Cold Steel SRK Kraton Handle, Black Blade (Concealex Sheath)
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- Rescue knife with AUS 8A stainless-steel blade
- Non-stick coat helps protect blade from the elements
- Strong clip point excels at detail work and tough jobs
- Single quillon finger guard; deeply checkered Kraton grip
- Blade measures 6 inches long; weighs 8.2 ounces
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The blade is finished with a coat which helps to protect the AUS 8A Stainless steel from the elements. It features a tremendously strong clip point that’s fine enough for delicate work, yet possesses enough belly for efficient cutting, slashing and skinning strokes as well. At 3/16 of an inch thick, the Survival Rescue Knife offers the sturdiest possible point and edge configuration, without sacrificing sharpness. The SRK’s handle sports a single quillion finger guard and a deeply checkered Kraton grip.
Survival/rescue operations demand a versatile knife able to withstand the most extreme abuse. Enter the Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife (SRK), which was designed with tough conditions in mind. The blade is made of AUS 8A stainless steel, with a rich coat to help protect it from the elements. The blade's tremendously strong clip point, meanwhile, is fine enough for delicate work, yet possesses enough belly for efficient cutting, slashing, and skinning strokes. The knife also offers the sturdiest possible point and edge configuration at 3/16 of an inch thick, yet doesn't sacrifice sharpness. And users will love the SRK's handle, which sports a single quillon finger guard and a deeply checkered Kraton grip.
- Blade: AUS 8A stainless steel
- Sheath: Secure-Ex
- Blade length: 6 inches
- Handle length: 4-3/4 inches
- Overall length: 10-3/4 inches
- Thickness: 3/16 inches
- Weight: 8.2 ounces
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My intention for this knife was for it to serve as a light to medium duty tool. I have a backcountry system. I use a saw to cross-cut logs, then an axe to split them, then a knife to make kindling, carve with, make tent stakes, or any other random task one does around camp.
With high hopes I took the cold steel SRK out with me on a backcountry adventure. I fell a dead standing tree with my saw, cross cut it into workable lengths with the saw, split those logs with my axe into fourths, then with the SRK I proceded to further process the wood into smaller kindling size pieces with a baton for my fire. Essentially I took wrist size pieces of dead pine and made pencil sized pieces of kindling.
After about fifteen or twenty minutes (using my brand new, never used SRK) I noticed that the blade became loose in the handle (noticeably)! It was troubling to me because I have many camp knives that have seen 1000 times more/harder use and are perfectly solid in their construction. But seeing as how my faith in this knife had caused me to bring only this knife with me I had to continue to use it; for there was no other choice.
After further menial tasks like making tent stakes for a rain fly, a feather stick to start a fire with my firesteel, and cutting some chord to size to use as lashing for a primitie shelter, I was understandably hungry and stuck the knife into a log I had cut near my chair by the fire. Sitting there, I ate, I listened to the rain above me hit the rain fly and thought about what needed to be done to finish my shelter. When the rain abated I rose up from my chair and pulled the SRK out of the log I had stuck it into next to my chair. I took a few steps before I noticed that the tip of the knife had broken off into the log. I did not twist the knife in the wood, I did not ply it, I simply stuck it into the log to keep while I ate. Moreover, It was the first time the knife's tip had ever been stuck into anything!
When you consider that the knife became loose in the handle after fifteen or twenty minutes of light use making kindling, and that the tip broke off simply after being stuck into some soft pine wood, I have no choice but to come to the conclusion that either I recieved the biggest lemon that cold steel has ever made, or this line of knife sucks! Either way it doesn't bode well for the knife or for cold steel. If their quality controls are so poor that a knife of this level of incompetance leaves their factory to be recieved by a customer who has paid a good amount of money for then they have a problem in their manufacturing process. Or if this knife is not a lemon and it simply is the way that the knife is supposed to be then they have a problem with their manufacturing process.
I will be promtly sending this knife back to cold steel for a replacement hoping that it is a lemon issue. However, if the second one that I recieve back performs in any way less than perfect I will be doing two things: first, I will rethink the trust I have in the cold steel brand, and second, I will look at my existing cold steel knives through more cautionary lenses. By that I meen I will not be going out into the backcountry with only my cold steel knife anymore and will bring a second as backup.
Lastly, the fact that I have to reconsider the quality of the brand and consider bringing a second/ backup knife along with me out into the field is unacceptable. A camp/survival knife should be something dependable. It should be something that when you use it you feel as though you can depend on it to do what you ask of it to do. And for the reputation that cold steel has worked for, and for the price that you pay them for their products, you should feel as though you could trust their knives with your life, and you should be able to; for one day you may be asking the knife to do just that! My rant is done.