Cold Steel 35AB Master Tanto Fixed 6" VG-10 San Mai Blade, Kraton Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath


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CS35AB: 35AB Master Tanto San Mai

Cold Steel

There isn’t a person working in the knife industry today that knows more about the Tanto than Cold Steel does. It was, after all, Cold Steel who invented and popularized this knife style in the early 1980’s. They have spent millions of dollars persuading the public, both through advertising and live or videotaped demonstrations, of the Tanto’s many advantages. They have been producing Tanto’s for more than 30 years now, and there is still no factory or custom knifemaker around making a Tanto that can approach the cutting, slashing or piercing power of one that is manufactured by Cold Steel. All of the Tantos feature a deep lustrous satin finish on the hollow ground blade bevels and a contrasting line grain finish on the blade flats. This technique highlights Cold Steel's state of the art grinding methods and emphasizes the Tanto's unique appearance. In addition, the Tanto's come with their famous flattened oval Kraton handle. The oval shape provides a solid grip and resists rolling or twisting in the hand under hard use, the kind that, over time, would destroy a lesser knife. The use of Kraton in knife handles is another Cold Steel innovation. Kraton is an unparalleled space age material that won't crack or rot and is immune to the ravages of bad weather. The tapered, solid steel pommel is another important Tanto feature that should not be ignored. Lynn Thompson designed it to concentrate the full force of a crushing blow in a small area so that even a moderately powerful blow can be remarkably effective in disarming or otherwise incapacitating an attacker. The Tanto series knives in San Mai all come with a thick, high-quality Secure-Ex sheath that is sure to give years of hard service and keep your Tanto at your side, ready for action.


  • Item Number: 35AB
  • Name: Master Tanto San Mai
  • Weight: 9.5 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 0.1875"
  • Blade Length: 6.0"
  • Handle: 5.50" Long. Kraton
  • Overall: 11.50"
  • Steel: VG-10 San Mai
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442018049

Cold Steel 35AB Master Tanto Fixed 6" VG-10 San Mai Blade, Kraton Handle, Secure-Ex Sheathrated 4.000 stars out of 5 (2 reviews)
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Cold Steel 35AB Master Tanto Fixed 6" VG-10 San Mai Blade, Kraton Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath
rated 3 stars out of 5
Oct 06, 2018
Pros: Handle Material, Weight, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Finish
Nice knife, but I was somewhat disappointed.
Overall I like the Cold Steel Master Tanto 6" San Mai: It is a good-looking knife (with one exception - see below), feels quite solid with its beefy, thick tanto blade, is well-balanced, and has a good grip. It arrived reasonably sharp, but not impressively so. The "Secure-Ex" sheath is serviceable and holds the knife securely even with the strap unsnapped. All it takes to draw the knife from the sheath is to grip the handle and push down with your thumb on a knurled area on the top of the plastic part of the sheath. The knife can rattle a bit when in the sheath, but only a bit. If this was billed as a tactical knife that looseness would be a legitimate complaint, but it's really just a nitpick.There is one thing that disappointed me about the knife: The bevel of the tanto point is visibly shorter on one side of the blade than on the other when looking down the spine of the blade. I don't think it is so severe as to impair the strength of the tip, nor is the tanto tip defective in any other way as far as I can tell. (Indeed, the tanto tip is sharper than the rest of the blade; a curious choice, if it was a choice.) The difference in the tanto tip's bevel is easily visible without having to measure it, and I think even a cursory QC inspection should have caught this.
Cold Steel 35AB Master Tanto Fixed 6" VG-10 San Mai Blade, Kraton Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Jul 09, 2018
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Awesome Lnife
An excellent combat fixed blade. Super sharp VG-10 San Mai Blade out of the box.


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