When you need a lightweight but powerful fixed blade that’ll fade into the background until you need it most, reach for the Cold Steel Kobun.

“Kobun” is Japanese for “soldier,” and that’s no coincidence. This knife performs dutifully and fearlessly in all types of situations — whether you’re carrying it as a backup self-defense boot knife or using it as an EDC fixed blade.

Here is a good overview from Shahzad Kayani on YouTube:

This easily concealable Tanto style knife boasts a 5.5-inch blade made from AUS8A stainless steel, which is tough and corrosion resistant. The blade profile features a reinforced point that can pierce some of the most fibrous materials. A slight recurve along the cutting edge provides a deeper belly.

The slim handle boasts an exceptionally grippy checkered design that makes holding the knife reliable in any condition. Made from Kray-Ex, the black handle includes a cross section and a lanyard hole to keep your hand from accidentally slipping on or off the knife.

Rounding out the Cold Steel Kobun is a Secure-Ex sheath, so you can carry it comfortably on your boot or belt.

For more information on this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the product page for the Cold Steel Kobun.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at Tim@knife-depot.com.
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