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I own two of these and keep them on two different kits. They’re awesome knives and very comfortable in the hand, paired with a trainer, they are a very good self-defense option when breaking contact isn’t achievable. I highly recommend
Spartan blades are the best blades out there. The Ronin Shinto follows thier tradition and will not disappoint. I've had several Spartans and they have never failed me when I needed them!
The blade itself is great and the kydex is nice. Love the handle and all of its considerate ergonomics. I have had it for 2 weeks already and have broken the belt mount, but I have been working it hard. If you wear a lot of gear, and have to take it on and off often, it may hook up on the handle of the knife. Otherwise, the knife has never fallen out of the kydex. It holds firm. I have taken it on 2 weeks of infantry field ex now and I am impressed.
I haven’t actually cut anything with this knife yet, but just running my thumb across the edge definitely gives me the warm fuzzies. The shape is sexy af, the balance is perfect even though it looks like it would be front-heavy, and the weight in the hand surely inspires confidence. I’ve barely been able to put it down since I got my hands on it. On top of it’s obvious design as a fighting knife, I think the blade shape would make it an excellent knife for field dressing an animal, a hunch I intend to test soon. And the thickness of the steel also seems like this knife would serve well as a prybar if I need one. Great all around knife from what I can tell so far. Thanks so much!
The ronin shinto blade is absolutely perfect for a combat blade and great for utility work also! This is the best combat knife i have owned out of many!Fantastic work Tulam, Curtis. and spartan blades.God bless
This knife is insanely sharp out of the box and holds its edge very well. The balance is perfect and the Kydex sheath is well made and versatile. The knife's design makes it very useful. 10/10 would recommend, you're getting what you pay for with this one.
This knife is a great survival type of knife. The blade has extra weight toward the front of the blade which makes it good for chopping. The handle feels good. You can literally balance the blade on your finger There is an indention on the front part of the handle for a pinch grip. You can place your thumb and forefinger in the indented groove on the front part of the handle for doing fine detailed work. This knife is my outdoor knife. The Ronin Shinto is one solid piece of s35vn steel. It's thick and you are not going to break it when chopping. The blade is very sharp and holds an edge well. The knife isn't cheap, but you get what you pay for and I am very happy I bought this knife and will be buying more from Spartin Blades. This knife is a good do everything knife. I would absolutely buy this knife again with no regrets.
Excellent knife and customer service
Simply the best all round knife I have ever had the pleasure of owning. The Spartan-Rōnin Shintō knife is amazing, versatile and extremely well designed. Pick one up as soon as you can, it’s another Spartan gem!
Spartan-Rōnin Shintō - Shinto meaning, “The practice of establishing a connection between the ways of the old and the ways of the new.” This knife is a great balance of old and new design and form making for a highly functional combat knife. Tu Lam is a retired Special Forces soldier, "Green Beret" and teammate of the Spartan Blades founders during their time in Okinawa where they worked as snipers; Tu Lam was part of an assault troop in the same company. Tu Lam has quickly become the “Go to” authority to military and law enforcement training and is the power house behind RONIN Tactics, Inc., an organization that trains many of the top tier military and law enforcement units in the world in H2H and knife techniques. Tu is also the Co-Host of The History Channels "Forged in Fire, Knife or Death” television series.
Knife Name: Spartan-Rōnin Shintō
Designer(s): Tu Lam / Curtis Iovito
Blade Length: 5 5/8”
Blade Thickness: 3/16”
Blade Steel: CPM S45VN
Blade Hardness: 59-61 HRC
Blade Style: Fixed Re-Curve
Coating: PVD – Tungsten DLC (Flat Black) or ZrN (Flat Dark Earth)
Handle Material: Black CE Canvas Micarta®
Sheath: Lined Nylon MOLLE sheath (Black, Coyote Tan, or MultiCam) or Kydex with Belt Loop (Black or Coyote Tan)
Weight: 0.558 LBS