Leading off the May/June issue of Knives Illustrated is a 5-article special section on tactical tools. The machete has always been known as an economical, easily-acquired tool with well-rounded usefulness in camp and on the trail. In the special section, martial arts expert Patrick Vuong gets into the swing with an article on the pros and cons of using a machete for defense. This time around our tactical tools section takes a close look at daggers, with Tim Stetzer’s review of the Spartan-Harsey dagger and Jim Cobb’s retrospective on two legendary Gerber models: the Mark 1 and Mark II. Fixed blades seem to be the sensation, as Cobb also provides a close look at three new SOG models. Looking for a tactical folder? Les Adams makes a couple of dandies. One’s a manual flipper and the other’s an automatic. Both are sturdy, lightweight and designed for professionals. Elsewhere in the issue, our editor reviews two American-made fixed blade camp and trail knives from Flexcut Tool Company: the traditional, wood-handled Seeker and the rugged Nomad. If you are in the market for a great everyday carry knife, take a look at our review of the GiantMouse ACE Nimbus V2. Regular contributor and bushcraft expert Reuben Bolieu shows how he recently put the affordable SOL Stoke Tools to work to accomplish several camp chores. Rounding out the issue is a peek at some new products from several makers, including Spyderco, Condor Tool & Knife, Case, White River Knives, Benchmade, Buck, and more.