That ok, not everyone like Cold Steel and or their choice of steel. I would prefer that model in sk5 personally but we can't always have what we want. I have a AK47 made of AUS8 and for now i'm not disappointed at all. The knife is strong, the only thing is the AUS8 don't keep is edges razor sharp really long. It stay sharp long enough but will not stay arm shaving sharp as long as certain other steel. But the strength is more than enough. I actualy like Cold Steel!
I just have doubts of a cheap stainless (AUS8 is actualy a bargain stainless) being good for such a large knife, I could be wrong I mean Buck does a good job with thier 420HC and I like that steel a lot! You're right that 1085/SK5 would be better but I'll keep my original Recon Tanto in Carbon V/1095CV. If you do get one will it be a camp knife or a suburban survival blade? The tanto is not really a camp knife in my eyes, you can certainly use it as a woodwork knife because of the chisel shape of is edges, even the 45 degree tip can work as a chisel. The tanto is at is best as a penetration knife. Obliviously it will cut really well but the tanto is the best as a penetration knife.
But the tanto is also a really strong shape. I never see a tanto fail. Load Why Does My Windshield Keeps Cracking Maths. Never see one broke, except the edge that could chip. *edit* don't freak out but the 2012 leatherneck will be in 4116 krupp. I actually love that steel for best bang for the buck knife (the lite series, the kudu, roach belly, canadian knife etc.) but for such knife as the leatherneck i'm not sure, the recon and srk are made of sk5. Obliviously it will cut really well but the tanto is the best as a penetration knife.
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In regards of tip strength, sure best of any. As far as effortlessley sinking in to someone/some body, it's not that great. The tip being way off center (sometimes peaking way above the spine) could be an issue, but one that does not at all affect the Mini Tac Kiridashi, Janich designed folders by Blackhawk and Pypderco, pikals, stanley box cutters etc. I'd say the tanto is strong in design, less than ideal for general utility, best suited to a longer blade, and if you're into drawn out knife fighting, is the best at the snap cut (if anyone even practices this today). To penetration, it can probably be pounded with a rubber mallet thru materials no other blade could and come out unscathed, but is not a style that allows effortless insertion.
That may sound like crazy talk, but get a dagger, a long tapered clip point, a triangular wharncliffe, etc. And check it out yourself on something.
And FWIW, 3 and 4 sided (true definition) stillettos only do one thing, pentrate, stab into people. And they suck at it compared to a large percentage of knives, at least what is around today replicating those blades of centuries ago, hit knives. You gotta have some force to make those burrow in. And that's all they were designed to do, along with leave a complicated wound I fell in love with my Mini Tac Kiridashi. Weird feel at first near the top of the grip, but you get used to it pretty quick. Outstanding value too. Dying to get a Natchez bowie though still do not have a kukri which is far more versatile.
(Would also like to get original, 1917 and 1918 trench knives, 1918 the no-ridged version. Might even try it inside my left boot, LOL.
But that stuff has to wait, I have many preparedness needs to meet). That ok, not everyone like Cold Steel and or their choice of steel. I would prefer that model in sk5 personally but we can't always have what we want. I have a AK47 made of AUS8 and for now i'm not disappointed at all. The knife is strong, the only thing is the AUS8 don't keep is edges razor sharp really long. It stay sharp long enough but will not stay arm shaving sharp as long as certain other steel.
But the strength is more than enough. I actualy like Cold Steel! I just have doubts of a cheap stainless (AUS8 is actualy a bargain stainless) being good for such a large knife, I could be wrong I mean Buck does a good job with thier 420HC and I like that steel a lot! You're right that 1085/SK5 would be better but I'll keep my original Recon Tanto in Carbon V/1095CV. If you do get one will it be a camp knife or a suburban survival blade?
Cheers My current EDC is a old model CS Recon-1. Really strong lock, I've bayoned with it just fine. Takes an edge better then anything I have. Just doesn't have as good of retention. That ok, not everyone like Cold Steel and or their choice of steel.
I would prefer that model in sk5 personally but we can't always have what we want. I have a AK47 made of AUS8 and for now i'm not disappointed at all. The knife is strong, the only thing is the AUS8 don't keep is edges razor sharp really long. It stay sharp long enough but will not stay arm shaving sharp as long as certain other steel.
But the strength is more than enough. I actualy like Cold Steel! I just have doubts of a cheap stainless (AUS8 is actualy a bargain stainless) being good for such a large knife, I could be wrong I mean Buck does a good job with thier 420HC and I like that steel a lot! You're right that 1085/SK5 would be better but I'll keep my original Recon Tanto in Carbon V/1095CV. If you do get one will it be a camp knife or a suburban survival blade? Cheers My current EDC is a old model CS Recon-1.
Really strong lock, I've bayoned with it just fine. Takes an edge better then anything I have. Just doesn't have as good of retention. I said large knife as in large fixed blade of 7+inches, I have had great results with bargain stainless such as AUS-8 on folders but a shorter blade is less prone to break due to a lack of toughness than a large blade and we generaly use them differently, right?
I have had great results with a few of the Folders from Cold Steel as of Late.I would hihly Reccomend the Rajah II and Rajah III(Serrated) to be aquired and carried as a set. I drive Truck for a living and as of late my current Run requires a few hours on the Dock each Evening. I have cut quickly and effortlessly through numerous Tie Down Straps rated at 2500pounds per square inch,hacked through pallet boards,trimmed cardboard sheeting used for Dunnage ranging from a quarter inch to almost 3/8 of an inch thick depending on the supplier along with a variety of other cutting chores taht one would expect with a folding knife.
Both blades have held an edge reasonably well and resharpened with what I feel is an acceptable amout of effort. I do reccomend getting the Gatco Dogbone specifically for the Serration Pattern Cold Steel puts out.The down sides,minor in my opinion is keeping after rust on the blades especially with pocket carry when One really works up a sweat.When I say minor I do mean it.
To me it is probably just a trade off with the Steel they are using.A bit less in the Corrosion Resistance dept for a bit more in the Edge/Durabilty dept. I have stripped the Pocket Clips off of mine and prefer to carry them dropped in a pocket or in my EDC Pack along with a few other items I utilize or could need as I go about my buisness as a Driver.
I use cold steel knives almost exclusively. I can honestly tell you that these knives have never rusted nor failed on me in any way what so ever. You can literally abuse them to death and they will still perform when you need them. Also, the locking mechanism on the folders is probably the best in the industry. Next on my list is the laredo bowie. I've seen the tests done with it, so i'm sure it will be awesome.
Side note.the folders with the grey coating on the blades are rumored to rust, that's why a lot of guys remove the coating. Ok i figured this would be the best place to ask this, im looking for a good boot knife my requirements are: 1. Easy to conceal in the boot comfortably(talking army boots here) 2. Double sided blade, no sserrations 3.
Locks into sheath securely to keep from falling out while running, hiking, climbing, etc. I'd vote for the Gerber Mark I.
The Gerber Mark I is on the left - Gerber Guardian's on the right The Mark I is 5 inches (the Mark II is 7 inches and it's a little long for a boot knife) and it fits inside a boot just fine. You can find them on the web for less than $100 if you look around.
I'm guessing that you'll use/carry it on deployments, so there's no issue of it being illegal to carry. If $100 is too expensive there are a bunch of Gerber Mark I knock-offs.I think that S&W makes one. Im getting my firs fixed blade knife, and wanted to see what you guys had to recommend.
Currently I have a k ka bar dozier, a ka bar zk pestilence chopper and small Ka bar archeron I was looking to fill the gap between my3' blades and my 11' chopper, other than being a 'midsize' knife, my only request is that it is under 75$ Well I guess that puts it in the 5-9' range. If you're looking at bigass 9' blades there's ones like the Kabar Bowie, Ontario SP10 marine raider bowie (a kinetic monster). Towards 5' are those new Becker BK15, BK16 and BK17, the BK2, Gerber LMF, SOG seal team pup.
Edit: also the SOG NW ranger, SOG Tsunami, Kabar Navy Mark 1. Halfway inbetween Onatario SP43, SP42, all those Kabar fighting knives etc. In Cold Steel you've got ones like the Tanto Lite, OSI (in AUS8), Leatherneck, Outdoorsman Lite etc.
You'll just have to do some browsing and see what appeals to your desired function (some will also have better sheaths than others). Last edited by on Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:51 am, edited 1 time in total. Ninja Elbow's got/had a prodigy but I can't (easily) find a review of it here like I think he did. It uses cheaper steel and is slightly smaller. The thing to remember about cheaper steel is that some guys obsess a lot about steel and which is x% better, ignoring the fact that most hunks of steel will never break with normal use or even a little abuse, they're hunks of steel afterall. Though saying that, if I had a career that put me in harms way I'd be spending extra cash and buying the 'best' I could- a Busse or Swamp Rat. It depends on your circumstances.
There's so many choices out there, it just comes down to how much research you want to do, plus aesthetics/function/history etc. And when you decide to pull the pin. If you're already heading a certain way and it's within budget you might as well go with your gut.
I am a new convert to Busse knives and these are AMAZING knives.you cant do any better! For a busse new be you got two mighty fine ones! Some of my favorites! Thanks.I got a few more. These are amazing blades.also getting a few more.
Awesome Collection! I just ordered a SARGE-7 For my self, First busse! I have seen them in the field and few compare to such high quality. Sarge7 -7 Inch - Cost 514$ - With Mad Catz Kydex Sheath. Currently for gear I am using a CRK - Yarborough, the Green Beret 7 Inch Version. Excellent Knife, Durable, and micarta scaled - I am picky on my sheath and it needs immediate replacement with something along the lines of dependable kydex.
The BLAWKHAWK! Sheath it came with is very insecure and WOULD NOT recommend it, my reasoning behind this is, the sheath at the top is extremely floppy and does not secure the knife well at all, which under harsh conditions could leave you missing your knife. Cost - 325$ -7 Inch For my Tomahawk I just received my RMJ Kestral- (8 months - Soldier for delivery), it is a beautiful piece of steel, and it is truly a master-piece. Cost - 450 $ - 13 Inch model - Excellent Reviewing of a kestral - Note Extremely sharp from factory!!! For smaller gear in field I would highly recommend a Leather-man CORE - I think I paid around 50$?
For a Tanto blade I would strongly recommend against the cold steel blade and direct you towards the KA-Bar Versions. The grips on the ka-bar are much better designed with a hand guard on the upper to prevent self injury in combat.
-50-75$ -ebay. (6 Inches) Same design but I have the smaller version, the kydex sheath is EXTREMELY well made. Lastly For cheaper - large choppers I have a Ka-bar Becker BK 3 Tactical tool This thing is a monster. If you are on an assault team and need to smash things this is something to consider.
It makes a great camp tool however it is very heavy to handle. The sheath is of OK quality, the knife is however well designed and performs camp tasks well.
It should be noted this is a single sided blade, and sharpening is more challenging. (The seat belt hook on back requires sharpening from factory **) That one tool could build an empire if used right due to the massive amount of steel it has in it. 87$- Amazon.com Good luck to all in your Steel searching adventures!
Designed for mobility, he MadCatz R.A.T.m is a tiny thing. Yet it’s got the DNA of its forebears in the looks and performance. Firstly, the R.A.T.m works wireless via Bluetooth. Don’t sweat it if your system doesn’t have baked in Bluetooth support. The R.A.T.m comes with a tiny USB Nano Dongle Bluetooth receive that can be tucked within the mouse when you’re on the go. The kit also comes with a pair AAA batteries, carrying pouch, instruction manual, and some stickers.
This new line of GameSmart peripherals is crafted to work with a host of Bluetooth enabled devices, including Smartphones, laptops tablets and crossbreeds in between. Remove the USB Bluetooth dongle from within the mouse and place it in an available USB port on your laptop. Windows will install the drivers and the mouse will auto-pair for immediate use. The R.A.T.m doesn’t offer as many comfort adjustment options as it’s big bro. But you can move the palm rest back 2-3 inches, so large hands fit more comfortably. There are 10 programmable, which include the 4-way HAT switch style thumb switch.
So MMO and general RPG games have much to tweak. The programming software is simple fair but is downloadable from the company website and not included with main kit. It’s a keen utility set that uses a drag-and-drop system for assigning button functions.
There’s even support for Windows 8 charms and other customizable features from the new. For a gaming mouse of such reduced size, I was blown away by the comfort. I wouldn’t suggest it as a gaming mainstay.
But it gets the job done nicely for gaming on the go, minus a few interference hiccups resulting brief moments of lag. It also makes a great casual gaming device to compliment a home theater or miniPC setup, which seem to be all the rage.
The main R.A.T. 9 comes with removable palm wrest for different heights. I would like to see something similar included here. Also the glossy finish is a bit too slippery for a mouse so small.
You want every bit of grip and traction you can muster with this one. So choose your color wisely as a matte version is available. But this is a damn good looking mouse that performs as you may expect.
The sensor used is the Twin Eye 6400dpi sensor. It’s one the better offerings from Twin Eye, who are not necessarily my favorite–sometimes plagued with slowed response times. But this version is power-efficient. A pair of AAA batteries are said to last 1-year. Of course the fine print admittedly says this is based on usage. Still the Twin Eye seems to function sufficiently for casual on-the-go gaming.
I can play Borderlands 2, FireFall and Warframe just fine. But Counter-Strike: GO, CoD: Black Ops 2 and Battlefield 3 are more punishing to the player with poor precision. So take heed.
Editor Rating: [Rating: 3.5/5] Very Good Bottom Line: The R.A.T.m is one the best wireless mobile mice I’ve tested. It was its supposed to quite well with multiple comfort options, 10 programmable buttons a competent and power-efficient laser sensor.
It needs texture and a it we could get a rechargeable stand with optional tethering option and dual sensor function so we didn’t have to rely on Twin Eye ALL the time. Then MadCatz would have the best wireless gaming mouse the world has ever known.
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