This week on Warehouse Hunts we’re highlighting a couple of rugged tactical knives from White River and designer Justin Gingrich. Justin spent 10 years as an active duty US Army Ranger, so when he made the transition to bladesmith he set his focus on creating high-quality, functional tactical knives like these. As with all White River knives, these are USA-made, manufactured in Michigan.
First up let’s take a look at the GTI 2.5. It’s a tactical dagger meant to be used like the SOCP combat dagger from Benchmade. This is a five inch piece of S35VN stainless steel with a black ionbond coating. Blade is 2.5″ long, and at 3/16″ thick is ridiculously sturdy.
The skeletonized handle feels surprisingly comfortable in the hand, thanks to the careful chamfering around the edges. The pronounced jimping on the top of the blade provides an excellent sense of control. This knife feels good in the traditional forward grip, but was of course designed to be used in a backhanded grip using the finger hole. The finger hole doubles as a bottle opener, because why wouldn’t it?
Next we’ve got the GTI 4.5. This is a really well-built fixed blade, sporting a massive 4.5″ blade and full tang. All the materials here are the same, so we’ve got an S35VN stainless steel construction with the black ionbond coating, and that same 3/16″ thickness. Both of these blades have been cryogenically tempered for added durability.
Handle is a grooved and contoured black Micarta that feels great to hold. Grip is solid and the shape fills the palm really well. There’s a nice pronounced choil as well for when you need to choke up on the blade.
Included with each knife is a sheath. In the case of the GTI 2.5 it’s a custom Kydex with a paracord lanyard. For the GTI 4.5 it’s a MOLLE compatible leather with belt loop.
These two knives from White River and designer Justin Gingrich are well-made, durable options for both tactical or survival applications. To learn more about these knives, click here. To see our entire inventory visit knifecenter.com