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Good training gear is important regardless of the skill that we are practicing or learning. In order to become and stay prepared, especially in a self defense application, getting as realistic as possible is imperative. Within our NTC Method, we focus on a lot of knife training and drilling. There are various tools, in the form of training aides, that need to be used which all depends on the mission at hand. When it comes to rubber training knives, Cold Steel Training Knives, are some of the best that I have used.
Recently, I decided to review the Cold Steel Leatherneck training knife which mimics the USMC Fighting Knife made by Ka-Bar. Since I own a couple of Ka-Bars & have them with me in the field, it makes sense to use a training knife that has very similar dimensions. Cold Steel really seems to get it right when designing their training knives to resemble the real blade. I own tanto’s, M9’s, trenchers & other trainers that are made by Cold Steel. After years of use, they are still serviceable and I use them for my personal practice as well as with my students.
The rubberized training blades are not always the best choice when it comes to specific training. If I am working with students on disarming & locking drills, I prefer an aluminum blade. But for most soft-work and especially with beginner students, my goto training knives are the “rubberized” Cold Steel blades. The term rubberized can be deceiving. Yes, these training knives bend but they are a tough piece of plastic. You can still cause serious damage to you as well as your training partner so be careful & wear eye protection.
If you are in the market for new training knives, take a close look at these Cold Steel Training Blades. They may be exactly what you are looking for.
SPECS ON THE COLD STEEL TRAINING KNIVES:
- Blade Length: 7″
- Handle: 5″ Long
- Overall Length: 12″
- Ideal for solo practice, training, and demonstrations
- Made of durable Santoprene
- Seven-inch blade with 0.44-inch thickness, five-inch handle, 12-inch overall length, and 4.1-ounce weight
- Includes limited manufacturer’s warranty; details included with purchase
- 4.1-ounce weight
- Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 14 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
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