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Cold Steel Pendleton Lite Hunter Black Poly Handle
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- Blade Thickness: 2.5 mm
- Handle: 4 7/8" Long High Impact Polypropylene
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Steel: German 4116 Stainless
- Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
- Replica model of renowned custom knife maker Lloyd Pendleton's most popular mode
- 4.875-inch, high impact polypropylene handle and 4116 German stainless steel blade; includes Cor-Ex sheath
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Over the years our Pendleton Hunters have become enormously popular, and while we think they are reasonably priced, many have asked us for a more affordable Pendleton that will accommodate just about anyone's budget. So we got together with Lloyd and designed a new knife we call the Pendleton Lite Hunter. In appearance it strongly resembles the rest of the family with a drop point blade, modest guard, hollowed bolster area and a flared butt to aid retention. The only major changes were the adoption of more affordable German 4116 Stainless steel and the use of polypropylene instead of Kray-Ex for the handle.
Back in 1973, Cold Steel President Lynn Thompson bought the first knife that renowned customer maker Lloyd Pendleton ever made, and the two friends have now collaborated to produce variations of Pendleton's popular Hunter model. In fabricating the knives, Cold Steel has duplicated Pendleton's hand-made work as accurately as possible, with blades honed to a fine keen. Each knife's handle has contours and cross sections exactly mapped to Pendleton's originals, with durable Secure-Ex sheaths.
The Lite Hunter features a drop point blade, modest guard, hollowed bolster area, and flared but to aid retention. German 4116 stainless steel is affordable but high performing, and the Kray-Ex handle holds up to all kinds of environmental and use-based abuses.
Don't let the small size fool you -- the knife offers serious cutting power.
- 3.625-inch blade length
- 8.5-inch overall length
- 4.875-inch, high impact polypropylene handle
- 4116 German stainless steel blade
- 2.7-ounce weight
- Includes Cor-Ex sheath
All Cold Steel products are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship. Details are included with your purchase.
About Cold Steel
Cold Steel, Incorporated was founded in 1980, with the goal of making the strongest, sharpest cutlery in the world for knife enthusiasts. Over the last three-plus decades, the company has been at the forefront of many design innovations that have helped innovate the knife industry, including introduction of checked Kraton handles, and the tanto point blade styles which have become industry hallmarks of quality and sophistication.
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Top Customer Reviews
First, some perspective. I'm an avid camping, hiker, fisherman & outdoorsman. I'm also a professional chef that moonlights as a pro sharpener. Overall I have upwards of 200 outdoors-type knives, including blades from Busse, Fallkniven, Knives of Alaska, JK Handmade, Bark River, RAT, ESSE, Mora, Helle, etc etc. I have probably 50 customs. And where kitchen knives are concerned my most expensive blade will set you back over $800. Look, I'm not braggin', just putting things in perspective. With over three decades as a knife geek and sharpening more knives than I can count, I have a different perspective on knives than your typical duffer.
So enter the CS Pendleton Lite. Let me admit for the record that I'm not a Cold Steel fan. Lynn Thompson has always struck me as a D-bag and they seem to market primarily to mall ninjas. I'm the last guy you'd expect to find beating the drum for CS. Still, I'm objective enough to recognize a good design when see one.
First off, the materials and construction are pretty pedestrian. The knife comes sharp OOtB, and when I say that I mean usefully sharp. I take my kitchen knives up to 10,000 grit on Chocera stones and follow that with Cubic Boron Nitrate over Kangaroo leather. My kitchen knives will fillet a human hair. This knife will not do that. But it comes sharp enough that I when I test the edge I nod and think to myself like, "yeah, that'll do." Factory edges usually do not impress me.
The handle is cheap but it feels really good. This is some really superb industrial/ergonomic design. If you copied this exact design (as Mr. T has done to many other mfg'ers over the years...) but executed it in O1 steel with linen micarta scales it would easily be a $120 knife. Obviously this is nowhere near that but I'm saying the design is, well...a near masterpiece. Whoever they ripped off to make it deserves a lot of credit! ;-) But seriously, this knife is a user! The blade profile and geometry is spot on. The steel is simply adequate. Of course, a $17 knife will have limitations. But it resharpens nicely.
I think it should be obvious that this can't hold a candle to JK Handmade, Busse, ESSE or Falkniven with regards to quality. But for less than $20 there isn't much competition. The obvious comparison must be against the Mora line, and to a lesser degree, the Opinals. I don't feel this is any better than a Mora but it's a different kettle of fish. Moras are dazzlingly sharp OOtB due to their Scandi grind. But the edge is so thin that it will easily roll. And while Scandi grinds are touted as being easy to sharpen I rarely see a non-professional that can keep the edge true. Overall I'd give the edge to the Mora for versatility (great for carving & bushcrafting) but the CS is shaped perfectly for processing game. It's a better knife for a hunter.
It pains me a bit to say it, but this knife helps redefine what you should expect for $20 or less. If you're a hunter or backpacker it's really a no-brainer. While I'll continue to make fun of the more expensive Cold Steel knives I've actually purchased three of these. And I'm considering buying more for a line of small survival kits that I'm designing. They're that good.
So to break it down- I give it five stars due to what you get divided by the price. Again, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool knife-nerd, a guy who owns thousands of dollars worth of blades. And I say on it's own merits this is at least a 3.5 star knife if you thought it cost $50. For $17 (current price as of 6/25/2012) it's a real steal.
It is not something you are going to split wood with or do heavy camp work and it isn't intended to be. The stock used for the blade is thin and it's set in an injection-molded handle. However, for its intended purpose, it stands out. It will keep an extremely sharp edge while cleaning and quartering an entire deer or hog.
Resharpening is quite easy, too. I normally don't use a diamond sharpener on my knives unless they are in really bad condition because it does remove a good bit of material from the blade. However, with this knife, I use a diamond sharpener and get a scalpel-like edge in a minute or two. I don't really care about wearing it out because it's a $15 knife, not a $150 knife.
It's also light, as the name implies. I carry it in my hunting pack and it adds no noticeable weight at all.
I looked around and didn't find anything stock that was made for it, so I picked up this one:
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With a little wet molding (just Google it) I have a perfect sheath for it from here on out! Upgrading rating to 4 stars -- and if it didn't take this extra work on the sheath end, would give it 5.
I bought the Pendleton Mini Hunter, and was quite happy with the quality of it so I figured that I had nothing to lose in trying the Lite Hunter for only $14 shipped.
The blade on the Lite Hunter seems to be of the same quality as blades of more expensive knives in the Pendleton series. Cold Steel clearly cut the cost by using a plain plastic handle, rather than a textured one on the Lite Hunter. This gives the it the feel of a very solid industrial or utility knife, which might be appealing to the pragmatist. The sheath is made from a strong, stiff fabric which holds the knife surprisingly well.
For the price, there's no reason not to stash one of these functional, utilitarian blades every place that you might need a good fixed-blade knife.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not my first Cold Steel product but it is the first knife I have bought from them in a long time.
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