Cudeman 374-M Rustic Horn / knife photo review

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by soldik, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. soldik

    soldik

    165
    Sep 23, 2014
    Hello Guys!


    Between my many knives this one below reminds me about the past. About the times when a grandpa used to use some traditional pocket knife when peeling an apple or cutting a bread roll. In Poland, we called this kind of the knife "Kozik", and the Spanish Navaja de Caza - Cudeman 374-M Rustic Horn is a perfect example of these traditional folders.

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    The Polish name "Kozik" ("koza" means "a goat") has already been used in the fifteenth century as a pointed knife for skinning the dead animals, and on the other hand, the Spanish name Navaja de Caza means the Hunting Knife.
    The 374-M Rustic Horn knife was made by Cudeman, a company from Spain, from the "city of the Spanish knives" Albacete. The company has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing the knives which for the most part are made by hand.

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    Cudeman Navaja de Caza 374-M is availabe with two kinds of handle materials. One version with the olive wood handle and the second with the ram horn. I decided to choose the second option named Rustic Horn.

    And WOW!

    Instead of the knife with a bright in color handle which I have seen on pictures I received the gorgeous knife with the dark ram horn scales for a very good price! This material is natural thus everyone knife is unique and slightly differs depending on the used horns and its parts. The handle is one of the most comfortable I have ever had. The grip is very good thanks to the profiled handle shape combined together with natural grooves in the horn. The handle is highly polished and it has many different dark colors which vary slightly depending on the light source.

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    The 8,5 cm long hollow ground blade has a nice satin finish but the 3 mm thick spine and stainless steel liners are highly polished similar as handle. A liner lock mechanism is strong, so there isn't any blade play whatsoever. Unfortunately I cannot find any info about the blade hardening. I have some French Laguiole knives with the same steel Sandvik 12C27 as the Navaja 384-M knife, but the Navaja blade works much better than Laguioles and can be sharpened easily to the hair shaving level with my Lansky Turnbox. It's a sign that the heat treatment was carried out better with the Navaja blade. Overall length of the knife is 18,7 cm and it is opened with both hands.

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    Cudeman 374-M Rustic Horn specifications:

    ☞ Overall length: 18.7 cm
    ☞ Handle length: 10.2 cm
    ☞ Handle Material: Ram Horn
    ☞ Handle thickness: 1.5 cm
    ☞ Blade length: 8.5 cm
    ☞ Blade thickness: 3 mm
    ☞ Steel Blade: Sandvik 12C27
    ☞ Weight: 90 g


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    As for the good hunting knife the Cudeman 374-M blade has long nice belly suitable for skinning. It can be used also as stylish EDC or even small kitchen knife. Rustic Horn scales are very elegant and have simply amazing look, so I think that this traditional hunting knife could be also listed as a gentleman's knife for all the guys with a Desperado soul like Mariachi. ;)

    And indeed, this knife has the Spanish soul!

    [video=youtube;SIedJZXE91U]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIedJZXE91U[/video]
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2015
  2. soldik

    soldik

    165
    Sep 23, 2014
    Cudeman 374-M Navaja de Caza Rustic Horn size comparison with Laguiole Actiforge 12cm and Laguiole Chevalerias 9cm:

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  3. hawaiianhawk

    hawaiianhawk

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    Dec 25, 2009
    Wow! Those horn scales are amazing! And they complement the sleek curves and upswept blade. This is a real beauty.
     
  4. soldik

    soldik

    165
    Sep 23, 2014
    You are absolutely right, thanks!
     
  5. zuluninja

    zuluninja boricua grinder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2009
    beautiful Cudeman, thanks for showing!
     
  6. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Thanks for the review. Nice knife
     

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