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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Legal DisclaimerFolding 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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In addition another safety feature is the handle itself; it has heft and weight but the shape of it on both ends creates a natural safety stop for your fingers. Your hand isn't going to slip onto the blade no matter how you use it, which is quite possible with older style folders with a smooth straight handle.
Some reviewers have mentioned that the lock is TOO strong and they can't close the blade once they opened it; I found it loosened up quite easily after just opening and closing it literally three times. Just press the lock in the handle down with the thumb of your dominant hand and gently close the blade with your other hand with your fingers out of the way of the edge and you should be fine until the lock is worked in, which as I said only took three times for me.
Another concern is the finish on the knife rusting in the pocket; I don't recommend carrying a knife this size in a pocket- a standard sheath will not fit it, but several of the nylon cel phone or tool holsters will do the same job with this monster and you won't even notice the weight on your belt. Overall this is a great choice for anyone who might need a larger than average size folder. Some knives do open faster than the Spartan with one hand straight out of the box...such a the AK Mini and its larger counterpart by the same company, but with some repeated use the Spartan opens quite fast with one hand..and a solid click so you know it's locked. and the stud is on both sides of the blade, it can be opened with either the right or left hand.
So for the price if you need a larger folder this one is well worth your time and money. Hope this helps.