Cold Steel 9733 80PGTK GI Tanto 7" Carbon
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- Cold Steel gi tanto with Secure-Ex sheath 80Pgtk
- Tactical knife with broad seven-inch Tanto point blade and Secure-Ex sheath
- 1055 carbon steel blade with hard spring temper and black rust-resistant finish
- Integral quillon guard and polypropylene handle scales
- Can convert into a spear or war club
- Heavy, balanced feel--throws easily
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Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto 7" Carbon
The Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto is a no-nonsense tactical knife designed for practical uses--from camping and hunting, to any day-to-day use where a strong and sharp blade is called for. This knife features a broad, seven-inch Tanto blade of 1055 carbon steel with a hard spring temper that has been ground to a razor sharp edge and point. The blade is protected with a black, rust resistant finish that adds to the knife's under-cover look. With an integral quillon guard and polypropylene handle scales, the Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto offers a heavy and balanced feel in the hand. The knife can be thrown easily by the blade or the handle and also can be converted into a spear or war club by removing the handle scales and lashing the blade securely to a wooden shaft. Comes with a sturdy Secure-Ex sheath.
- Designed for practical uses
- Broad, seven-inch Tanto blade of 1055 carbon steel
- Razor sharp edge and point
- Black, rust resistant finish
- Heavy and balanced feel
- Comes with a sturdy Secure-Ex sheath
Includes bobber stop, bead and free line threader. Floats are designed to be balanced in the water. Bright epoxy paint that seals the float and will not absorb water. One per pack. Size: 1" x 4". weighted: no.
The Cold Steel GI Tanto is a no-nonsense tactical knife designed for practical uses--from camping and hunting, to any day-to-day use where a strong and sharp blade is called for. The knife features a broad, seven-inch Tanto blade of 1055 carbon steel with a hard spring temper that has been ground to a razor sharp edge and point. The blade is protected with a black, rust resistant finish that adds to the knife's under-cover look. With an integral quillon guard and polypropylene handle scales, the GI Tanto offers a heavy and balanced feel in the hand. The knife can be thrown easily by the blade or the handle and also can be converted into a spear or war club by removing the handle scales and lashing the blade securely to a wooden shaft. Coming equipped with a sturdy Secure-Ex sheath, the GI Tanto from Cold Steel provides a razor sharp edge in a simple package.
- Blade Length: 7 inches
- Handle Length: 5 inches
- Overall Length: 12 inches
- Blade Thickness: 4 millimeters
- Blade Steel: 1055 Carbon
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1.The whole thing is 12 inches long, so it's kind of overkill and oversize if you're looking for a tactical knife. Personally, I like it.
2. It says in the description that the blade is 7 inches. From the middle of the hilt to the hilt to the tip is 7", but the sharpened edge is only about 5 1/2."
Bottom line, if you want a big tactical knife to wow your buddies, split wood, carry into battle, or throw Benjamin Martin style, just buy it. You can't go wrong with cold steel.
Pros: Next thing to indestructible, finger choil (indent) at bottom of blade is useful for fine detail work, cross guard makes it nice for stabbing into objects. Sheath is is one of the best I have ever seen on a knife, holds securely and has a nylon snap retention strap at top of handle.
I have been a fan of cold steel for a number of years, with this being on of the first knives that i had purchased made by them. While this knife if far from perfect, it does nicely fit the niche of strong, durable, budget knife with a great drop down sheath. If you are looking for a heavy duty chopper, that needs only occasional TLC in the form of sharpening then this is your knife.
As mentioned above the handle scales leave a little to be desired and while some may want the complete package they are fairly easy to modify with a little sandpaper and some glue. The issues i had with mine were two fold; the scales shifting in my hand and a few hot spots that made heavy work uncomfortable. Simply remove the screws on either side, put a small amount of water on the metal side and gorilla glue on plastic side (thin coat in the middle) screw back together and let sit for 24 hours. Clear any excess glue with sandpaper as well as sanding down any hot-spots. Alternately you could do a pracord wrap, which should be fairly easy with cross guard at the base of the blade.
This blade gets all kinds of attention from the <cough> "frugal" among us. It's a nice compromise of size, shape, weight, length, and cost. Comes out of the box hair-trimming sharp, with a blade hard enough to last for a while.
The scales aren't the best; they have a really annoying shape and almost no surface texture to resist slippage in sweaty hands. Since this blade starts out life as a press stamping there are some corners on the guards you'll want to smooth out. Also, most people round out the choil a little to make it more comfortable to choke up on the blade for fine cutting and hacking.
The real hassle with this thing is the scabbard. What a disappointment. I spent a lot -- and I mean, a LOT -- of time on my two GI Tanto scabbards trying to get them loose enough to present properly. [One of the blades was binding at the flat near the choil. Ground it down a trifle and the presentation was much smoother. Still not Kydex.]
I have modified all of mine to remove the upper finger guard, add jimping, sharpen the top drop edge, round the choil, sharpen the rear point to a skullcrusher, and add decent grippage with built-up scales sealed off with heat-shrinkable tubing. It all comes together and it all works.
Check out YouTube and Vimeo and such for videos where folks have shown how they've modified these blades to get some ideas. But one thing is for sure -- you ain't gonna beat this knife for this kind of dough, no how.