A boot knife like the new Cold Steel Peace Maker doesn’t quite fit the description of a typical EDC knife: it doesn’t fold, it doesn’t carry discreetly in your pocket, and it will freak out your co-workers if you whip it out to open your mail at the office. As a defensive weapon or a backup to your CCW handgun, however, it’s pretty wicked.
In those jurisdictions where it’s legal, at least. And it doesn’t hurt to wear boots.
The Peace Maker comes in two models, with 4″ and 5.5″ blades of German 4116 steel. Both models use this modified Scandinavian grind (a snap to resharpen on larger stones) and both of them are ridiculously lightweight. The 5.5″ Peace Maker II weighs 5.5 ounces, and the smaller Peace Maker III weighs only 3.4 ounces.
Some states and jurisdictions prohibit the concealed carry of fixed-blade knives like this, but this knife looks far too useful to be thought of as just a fighting blade. I’m currently quite impressed with the $30 Cold Steel ‘Kobun’ Tanto, and these Peace Makers are even cheaper, with street prices in the $20s.
Clay and I continue to be amazed by similarly-designed Mora knives, which handily perform nearly any knife task with admirable aplomb. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I’m excited to see the Mora concept catching on with American knife makers. Could these (Taiwanese)-American knives challenge the Mora knife for the title of Best Woodcraft Knife For Cheap Bastards? We’ll hopefully let you know in a few months.