Cold Steel 12DBST Safe Maker I Push Dagger 4.5" AUS-8 Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath


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CS12DBST: 12DBST Safe Maker I
Cold Steel
Cold Steel has been making push knives for a quarter century. In those 25 years, they have continually been refining their designs, discarding features that didn't perform as well as they would have liked and enhancing those that did. These blades and the wealth of experience that has gone into their manufacture have paid off handsomely for Cold Steel as they have generated quite a following among law enforcement and military personnel around the world. This is because they offer "big knife" cutting and piercing potential in a very compact, easily portable size, and, unlike a revolver or semi-automatic pistol, they never break, malfunction, or run out of ammunition.

Designed by Lynn C. Thompson, the Safe Make push knifes are, without doubt, the finest commercially made push knives in the world. The blade, shaft, and 'T' shaped tang are all drop forged from one piece of VG-1 stainless steel. This process, though costly, eliminates any unwanted sharp edges or surfaces that would irritate the hand or fingers when the knife is clasped in a closed fist, and it produces a better knife since the subsequent vacuum heat treatment and sub zero quench renders the blades virtually unbreakable.

Well-made blades deserve equally well-made grips. A lot of time and energy went into the production of our 'T' shaped handles. Made of shock absorbing Kray-Ex they totally encapsulate the tang and part of the shaft so they can be comfortably and securely grasped in the fist with the blade jutting out between the fingers and used to deliver absolutely devastating punching and slashing blows.

Each Safe Maker includes an easily concealable and sturdy Secure-Ex boot/belt sheath and a steel bead chain lanyard so it can be worn as a neck knife.
  • Item Number: 12DBST
  • Item Name: Safe Maker I
  • Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 5.0 mm
  • Blade Length: 4.50"
  • Handle: 2.0" Long Kray-Ex
  • Overall: 6.50"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS-8 Stainless with Stonewash Finish
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex
  • Made in Taiwan
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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5 out of 5
Aug 07, 2017
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Carries easily, the quality seems good and penetrates objects with little force. The sheath is pretty good but gas trouble staying in me thicker EDC belt.
3 out of 5
Kevin S
Norton Ohio
Jul 01, 2017
Pros: Handle Material, Materials, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness
Too thick for cutting or slicing
This model does meet my standards for carry and use. The push knife is too thick toward the point to support a keen or sharp edge. This has been the problem with many daggers of by-gone days. The "Rondel" is a stabbing only classification of knife. Expect this to come "dull" and with "dull edges" that cannot be sharpened without a complete "regrind" to the fuller. Think of this as a rondel or poinard and then you will be satisfied with the product. If you are looking for a slashing edge, look elsewhere. Strangely, the Safe-Maker II is excellent as a stabbing and slashing weapon. This means that with some alteration, this blade could have a "design tweak" of a few degrees and do the same also. Sadly, my purchase cannot. I now have to decide whether to do a complete "regrind" or to sell or discard it.
5 out of 5
May 26, 2017
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
Probably the best
When I consider the biggest danger of using a push dagger for self-defense, my biggest concern is hitting something hard and the blade stopping. If that happens and my fingers slip forward, I could receive severe cuts from touching the blade. Another concern is that if the back of the blade catches my fingers, I could break a finger. The feature I want most in a push dagger is a handle that will catch my palm in a way that my fingers aren't going to slip forward. This push dagger from Cold Steel has a great handle for keeping fingers from slipping forward. If I had to use a push dagger to defend myself against man or beast, I would feel most confident with this one. I could punch forward with the most confidence that I wouldn't hit something and hurt my own fingers or hand. With a 4.5" blade, this push dagger could inflict tremendous puncture wounds. The triangular cross-section of the blade should make a wound that would be difficult to close. This weapon is extremely serious. Obviously, the larger blade makes this dagger less concealable than other knives or push daggers. The longer blade necessarily means that this knife will weigh more than the smaller models will. Hanging this model as a neck knife is going to be less comfortable than using the smaller push daggers in the same way. If one wants a serious push dagger for self-defense, this tool is an excellent choice.
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