Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Small fixed blade for EDC/survival
This is a great small knife to keep in your pocket for edc and survival.It is razor sharp out of the box, has a full tang and a strong blade, quality craftsmanship and good materials. The blade is full flat grind but since the blade is not very wide it still has quite a lot material behind the edge. Thus it is both a good cutter and has a strong blade. I would not hesitate to use it for battoning.Usually I need >9cm of handle for a four finger grip and was worried about the small handle of the Mini Hunter. However, the finger guard and the angled butt of the handle makes it possible for me to "squeeze" in a four finger grip. Not the most comfortable handle but it works better than expected considering the small size of the knife. The handle material is really sticky and work greats but is not attached to the tang to 100%. Water could easily get in between the handle and the tang and cause corrosion. It is also not perfectly hygienic. The handle could really use some extra length, just 0.5 cm extra would make a big difference. Cold Steel does not even need to make the knife larger to make the handle longer. Just to shorten or skip the ricasso and make the handle equally longer would do!The overall quality of the sheath is great, I own a few great knifes with lousy sheaths but the Mini Hunter is not one of them. Considering the purpose and size of the knife I think CS should skip the velcro/button closure of the belt loop, thus reducing bulk and weight and increasing the strength of the sheet.The blade is 3" but since that include the ricasso the edge is shorter. The effective cutting edge is 7.2-7.3 cm long. The knife is really small for a blade of almost 3". On the internet you can find information that the total length is 15.9 cm but the correct length is 15.5 cm.With a slightly longer handle it would be a perfect EDC/survival knife and get five stars from me. Considering the price it is a winner anyway and you get a lot for you money.