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Cold Steel 13Q Tai Pan Dagger Fixed 7-1/2" CPM 3V Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath

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Part Number: CS13Q
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS13Q: 13Q Tai Pan 3V
Cold Steel
The classic San Mai III fixed blades have been a Cold Steel staple for decades. Coveted by martial artists and knife collectors alike, they are much in demand, but these high-end luxury fixed blades are only produced in exclusive limited edition runs each year.

Therefore, we are proud to introduce the Nightfall Series of Japanese styled blades made from American CPM 3V high performance powdered steel - with the same design and attention to detail as the much loved San Mai classics but with the addition of this premium American super steel, we're excited to usher in a new era of high performance fixed blades for the discerning knife owner.

Each of these tough, reliable blades is DLC (diamond like) coated to a rich inky black finish. Highly scratch and wear resistant, and honed to an edge that you would expect on the keenest of razor blades, they are not only super sharp, but built to last!
  • Item Number: 13Q
  • Name: Tai Pan 3V
  • Weight: 10.8 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 5 mm
  • Blade Length: 7-1/2"
  • Handle: 5-1/2" Long. Kray-Ex
  • Overall: 13"
  • Steel: U.S. CPM 3-V High Carbon with DLC Coating
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
  • Made in Taiwan
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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5 out of 5
Apr 04, 2016
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Pure Essence of a Combat Dagger.
I have had my eye on the Cold Steel Tai Pan for years, I have some San Mai III knives and while I like the steel for certain things I am not a fan of it for larger blades, plus the $300+ price tag always kept me away. I am a huge fan and collector of WW1 & WW2 knives, specifically trench daggers, and the Fairbairn Sykes knives, the Fighting daggers and the Smatchet. The Cold Steel Tai Pan is the blade I believe that W.E. Fairbairn would create if he designed his knife today, the weight, balance, blade length, handle size, handle length, hilt width and shape, pommel design, and last and certainly not least the blade. The choice of CPM3v is fantastic, it has the best impact resistance of any CPM tool steel, it resists chipping and rolling incredibly well, it has a very high wear resistance so it will hold an edge for a very long time its wear resistance is only outclassed by CPM M4 which is an amazingly durable steel. The blade shape is basically perfect for a dagger, its 5mm or .1969" thickness is perfect for a strong blade that has a little bit of flex but will not bend or break under alot of strain, the flat grind with a very slight distal taper allows full thickness to be maintained until the last 1/4-1/3rd of the blade, and even though the tip is precise I do believe it will prove to be very strong. Simply comparing it to the FS fighting dagger and other modern interpretations of a fighting dagger that I own such as the SOG Daggert 2, Gerber MkI and MkII, Fox Modras,Entrek Commando MkII, Spartan George V14 (probably the most true to form modern interpretation of the FS fighting knife) and of course the Boker Applegate Fairbairn really gives me an appreciation for the design of the Cold Steel. All in all its an amazingly well balanced, well made, and well designed knife. Now my complaints. The new Secure Ex sheath is not as good as the old ones IMO, they changed the retention system a little bit, and the polymer they are using is not easily adjusted with heat, the old Secure Ex sheaths were easily heated and "tuned" to get perfect retention with no rattle, the new version is basically impossible to adjust. Fortunately the retention is good enough to carry upside down if you wanted and I am getting no blade rattle but everyone may not be so lucky. I think for the money they could do a better job with the sheath, I do not want leather, but something like a hybrid kydex cordura sheath like a combat master would be great. The hilt/crossguard is a perfect size for my hands, I can butt right against it and its very comfortable, however they should have taken the piece and ran it against a buffing wheel or simply beveled or put a radius on the edges, I could see how any sort of impact or long use could create a hot spot. Other than the sheath and the crossguards somewhat abrupt edges I have no complaints about the Tai Pan. The DLC coating is an amazing inky black, the back cut on all the cutting edges is PERFECT, its absolutely symmetrical according to my micrometer the relief edge across the entire cutting surface is between .056-.061" a .005 tolerance is pretty amazing.
5 out of 5
C. W.
Ellettsville, IN
Feb 24, 2016
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Very Happy!
Another quality CPM-3V blade by Cold Steel. I've been waiting for this blade to come out ever since I saw it advertise in the 2015 Cold Steel magazine. Excellent feel and balance in the hand with a very keen edge. Rubber handle provides an excellent, secure grip. Blade is stout enough to be extremely strong and durable, yet still lively in the hands. My only "gripe" would be the Secure-Ex sheath. Now, I do like the Secure-Ex sheath, but a knife this nice would be better suited with a leather sheath. Also, the knife came with a thick coat of protective oil/grease on the blade, which isn't a problem, but it was shipped with the knife secured in the sheath. So the grease is all over the inside of the sheath. Again, not a big deal but I would prefer the blade be shipped in a cardboard sleeve outside of the sheath. Regardless, I am extremely pleased with this blade and I don't regret buying it.
5 out of 5
Somewhere, Va
Feb 09, 2016
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
The Real Deal!!!
Overall excellent double edged dagger, super sharp out the box, nice size, weight and balance. 3V steel IMO is a super steel for fixed blade this size. The thickness remains until to the very end of it. The guards and the end-caps are solid. It's just such a good dagger. Let's talk about somethings that I don't like: Coverd with grease in the sheath, that was just so annoying to clean up, especially inside the sheath. And I had to be very very careful since it's super sharp+double edged. The lock of the sheath is not very solid without the button. I tried to shake it upside down without button and it does drop out the sheath. I understand this allows you to draw the knife quick and easy, but just keep it in mind: KEEP IT BUTTONED WHEN NOT IN USE!!!
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