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Cold Steel 17T Kobun Tanto Fixed
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- JAPANESE AUS 8A STAINLESS
- Category name: knives
- Country of origin: taiwan
- Brand name: Cold Steel
- 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
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5 1/2 in. Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel with a Kraton handle and Secure-Ex sheath. Overall length Is 9 7/8 in. ATTRIBUTES Blade Detail: Plain Blade Length (inches): 5.50 Blade Material: Japanese AUS8 Carry System: Secure-Ex Sheath Handle Material: Kraton Overall Length (inches): 9.88
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The sheath clip I received today is shaped exactly like the clip on my Kershaw and Gerber folders, i.e., the clip bends in with a rounded contact area for grabbing fabric, but then flares out at the end. It is designed to slide onto and off of a belt or fabric with ease. There is difficulty sliding it ONTO a belt or pants, because the clip has a wide metal portion between blocking the path of the fabric from reaching the uppermost secure portion of the clip. It catches on the leather and it takes two hands to get it on without damaging the belt.
The knife locks into the sheath fabulously. But with this new clip, the result is that the force needed to pull the knife out of the sheath is MUCH GREATER than the force needed to pull the sheath off the belt of pants. I end up with a sheathed knife in my hand -- not a feature of a "tactical" knife. Even using the thumb to press down on the sheath while the palm and other four fingers pull on the handle, it dislodges the sheath.
If anyone has received the kobun tanto with this type chrome metal clip screwed on, I welcome any work-around you have come up with. If Cold Steel has a fix, I'd love to hear that too.
I'm not going to measure and weight this for you; people have already done it and you can find the results on the CS website. However, a couple of notes that are not necessarily criticisims but maybe things to think about depending on your planned use:
-The handle: great kraton stuff if you've never seen it before. performs flawlessly wet or dry and your hand will PROBABLY not slip down onto your now razor-sharp blade. God help you if it does. My issue is that it's a bit small in diameter, so if you've got big hands like me, you may have a problem...
I did a de-cored 550 cord flat wrap on my handle (wet), and will try to post a couple of pics here showing the results. If you have bigger hands, you are going to absolutely want to do this as it makes all the world of difference and the grip is exponentially better. (please do not confuse my wrap with the 'other' handle wrap on this page. That is what looks like a tradional 'ito' wrap and I don't know how to do it. It's beautiful, and I offer my sincerest congrats to whoever did it! However, please don't ask me to show you how!)
-Sheath: as usual, an awesome CS Secure-ex sheath and the blade does not shake, rattle or roll. AND, despite what other reviews may have mentioned it DOES have a drain hole. Will mention that it is very hard to see and personally am going to drill mine out as it doesn't seem very useful in its stock shape.
Mounting: I have seen good and bad reviews on this sheath and it's mounting capabilities. Bottom line, it has a REMOVEABLE clip so it can obviously be mounted anywhere. Personally, would try to mount it with that clip wherever you want but back it up with either 550 or zip ties. Not trusting that clip...
-Blade retention: uhhh.... For most normal uses I would have to say that it is fine; blade is retained in the sheath via tension on the handle guard. And don't get me wrong, it is good! However, if you happen to be using this knife in an upside down configuration and are running with it I think I'd consider looking at modifications to the sheath. Not sure what just yet but will post an update with I figure it out.
It came satisfactorily sharp, though i did touch up the edge upon receiving it, as I do with most blades I get. I usually always adjust the bevel to my preference. But it should be noted it did come with a decent edge. I received it well oiled, which was good, as to prevent rust while it was being stored and shipped out. AUS 8 is a "stainless" steel. But that doesn't mean it cant rust. Its stain resistance is moderate, but not super high. It can and will rust, though not as quickly as carbon steels. A light coating of oil or Tuf-Glide will help to ensure it does not rust. But a little bit of rust wont hurt it. It wont fall apart and disintegrate if it gets a bit of rust on it. No big deal. The primary point of the blade is very pointy, and will penetrate well. I was satisfied with that. The secondary point on the blade formed by the tanto design is not as aggressive, but still a force to be reckon with in a snap cutting fashion. It also allows pressure to be focused at the point for deep cutting.
The sheath is a decent injection molded plastic sheath from what I see. The clip can be removed, and it is primarily designed to be carried IWB (inside the waste band.) That is why the clip is positioned on the side its on. Some people have incorrectly assumed the clip is "on the wrong side". That is the reason for this. It is not designed to be clipped on to the belt to hang off outside of the belt. It is for IWB. I removed the clip, and made a loop through one of the top grommets with 550 cord which i use as the belt loop and carry it IWB, when I do carry it, which is not often as I have blades I prefer more. I mainly purchased this on a whim for its high reviews, and price point. It is a decent blade I can lend to some one, or just have around.
Over all I find the knife to be satisfactory for the price. It works, and is a decent knife for the price. There are better options out there if you are willing to spend more, but that's not the point. If you are willing to pay the price this knife is available at, you will not be disappointed, but will find it is nothing mind blowing ether. It is a purpose built knife designed to fill a relatively niche, and small roll. For that roll, it is satisfactory at the price point. Thank you.
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