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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!
Nice feel shape and balance love the way it feels in my hands super knife
Very nice nice . Wonderful balance and premium material . shipping was fast and an overall good experience all around !!
The Shinto is an insanely capable combatives blade, with length and weight squarely in that full sized sweet spot. For most people, this knife will be smaller than you expect when it arrives - which is a good thing in my opinion.
You can pretty clearly see some Kiku Matsuda influence in the design via Tu Lam, with a really characteristic spear point recurve. This thing cuts like a demon, punctures like a tanto, and balances very well.
I have a black one for combatives, a tan one for bushcraft, and an aluminum trainer. All are fantastic.
Solid well balanced knife. Excellent customer service.
Great knife. First time I've spent this much money on a knife in my life and it's worth it. Quality is evident out of the box. Razor sharp edge, clean lines, kydex sheath fits like a glove. Everything is perfect. Can't wait to get in the field now and test it out.
Doesn’t matter if you are a novice or pro in the knife game, buy it.
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