When I first saw the Half Face Blades Omega dagger, the first thing that came to my mind was the joint CIA/JSOC Omega Teams. Jack Murphy of NEWSREP wrote up an interesting article on the OMEGA Teams and what types of missions they would get assigned. Here is a short excerpt.
It is a game as old as time. The military holds Title 10 authorities related to war-time deployments while the CIA holds Title 50 authorities which allow for covert operations. Combining the two authorities by “sheep dipping” active duty military personnel allows for the best of both worlds. Granted, it exploits a legal loophole and circumvents the intent of the law but this gray area is something that politicians, the military, and the CIA are all rather comfortable with.
The modern-day program of this nature was OMEGA, an obsolete code name no longer used, first started in Afghanistan. In some ways similar to MACV-SOG in the Vietnam War, Omega is a joint program between the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command. Including elements of Delta Force, Dev Group, and the 75th Ranger Regiment, Omega uses Special Operations soldiers to do the heavy lifting while the CIA provides targeting intelligence. The Omega program has not only been active in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but across the globe. Yemen is certainly one country where blended JSOC/CIA teams have operated and other locations could be speculated upon as we notice interesting signatures in certain parts of Africa.
There is also some symbolism with regards to the dagger and Special Operations units.
The dagger is symbolically ambiguous. Daggers are commonly used as part of the insignias of elite military units or special forces, such as the US Army Airborne Special Operations unit or the Commando Dagger patch for those who have completed the British All Arms Commando Course. Daggers may be associated with deception, stealth, and/or treachery due to the ease of concealment and surprise that someone could inflict with one on an unsuspecting victim, and indeed many assassinations have been carried out with the use of a dagger, including that of Julius Caesar. A cloak and dagger attack is one in which a deceitful, traitorous, or concealed enemy attacks a person. On the other hand, for some cultures and military organizations, the dagger symbolizes courage and daring in combat. – Wikipedia
Let’s get back to the review of the Half Face Blades Omega Dagger. There were a few design points that impressed me out of the gate with this specific dagger.
The Omega dagger is designed with a ring at the end of the handle to aid in retention of the knife during use. The handle though is designed to be long enough to allow me to have a standard grip if I choose not to use the ring. I prefer not to use the ring, but it is an option if that’s your thing. Regardless, the grip is very comfortable if you choose not to use the ring.
Due to the design of the dagger blade, you’re not restricted to re-sheathing the blade in a specific orientation. Whether the knife is in your left hand or right hand, reverse grip or standard grip, you can sheath the blade without thinking about the orientation of it. In a high-stress situation where you may be transitioning between weapons or going hand-to-hand, this is a welcome feature.
The last point I wanted to cover is the sheath itself. Out of all the Half Face Blade knives I’ve had my hands on, I have to say this is the best so far, including the sheath. The Kydex sheath is designed to keep the sheathing and unsheathing of the knife silent and it really does. I was blown away by how quiet it is. The IWB clip used on the sheath is a different design than I’ve seen on my older Half Face blades. I can wear this knife with or without a belt and the sheath stays retained on my body when drawing the blade.
Specs courtesy of Half Face Blades:
- 8.25″ overall
- 3.75″ blade
- .12″ thickness
- s35vn American steel
- MAS grey cerakote finish
- black paracord wrap
- double side sharpened
- the handle is made long enough as per operator choice to use ring or not