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Bought Two trainers for combatives practice. Great quality and craftsmanship. Would recommend. I would have liked the weight to be a little bit heavier but other than that these are a fantastic product.
An excellently made trainer, I only knocked it one star because it's much lighter than the actual blade. Not a huge deal but if I'm being nitpicky it's my only comment. Either way it's extremely well made and is mandatory for the knife it emulates.
Blade weight is perfect for training. Spoke with the owners during shipping and they were very helpful with information regarding the blade. Fast shipping!
"In Orbe Terrum Non Visi"
I purchased the Spartan CQB Tool from a 3rd party merchant since it was unavailable at the time I was looking. The Int'l blue CQB Trainer is an excellent training aid for incorporation into drills for safety, developing muscle memory, and to prevent unnecessary wear and tear/ damage to the live blade.
The trainer is also exceptional as a standalone compliance tool (in it's harmless appearing shade of blue)! I am grateful to Spartan for producing American products of the highest quality and intend to be a longtime customer!
I'm active military. My wife bought me the CQB Tool for Easter (best wife ever) because I do a lot of Krav Maga and hand to hand training, including training with this type of weapon. Since it would be a bad idea to spar with the deadliest CQB tool ever made (best blades ever) , now I walk around with the trainer in my hand and spar with no fear of sending my comrades to the hospital. The fact that it fits the same sheath my CQB Tool came in, makes it easier to refine my fine motor skills and get the draw smoother.
Big thanks to the most patriotic wife in the world for linking me up with the best blade company in the world!
Big thanks to Spartan Blades for producing the highest quality products and keeping everything 100% American with 100% intent!
-"Bobby Blue Eyes"
A little lighter than the actual CQB tool however, it is still a valuable training device!
I purchased the CQB Aluminum trainer primarily to have an addition to my training knives set. Upon having a feel of the knife at hand, I immediately realized that it could also be used as an EDC (Everyday Carry) self defense tool. Unlike knives, this tool/trainer has a retention ring, has no sharp edges and is very lightweight. Fit and finish is perfect. The jimping in the tool/trainer is functional. The tool, since it is color blue is non threatening. In the right hands of a trained individual, you can use this tool/trainer as a compliance/control device and an impact weapon (like a kubaton). I wish the trainer came with its own sheath. Overall, I highly recommend this product.
CQB Tool was a design concept envisioned by Mr. Greg Thompson of H2H / Team ROC of Fayetteville / Fort Bragg area - http://www.ussocp.com/. Mr. Thompson developed the new combatives program for US Army Special Operations Forces. The CQB Tool or "transition tool" is used to compliment this program by providing a slim easily stowed knife with rapid aquisition for, "get the heck off me", grappeling situations encountered in a CQB fight. The blue trainer made of 6061 aluminum with anodized coating fits the same CQB Tool sheath so the operator can switch out the "live" knife without adjusting his gear. No sheath provided with trainer. (Pictured with Black and FDE CQB tools)
Knife Name: CQB Tool - Trainer
Overall Length: 6 3/8"
Blade Length: 2 1/2"
Blade Thickness: 0.180"
Blade Steel: 6061 Aluminum
Blade Hardness: N/A
Blade Style: Profiled Rounded Trainer
Coating: Blue Anodized
Weight: 0.052 LBS (Knife)