the user's fingers now able to hook around something - not just wipe along a grip. The handle has been designed so that if a user draws it in a mad panic and the index finger misses the 'Eye' - you now simply have a very well supported push dagger and have gained inches in range.

Then when an opportunity presents itself, simply insert the index finger into the Eye and make a fist. Perfect grip every time.

TRG Sheathed

Currently the TRG is supplied with a simple but secure Kydex sheath system and Tec-Loc mount.

A tab extends to behind the knife's upper guard. The user's thumb simply presses this to release the weapon, then comes to rest in the saber grip.

TRG Unsheathed

For an even faster draw, the 'Eye' itself becomes the sheath's lock point. A high level of retention is still retained but now the weapon can simply be snatched out.

Kydex Sheaths

As mentioned above, despite their ample size, the guards do not snag on the draw thanks to their forward angle.

All our Kydex systems come with drain holes.


The price of the TRG is US$275.00

This includes the sheath. Shipping is at cost.

We have been careful to keep the price accessible and are confident that you will find this great value when compared to similar production offerings at twice the price.

Shipping Options


Track & Trace: US$ 50.00


Standard Airmail: US$ 20.00 (4 to 10 days)


To order the TRG knife get in touch to arrange payment and your preferences. Remember, despite the price this is a custom made knife - just for you.

If you are about to begin a tour of duty - let us know. We will move your blade order to the top of the line and do everything we can to meet your date of deployment. But as much notice as possible please!


See a video of the TRG's features.

TRG Hold

TRG Ergonomics

Whenever you go with your body's natural mechanics you gain usability under stress, speed and power.

The TRG Concept

I'm a big fan of the Kerambit for a folding defensive option. One day I was training with one and just wondered if the retention characteristics could be carried over to a conventional forward blade.

TRG Concept

The Kerambit is used with the wrist locked in its natural position. To maintain this, and the benefits it affords, the logical thing was to have the blade coming straight out the front - unlike a conventional knife. This has the effect of looking a bit like a pistol.

I drew up this design and thought I was very clever, until I began researching the idea. I had not seen another contemporary design like mine but I soon found many similar concepts in museum examples.

TRG Similar ConceptErgonomic Knife

Some had a gentle angle to the grip, others at a full 90 degree right angle - Like a walking stick. These old warrior cultures evolved their weapons, in constant use, to this design. So I was on the right track.

Modern Foil Handle

I then noticed that the modern fencing foil has an almost pistol grip as well. When control was needed - they also turned to this solid concept.

Above all, when the TRG knife is held the body's natural structure and motion are complimented - not challenged. This leads to power, accuracy and speed.

Ergonomic Knife

The only other truly ergonomic knives that I have seen are for those suffering from arthritis and other disabilities - but the blade extends from the bottom of the grip.