HendonPub – The BlackHawk® Dynamic Entry® Small Pry™ is a carefully thought-out piece of breaching equipment. Sure, we have two-man rams, sledgehammers and Hallagan tools. The last door breach our team did, however, was accomplished with a 15-inch wrecking bar. And that is the point. Sometimes the smaller, handier, easier to carry, “have-it-with-you-all-the-time” tools are actually more useful, and more used. The BlackHawk Dynamic Entry Small Pry is one tool that is light and compact enough to have with you all the time.
Many tasks call for lighter tools, but they definitely still call for tools. We need to open inside doors, inside drawers, inside closets, inside containers, and the door ram, big crowbar and Hallagan tool are downstairs, outside on the ground by the front door. Or maybe your toolman neatly places everything in his backpack and immediately follows the rest of the entry team…not.
Small Pry is a cute little name for a tool that is really a “breach knife.” The Small Pry is the first joint effort by two separate BlackHawk entities: Dynamic Entry and BlackHawk Blades. As a result, the dual-purpose tool performs both the breach role and the knife role, achieving both with BlackHawk excellence.
Dynamic Entry is legendary for producing entry tools that actually work, and this one fills yet another niche. The Small Pry can perform “breach” functions like a pry bar. It can be used to break and then be turned over to do the rake. It can perform “knife” functions like cutting, chopping and hacking. Unlike most big knives with edges only as sharp as an axe, this cutting edge is as sharp as any tactical folder. Most importantly, the Small Pry is handy enough in size, weight and bulk to actually keep it on your LBV.
The Small Pry breach knife is made from a slab of ¼-inch steel. It remains ¼-inch thick from the rounded, exposed pommel to within a ½-inch of the flat tip and blade edge. No taper. No bevel. No false edge. It is ¼-inch thick everywhere and 14 inches long. The Small Pry weighs 21 ounces, which is exactly the same as a 15-inch wrecking bar. The Small Pry is a hammer, hatchet, club, shovel, knife, break-and-rake tool and pry bar. It can cut through screens, back through wire-reinforced glass and chop through drywall.
The cutting edge has a “chisel” grind. One side of the blade is absolutely flat. The other side has an edge angle of about 30 degrees. That means the total included angle is just 30 degrees, making this a sharper grind than saber, double bevel, and convex (axe) ground blades. The last 0.05-inch of the blade has an edge grind. Even if this razor edge gets beaten and rounded, you still have the 30 degree included angle chopping edge, sharper than an axe.
Most of us have a bad habit of running our fingers along the blade edge to see how sharp it is. Especially on an entry club like this, you expect the cutting edge to have an axe-grind and be only axe-sharp. Here is what is going to happen: You are going to run your finger across the flattened tip and find it does not have a knife edge. It is just slightly flattened. Then you are going to run your finger down the knife edge, expecting it to also be flattened—you will slice your finger so deeply that you need stitches.
So, before you do something that will get blood all over your BDUs, keep in mind the Small Pry’s heritage: BlackHawk Blades. Right out of the box, the Small Pry is sharp enough to slice a sheet of paper held on edge in the air. It is not quite sharp enough to shave arm hair, but close. And all this from a tool that is basically a pry bar.
For a 21-ounce, 14-inch long tool, the Small Pry can be used to make surprisingly precise cuts. The flat spine allows hand-finger placement very close to the cutting edge. Held like this, the balance point is exactly where the wrist bends. This allows the same tip control during cutting as a tactical folder. The sharply-defined, almost-90-degree-angle tip further helps point control. Not that you would, but you can actually whittle with this big tool.
The relatively short cutting edge length (3.5 inches) actually makes the big tool easier to grasp for precision cutting than a big fixed blade with a 7-inch cutting edge. Hint: Because the blade edge is only ground on one side, it is important to hold the tool straight while cutting. Otherwise, the slicing will arc slightly in the opposite direction of the ground side.
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