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Cold Steel 12BS Safe Maker I Push Knife 4-1/2" Blade, Kray-Ex Handle

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Part Number: CS12BS
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS12BS: 12BS Safe Maker I
Cold Steel
Cold Steel has been making push knifes for a quarter century. In those 25 years, they have continually been refining their designs, discarding features that didn't perform as well as they would have liked and enhancing those that did. These blades, and the wealth of experience that has gone into their manufacture, have paid off handsomely for Cold Steel as they have generated quite a following among law enforcement and military personnel around the world. This is because they offer "big knife" cutting and piercing potential in a very compact, easily portable size, and, unlike a revolver or semi automatic pistol, they never break, malfunction, or run out of ammunition.

Designed by Lynn C. Thompson, the Safe Make push knifes are, without doubt, the finest commercially made push knives in the world. The blade, shaft, and 'T' shaped tang are all drop forged from one piece of AUS 8A Stainless Steel. This process, though costly, eliminates any unwanted sharp edges or surfaces that would irritate the hand or fingers when the knife is clasped in a closed fist, and it produces a better knife, since the subsequent vacuum heat treatment and sub zero quench, renders the blades virtually unbreakable.

Well made blades deserve equally well-made grips. A lot of time and energy went into the production of our 'T' shaped handles. Made of shock absorbing Kray-Ex they totally encapsulate the tang and part of the shaft so they can be comfortably and securely grasped in the fist with the blade jutting out between the fingers and used to deliver absolutely devastating punching and slashing blows.

Each Safe Maker includes an easily concealable and sturdy Secure-Ex boot/belt sheath and a steel bead chain lanyard so it can be worn as a neck knife.
  • Item Number: 12BS
  • Name: Safe Maker I
  • Blade Length: 4-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 6-3/8"
  • Steel: Japanese Aus 8A Stainless
  • Weight: 3.7 oz
  • Blade Thickness: 5 mm
  • Handle: 1-7/8" Long Kray-Ex
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 705442006268

Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
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Made in Japan
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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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John M.
Aug 12, 2014
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Excellent product
This is the best design on the market. I looked at custom makers and their handles were Micarta. Attractive stuff, but the FUNCTION of this knife is last ditch defensive. The Micarta is slippery when wet while the Kraton is nicely grippy. My criticisms are only two. First, the blade is flat on one side. Truly, the knife should be double edged and double sided for best and most accurate penetration. The flat side makes it easier to sharpen and cheaper to produce. The second criticism is the sheath. It is hard plastic and retains a death grip on the blade through the use of two molded in bumps on the inside of the sheath. There is no release, so I carefully took a razor knife and shaved these bumps down. I guess that the sheath is supposed to be either laced to SWAT gear or hung around your neck, OR it does sport a boot/belt clip on the reverse side. Before I would carry this as a civilian I would need a custom made leather sheath with perhaps a loop or one way snap, or attach this (after reducing the holding bumps to the inside of a boot or sideways to a belt)
5 out of 5
Johannesburg, South Africa
Jul 12, 2014
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
A Really Great Knife
This is a great knife, and I love it. Very well made, comfortable to wear and wield, and I trust it with my life. The only problem I had is that I had to use excessive force to remove the blade from the sheath. A little bending of the sheath's locking catch soon rectified this. I also bought a Safe Maker 2 for my wife, and actually prefer the 2. I'll be buying myself one soon. Great service and a problem free order including international shipping.
2 out of 5
Thomas H
Saint Francis, WI
Jun 28, 2014
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality
Too much hype
The blade was anything but sharp. It was beveled, both sides, you couldn't cut paper with it. Disappointing for a new knife. I really don't think new knives should have to be sharpened or straightened out when you buy them from an 'acclaimed' seller.
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