Cold Steel Kobun Tanto Knife 17T
17 CS17T

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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 and self defense knife.

Like other Cold Steel 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.

Product Specifications:

  • Blade Length: 5 1/2 in.
  • Overall Length: 9 7/8 in.
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless.
  • Weight: 4.4 oz.
  • Handle: 4 3/8 in. Long Kraton.
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath.
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    Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 5.00 out of 5

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    Reviewed by Lyle Yates on Feb 18, 2014   5 out of 5

    I am new to Cold Steel blades, being a Gerber man. But I will review this piece as it is, fairly, without comparison to other knives. Very well built and feels great in my hands. It is light, but not so much so that it feels awkward or trivial. The blade came very sharp, allowing me to strop it up to a hair shaving practical tool. The sheath is perfectly formed to the blade and fits and hides well in the small of my back and my side without rattle. The blade is very secure and I have yet to experience it falling out and doubt it ever would. If one uses their thumb against the throat of the sheath to start the blade free (similar to removing a Katana from its Saya), it pulls free well with one hand. It holds an edge well, though not as well as a high carbon steel blade. The trade-off is equal when I consider all the other positive attributes that I was looking for. Some say the hand guard is too small for defensive purposes, but this is a ridiculous trait to look for in any knife. It serves its design and purpose well, and that is to help prevent the hand from sliding down onto the blade. Besides, anyone who knows anything about knife fighting doesn't block a knife with a knife, anyway. Overall, it is perfect for me and well worth the cost. I highly recommend this piece to anyone with realistic expectations in any practical tool.

    Reviewed by Brady Sharrow on Dec 17, 2012   5 out of 5

    Great knife, cold steel is amazing.

    Reviewed by shane waters on Aug 25, 2012   5 out of 5

    This thing came out of the box scary sharp, so be careful. Balance is excellent, the handle is nice and thin, like a boot knife should. The sheath is good, light weight, and seems very durable. Shipping took a little longer than expected, but well worth the wait.

    Reviewed by Michael Kai on Feb 03, 2012   5 out of 5

    Amazing value for what you get! Cold Steel quality, moderately sharp, sturdy tactical sheath...excellent value. Handle is pretty thin, but that helps in "wearing" the tanto. Sweet knife!

    Reviewed by Ben Schwartz on Dec 13, 2011   5 out of 5

    my favorite self defense fixed blade...very lightweight good steel that is easily maintained...Sharp as hell out of the box and as usual a fine cold steel product....shipping time with trueswords as always was quick as *smurf* less than 10 hours from order to my door

    Reviewed by Charles Wang on Nov 29, 2011   5 out of 5

    Very nice, compact and handy knife, and excellent for IWB (inside waistband) carry! The blade dulls a little more quickly than I expected, but it's a $30 knife and easily touched up with a honing rod after some heavy use. It punctures and cuts objects with tough exteriors such as tins and wooden toy boxes from IKEA (bit of a long story) without any trouble. Despite the modest-to-nonexistent guard, the grip is good enough to prevent hand slippage when thrusting into a highly resistant object. The rubber however will wear done if rubbed forcibly against something harder than itself, obviously.

    Reviewed by Mike Goodnight on Dec 03, 2010   5 out of 5

    I got my knife today and it is great! I thought it was going to have a thick gripping but it was thinner than I expected, which is good. Also, it is razor sharp and could do some serious damage if needed. There is a little scratch on the rubber gripping, but other than that the Kobun is masterful.

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