Friday, May 23, 2014

The Kudu Ring Lock Knife by Cold Steel, Inc.- Strong, Light, and Durable @ColdSteelKnives

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Kudo knife
The Kudu by Cold Steel Knives
  • Ring Lock Design Keeps Blade Open
  • 4 and 1/4 Inch Stainless Steel Blade Resists Rust
  • Sharp Edge Cuts Through Tough Materials and Holds Its Edge
  • Strong Durable Construction
  • Extremely Light Weight - Only 2.4 Ounces
  • Strong Handle is Made of 43% Glass Reinforced Zy-Ex®
  • Ring Lock Tab is Great for Hanging Knife in Handy Places
  • Available From Swords of the East and Affordably Priced At Only $9.99 
  • See More Great Designs at www.coldsteel.com
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the cold Steel Kudu
The Kudu Knife is inspired by ring lock folding knives that are popular in South Africa.  The design is smart - when open, the knife blade has a tab on its back side which locks into the ornamental design work that runs up the handle.  This keeps the blade open even under great pressure.  To close the blade the user pulls back the ring which lifts the ornamental piece slightly away from the handle and releases the tab.  The blade also closes in graduated "clicks" preventing it from coming down too quickly which may cause an injury.

The photo below shows the blade open, a close up on the engaged tab, and finally the disengaged tab area where the ring is pulled away.
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If you need to look up your state's knife laws, you will want to know these particulars:  The blade is four and a half inches long and when fully engaged the open knife measures about ten inches.  

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For its size, the piece is surprisingly light.  it weights only 2.4 ounces!  The blade is made of Krupp 4116 stainless steel and has a flat ground blade that has been heat treated to Rc 56-57.  This helps it to hold its sharp edge without frequent sharpening.  The blade is thin, (2mm) and quite sharp.  I have been using it for my indoor household needs, but it would be a good addition to the garage work bench and for light outdoor use as well.
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The material used for the handle is 43% glass reinforced Zytel®.  I am not exactly sure what that is, but I can tell you that it is strong, steady, and durable.  It is also textured and has the stainless Kudu horn emblem so it is easy to grip and does not slip from my hand.

This is a surprisingly good knife for this price.  I say surprisingly because it is so inexpensive and it is so light it doesn't feel as though it could hold up to vigorous use.  I was happy to be proven wrong.

The company produced this video to show the Kudu being put through its paces.  The opening disclaimer must be standard to all of their video demonstrations, because the only thing cut in the video are household items.  I appreciate the demonstration of the strength and durability and some may need the visual to understand the proper way to close the blade.

The Kudu proves that inexpensive and cheap are definitely NOT the same thing!  This is surely not the ultimate survival knife, but it is a great choice for our household needs.

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