- Sep 7, 2015
A few months ago while watching a review watching Advanced Knife Bro's review of this knife I couldn't help but think to myself "What kinda rube would actually buy this crazy huge knife?"...Well turns out that rube is me!
But in my defense I've never owned a CS before, and when I found this in the local Pawnshop at a good price well curiosity killed that cat and I had to have it.
I envy people who know exactly what they want with knives. Myself on the other hand keep getting pleasantly surprised by knives I didn't think I would like, but they grow on me after spending some time with them and this is no exception. It's weird the longer I collect knives the bigger they keep getting. I started with a SAK, and I thought I was done when I got my Police 3, but now I own a Spartan and a Recon XL and wondering how I ended up here and whats next?
As you can see in the above pic the Spartan fits in my hand quite well and is very comfortable. But the handle is both one of it's best features and one of it's worst.
The scale material is Griv-ex (Grivory) which I wanted to hate on compared to FRN as it's a cheaper material. But in this application it's decent because due to the handle shape as your hand isn't going to slip and it's quite durable.
The big problem for me with the handle is the size and shape. On one hand the handle feels like it absorbs a lot of shock, but on the other it's just simply way too wide! You are going to notice it in every pocket you put it in every moment of the day. Unlike the Recon XL I bought which is actually longer but fits nicely in your pocket.
The biggest flaw though IMHO this is a terrible self defense knife...
I'm not going to pretend I really know anything about SD, and I don't actually buy knives for that purpose. But a name like "Spartan" and the vids CS puts out I can't help but feel that's the number 1 purpose someone might buy this knife.
The reason I believe this is a terrible self defense knife is due to the thumb ergonomics makes this knife extremely hard and slow to deploy. Also the weight of the blade + and the friction of the tri-ad lock is working against your favor. At best you are going to open the blade half way and will need a strong wrist flick to fully open it. IMHO it's not efficient enough.
But you're going to say "Duh, you open it with the wave function dummy!" Which brings me to the handle again. What if you don't have it in your front pocket but instead the rear or coat due to comfort? Also I don't know about you but for me the wave function doesn't always fully open. I guess I need more elite ninja training...
Instead of all the negatives lets hear some positives why this knife is actually great.
This might be not a great self defense knife but instead IMHO I think this is one of the best camping knives I've ever owned!
The blade shape is fantastic for chopping into wood, and the lock is strong enough that you can put your fixed blade away in confidence. The size for me is also just right for my camping tasks, and the blade geo is decent for food prep.
If I can fit one more camping trip in this year this is my new go to knife.