Cold Steel 17T Kobun Tanto Fixed
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Cold Steel 17T Kobun Tanto Fixed
The Cold Steel Kobun is a lightweight knife that takes its name from the Japanese underworld, where the word 'Kobun' is sometimes used as an indicator of rank that suggests the word 'soldier', or one who takes orders from his 'Oyabun' or boss. It’s a fitting name for a knife like the Kobun, which was effectively designed to be 'a good soldier'.The Kobun features Cold Steels iconic reinforced 'American Tanto' point, making it highly resistant to bending or breaking because it is reinforced by the full thickness of the blade’s spine (which runs almost to the very tip of the blade). Despite its thin profile, the Kobun’s deeply checkered Kray-Ex handle is designed to offer maximum grip and is contoured to resist turning or shifting in the hand.
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The Kobun is a lightweight Tanto styled boot knife. It takes its namesake from the Japanese martial, or underworld where the word "Kobun" means "soldier". It's a fitting name for a knife like the Kobun, which was effectively designed to be "a good soldier". In profile it closely resembles our Master Tanto, but it sports a thinner blade, and that supports its main function; to be a light weight boot knife. Like our Tantos, it features the Tanto styled reinforced point. This contrasts sharply with most boot knives on the market today which are notorious for their paper thin points which are easily broken or bent. In contrast, the Kobun's point is highly resistant to bending or breaking because it is reinforced by the full thickness of the blade's spine which runs almost to the very tip of the blade.
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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.
The handle was a bit disappointing in its ergonomics; it's very sturdy, but feels a little small in the hand and doesn't inspire a ton of confidence in the grip.
The sheath, similarly, feels great in its construction, but isn't the best functionally. It takes a good bit of force to yank from the sheath, with the effect of you either whipping it out rather forcefully, or stabbing *back* with the force you use to counter the force to free it from the sheath. Namely, second time pulling it from the sheath, I stabbed myself right in the hand holding the sheath. It was a darn clean cut, I'll give them that.
Ultimately, I'm just not sure of the niche this is best to fill. For whittling, cooking, or anything practical, a Mora works better at half the cost. I'd take a Mora over this in any situation less than outright war - in which case I'd take a Ka-Bar. But hey, it's cool, super sharp, and still pretty inexpensive, so you could certainly do worse.
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On the edge of my Tanto it was very easy to see the rough grinder markings not a finished edge at all.
Unless you have the knowledge and experience to finish the edge of this blade you shouldn't purchase it. This also makes me think twice about ordering any more products from Cold Steel.
Zur Qualität des Messers empfehle ich eins der diversen Youtube Videos, die das Messer eingehend testen.
Zum Nachschärfen kann ich diesen Schleifblock empfehlen:
Fallkniven Sport CC4
(Auch hier bei Amazon erhältlich)
-The clip on the sheath is useless
-The handle is a little thin
This blade quickly replaced all others for a go to multipurpose knife.
Came sharp enough to shave with and just kinda stayed that way...
There is a clip on the sheath. Unfortunately it takes more force to draw the blade then it does to beat the clip and pull the entire thing out of your pocket/boot/whatever.
The handle has a great texture and is solid grip under all conditions. But it is noticeably thin in hand.
Thank you to the folks at Cold Steel. A the best to you from Calgary, Alberta.
Came very sharp and has proven to be a good knife already. The Tanto point works very well for skinning deer and the overall shape of the knife makes it a very useful tool. The handle is very nice, offers good grip and allows for easy cleaning. It is a light knife but you can feel the quality in the blade as it has a nice thickness, the sheath is also well made and offers good retention.
The belt clip causes the knife to sit a little high for my preference but has para cord/ lanyard holes along both sides for the length of the sheath, so I was able to attach it to my hunting belt in a horizontal position along my back.
Buy this knife you will not regret your purchase.
Ce couteau respire la qualité ! la finition est parfaite, aussi bien pour le couteau que l'étuis.
=> Attention, le manche est un peu fin (pas trop adapté aux grosses mains).
sinon, pas de défaut pour ce couteau que j'aime beaucoup.