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Cold Steel 13BN Master Tanto Fixed 6" San Mai III Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: CS13BN
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS13BN: 13BN Master Tanto
Cold Steel
There isn't a person working in the knife industry today that knows more about the Tanto than Cold Steel does. It was, after all, Cold Steel who invented and popularized this knife style in the early 1980's. We have spent well over a million dollars persuading the public, both through advertising and live or videotaped demonstrations, of the Tanto's many advantages. We have been producing Tanto's for more than 25 years now, and there is still no factory or custom knife maker around making a Tanto that can approach the cutting, slashing or piercing power of one that is manufactured by Cold Steel.

All of our Tantos feature a deep lustrous satin finish on the hollow ground blade bevels and a contrasting line grain finish on the blade flats. This technique highlights our state of the art grinding methods and emphasizes the Cold Steel Tanto's unique appearance. In addition, the Tantos come with our famous flattened oval Kray-Ex™ handle. The oval shape provides a solid grip and resists rolling or twisting in the hand under hard use, the kind that, over time, would destroy a lesser knife. The use of Kray-Ex™ in knife handles is another Cold Steel innovation. Kray-Ex™ is an unparalleled space age material that won’t crack or rot and is immune to the ravages of bad weather.

The tapered, solid steel pommel is another important Tanto feature that should not be ignored. Lynn Thompson designed it to concentrate the full force of a crushing blow in a small area so that even a moderately powerful blow can be remarkably effective in disarming or otherwise incapacitating an attacker.

The knives in the Tanto Series all come with a thick, high quality black leather sheath that is sure to give years of hard service and keep your Tanto at your side, ready for action.

Master Tanto (13BN): This knife features a six inch, VG-1 San Mai III® blade with a restyled guard for increased finger protection.

What is San Mai III® blade? A simple way to think of San Mai III® blade is to imagine a sandwich: The meat center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon, tough side panels. The edge of the blade should be hard to maximize edge holding ability, but if the entire blade was hard it could be damaged during the rigors of battle. For ultimate toughness the body of the blade must be able to withstand impact and lateral stresses. Toughness is generally associated with "softness" and "flexibility" in steel, so that, surprisingly, if a blade is made "tough" the edge won’t be hard enough to offer superior edge holding. San Mai III® blade construction provides a blade with hard (higher carbon) steel in the middle for a keen, long lasting edge and tougher (lower-carbon) steel along the sides for flexibility.
  • Item Number: 13BN
  • Name: Master Tanto
  • Blade Length: 6"
  • Overall Length: 11-1/2"
  • Steel: VG-1 San Mai III
  • Weight: 9.5 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 3/16"
  • Handle: 5-1/2" Long Kray-Ex
  • Sheath: Black Leather Sheath

UPC Code: 705442000112

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
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Astrid K
Jan 08, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Very well built, great grip on handle and can't wait to use it hunting. The knife exceeded my expectations.
5 out of 5
T. B
Gulfport, MS
Jan 03, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish
A good, solid blade.
5 out of 5
Kc M
St. Louis
Dec 21, 2012
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Materials
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Reality review.
I opted to utilize the original Tanto bought in 1980 when I served in Desert Storm. As many of you are aware we had the option to chose our own "fighter" in lieu of the standard issue blade. Unfortunately or perhaps fortuately I was forced to pull this "ass kicker" on an Iraq regular whom immediately surrendered. I know surrender was common during this war however I strongly believe had it not been the Tanto perhaps the day would have been different. I recently purchased the new Master Tanto and have found that it's strength, and sharpness has only improved through the years.--However, go back to the original leather sheath!!!
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