This week’s steal is an unassuming fixed blade from Cold Steel, the Pendleton Mini Hunter. At this point Cold Steel is a brand that needs no introduction, and this is a really high quality, compact offering designed by custom knife-maker Lloyd Pendleton.
And when I say compact, I mean compact. Blade on this guy is 3″, with the whole knife coming in just over 6″. Blade is a flat ground drop-point made from VG-1 stainless steel, and this is one of the last Cold Steel models to be made in Japan. This is a super sharp, high quality blade.
Handle is covered in a heavily textured Kray-Ex which gives it a very satisfying amount of grip. Coming in at 3.25″ the handle is probably going to get lost a little for those of us who have larger hands, but it’s still a pretty confident hold. The size just lends the knife a high-degree of flexibility, freeing it up for numerous applications where a low profile is ideal. For example this would be a great knife to attach to the strap of a backpack on a hiking excursion.
Included in the package is a Secure-Ex sheath with nylon belt loop. The knife snaps into the sheath and can be locked in at the handle too, so it’s a very secure carry in almost any situation.