Cold Steel Steel Tiger Karambit Fixed (4.75 Inch Hawkbill AUS-8A Stonewash Plain Blade) Griv-Ex and Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath 49KST
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Cold Steel has always contended that the Karambit is a specialized style of knife with unique but limited uses. It is also, however, quite popular. So, in response to the many requests from our customers, and with the help of custom knife maker, Steven Likarich, we proudly introduce the Steel Tiger, our interpretation of this ancient Indonesian knife.
It possesses all the best features of the classic Karambit and unites them with modern styling and materials, and, best of all; we've kept it very affordable.
The broadly curved AUS-8A stainless blade is beautifully polished, taper ground, and vacuum heat-treated and sub zero quenched, for maximum strength, cutting power and edge retention.
But it's the grip that really distinguishes it from the competition. Designed for comfort, strength and ease of use, it features a tough Grivory core that encapsulates the tang, emerging as the bolster/thumbshelf and distinctive finger ring. This core is then overmolded with Kraton, which yields more to hand pressure than Grivory, and, in turn, creates a superb, non-slip grip.
For safety, convenience and quick access, the Steel Tiger comes with a sturdy Secure-Ex® sheath that you can lash to your gear or retain on your person via the removable boot/belt clip.
The Cold Steel Steel Tiger Knife features a 5 inch broadly curved blade of VG-1 stainless steel, 5mm thick. The finger grooved handle has a Grivory core with integral thumb shelf and finger ring, and a textured black Kraton overmold for non slip grip. For safety, convenience and lightning quick access, the Steel Tiger comes with a military style Secure-Ex sheath that you can lash to your gear or retain on your person via the removable boot/belt clip.
Cold Steel Knives - 49KST Specifications:
- Overall Length:9.75 in.
- Blade Length:4.75 in.
- Cutting Edge Length:3.75 in.
- Blade Thickness:0.20 in.
- Blade Width:
- Blade Material:Japanese AUS-8A Stainless Steel
- Blade Hardness:
- Blade Style:Hawkbill
- Blade Grind:Flat Ground
- Blade Finish:Stonewash
- Edge Type:PlainEdge
- Handle Length:5.0 in.
- Handle Thickness:0.70 in.
- Handle Material:Kray-Ex (Kraton)
- Handle Color:Black
- Weight:5.40 oz.
- Sheath:Secure-Ex Sheath
- Knife Type:Fixed Blade
- Brand:Cold Steel
- Designer:Steven Likarich and Lynn Thompson
- Model:Steel Tiger Karambit
- Model Number:49KST
- Country of Origin:Taiwan
Love the Cold Steel brand. As per usual very sharp. Very thick blade at the base, distal tapers to a needle point. Near neutral balance between handle and blade (very lightly blade heavy). Magnet test leads me to believe the tang goes to almost the end of the handle. Finger ring at the pommel is very tough and durable polymer of some kind.
The sheath is kydex, or some proprietary kydex like material. Holds knife securely, but easy to draw. The clip is the same material, don't know how it will hold up to clipping onto a thick boot over and over. The clip is easy to remove, and can be reinstalled upside down for other carry options. You could also leave it off and thread paracord through the eyelets holding the sheath halves together to wear as a large neck knife. Or get creative and do whatever carry option you dream up. With the clip removed, the sheath is virtually bisymmetrical, and the knife is completely symmetric left and right.
Note for those not sure if they'll like a karambit knife, the United Cutlery Honshu is very similar. Just half an inch shorter, a less expensive variant of stainless and less precision grind. Quite different sheath options. The pommel ring is metal and I think the tang goes all the way through, but can't say for sure. My magnet is weak and I couldn't feel the pull on parts of the handle.
Osogrande carries both.
On the other hand , it's a large knife so it's not practical as an everyday carry as it could be very intimidating to people and it would be great to have the clip adjustable.
Over this karambit is king!
I bookmarked OSO GRANDE KNIFE and TOOL CO on my favorites and shall be ordering more knives soon...you guy are my new knife & tool company! Gonna pass the word around to my friends on the excellent customer service!
--Jeff - Smithtown, NY
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