The Spartans were a tough breed, trained from childhood in the art of war and inured to most privations, both mental and physical. Designed by Andrew Demko, the Cold Steel Spartan pays tribute to the Spartans' vivid history while accommodating the demands of a tamer, more sophisticated world. The knife starts with a 4-1/2-inch blade that evokes the classic Kopis of the ancients, with its characteristic re-curved edge, big belly, and sharp, acute point. The blade is hollow ground from Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel and has some similarities with a Kukri, including an edge that's always positioned at an angle to the cut to produce a deep sheering effect. However, because the point is narrower and more acute than most Kukri blades, the knife stabs almost as well as it cuts.
The Spartan also echoes the ancient Kopis in its handle, which is designed to help the hand resist the pull of centrifugal force. As a result, the handle retards forward momentum when stabbing and backward movement when hammering or smashing with its pommel. The injection-molded Grivory handle is also heavily contoured for comfort, and features irregular fluting and a heavily textured surface finish. This creates an exceptionally effective grip.
To ensure quick-draw opening, the Spartan features a dual thumb plate. You can use the plate to open the knife like a conventional one-handed opener, or snag it on the edge of a pocket during the draw stroke and open it automatically (the Spartan includes dual pocket clips to ensure ambidextrous carrying). Finally, the Spartan incorporates Cold Steel's Tri-Ad locking mechanism, which has proven under torture testing to be almost impervious to stress, strain, and shock. The mechanism is almost impossible to overcome, keeping you safe from accidental opening.
- Blade thickness: 4mm
- Blade length: 4-1/2 inches
- Steel: Japanese AUS 8A stainless
- Handle material: Grivory with steel liners
- Handle length: 6 inches
- Pocket/belt clip: Ambidextrous stainless Battle Gear
- Overall length: 10-1/2 inches
- Weight: 7.5 ounces
The Spartan™ has dual pocket clips to assure ambidextrous carry and for quick draw opening, it features a thumb plate that can be used to open the knife like a conventional "one handed opener" or be snagged on the edge of a pocket during the draw stroke and opened automatically. Additionally, the Spartan™ incorporates our Tri-Ad locking mechanism, which has proven, under torture testing to be almost impervious to stress, strain and shock. It’s almost impossible to overcome and offers a huge margin of safety not found in our competitor’s folders.