Friday, December 16, 2011

Cold Steel Boar Hunter Fixed Blade Knife Review

Ancient Celtic blades inspired the design of the Cold Steel Boar Hunter, but modern tactical materials make this new hunting knife better than the old battlefield blades. Lynn Thompson of Cold Steel Special Projects built the Boar Hunter for real hunters and field-tested the design on real Australian wild boar.

The long talon-like taper comes from traditional designs, built for penetrating armor and thick hide smoothly. The 13-7/8-inch-long Boar Hunter's hollow-ground edge gives the knife better cutting ability than the old weapons, and Japanese AUS 8A high carbon stainless steel protects the knife from corrosion. The slender point of the 8-3/4-inch blade doesn't decrease the knife's strength. The Boar Hunter's tempered steel flexes to an incredible 45 degrees without snapping or deforming.

After field-testing the knife in the Australian Outback, Thompson decided to improve the handle and incorporated an existing tactical design used in the Cold Steel OSS knife. The knife's double guard prevents any forward slip, and the subhilt keeps the hand on the grip even if the conditions get slippery. This knife was built specifically for stabbing with an injection-molded Kraton handle that allows a full force blow while giving the hand full protection.

The Boar Hunter rides in a Secure-ex sheath designed for ambidextrous access and fits most waist belts. MOLLE-style fittings on the sheath allow strapping the knife to other gear.

The Cold Steel Subhilt Boar Hunter is a knife that doesn't appeal to everyone. Some men swear by them. Other men say they are awkward and temperamental. Some men even claim a subhilt knife is a liability in close-quarter combat and get this, for the very same reason that those who prefer a Subhilt Knife would recommend one! Let me explain further and see if you agree or not.

A Cold Steel Subhilt Boar Hunter has real positive grip-lock. This isn't a knife for doing the Comtech six-part dexterity drill with! Like many knives, this is a one grip type of handle. As the index finger wraps about the lower trigger one hell of a firm grip is established. But, being so "locked-in" as it were, it also causes some concerns about having your digit broken. Being inside the arc of the subhilt is a lot like being inside the trigger guard on a pistol. A knife can be wrenched during a disarm attempt or when bound up in fabric etc. If this happens, yes, the finger can be wrenched or broken. But, over these many, many years now have I not always stressed that the grip of a knifeman as being of paramount importance? Indeed I have! So let us make the "one-grip" aspect and the "locked-in" aspect into positives, eh? We realize the liabilities, but with minimum effort we can neutralize them. I say Onward.....

The Cold Steel Subhilt Boar Hunter Knife is usually graceful and extremely effective in the right hands. The "trigger" on the Boar Hunter Subhilt Knife is a nice addition. It provides control and articulation from the knife more so than from your limb. Ideal for those with arthiritis or stiff wrists & fingers. It takes a mere tug on the trigger to make it happen!

The Cold Steel Boar Hunter is great as a last resort self defense weapon. I plan to hide mine in the house somewhere so that it is available to me in a domestic invasion scenario. This knife is very light and maneuverable in hand and yet a long blade (8 3/4") and about 4mm spine. comes with a secure-ex sheath which locks the knife in, it won't come lose without good amount of pulling force. Comes razor sharp and has a built in sub hilt and double guard to prevent your hand from slipping onto the blade when stabbing. If you're looking for a good fighting knife, The Boar Hunter is definitely worth a look.

I'm very happy with the Cold Steel Boar Hunter. For quality, reliability, strength, sharpness, and utility I give this knife a 9.5 out of 10 ranking. For the price, this knife is a great value that is also sturdy and durable. The Boar Hunter has awesome solid features that make it a knife definitely worth owning.

To buy or get more information on the Cold Steel Boar Hunter Subhilt 8.75" Fixed Blade, click the link below.

Cold Steel Boar Hunter Subhilt 8.75" Fixed Blade

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