The Steel Will Censor knife could be a great option as a patrol or SWAT back-up self-defense knife. Steel Will has been continually impressing the market with innovative new designs, a high level of craftsmanship, and material selections to ensure the end product is durable, and the blade maintains a sharp edge even after heavy use.
Steel Will knives have been rising in popularity due to the company’s insistence on manufacturing excellence and an end product that is both attractive and highly functional. The Censor, with its curved handle, the aggressive grip texture, high-quality blade, and window punch pommel, presents a highly functional duty knife.
What is the Censor
The Censor was actually released by Steel Will in 2016, ahead of the 2017 SHOT Show, and I must confess I missed the announcement. Thankfully, Steel Will was presenting their newer knives at the Show and I was able to take a quick look at the Censor. I was impressed.
Steel Will has developed the Censor under their “Urban Series” of knives. Though not specifically marketed towards law enforcement, the Censor has unique characteristics making it a very viable selection for police officers. The Censor could be a great self-defense knife for officers or civilians, whether on-duty or off-duty. In fact, Steel Will’s advertisement for the Censor subtly indicates the intended uses for this excellent knife, “this knife is a reliable partner for uninvited or difficult situations.” Well said indeed!
Censor knives come with an AUS-8 stainless steel blade, with an HRC blade strength of 56-58. The blade can come in a standard stainless finish or a black satin traction coating. The Censor offers three different blade styles to choose from.
The original Model 1310 has a very nice spear-point blade. The Model 1320 has a variable grind predatory blade style. Finally, the Model 1330 offers a narrowed tip specifically designed for better penetration. Each model has the option of a black traction blade coating, distinguished by the model number ending in “2.”
Grips & Curves
The Censor grip panels are made of nylon with a diamond-pattern texture. There are also four grooves on each side to provide additional grip traction, and a means to channel liquids. The Censor grip is curved in what Steel Will calls a “pistol grip.” The pommel has a pointed window break, that can double as a rearward striking point.
The advance of curved grips has been on the rise in the last few years. There are more self-defense knives and training moving towards a punch and slash technique that uses gross motor skills rather than the more highly skilled knife defense techniques that require fine motor skills.
Some of the Steel Will knives are very well made but come with the high-quality price tag as well. With the Censor, Steel Will has kept the price well within the affordable range for a wide audience of customers. At only $59.99 MSRP, I am already in the process of ordering a Censor for myself!
- AUS-8 Stainless Steel Blade
- Spear-point, Predatory Variable Grind, or Enhanced Tip Blade Options
- Fixed Blade Knife
- Pistol Grip Curved Handle Design
- Nylon Handles with Diamond Pattern Grip Texture
- Aggressive Grip Texture on Grip Back
- Curved Thumb Rest on Grip with Aggressive Texture
- Window Break Pommel
- Steel Will DOTS Injected Molded Nylon Sheath
- Blade Material: AUS-8 stainless steel
- Blade Finish: Stainless or black traction coating
- Knife Type: Fixed blade
- Handle Material: Nylon, with diamond grip pattern
- Overall Length: 7.68 inches
- Blade Length: 3.54 inches
- Thickness: 0.16 inches
- Blade HRC: 56-58
- Sheath: Steel Will DOTS clip
- Material: Nylon
- Attachment Type: Optional Paracord or multi-position clip-on
- MSRP: $59.99
Steel Will has been gaining in popularity with their excellent materials selections, and unique designs. The Censor is a self-defense knife purpose-built to help the user maintain control of the knife during high-intensity confrontations. The AUS-8 stainless steel blade will resist corrosion and keep a sharp edge over long periods of time and exposure to the elements.
I really like the curved grip of the Censor. Traditional straight fixed blade knives can suffer in the application during self-defense encounters due to the natural grip of the hand. By curving the handles the Censor provides the user with a greater thrusting design that should be more maintainable during violent encounters.
The highly textured nylon grips not only feel good but provide very good grip traction. The glass break pommel gives the Censor multiple uses for first responders and doubles as a rearward thrusting impact point. Overall, I’m impressed with the Censor and look forward to receiving mine.