Cold Steel 58TMAK Mini AK-47d Tanto
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- Heavy-duty tactical folding knife with 2-3/4-inch hollow-ground blade
- Stainless blade construction with black coating for superior cutting power
- State-of-the-art Tri-Ad lock; rugged G-10 handle with vigorous grip
- Patented thumb plate for easy 1-hand opening or snagging on edge of pocket
- Includes stainless pocket clip; measures 7-1/8 inches overall; weighs 2.9 ounces
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In 1947 Mikhail Kalashnikov, the legendary Russian gun designer, created the AK-47 assault rifle. Eventually adopted by the Red Army in 1949, it became famous as the -InchPeople's Rifle-Inch. Such renown was well deserved, as it was an utterly reliable weapon. It was rugged, simple to operate and maintain, economical, and effective at reasonable ranges. This weapon, and all it represents became the inspiration for our heavy duty tactical knives, the AK-47 folders. Designed by Andrew Demko, the AK-47's possess all of the attributes of their namesake, and perhaps a few more. They're built for hard and rugged use and are available in two sizes. Both sizes have many features in common. For instance, both are equipped with G-10 handles that offer a vigorous grip that is remarkably tough, rigid and incomparably strong. Also, each size comes with a unique pommel made out of 6061 aluminum. The pommels feature a lanyard hole and can also serve as a -Inchless than lethal-Inch percussion tool in a self-defense situation.
Legendary Russian gun designer Mikhail Kalashnikov created the AK-47 assault rifle in 1947. Adopted by the Red Army in 1949, the rifle earned a reputation as the "people's rifle." The Cold Steel Mini AK-47 heavy-duty tactical knife pays tribute to the famed assault weapon, with a similarly rugged, economical, easy-to-operate design.
Designed by knife designer Andrew Demko, the Mini AK-47 knife is built for hard and rugged use, with a hollow-ground 2-3/4-inch blade that's honed by hand until it reaches levels of sharpness usually seen on a surgeon's scalpel. The blade is made from Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel, which is vacuum-heat-treated and sub-zero-quenched for maximum toughness. The blade's black coating, meanwhile, boosts corrosion resistance, enhances cutting power, and improves edge retention.
The blade is supported by Cold Steel's state-of-the-art Tri-Ad lock, which has been tested to resist shock induced by blows on the spine or over-strike that lands on the handle. The Mini AK-47 supplements the blade toughness with a rugged, rigid, and incomparably strong G-10 handle. Finally, the Mini AK-47 comes with an ambidextrous pocket clip and patented thumb plate. The thumb plate has a dual purpose: It allows you to draw and quickly open the knife by snagging it on the edge of a pocket, or you can use it like a conventional thumb stud or disc for easy one-handed opening.
- Blade: Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel with black coating
- Handle: G-10
- Blade length: 2-3/4 inches
- Blade thickness: 3mm
- Handle length: 4-3/8 inches
- Overall length: 7-1/8 inches
- Pocket clip: Stainless pocket/belt clip
- Weight: 2.9 ounces
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What I add is:
Grip - 10/10.
Handle Comfort - 10/10; has a pommel to break glass, as well.
Balance - 8/10 - a little heavy on the side with the pommel.
Tri-Ad Lock - 9/10.
Blade Centering - 10/10 - perfect centering, but there is a little wiggle in the blade when pressed.
Blade Length - 2 3/4" - legal in most states
Deployment - 9/10 - just a little too hard to open without tweaking the deployment screw slightly.
Weight - 10/10.
Tip - 8/10 - looks fragile - will update my review as time goes - hopefully to 9 or 10.
Sharpness out of box - 10/10.
Steel - 8/10 - Japanese AUS 8A Stainless w/ Black Tuff-Ex™ Coating - Gets nice and sharp. Dulls faster than S30V, but holds an edge better than 440C. All-in-all a mid-grade steel that is relatively corrosion resistant and is easy to re-sharpen.
More on the steel - AUS-8 (sometimes called 8A for short) made by Aichi Steel is a very homogenous ingot stainless steel with a very uniform grain structure, especially for a stainless steel. It seems to have the "right" amount of everything for good balance.
Five out of five stars for the $30 price paid. For more money, I'd expect a handle liner, a less fragile tip and mid to high-grade steel.
The knife came tip-up for right-handed carry. The clip is adjustable and an extra clip with three additional screws are included in the box for more flexibility when deploying from the pocket.
Based on the above, I'm going to purchase this models older brother without hesitation.
I must also preface this comparison by saying that I am not a Cold Steel fanboy. I do like many of their knives, but not everything they make is gold.
Size/Weight: There is no real appreciable difference in size and weight. The Delica is slightly thinner, and has a slightly longer blade, but it is very close. Weight is also very similar. Slight edge to the Delica. (Both knives fit very nicely in that smaller inner pocket on men's jeans - that is where I carry my EDC blades)
Sturdiness/Construction: This is where the Cold Steel knife totally dominates. The tri-ad lock is a total beast, and the lockup on the mini AK-47 is completely rock solid. I would not hesitate to use it as a tactical blade of last resort. The Delica however is seriously lacking in my opinion. There is very noticeable movement in the lockup, even up and down, which is very unusual in a lockback design - especially one at this price point. I actually thought my first knife was defective, so I sent it back and exchanged it. The replacement is slightly better, but still has play.
Fit/Finish: This is where I thought the Spyderco would crush the AK-47, and in some ways it does. The black teflon coating on the AK-47 is worthless. With only minimal use much of it has worn off. However, in terms of the fitment of the grips, milling on the steel, etc. the cold steel knife is perfect. The Delica on the other hand has grip panels that move with pressure. Both Delica knives had this movement (When you have the knife in a saber grip and push down on the spine of the blade you can feel the grip panels move down).
Blade Steel: VG-10 steel is better than AUS-8. Not more much to say here, but you sure are paying a lot for the marginally better steel
Sharpness out of the box: Another unbelievable win for the Cold Steel. It was hair shaving, phone book paper slicing sharp out of the box. The Delica struggled to cut paper cleanly out of the box (both Delica's I tried). I ended up sharpening my Delica - huge disappointment.
Grip: This one will be controversial. The Cold Steel utilizes G-10, while the Delica only has Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon. The texture on the G-10 of the AK-47 is extremely grippy, and the grip on the Cold Steel blade is FAR superior to the Spyderco. However, that comes at a cost, as the sharp edges on the G-10 can tear up your pocket, which brings us to...
Pocket Clip: The pocket clip on the Spyderco is much better than the cold steel pocket clip. It has just the right amount of "springiness" and retention, whereas the pocket clip on the mini AK-47 is far too stiff.
Wave Deployment: This feature really is awesome. Not only is it fun to do, it is also very useful - and FAST. The wave deployment works well on both blades, but it works slightly better on the Delica. I attribute this to the larger hook on the Spyderco, as opposed to the combination thumb plate on the cold steel. However, at times it is slightly difficult to remove the Delica WITHOUT the hook catching on your pocket. It can easily be done, but it is a deliberate action to wave deploy the mini AK-47, whereas the Delica may end up partially opened if you aren't paying attention.
Non Wave Deployment: If you didn't wave deploy the knife, the spyder-hole on the Delica works better for one hand opening than the thumb plate on the cold steel. It takes a considerable flick of the wrist in addition to the thumb plate action to open the mini AK, while the spyderco can be opened fairly easily.
Price/Value: This is where the cold steel really shines once again. It costs about $45 on Amazon, as opposed to $63 for the Spyderco. Not only is the cold steel cheaper, it is considerably stronger, has a better grip, comes MUCH sharper out of the box, and has a higher quality grip material. The Spyderco does have slightly better deployment and blade steel, but is lacking in the other areas.
Overall: Like I said at the beginning, the Delica is my current EDC blade. However, if I could only have ONE of these knives - it would be the Cold Steel. Why? I find the Delica to be up to my normal EDC tasks (opening boxes, letters, small cutting tasks), but I have concerns about it's sturdiness doing anything harder, or even in the long term. The cold steel blade just exudes strength, and I have a lot of confidence in that knife. It will be one that I pass on to my grandkids, and I would feel comfortable using it for defense if need be (although it is far from ideal for that purpose due to its small size). If you are looking for a great EDC blade that is wave deployable, give the Cold Steel mini AK-47 a try. I guarantee you will love it.