Non-metallic knives have been around for ages. The first weapons were made of stones and used for hunting, skinning, carving, and fighting. Today non-metallic weapons are innovated to become lightweight, modern, and easier to carry and conceal. The ability to conceal and carry is great for self-defense in case of an attack!
Learn whether non-metallic guns exist, and which non-metallic knives are the sharpest and most undetectable!
Non-Metallic Guns: Are They a Thing?
No, there’s no such thing as a non-metallic gun. You might be thinking, but what about the Glock 7 from Die Hard? There isn’t one, and there’s no other firearm model that is made entirely of ceramic. It’s easy to make the frame or magazine of a gun out of some non-metal polymer, but things like the barrel and the pins are under way too much heat and pressure to be made of anything but good old-fashioned metal.
There is also no gun made entirely of plastic. The closest thing is probably something like the Glock 17, which is real, unlike Glock 7. It is an Austrian-made automatic pistol that has some plastic parts, including the grip and trigger guard. Training is required to recognize a disassembled Glock on an X-ray scanner. But it’s still 83 percent metal by weight.
Non-metallic knives aren’t new, especially because man’s earliest weapons consist of sharpened stone. But how sharp and undetectable are they? Remember that a metal detector works by generating a magnetic field that generates electric current inside the metal object detected. This current is received by a coil in the detector and, while carbon fiber and other materials are non-metallic, they are still conductors.
Here is how effective some non-metallic materials being used to manufacture tactical knives are.
Glass-filled nylon might be the bluntest when it comes to cutting through clothing. But for lacerating the bare meat with a slash or a pressure cut, there is no problem. Glass-filled nylons usually have thin, double-edged dagger designs which can penetrate mean and clothing when thrust to the target. Its blade tip is weak when it hits a bone or anything hard, but it can pass undetected by a metal wand
Ceramic knives are usually attached with metal screws, pivot pins, and a pocket clip, so they are a poor choice for concealment knives. Ceramic knives are razor-sharp that could cut neatly deep in the flesh even with a shirt on with just one slash. The ceramic material is known for being sturdy and can hold up against the bone of an enemy.
Not all G-10 edged weapons have a cutting edge, although some can still cut neatly deep in the flesh with a shirt through a slash. It can leave a deep laceration and can penetrate deeply with a stab. However, the tip is prone to damage if it hits the bone or the hard backstop behind the meat.
On the bright side, they can undetected under the metal wand, making it a great choice for a non-permissive environment.
Carbon fiber is a common non-metallic material used for making knives. However, it is not as sharp as most ceramic knives. Carbon fiber knives can make small cuts through a shirt and into the meat. As it penetrates deep, it acts like a G10 material cleanly. Its tip may also produce small damage from the impact of the backstop.
The major downside of carbon metal is its metal signature. Carbon graphite strands form the base of carbon-fiber material, giving it enough magnetic properties to trigger a metal detector