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Cold Steel SRK Survival Rescue Knife 6" VG-1 San Mai III Blade, Kraton Handle

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Part Number: CS38CSM
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
Retail Price: $199.99
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All of the knives featured in our Battle Ready Classics Series have been made by Cold Steel for many years and are well proven in the field as well as in hand to hand combat. Frankly, we have been scratching our heads trying to figure out how we could improve them without drastically raising their price.

The answer was to offer them in our famous San Mai III steel. Made in Japan according to our strict standards since the mid 1980's, San Mai III has proven unsurpassed in strength, toughness, sharpness and ease of re-sharpening. Over the years, other "super steels" have come and gone but San Mai III remains as the most proven high performance stainless steel in the world. If you want a combat knife you can bet your life on, and reasonably priced, check out our Battle Ready

  • Blade Length: 6"
  • Overall Length: 10 3/4"
  • Steel: VG-1 San Mai III
  • Weight: 8.1 oz
  • Handle: 4 3/4" Long Kraton
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 705442008163

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
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
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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Steven Barrac
St Leonards-On-Sea, Other
Apr 02, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Sheath problems! What sheath problems?
This knife is used for weekend camping trips and has been away once so far and performed admirably well at all the normal tasks asociated with basic backwoods camping. I have read that some have experienced problems with the supplied kydex sheath but have experienced none of these with my product. The knife clips in silently and securely and to date has not marked the knife handle. The knifecentre service as usual was excellent. The knife will deploy with my brother to Afganistan for what must be the ultimate test for any such product. It will probably not return due to strange service rules on such things and will be passed to another service user on handover. I defo want one for me now so will have to save up my pocket money again. All in all a superb product and excellent value for money from this provider. Well done knifecentre!
5 out of 5
Jan 09, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Best & sharpest knife i have ever owned
Fantastic knife STRONG & SHARP!!! similar to the expensive Faulkliven laminated steel knives ,but at half the price..if i were stranded or lost in the woods this would be the one knife you would want with you !
5 out of 5
Cypress, TX
Dec 13, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Excellent knife, excellent value
This review is on first impressions only, as I have just received it (in a timely manner--thanks knife center!). I bought this SRK to replace an Ontario RAT 5 that I have never been happy with. Based on previous experience with CS knives and positive reviews I went into this purchase with confidence and was not disappointed. Fit and finish are superb, the blade is fearsome and shaves like a Gillette out of the box, and weight and balance are spot on. The rubberized kraton handle is very grippy and comfortable in any hold. I also like the sheath, which secures the knife with confidence with or without the belt loop/retention strap in either left or right hand draw. Very thoughtful. All knives represent compromise, but this is one of the best I've seen. The blade, while impressively thick at the spine, is ground to a keen edge that is just as well suited to delicate slicing as it is for plunging through wood or metal. Even the back edge of the clip point is surprisingly sharp, though ground much thicker for tip strength. This is to be my go to knife for my bug out/camping kit, and it's hard to imagine any situation in which it would fail or represent a poor compromise, from skinning game to punching out of a crashed vehicle. Weight is such that I would never leave it behind to spare my pack the extra ounces. If the San Mai steel lives up to its reputation then this knife represents an extraordinary value in its price range or any other. For those who can't commit the extra $40 I believe the AUS8 version would still be a great choice. If forced to nitpick, I would like to see exposed steel at the pommel. Don't know whether the kraton would stand up to being driven by a blunt/hard object. While the handle is big enough for my extra large hands, I could appreciate a little extra girth. Neither of these criticisms represents a compelling enough reason to redesign this beautifully balanced tool however. Some might prefer a coated blade. While I appreciate and use some of the modern wonder coatings in my occupation as a gunsmith, I do think there is something to be said for this traditionally polished blade. Specifically this: many, if not most, people who purchase this knife will not be highly trained spec ops warriors who require blacked out stealth. For the unfortunate few of us who might have to rely on this knife as a weapon, I have to think the flashing gleam of a six inch blade would be quite a deterrent to any attacker. In low light especially, it could mean the difference between engaging in a potentially deadly fight or having an aggressor turn tail. Just my two cents. Bottom line, I'm very happy with my purchase. I think CS did an outstanding job in designing and building this knife. If you feel the blade suits your mission, then buy it. You won't be disappointed. It makes all the other knives I've seen in this price range look lacking.
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