Cold Steel 17T Kobun Light Weight Boot Knife Fixed 5-1/2" Tanto Blade, Kraton Handle


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Part #: CS17T | Cold Steel Knives
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CS17T: Kobun
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Cold Steel describes this item as follows:

The Kobun is a lightweight Tanto styled boot knife. It takes its namesake from the Japanese martial, or underworld where the word "Kobun" means "soldier". It's a fitting name for a knife like the Kobun, which was effectively designed to be "a good soldier". In profile it closely resembles our Master Tanto, but it sports a thinner blade, and that supports its main function; to be a light weight boot knife.

Like our Tantos, it features the Tanto styled reinforced point. This contrasts sharply with most boot knives on the market today which are notorious for their paper thin points which are easily broken or bent. In contrast, the Kobun's point is highly resistant to bending or breaking because it is reinforced by the full thickness of the blade's spine which runs almost to the very tip of the blade.

The Kobun's deeply checkered Kraton handle is designed to offer minimum bulk with maximum grip. Its cross section was made as thin as possible (approximately 1/2 inch), then contoured to resist turning or shifting in the hand. The Kobun comes complete with a Secure-Ex sheath.
  • Item Number: 17T
  • Name: Kobun
  • 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
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442008132

Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
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5 out of 5
May 13, 2018
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
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This thing is insane. It would appear rather thin on the website but in reality is a huge chunk of metal. Very thick. Sheath retention is great. The handle is rather basic, nothing to special but not terrible either. The guard is basically nonexistent so if you plan on using this for self defense, which I dont know why you would because its 40 dollars, it's probably not the best idea. It would do some damage but again shouldnt be a go to. Was somewhat skeptical of Aus8 on a fixed blade but man is this thing tough. I went ham on some tin cans and not a single chip and slight if any loss of sharpness. As I said the blade is extremely thick and being a tanto point it is great at what it should do. However with the tiny guard it's a double edged sword type of deal. Highly recommend.
4 out of 5
Undercover In San Francisco
San Francisco
Dec 15, 2017
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Amazing knife! Sheath... not so much.
Cold Steel makes amazing products, without a doubt. They've pioneered the modern tanto blade and made it a staple in many knife users' go-to toolkits. People trust their blades, and the blades deliver. The Kobun is no exception... inexpensive, yes, but that is because Cold Steel has been refining its manufacturing techniques for so long and enjoying the economies of scale that come with commercial success that they've been able to produce a world-class, basic tanto knife for an extremely low cost. This in no way diminishes the value of the product, which came razor sharp, highly concealable (if that's important to you) due to its thin profile, and solidly built with a full tang. You won't go wrong by owning this knife.Then, there is the sheath. A different story entirely. Imagine a scenario in which you need to draw your Kobun quickly. You grip the handle and pull... and the whole sheath comes along with the knife. The Kydex sheath keeps such a tight grip on the knife that you have to use your other hand to hold the sheath in order to extract the knife. In a knife fight, this sheath would give new meaning to the term "death grip". You wouldn't get a second chance, and it would be game over for you. I've read that Kydex also dulls the blade relatively quickly, but I haven't owned the knife long enough to experience this myself. Cold Steel's Kobun is an amazing knife, but the sheath is surprisingly awful. Hopefully enough Kobun owners bring this to the company's attention that Cold Steel rectifies the situation for current and new Kobun owners. Meanwhile, I'm going to purchase a custom leather sheath so that my Kobun doesn't exist solely as a paperweight.
5 out of 5
Jul 17, 2017
Pros: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
This is an excellent utility knife and I've owned multiple kobuns in the past. I've used this knife as a kitchen knife to chop meat and peel fruit, as a camping knife and utility knife, even as a thrower with excellent balance. I'm a huge fan of the recon tanto but its size makes it unsuitable for every day carry. Thats where the kobun comes in. I can legally carry it on my belt whenever i need to have a bigger knife on my person. Can't go wrong with this one.
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