The Kobun is a lightweight Tanto styled boot knife. It takes its namesake from the Japanese martial, or underworld where the word "Kobun" means "soldier". It's a fitting name for a knife like the Kobun, which was effectively designed to be "a good soldier". In profile it closely resembles our Master Tanto, but it sports a thinner blade, and that supports its main function; to be a light weight boot knife.
Like our Tantos, it features the Tanto styled reinforced point. This contrasts sharply with most boot knives on the market today which are notorious for their paper thin points which are easily broken or bent. In contrast, the Kobun's point is highly resistant to bending or breaking because it is reinforced by the full thickness of the blade's spine which runs almost to the very tip of the blade.
The Kobun's deeply checkered Kraton handle is designed to offer minimum bulk with maximum grip. Its cross section was made as thin as possible (approximately 1/2 inch), then contoured to resist turning or shifting in the hand. The Kobun comes complete with a Secure-Ex sheath.
- Blade Length: 13.97 cm
- Overall Length: 25.08 cm
- Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
- Handle: 11.11 cm
- Handle Material: OD Kraton
- Sheath: Secure-Ex Sheath
- Made in Taiwan
- Parallel Import: Yes
This little blade is described as a boot knife, but it is much more. I loved the handle with secure grip and colour green is user friendly and contrasts aesthetically with the black blade. It's a Great all purpose knife in the kitchen and as an EDC carry on a belt. I would prefer a looped belt hanger as the clip comes off with the kydek secure sheath when one draws it. But overall the blade is razor sharp, the chisel tip serves one well in certain precision cutting tasks, and it cuts biltong like a samurai sword.
Great value, great product! I Give it a full 10 star endorsement! Cold Steel products Rock!
I have one of the original Kobun's. Must say this one is an improvement. Sheath is smaller. Nice click when you sheath it. The clip is not to bad but I changed it with a civivi t-clip.
Coating last. Have been playing with the knife a lot and still no scuff marks