CAT Tanto ?


March 27, 2003, 06:38 PM
ANybody own one? DO they have any usefulness? I figure for under 10 bucks it might be a fun toy maybe?

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March 27, 2003, 07:38 PM
For my tastes, I don't really care for Zytel® as a handle material. It is a very hard polyamide (nylon) plastic that, from the samples I have, gets a little slippery when wet, even with checkering.

But, for only $7, it would make a pretty handy utility knife.

March 27, 2003, 11:46 PM
I have one...was a little disapointed when it arrived. When it said it had a Zytel handle I ASSumed that it had a metal blade...the whole thing is Zytel. With out getting complicated lets just say that Zytel=plastic. It is a plastic knife, a kinda toy. I am teaching my 5 year old daughter knife respect with it. It is her knife and she is learning how to carry it, hand it, etc. Must say it could do a good job killing or maiming. My daughter has about 100 jab wounds in a thick cardboard box stuffed with papers...if you ever need to go through a metal detector and take a shower with a person ya plan on stabbin, this might be the knife for you!

March 28, 2003, 01:09 PM
If you took the file to it and ground off the edge and point would you consider it to still be too dangerous to use as a lightweight trainer? At $7 it might be worth grinding on and wrapping with tape to try to convert.

March 28, 2003, 05:00 PM
There is not much of an edge on it to begin with, but yes it could be ground down or taped to practice with...the weight is very light, and one would still need to be careful because it could still penetrate soft tissue.

April 4, 2003, 11:28 AM
I am a custom maker, and a collector, of non-metallic blades (they fall in with the rest of my exotic, but practical, weapons, saps, blackjacks, etc)... so I have a CAT Tanto.
There are several better Zytel pieces out there. Forget slashing, and just stab with Zytel.
G-10 or Carbin Fiber (especially the latter) are the materials I preffer for a non-met.

Yes, grind the edge and point off, and make sure its nicely de-horned, and you'll have a great trainer... just tag it with some orange paint to mark it so (mistakes can happen).

April 4, 2003, 01:59 PM
Also noticed on their site they have rubber training knives for even less the Cat. Think it was only 3 or four bucks.

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