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

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Part Number: CS17T
Manufacturer: 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

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.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
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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Down Under
Jun 14, 2017
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
Cold Steel Kobun
Great price excellent quality..This knife works well for me no need to pay big bucks for a similar knife..The Kobun will do..Reg R..
5 out of 5
Jayanagar, Bangalore,
May 29, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material
Cons: None
Light weight, very well balanced. Blade length is ideal for almost any purpose.
5 out of 5
Richard W.
Apr 16, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Great for it's purpose.
To those who use it as a combat knife I would ask them if they would prefer a 9mm. or a M-16 as their primary combat weapon. I would not have carried it back when I was deployed in the Marine Corps. For a concealed boot blade/purse blade it's one of the best you can find in even a slightly higher price range. It's thin, concealable, and very tough for it's purpose, especially with the tanto design. I carry one in my boot at all times and sometimes forget it's there because it's thin. The sheath works very well in the boot (unless you lash your laces like the hulk) and I've removed the clip in one and used 550 cord to have a makeshift belt knife for easy access in certain situations. It can be used for most all daily tasks (cutting boxes, letter opener, rope or straps) and will maintain its quality over years. I also give them as gifts to my girl, mom, buddies girlfriends, and the other ladies in my life and they love the utility and feel safer. If you can find a better fixed blade for this purpose at this price range, please tell me. Easy 5 out of 5 for it's intended purpose and price range.
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