The Urban Dart is Cold Steel's rendition of a similar knife the late Bob Engnath designed over twenty years ago. With elegantly simple lines and an economy of purpose, the Urban Dart is reminiscent of the Spike series, with a few differences.
The blade represents a huge advance for Cold Steel in knife making technology. They have spent years trying to find a way to satisfactorily manufacture this type of blade. Ultimately the factory in Japan developed a method to successfully drop forge the triangular cross section this knife required. With the addition of precision hollow grinding, superlative polishing, and highly skilled hand sharpening, Cold Steel was able to produce this lethally wicked blade.
The simple teardrop shaped Kraton handle is small and thin. It gives extra traction to the fingers and protects the palm when the knife is used like a push knife or when using palm reinforced grip styles.
The Urban Dart includes a Secure-Ex sheath that can be easily tucked, taped, or lashed just about anywhere.
|Blade steel||AUS 8A|
|Blade length||5 3/4"|
More about AUS 8A steel:
The words "stainless steel" are misleading, because, in fact, all steel will stain or show discoloration if left in adverse conditions for a sufficient time. Steel is made "stainless" by adding Chromium and reducing its Carbon content during the smelting process. There is a serious performance trade-off with stainless steel. As the Chromium increases and the Carbon decreases, the steel becomes more "stainless". But, it also becomes more and more difficult to sharpen, and the edge-holding potential is seriously impaired. This is usually why most stainless knives are rarely razor-sharp and quickly lose what little edge they have. In contrast, at Cold Steel uses AUS 8A Stainless, a high carbon, low chromium steel that has proven itself to be the ultimate compromise between toughness and strength, edge holding, and resistance to corrosion.