The RAVEN Operator and Guardian were designed by James Smith for RAVEN Tactical Systems so they would have knives that could fill the needs of the people they train and that would be practical in all environments.
The Operator was kept small so it could be carried concealed or by the Spec-Ops community who need a big knife in a small package. It has very little belly to cut deeply with out deflecting away from the target. The tip was kept in line with the handle to aid in piercing and was given a wide profile to add weight and to cause a large wound channel. It was given a long handle with a large return to give many gripping options so you can direct the blade were your need it. The handle also allows for strikes, parries, and control that you will not find on with other handle designs. It was also given a good sized, built in guard to prevent the hand from sliding onto the blade.