Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review - Cold Steel Kobun

Let's face it, self defense is important. There may be locations where, due to unavailablity or legality, having the best defensive tool on your person, a firearm, just isn't possible. The next best thing would be to have a quality blade, something that you can bet your life on.

The Kobun, by Cold Steel, is a great defensive option.
Now, there are great folding knives out there, but no folding knife is as good as a solid fixed blade. It just isn't. One of the downsides to a fixed blade, though, is that they are usually bulky and/or expensive.

This isn't always true, however. There is a very good option for a defensive fixed blade that is slim, inexpensive and high quality. The knife I'm talked about is the Kobun by Cold Steel.

Looking at the knife, its Japanese roots are clearly seen. Kobun means "soldier" in Japanese. Designed to be a "good soldier", the Kobun's Tanto blade that is thin and lightweight. It has a very solid Kraton (rubber) handle. The blade is 5.4" long, and 0.13" thick. It has a sweeping belly, great for slicing, while also have a sharp tip.

Giving the Kobun its Tanto shape, the blade has a secondary point, which is used for snap cutting. A snap cut consists of flicking your wrist while holding the blade, hitting the intended target with the secondary point. This allows for a very quick attack that can still be very effective.

The blade has a hollow ground edge, again for improved slicing, and is made out of high quality AUS-8A steel. The Kobun is a full tang design, meaning that the metal from the blade extends out to the end of the handle. This makes the blade very strong.

The swell in the handle of the Kobun can be seen.
Despite its thinness, the handle is comfortable. Its highly textured Kraton and holds well in the hand despite the lack of finger grooves. It does have a swell in the middle of the handle, however, to aid in gripping the knife. The length of the handle is 4.3" and the thickness of the swell is 0.56". I should also mention that the handle has a lanyard hole for those who wish to use a lanyard.

The Sheath

So, the knife may be decent, but how do you carry it? Having a useful sheath is nearly as important as having a useful blade, since if the carry method isn't up to par, you probably won't even have the knife with you. Do not worry, since the Kobun's sheath is also excellent.

Made out of Secure-Ex polymer material, the sheath holds the blade safely and securely. There are no straps or clasps, the blade is held in the sheath by friction. You can feel the blade click into place when you put it in its sheath, letting you know that the blade isn't going anywhere unless you want it to.

The Kobun sheath allows for a variety of carry options.
The sheath has 10 eyelet holes all around the outer edge for a variety of carry options. It also has a removable clip, which is my favorite method of carry. The clip enables the knife to be carried inside of the waistband, in the same way that you would carry a handgun. This allows the knife to remain concealed, yet is easy to remove when needed.

When the carry of a firearm just isn't an option, or if you need a backup defensive blade, the Kobun is a great and inexpensive choice. Its intimidating appearance tells a buy guy not to mess with you, which may end up saving your life. For those where the carry of firearms is illegal, don't be caught without a defensive option. The Cold Steel Kobun would definitely get the job done.


  1. Hi,

    I agree with everything you say here for self-defense. Readers should also know, or be aware, that there are some good hidden knives available to them as well.

    Joe Smith

  2. Nice Review!!
    Thank you Sir, I am also a big fan in collection of knives and having a website of my own. Link is:- http://netknives.com/

  3. I do believe that Cold Steel knives are the best for outdoors and best for self defence purpose.

  4. Best to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

  5. Best to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

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