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Great company with some of the best knives I've had the pleasure of having. The customer service is also top notch.
Ill be basing my review on the design, materials, execution of the knife, rather than my personal preferences. Firstly, Spartan makes outstanding tools...the RS is no different. Its performed excellent at every task ive thrown at it, from hacking small vines, to cutting thick wall poly tubing...it sang through all of it. Using 3/16 stock VS the 5/32 they use on blades like the horkos, the tip is more robust. It hasnt been an effortless penetrator, but you can put some stank on it with confidence, thanks to the handle design. The Ronin Shinto will serve you well in just about any area, from general utility/edc, to defense. Personally, id like to see it be just a bit bigger, as i have fat hands, with sausage fingers. It fits my hand with nothing to spare. For its purpose, thats ok, as its not a big blade for hacking/chopping. Ergos, profile/design, materials are all what youd expect from Spartan Blades. Not considering my personal preferences, id give it a 10/10. For a general utility/edc/defensive blade youd be hard oressed to find better
It's a phenomenal blade. It feels amazing in the hand and is perfectly balanced. It's my third blade from Spartan and it is by far one of my favorite companies. Couldn't ask for anything better.
Very well made knife. Fit and finish is excellent. The design of this knife is very well thought out. Knife has a very good balance and handles very well. Thanks Spartan Blades for a great product.
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 S35V
Blade Hardness: 58-60 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