Safe Maker I - 12BS - 4 1/2" Double Edge Blade - Secure-Ex Sheath
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Cold Steel has been making push knifes for a quarter century. In those twenty five years they have continually
been refining their designs, discarding features that didn't perform as well as they would have liked and
enhancing those that did. These blades, and the wealth of experience that has gone into their manufacture, have
paid off handsomely for Cold Steel as they have generated quite a following among law enforcement and military
personnel around the world. This is because they offer "big knife" cutting and piercing potential in a very
compact, easily portable size, and, unlike a revolver or semi automatic pistol, they never break, malfunction,
or run out of ammunition. Designed by Lynn C. Thompson, the Safe Maker push knifes are, without doubt, the finest
commercially made push knives in the world. The blade, shaft, and "T" shaped tang are all drop forged from one
piece of AUS 8A Stainless Steel. This process, though costly, eliminates any unwanted sharp edges or surfaces that
would irritate the hand or fingers when the knife is clasped in a closed fist, and it produces a better knife,
since the subsequent vacuum heat treatment and sub zero quench, renders the blades virtually unbreakable. Well
made blades deserve equally well-made grips. A lot of time and energy went into the production of the "T" shaped
handles. Made of shock absorbing Kraton they totally encapsulate the tang and part of the shaft so they can be
comfortably and securely grasped in the fist with the blade jutting out between the fingers and used to deliver
absolutely devastating punching and slashing blows. The Safe Maker knives are available in two sizes; each
includes an easily concealable and sturdy Secure-Ex boot/belt sheath. The smaller Safe Maker II includes a
steel bead chain lanyard so it can be worn as a neck knife.
Category End Use: Military/Law Enforcement/Self Defense
Blade Steel: AUS 8A
Rc hardness: 58-60
Blade Length: 4 1/2"
Length Overall: 6 3/8"
Weight: 3.7 oz.
Handle Material: Black Checkered Kraton
Carry System: Black Secure-Ex
Country of Origin: Japan
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.