Cold Steel makes some of the most durable and tough fixed blade knives on the market. Recently, we started carrying one of their smaller fixed blade knives. The Kobun is a tanto style boot knife named after the Japanese word for “soldier”. The Kobun measures in at 9 7/8″ and the blade is 5 1/2. Made of Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel, the blade not only looks great but it performs amazingly well. This is a great knife for a wide variety of purposes. It has a very comfortable grip and is incredibly light at only 4.4 ounces. If you are looking for a boot knife, a combat knife, or just a great new knife to add to your collection, the Cold Steel Kobun would be a great fixed blade knife for you.
Blade Length: 5 1/2″
Overall Length: 9 7/8″
Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
Weight: 4.4 oz
Handle: 4 3/8″ Long Kraton®
Sheath: Secure-Ex® Sheath
Cold Steel has dedicated themselves to making the strongest, sharpest knives in the world. Since 1980, they have been producing high quality knives that serve specific as well as general needs for knife users. One of their knife lines, the Mini Tac Series, are neck knives. These knives are all light and come with a Secure Ex sheath. Each one can be worn on a neck chain or you can carry them on a belt or almost anywhere else you can think of.
The Cold Steel Mini Tac Knives may be some of the smaller knives that you come across, but they perform just like a full size knife. Their blade lengths range from 3″ all the way up to 3 3/4″. What does this mean to you? It means that even though your Mini Tac knife is small–you aren’t giving up any blade real estate. These knives are each made with a shorter handle than a normal knife, but this doesn’t affect your ability to hold and use your Mini Tac Knife. As you can see in the picture of the Mini Tac Kiridashi knife above, these knives are made with a comfortable spot for your forefinger. These knives are flat and sport a full tang. Beacuse of these design features, the Mini Tac knives are amazingly easy to hold onto and don’t roll or twist in your hand. If you haven’t tried a Cold Steel knife, a Mini Tac might be a great intro knife into their amazingly full line of high quality, well built knives. But be warned, once you get your first Cold Steel knife, it is hard to stop. They are addictive.
Choosing a great fixed blade knife can be quite an adventure. There are a wide variety of fixed blade knives that serve an enormous number of different purposes. Some are made for survival. Others are made for daily carry. The first thing to do when deciding on a fixed blade knife is to determine what you will be using your new knife for. Now, it could be that you have several functions in mind for your knife. Maybe you are looking for a survival knife that can also be used when you are camping. Perhaps you are looking for a really good combat knife to carry with you while you are on duty, but you want your knife to double as an all around the house knife when you are off duty. Decide what the main function of your knife will be. This will help you determine how large of a knife you want.
If you are looking for a really great survival knife, realize that you need to be able to carry your knife with you when you are moving around in the outdoors. If you are trying to pack a knife that is 14″ long, it may be too big to effectively carry. If you are looking for the best combat knife, it may be that you are able to carry a little bit longer knife and are willing to do so to get an extra inch or two of reach. Or, maybe you want a small survival knife that will fit in your emergency bag and can be carried in a pocket (albeit a large pocket) if the need arises.
After you have decided on a size, the next decision to make is overall style. Do you want serrations? Serrations make it easier to cut rope, twine, straps and other things of that nature. But, if you have serrations, they interfere with the normal cutting and slicing effectiveness of your knife edge. A few survival knives have serrations on the spine of the blade. This provides a fairly good solution–although these serrations act generally like a fairly dull saw they do provide some basic serrations if the need arises only infrequently. Also, do you want your blade to have a tanto point, a drop point (probably the most common) or a clip point?
After you have made these decisions, the quality of steel is the next choice that faces you. I would always go with the best steel that makes sense for your budget. The better steels will hold an edge longer which can be critical in a survival situation.
What is my favorite fixed blade knife?
If I want a large knife I would choose the SOG Creed–it has the best weight distribution I have ever felt in a fixed blade knife that makes it extremely easy to swing. The steel is great, and I love the overall weight of the knife. It is big and relatively heavy.
If I am looking for a top notch combat knife I would go with a Microtech Crosshair. You can get it in a huge variety of colors and blade styles. My favorite has the serrations on the spine. This is a shorter but very heavy duty combat knife that would perform admirably in a survival situation.
If I want a fixed blade to carry every day I would choose one of the Cold Steel fixed blade knives. They have a huge variety of fixed blade knives that are designed for all kinds of different situations. My current favorite is the Mini Tac series and I am especially partial to the Beaver Tail Mini Tac.
Cold Steel makes great knives. They have a passion for knife creation and construction that goes beyond most knife companies. They build a lot of knives that are extremely specific to situations. For instance, just a few days ago, I reviewed the Beaver Tail. The American Lawman Folder Pocket knife is the perfect knife for nearly any situation. It is one of the most versatile pocket knives I have seen in a long time.
Built light at 5.4 ounces, it has G-10 scales and a blade made of Japanese AUS8A stainless steel with a black teflon coat. This mid sized knife is comfortable to carry in your pocket, and it is even more comfortable to use. Named the American Lawman because it was built with those who protect and serve in mind, it has a ton of features that make it such a great pocket knife.
It is easy to hold–regardless of the conditions. The G-10 scales provide an extra level of grip and the shape of the handle make the knife easy to hold onto. Then there is the Tri-Ad system that holds the blade in the locked open position. A special new system that Cold Steel has developed, it provides three levels of locking power for the blade which means the knife isn’t going to close up on your hand and fingers when you are using it. Then there is the blade, with a great drop point shape this blade provides a whole lot of cutting real estate for you to get your jobs done. The generously sized wide blade gives you the ability to cut, slice, dice and penetrate.
Named the American Lawman in honor of those who serve, this knife would be just as comfortable on the ranch, on the construction site, or in your pocket as you travel around doing your everyday chores.
Name: American Lawman
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm
Overall Length: 8 1/8″
Steel: Japanese Aus 8A Stainless w/ Black Teflon® Finish
Weight: 5.4 oz
Handle: 4 5/8″ Long G-10
Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
We just got into stock a bunch of new Cold Steel knives that will be showing up in the next few days. The first one I put into the system was the Mini Tac Beaver Tail. This is sure to be an extremely popular knife. When we first get knives, we typically order just a few of them to make sure they are the kind of product we want to sell at BladeOps.com. I have generally liked everything that Cold Steel makes. They make an extremely durable and strong product with a specific market in mind.
The Mini Tac Beaver Tail knife is incredible. It is small enough to carry on a neck chain (provided). Or you can carry it in your pocket–or really just about anywhere since it is so small. The blade shape is unique, and extremely useful. But the all time best thing about this knife is the handle. It is short, but shaped so that it feels like a big size knife in your hand. Some small knives, you grab onto them and you feel as if they are too small to do anything with. The Mini Tac Beaver Tail gives you a ton a control. It has a specially designed finger spot for your forefinger which gives you all kinds of control of the knife. Made with G-10 handle scales, the knife is a full tang design which increases it’s strength.
This is a great little knife for nearly any situation.