Cold Steel 80PGTK GI Tanto Knife - 1055 Carbon Steel Blade - Secure-Ex™ Sheath
If tough is what you're looking for, Cold Steel's G.I. Tanto might be your first choice. The G.I. Tanto is a no-nonsense tactical knife that comes with a legion of practical uses. The GI Tanto’s broad blade, integral quillon guard, and Polypropylene handle scales exemplify a tactical knife stripped down to its bare essentials. Made from spring tempered 1055 carbon steel and protected by a rust resistant finish, it’s rugged, hard-wearing and dependable. Popular with sport throwers, the GI Tanto is perfectly balanced and capable of being thrown by the blade or handle. In a survival or self-defense situation, it can be quickly and easily converted into a spear too! Just remove the handle scales and lash the blade securely to a suitable wooden shaft!Best of all, it’s a great value blade – inexpensive enough to buy duplicates to keep as back-up or bug-out bag knives, or even just to throw for fun on a sunny day. A stalwart and reliable knife that you can depend upon in a pinch.
- Category End Use: Military/Tactical/Throwing/Survival
- Blade Steel: 1055 High Carbon
- Blade Style: Tanto Point
- Blade Finish: Black
- Scale Material: Black Polypropylene
- Sheath Material: Secure-Ex®
- Blade Length: 7.0" (178 mm)
- Overall Length: 12.0" (305 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.16" (4 mm)
- Weight, Knife: 11.9 oz. (337 g)
- Weight, Sheath: 3.6 oz. (102 g)
- Made in: Taiwan
More about 1055 steel:
1055 steel is right on the border between a medium and a high carbon steel, with a carbon content between 0.50%-0.60% and with manganese between 0.60%-0.90% as the only other component. The carbon content and lean alloy make this a shallow hardening steel with a quenched hardness between Rc 60-64 depending on exact carbon content. These combination of factors make this one of the toughest steels available because, when quenched, it produces a near saturated lathe martensite with no excess carbides, avoiding the brittleness of higher carbon materials. This steel is particularly suited to applications where strength and impact resistance is valued above all other considerations and will produce blades of almost legendary toughness.