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Cold Steel Black Bear Classic Subhilt Fixed 8-1/4" VG-1 San Mai III Blade - 14BBCJ

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Part Number: CS14BBCJ
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS14BBCJ: Black Bear Classic
Cold Steel

This classic sub-hilt design fighter was first developed by Bob Loveless, one of the founding members of the knifemaker’s guild. It’s perhaps the quintessential combat knife. Its 8" blade offers excellent reach and incredible penetration with very little physical effort. The sub hilt practically eliminates the possibility of the hand being dislodged or coming into contact with the blade. Plus, the sub hilt facilitates rapid and effortless withdrawal after insertion. Versions of this design are offered by hundreds of custom knife makers at premium prices. Therefore we thought it was about time to offer premium sub-hilt performance at a more reasonable price, so we designed the Black Bear Classic. Black Bear Classic: Tactical Knives Black Bear Classic: Tactical Knives We use the same VG-1 San Mai III® blade that is found in our famous Tanto series. The blades are perfectly heat treated and a double grind is expertly applied. Then the surface of the blade is polished to a beautiful satin finish, and the edges are honed and buffed to hair shaving sharpness! The black linen Micarta scales are fastened to the blade tang by 6 stainless pins and expertly hand shaped and contoured. Then the handle, including the 300 series stainless guard and sub hilt is buffed to a lustrous shine that will rival the finest custom knives! The Black Bear comes complete with a Secure-Ex® sheath.

  • Weight: 12.7 oz
  • Blade Thickness: 3/16"
  • Blade Length: 8 1/4"
  • Steel: VG-1 San Mai III® Blade
  • Overall: 13 1/2"
  • Sheath: Secure-ex® Sheath
  • Handle: 5 1/4" Long Black Linen Micarta
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 705442001614

Made in Japan
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Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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1 out of 5
Sep 13, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality, Blade Material
The second time I used this knife the dam tip broke off while notching some wood.
5 out of 5
Jul 03, 2012
Pros: Materials, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Sheath/Scabbard
Cons: None
The classic pure fighting knife
If you go in harm's way and carry a knife as a backup weapon, this is the one you want. It is not a camp knife, hunting knife, survival knife or anything else. This is a pure weapon. Workmanship - excellent, Sharpness - excellent. The back edge of the blade is sharpened also, so you have a small sword. Balance is superb. It is super fast for either slashing or thrusting. If you have not tried the subhilt design, it takes some getting used to, but it is handy for both controlling the knife and withdrawing it should it become stuck. Unlike some other Cold Steel knives, this comes with an excellent Kydex sheath. Five Stars.
5 out of 5
Here & There
Nov 01, 2011
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Materials, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: Finish, None
Bad to the bone
I found this knife listed in a book of military and fighting knives. The comment that got my attention was and I quote"This knife has 1 purpose , Killing. If you go into harms way regularly give this a real good look. You might want to dull coat it with something to subdue the highly polished metal surfaces. Otherwise it is one of the best for when your back is against the wall .
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