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Cold Steel 43NSK Mini Pal Push Dagger 1" Blade

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Part Number: CS43NSK
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS43NSK: Mini Pal
Cold Steel

The Mini Pal is only 1/2 an ounce in weight yet it delivers heavy weight performance. The edge zips through a host of materials at unbelievable speed. The 1" long blade is razor sharp, to open delicate packages and envelopes, cut rope or punch through heavy cartons. Plus the unique handle offers a variety of grips that would be impossible with any other design. It comes with a Secure-Ex™ sheath that features a lanyard clip.
  • Weight: 0.5oz.
  • Handle: Kraton
  • Blade: 1"(length) 2mm (thick)
  • Steel: 400 Series Stainless
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 705442005537

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Made in Japan
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.
4.273 (22 reviews)
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Elmwood, NorCal
May 12, 2015
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Keychain knife
This is very tiny compared to the Urban Pal - blade length on the Urban Pal and this Mini Pal are accurately stated, but the Mini Pal has a MUCH narrower blade. As a result, the sheath if MUCH more compact, double so since the Urban Pal sheath has to be wider than the blade to allow lacing holes. In short, the Urban Pal is scaled more like a compact t-handle pocket knife, while the Mini Pal is scaled to fit unobtrusively on a key chain - and it comes with a key chain snap. The sheath holds the blade very snugly, but as the last reviewer pointed out, there is no longer a "snap-to-release" latch mechanism holding the Mini Pal in its sheath, so be aware of this in your daily carry and make sure you are comfortable that no situation will arise where the handle could catch on something while you pull on the sheath, or vice versa. For guaranteed safety, just take off the key chain clip and it is very unlikely the blade and sheath will ever separate from each other on their own in your pocket. I have two of these - one of them with the key chain clip on it, the other with a camping style safety pin attached to the key chain clip. The camping style safety pin, unlike a milliner's safety pin, is pretty hard to open by accident, and made of much sturdier, heavy duty spring wire, so you can clip this handy blade anywhere you like on your clothing. I usually prefer that, over a neck strap. ONE MAJOR DESIGN FLAW, easy to fix: you can't tell whether the blade is right side up, or upside down, by feel of the sheath or the handle. I fluctuate between wrapping a tiny rubber band around one side of the t-grip and putting tape around it, so I can tell by touch which side is up. UNLIKE THE URBAN PAL, right-handers can use this for whittling when held by the finger tips - the Urban Pal and this Mini Pal serrate opposite sides of the blade! On the Urban Pal, the "flat" side of the blade is on the "wrong" side just like an Emerson. On this Mini Pal, the "flat" side of the blade would be next to a No. 2 pencil if you were trying to whittle the point. That is the preferred orientation for more controllable whittling. If you ever wear down the serrations (to the point the blade needs sharpening), a friendly re-sharpening service can re-configure the blade to a regular edge - but that should take forever, if you use this for a package opener like I do.
3 out of 5
May 01, 2015
Pros: Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
Not the same as years prior
The older model has a push button scabbard release. The model I just received is a friction fit scabbard. The newer design is not as safe and more difficult to release and insert
5 out of 5
Ralph From Berkeley
El Cerrito, California
Apr 20, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Finish, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Sometimes less is more: * ultra light; * very tiny; * easy to "deploy"
Sometimes less is more: * ultra light (half ounce); * very tiny (1" blade, handle covered by hand); * easy to "deploy" - just pull out of handle clipped to clothing etc.; * no fumbling with risk of drop (as on pocket knife) to open blade; * impossible to have blade knocked closed on your fingers if rushed; * very difficult to knock out of your hand; * held between middle and ring finger, you can still open and use that hand; * much less penetration that longer blades; * less risk of unintentionally "deadly force" due to less penetration; * capable of "deadly force" via multiple strikes or strike & draw (slash); * no "pocket printout" if carried behind a handkerchief or credit card. This is, if used as self-defense, primarily, a "release and run" self-defense knife, for getting away from surprise bearhugs, headlocks, chokes including RNC's. If you clip it to clothing, like on a shirt button (underneath the button hole, between top and bottom layers) or on a bra strap, you have a readily accessible way to get an assailant to release you with minimal permanent damage, low-risk of fatality (or even of e.r. visit), and less explaining to do all-around. It is also pretty inconspicuous if you carry it in your hand, unsheathed, while getting into your car or walking from parking space to door. On the other hand, if you have watched Cold Steel's gruesome "attack a side of beef" videos, you understand that even a small knife, intentionally aggressively used, is capable of lethal force (multiple punch strikes with slash to withdraw), which could potentially save your life from a murderer. Do not underestimate the importance of easily keeping a solid grip on this small knife even if your hand or arm are struck by a stick. The sheath is much improved over the original version since it no longer requires a well-placed "pinch" to release the locking mechanism - this is simply friction retention, nothing to think about except pulling it out. I would like to see Cold Steel make this in two versions: a black version (low reflectivity, less obtrusive) and the existing uncoated version (less "militarized"). While it would be nice to have this in non-serrated, my sharpening service has successfully re-ground worn-down samples into a plain edge. I would also like to see Cold Steel re-title this as the "Utility Pal" or "Package Pal" or something as inoffensive as possible. At least "Mini" is less question-raising than "Urban" as used by the "Urban Pal." You should be careful carrying this in your jurisdiction, since some jurisdictions prohibit ANY fixed blade knife regardless of length, and some prohibit ANY t-handled knife, no matter how small, due to the common use of so-called "gambler's daggers" (or "push daggers") during the San Franciso Gold Rush era. If you are military and commonly wear gloves, the Urban Pal will be easier to grip and hold, or you can even upsize beyond that, thanks to Cold Steel's amazing collection. At that point the risk of lethality increases, but if you are on duty you are generally legally protected. I use this for package opening and it does a great job. The single edge allows me to bear down on the top of the blade for easier cutting, or I can hold it in my hand (not between fingers) with my thumb on top of the blade. I have used this to separate half a Thai bbq chicken purchased on the street in Thailand into parts to share with my wife, to slice open the fibrous husk of a rambutan. I find it much safer than a folding knife (two accidents - my kid jostled me while opening my folder and pushed the blade back on my hand before I hand completed the opening; and the large hole in a folder got opened by other junk in my pants pocket and stabbed me). It is also minimally "threatening" to bystanders, although respecting the nervous-nelly nature of bystanders is always a good idea. The one time I was followed into an alley by a suspicious character, the sight of this in my hand was enough to make him reconsider and back away, so overall this is good for both utility and self-preservation, without weighing down your pocket or leaving an obvious silhouette in your pocket.
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