In South Africa, an inexpensive ring lock folder is sold everywhere. It’s a good design, but it’s constructed from sub-standard materials, is poorly made, and is horribly overpriced. And yet, millions of these knives are sold there each year. Well, we thought we could do better, in the quality of materials, cutting performance, and in price. The Cold Steel Kudu, takes some cues from its South African competition, but our version is vastly superior. Ours has a Krupp 4116 Stainless steel flat ground blade, heat treated to Rc 56-57 for better edge holding ability and ease of re-sharpening, and a thin razor sharp edge.For safety, we have thoroughly tested the locking mechanism and are well satisfied it will hold the blade rigidly open until you decide to close it by pulling up on the ring attached to the back spring.The handle of the Kudu also reflects our dedication to making an effective and affordable folder. It’s made of 43% glass reinforced Zytel®. This material has proven to be extremely strong, and is stiff enough to compliment the blade and spring when locked open. Plus, the gripping surface has a wood grain texture for traction and features an attractive polished steel Kudu horn emblem for a little extra flair! We think the Kudu represents an unbelievable value. It’s ready for anything and makes a wonderful work knife, utility knife, bait knife, or hunting knife.Blade: 4 1/4"Overall: 10"Thick: 2mmWeight: 2.4 oz.
While Baby and the Chi's blog does not normally review such items as knives, this was a perfect product for "dad" to try out on the road. I was able to use it for small things around the house such as cutting open packages, but Jer was able to give this knife a real test. For a few weeks this knife was used to cut thick nylon straps, help bust apart palettes, and cut/pick apart random items while Jer was in the semi. This knife held up great!
The locking mechanism is a little tricky, like it almost locks the blade into the open position too well, but it definitely is a huge precaution on closing the knife on your fingers and prevents a terrible accident from happening. While the blade is very sharp and performs beautifully, the handle does seem a bit cheeply made. The decor on the handle is a bit loose, but this does not effect performance. All in all, this is a fantastic knife for the price.
You can find more information about, as well as purchase, the Cold Steel Kudo Knife on Swords of the East's website.
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