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Cold Steel 17T Kobun Tanto Fixed

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  • Tanto-style boot knife named after Japanese word for "soldier"; sleek, lightweight knife has reinforced point that's highly resistant to bending and breakage
  • Checkered, nonslip Kraton handle has minimum bulk with great deal of grip; cross section designed to be as thin as possible at only a half inch
  • 9.875-inch overall length and 5.5-inch blade made of Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel; 4.375-inch Kraton handle; Secure-Ex sheath; 4.4-ounce weight
  • Includes limited manufacturer's warranty; details included with purchase
  • This item is not for sale in some specific zip codes
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Product Description

Product Description

The Kobun is a lightweight Tanto styled boot knife. It takes its namesake from the Japanese martial, or underworld where the word "Kobun" means "soldier". It's a fitting name for a knife like the Kobun, which was effectively designed to be "a good soldier". In profile it closely resembles our Master Tanto, but it sports a thinner blade, and that supports its main function; to be a light weight boot knife.

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The Kobun, from creative cutlery company Cold Steel, is a Tanto-style boot knife named after the Japanese word for "soldier." The sleek, lightweight knife has a blade made of Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel, with a reinforced point that's highly resistant to bending and breakage. The blade's spine runs nearly to the tip of the blade for added durability, and a checkered, nonslip Kraton handle has minimum bulk with a great deal of grip. Its cross section is designed to be as thin as possible at only a half inch, and contoured to resist turning or shifting in your palm. A Secure-Ex sheath is also included.

Specifications

  • 9.875-inch overall length
  • 5.5-inch blade
  • Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel
  • 4.375-inch Kraton handle
  • Secure-Ex sheath
  • 4.4-ounce weight

Warranty
All Cold Steel knifes are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship. Details are included with your purchase.

About Cold Steel
Cold Steel, Incorporated was founded in 1980, with the goal of making the strongest, sharpest cutlery in the world for knife enthusiasts. Over the last three-plus decades, the company has been at the forefront of many design innovations that have helped innovate the knife industry, including introduction of checked Kraton handles, and the tanto point blade styles which have become industry hallmarks of quality and sophistication.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 3 x 1 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: Taiwan
  • ASIN: B0034JR4EO
  • Item model number: 17T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,124 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

RAZOR SHARP out the box!!!!
Jay
Finally it is very light and feels well balanced overall, good aspects of a self-defense knife.
Thomas
The rubber kraton handle offers an excellent grip as well.
Bald Samurai

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109 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Spence on March 14, 2012
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I bought this knife back in November and have since carried and used it every day. I got this knife with the intent/purpose of carrying it every day, but I understand other people have different purposes of use. It is also a utility knife for me, as in I use it for any task that comes up through out the day, so I am not one who carries for the sole purpose of self defense. After these months of using the knife in many general roles here's my list of pros and cons for the Kobun:

Knife Steel Pros:
- The AUS 8 steel holds a great edge. I did put a different edge on the knife with my sharpening stones, but this isn't necessary as it comes out of the box very sharp.
- The steel is tough as well. Example: I was cutting some peppers that I was fire roasting and then putting into my smoker. I over powered my cut (mostly due to just how sharp the knife was and how well it slices - I explain that later on in the review) and my blade went right through the pepper and smacked onto a metal bar. I was worried there would be a big ding in the blade from the hard impact, but the blade was un-phased. This was wonderful and really proved the strength durability of the blade's steel.
Knife Steel Cons:
- I have noticed that it smudges or takes signs of use more than other stainless steels. That just makes it so it isn't as pretty all the time and you can't let it sit in moist environments.
- This steel is harder than your average pocket knife steel and if you are a person who is bothered by a steel that is harder to sharpen then you may not like this... I see this as a Pro - in my opinion though.

Knife Size Pros:
- The blade size of this knife allows it to be very useful, being a mid sized knife.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Zhi Ren Liang on May 6, 2010
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The knife comes with a razor edge and maintains its edge through repeated use and abuse.

I am an avid knife thrower, and my Kobun goes through repeated flights into an wooden target, with no detriment to the construction or the edge at the tip.

Solid 98 out of 100.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Paul Yoshida on January 19, 2011
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The word "kobun" does not actually mean underworld soldier. In contrast to the Japanese word "oyabun," which means boss, a kobun is a follower. An Oyabun can be a boss of an organized criminal group such as the Yakuza, but an oyabun can also be a boss of a legitimate group. Generally the term is used to refer to a boss of an organization that resembles some sort of a family.
Simply, this is an excellent knife for its $30 price point. The plastic sheath retains the blade via friction and a protrusion inside the lip which the finger guard of the kraton handle catches on(the retention is certainly solid enough for upside down carrying). The belt clip on the sheath is removable, making the knife easily configurable for LBE gear, for you soldiers out there!! Although the blade was not razor sharp out of the box, it was functionally sharp, and after a few minutes on my waterstones, it now wears a shaving sharp polished edge. The balance is also excellent, being perfectly balanced at the hilt.
There are really only minor criticisms of which most of them are fixable with a little bit of creativity.
1. There is no drain hole in the sheath. I could make one with a fine drill bit, I think.
2. The handle is not removable. To prevent rusting under the handle, this would be ideal... but if that happens, I suppose I'll just buy a new kobun!
3. The kraton handle rubs against the interior protrusion in the sheath for retention, which causes wear. This will eventually cause the sheath to not retain the knife as tightly, however I think this could be adjusted as well, with some creativity.
4. The knife is not blackenable because of the friction between the sheath and the blade.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tx-Bill on May 19, 2011
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I bought the Kershaw Military Boot Knife around the same time as this Cold Steel Kobun. The Kershaw is the closest you can get to a "dagger" you can legally carry, has great corrosion resistance and was very well made. However, this Cold Steel Kobun is longer, thicker, stronger, more attractive and substantially lighter! The Kobun is REDICULOUSLY lightweight and slim. The knife+sheath was still thinner than my Ruger LCP that hangs a few inches away. This knife would be the closest you can get to a legal and concealable samurai sword. I would never dare stab anything with the Kershaw blade unless it was my only option. The blade on the kershaw is less than 1/16" thick for the last 2 inches, but this Cold steel Kobun has a more than 1/8" wide blade all the way up til the last 3/4" of the blade. The hand guard is not meant to be very functional on the either the Kobun or the Kershaw, and the handles are very thin. The cold steel kobun came out ahead again by having a very well textured Kraton handle (rubber-like plastic) that offers very good hold on this knife. The Cold Steel Kobun came razor sharp out of the box (even the 3/4" of tanto upsweep could shave). The Kershaw Military Boot knife was dull enough make a sawing motion on my finger without breaking the skin, but if applied in great force, the thin blade may help that edge. This Cold Steel Kobun is the best blade for the money by far.
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