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Nov 20, 2019
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This is the Swanagon CUT 4.0, a substantial slab of 1095.
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That's what you get, along with a certificate that the knife's indeed made in the USA, and instructions on how to use the buttons on the sheath. (!) The knife fits the sheath very well. Whether the sheath fits your belt, or whatever, I don't know -- in an age of quick connect clips, the leather loops are low tech, but in practice should make it easier to attach the sheath to a wider range of things than a clip would. It's a substantial size, too:
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So this is called a Combat Utility Tool because it's like a lot of combat last ditch knives meant to be drawn and struck with in one single motion that naturally provides a very strong disemboweling or artery severing strike at short range. In this grip the knife most resembles a karambit, even though it isn't used in the same way. The karambit is a knife from the South Pacific that reflects a brutal and frighteningly efficient, but unglamorous approach to knife fighting -- take out the arms first, then disembowel. The CUT 4.0 is not a true karambit -- it doesn't have the sharpened top edge or the hawksbill edge and point that's used to flay someone's forearm muscles when they attempt to block your attack. And you wouldn't use it like a karambit, save for the whole 'disemboweling' thing. But you can grip it like one.
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Most people associate this grip with slasher flicks. But that sort of high-to-low backhanded stab isn't what I'm talking about -- that'd be offensive, anyway. This is more of a last ditch, opponent grabbing for your throat, rolling around in the dirt kind of fight. So the move is to draw the knife from your belt, like an icepick, but unlike an icepick, just raking a backhand attack with the sharp belly of the blade up your surprised opponent's thigh and groin and torso, like so:
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with all the force your adrenalized body can muster. You can't do that with a forehand strike with someone grappling with you, but you can force the backhand through in a very damaging way. The ring is there to make sure that the blade isn't easily knocked or torn from your grasp when you do. So, combat, right. Combat tool. How much combat have you been in recently? If you have to do things like that several times a day before noon, you need no other reason to buy this knife. If you're like the rest of us, who do not do see combat, you may be asking what the hell you need this knife for. And that's the utility part. This is a thick, rugged blade. With a very substantial Micarta handle and liner.
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And unlike the karambits we've been talking about, it's practical in the forehand grip.
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Very regular, right? All the stuff you do with a work knife, you can do with this. It's got great ergonomics and a nice balance, it fits the hand extremely well in the forehand grip considering that its primary design is for the backhand strike. This label might be a bit much -- I like the engraving a bit smaller than this -- but at least it looks good.
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100 bones for this, considering the manufacturer, the designer, the materials and the quality of manufacturer is a decent price, and lower than I've seen in a lot of major knife stores. It's a good pickup. Even if you don't think you'll ever have to fend off an attacker with it. Five star knife.
Nov 20, 2019
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