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Cold Steel Spartan Grivory Handle
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- Folding knife with hollow-ground Japanese AUS 8A stainless blade
- Edge is positioned at angle to the cut to produce deep sheering effect
- Injection-molded Grivory handle is heavily contoured for comfort
- Dual thumb plate for 1-handed opening or snag-on-pocket opening
- Tri-Ad locking mechanism; blade measures 4-1/2 inches; weighs 7.5 ounces
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The Spartan™ has dual pocket clips to assure ambidextrous carry and for quick draw opening, it features a thumb plate that can be used to open the knife like a conventional "one handed opener" or be snagged on the edge of a pocket during the draw stroke and opened automatically. Additionally, the Spartan™ incorporates our Tri-Ad locking mechanism, which has proven, under torture testing to be almost impervious to stress, strain and shock. It’s almost impossible to overcome and offers a huge margin of safety not found in our competitor’s folders.
The Spartans were a tough breed, trained from childhood in the art of war and inured to most privations, both mental and physical. Designed by Andrew Demko, the Cold Steel Spartan pays tribute to the Spartans' vivid history while accommodating the demands of a tamer, more sophisticated world. The knife starts with a 4-1/2-inch blade that evokes the classic Kopis of the ancients, with its characteristic re-curved edge, big belly, and sharp, acute point. The blade is hollow ground from Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel and has some similarities with a Kukri, including an edge that's always positioned at an angle to the cut to produce a deep sheering effect. However, because the point is narrower and more acute than most Kukri blades, the knife stabs almost as well as it cuts.
The Spartan also echoes the ancient Kopis in its handle, which is designed to help the hand resist the pull of centrifugal force. As a result, the handle retards forward momentum when stabbing and backward movement when hammering or smashing with its pommel. The injection-molded Grivory handle is also heavily contoured for comfort, and features irregular fluting and a heavily textured surface finish. This creates an exceptionally effective grip.
To ensure quick-draw opening, the Spartan features a dual thumb plate. You can use the plate to open the knife like a conventional one-handed opener, or snag it on the edge of a pocket during the draw stroke and open it automatically (the Spartan includes dual pocket clips to ensure ambidextrous carrying). Finally, the Spartan incorporates Cold Steel's Tri-Ad locking mechanism, which has proven under torture testing to be almost impervious to stress, strain, and shock. The mechanism is almost impossible to overcome, keeping you safe from accidental opening.
- Blade thickness: 4mm
- Blade length: 4-1/2 inches
- Steel: Japanese AUS 8A stainless
- Handle material: Grivory with steel liners
- Handle length: 6 inches
- Pocket/belt clip: Ambidextrous stainless Battle Gear
- Overall length: 10-1/2 inches
- Weight: 7.5 ounces
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The handle fits like a good handshake and its comfortable in any grip. Any way you are used to holding a knife, this one makes it happen. The grooves in the handle are nice and feel a bit more natural than a the Kraton handle on the recon 1 and other Cold Steel products.
Now, onto that beautiful blade. This thing is amazing. You can read the specs from the product description so i wont give you facts and figures. You really just gotta hold this thing to appreciate it. Very sharp and easy to sharpen. Very durable and performs well. You dont need 299 other guys to take on several thousand dudes at the Hot Gates if ya got this piece of hardware!
Now, the ergonomics of this knife in particular are going to be somewhat subjective, since it's designed after the famed Kopis of ancient Sparta. The Cold Steel Spartan captures its wielder's hand securely fore and aft, as no other production knife does. This requires the OEM to make some assumptions as to the average size of their customer's hands, and balance that assumption with an optimally sized blade; for this reason, I wouldn't look for this knife in the Medium, Large, and Extra-Large versions that we see with other Cold Steel knives (though a black-bladed or serrated version would no doubt be welcomed). Personally, I love the grip! Its Kopis-like design invites any manner of self-defense applications and techniques to be used in CQC, God forbid you ever need to apply them!
I think the 4-1/2" Kukri-style blade is a perfect choice for this do-it-all folder (again, see the You Tube videos on the Cold Steel Spartan in action). Mine arrived shaving-sharp, as do all Cold Steel Knives, straight from the box. The blade deploys quickly with a satisfying snap, and there is zero blade play. And Cold Steel's proprietary Tri-Ad blade lock is the next best thing to a full-tang, fixed blade, in terms of strength and durability.
While I'm not crazy about stone washed blades on the whole, it is much preferable to the bead-blasted variety, in my opinion; and it is flawlessly executed on the Spartan I received. My own blade preferences are High-Polished, Satin-Finished, Black TiNi, and Stone Washed, in that order; but that's entirely me... Admittedly, the stone wash finish seems appropriate for a workhorse/battle blade, and it is growing on me the more I handle it.
Cold Steel's use of AUS 8A Steel for this knife has been questioned by some, as has their use of Grivory for the handle/grips, but I see no issue with these materials in a knife offered at this price. AUS 8A is relatively easy to re-sharpen, and it resists rust well enough with just a little routine care (though I wouldn't choose it for constant-wet or marine environments). And the Grivory grips are backed with steel liners, which prove themselves well enough in those You Tube videos I'd mentioned earlier. Besides, if the OEM were to up the specs of the Spartan to include VG-10 Steel and G-10 Grips, you could expect the cost of this knife to at least double, making it much less accessible to a good many enthusiasts (though the 2015 Spartans will be using a new blade steel).
The Spartan will make an excellent, large but manageably-sized EDC/Tactical Knife for a great many people. Add a wrist-loop lanyard and you're very unlikely to part company with your Spartan!
I would readily recommend this knife!