Cold Steel 92FSD Nightshade Series, Skean Dhu
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Black as a moonless night, silent as the grave. these are the qualities that make up our new lightweight Nightshade series. Most are detailed reproductions of existing Cold Steel favorites and some are new designs representing the newest trends in high-tech, covert construction. Made from Griv-Ex the latest in fiberglass reinforced plastic, and stronger than even the super tough Zy-Ex we have used in earlier models they are UV and heat stabilized, making them impervious to the elements. One of the most unique features of these knives is their handles. They are made from deeply checkered Kray-Ex that has been molded directly to the blade tangs. The use of Kray-Ex in knife handles is a Cold Steel innovation that dates back to the early 1980's. It has been readily copied by most of our competitors because it offers a superior, slightly tacky gripping surface that is unaffected by heat, cold, or moisture. It never rusts, warps, cracks or splits even in the most extreme environments.
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If you're looking for a sharp, triangular-shaped blade for puncturing then spend two extra dollars and get the Fury Tactical 3 Angle. If you're looking for a flatter, more traditionally slashing dagger that happens to be made of plastic Cold Steel has a better product: the Cold Steel FGX Skean Dhu with Kraton handle. It's a lethal, sharp defense weapon for yet again only two bucks more than the Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger.
I ordered all three at the same time. The Fury and the FGX Skean Dhu are sharp weapons. The Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger is more of a sharp defense "tool" like those lumpy plastic keychain things you can use as Brass knuckles.
IF you know self-defense, IF you are strong, IF you need something that looks like a non-threatening tent peg and not draw too much attention then you might want the Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger. The Fury Tactical 3 Angle is deadly sharp and works how people **assume/hope/pray**" that the Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger would.
However, if you want to have a weapon hanging in your shower/bathtub that you can randomly jam into an attacker like a steak knife to back them off: get the Fury Tactical 3 Angle (spike) or the Cold Steel FGX Skean Dhu with Kraton handle.
I don't want to duel/wrestle/fight with an intruder. I want to stab them and make them bleed copiously! The Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger won't do that. The point IS sharp, but so is the point of a ballpoint pen. The others might break after the first stab, this won't break... but in the REAL world you get one shot to surprise someone and I have a feeling this might escalate a situation for the worse. The Fury Tactical seems like it would kill someone, where the Cruciform Dagger might, just maybe stun them. The FGX Skean Dhu would gut them like a fish.
In person, the Cruciform Dagger doesn't look like a weapon. The Fury Tactical and the FGX Skean Dhu look like pure evil and people would back off without being stabbed. The Cruciform Dagger would be like grabbing any random item off your desk: go ahead and prove you can fight with it!
Of course, the handle is great on Cruciform Dagger. If you're a big guy with strong arms and fighting skills you could probably crack someone's skull open, but then nobody would mess with you in the first place. The handle on the Cold Steel FGX Skean Dhu is really, really nice so if you know how to use a normal knife your could use it and break it off into an attacker. The Fury Tactical is something anyone would be able to grab with a terrified death grip and smash away at any part of an intruder that gets too close.
In a real, scary situation I think most untrained people would lean away or just flail a weapon around. Works with a steak knife and ok with the Fury Tactical and the FGX Skean Dhu, that would NOT work with a plastic tent peg or the Cruciform Dagger.
However, the Cruciform Dagger is way more workplace/boss friendly (because it looks silly and non-threatening). It's like those blackjacks that are a lump of lead in a piece of leather to smack people with: if you're a bar-brawler or other tough guy then fine. The Cruciform Dagger is a boring item that could deter an enemy with a few hits. The Fury Tactical and the FGX Skean Dhu would pierce their brain/lung/major artery or spill their guts onto the floor.
Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger: "what IS that, an orange/lemon juicer? LOL, why do you have a hand juicer?"
The other two: "OMG why do you have a knife? Don't hurt me!"
The police might be a ***little*** friendlier about the Cruciform Dagger, like those plastic cat-shaped plastic keychain Brass knuckles on sale here. Honestly, through: just carry a wrench/ratchet made of metal.
All these issues are about your fighting style (you'd need one with the Cruciform Dagger) and plain sight unobtrusiveness. Actual materials of the Cruciform Dagger are 5 Star like most Cold Steel products. One of the other two knives I prefer over it is also made by Cold Steel and costs two dollars more.
For me: the FGX Skean Dhu is going in the shower since that would be a face to face attack.
The Fury Tactical is going by my gunsafe: if someone is forcing me to open it I can swing around and downstroke jab into their neck/face/skull.
The Cold Steel Cruciform Dagger, will be going by the back door at work (a library) where we enter and shut off the alarm: swing and slam, won't upset the boss hanging there, if it's taken by the assailant they can't really threaten me with it since it's not scary like a knife would be. I would wrestle with a assailant for the Cruciform Dagger, or ignore them and grab a stapler to slap them upside the head with. The other two would probably make me freeze and comply.
Ponder: You, your strength, your skills, the area you have to fight, your fear level, your willingness to get closer to an attacker rather than back up while slashing the air.
All three are plastic (once your take off the keychain ring) and would probably last a long time hiding behind the soap dish in your shower waiting for the old "Reverse Psycho/Reverse Anthony Perkins" move.
The grip is firm, and provides quite a good feel for the blade, and could be used a variety of ways. The blade itself is rather strong(if you try to bend it in the same direction its meant to cut, this thing will not flex period.), and has little flex up until the last inch of it, and unless you use it wrong, shouldn't break. The tip would probably break relatively easy, but thats fixable with sandpaper, and again this knife is designed for cutting soft things, not bone. The knife isnt balanced, but is light, and has enough weight in the grip to feel comfortable.
Do not give this knife bad reviews because you thought it was something else. Before blaming someone for your mistake, research the item your planning on buying a little next time.
Technical Detail #1: The blade is sturdy enough, though the tip (as expected of a synthetic non metallic blade) is thin and flexible. It's serrated edges are functional though do NOT resharpen well
Technical Detail #2 It comes with a large, metallic ring on the handle
Technical Detail #3 It requires virtually no maintenance and is cheap enough to readily replace. Has not rusted or warped.
I doubt it could ever rust, and it handles nicely. The handle is a bit flat for my taste but it grips well and it keeps it slender in profile. Would recommend for any paranoid, prepper, or self defense enthusiast to keep in a purse, shower, a vehicle or outside. Remember, you only need it to come in handy once. I have also owned the DART model of the same line of Cold Steel non-metallic knives and was equally pleased.