Top positive review
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on March 28, 2013
There's really nothing bad to say about this knife. Its light as a feather, the handle is short yet grippy, the knife is sharp, and the finger hole provides excellent retention. It was a bit smaller than expected, but not all that much smaller. Cold Steel designed it to be a neck knife, but while its not a huge knife, for me it just feels a bit too large for neck carry. Still, I'll keep the included chain just in case I change my mind on that.
While the knife is virtually perfect, the sheath does have some drawbacks. It is secure, but the locking aspect of it is likely to be frustrating to some. It just seems like it could be a bit more simplistic. When unsheathing it, as you depress the locking button the blade slides out, but the problem is your finger gets stuck on the the plastic guard. It's just not much of a smooth, quick draw at all.
To remedy this I took a Dremel and cut that plastic ring guard thing off. It helps tremendously getting the knife out of the sheath quicker and easier. Still, the sheath doesn't feel as as functional as it should be. I wish Cold Steel would have made it a bit more versatile and not just mainly as a neck knife. A belt clip would have been a perfect addition. For now it works deep in my side pocket, though a Tek Lok might be added at some point.
Despite the shortcomings of the sheath, I still love the blade. Not too big, not too small. Perfect grip, amazing retention with the finger hole. While, it could make a fine utility knife, the design is primarily self defense oriented. The grip is amazing, and it would be near impossible for an assailant to remove it from you without cutting the palms of their hands to bits. If you're debating getting this, go for it. No regrets here. Excellent product.