This Cold Steel ‘Kobun’ Tanto might be a lot of knife for just thirty bucks. Cold Steel’s AUS 8A performed pretty well in our reviews of the Lone Star Hunter and Mackinac Hunter folders, and the full-tang Kobun uses almost ten inches of it. With no moving parts, the Kobun is noticeably lighter then either of the Cold Steel folders, whose indestructible ‘brick shithouse’ design philosophy gave them slightly elevated BMIs.
The only shoddy thing about the Kobun (so far) is the abysmally cheap product packaging that Cold Steel is semi-famous for. And do I care? Not one bit. Spyderco’s foam-fitted boxes and Benchmade’s microfiber storage bags are cool, but Cold Steel’s prices are pretty darned cool in their own way too.
Only time and testing will tell if the Kobun’s insanely thin grip works well for chopping rope and shredding mountains of cardboard.
Stay tuned for the full review, along with a ‘Lightweight Tactical Duel’ between the Cold Steel Kobun and the SOG Seal Pup. You’re been asking for more fixed-blade reviews, and we aim to deliver.