When I took my Cold Steel Spartan knife out of the package, I remembered thinking "holy crap! This thing is massive." And when I opened it up, I remembered thinking, "holy crap! This thing is scary!"
The blade is made of Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel with a bit of a dull gray finish. The blade is 4-1/2" long and 1-1/2" across it's belly. It is 4mm thick, or a little more than 1/8" thick for the non-metric minded folks (actually 0.157"). The blade is big and thick and sturdy. It tapers to a very sharp point that will push it's way through anything. As I've found with other Cold Steel knives, the blade is extremely sharp. You have to really be attentive when handling this knife to keep from accidentally cutting yourself.
A small rectangular thumb plate is screwed to the top of the blade to make it easy to open. Cold Steel claims you can catch this thumb plate on your pants pocket as you pull the knife out and easily snap the blade open during the extraction. You can flip this thumb plate and flick the knife sharply to pop the blade open, but it takes practice to perfect this. The blade is so big and heavy, you really have to flick your wrist sharply.
The handle is made of "Grivory" (Grivory is a glass-filled nylon similar to Zytel only even more rigid). It is textured nicely for comfortable handling, along with "irregular fluting" for a good feeling grip. It has steel liners inside and is very strong and solid feeling. The cutouts for your hand are really the high point of this grip, in my opinion. My not so dainty hand fits perfectly in the scooped out sections and the feeling of confidence with this grip is incredible. I can't imagine anything causing your hand to slip or move in this grip, whether you're pushing the knife into something or pulling it out.
Here's the deal for anyone living in a free state that "allows" its citizens to own what they please. Getting trapped in an office building with glitchy fire doors is far more likely to happen than needing a serious folder in the wilderness. Gone are the days when a sturdy axe was available on every floor, but with something like the Spartan you won't need one. Carrying a fixed blade with comparable strength is simply not possible for most, so for those who aren't all weepy about carrying a few extra OUNCES around, the Spartan might be the way to go.
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Cold Steel Spartan Folding Kopis 4-1/2" Blade, Grivory Handles
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