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The knife is amazing and feels great in my hands and have some big hands. One problem is the sheath, it scratches the blade near the edge but that’s it.
Such a meticulously crafted blade. Clean lines, well balanced and well constructed. Something you know you'll have with you for a long while. First of many Spartan blade's I will be purchasing. As long as they're in stock.
I am very pleased with this knife. It arrived well packaged and ready to go. The knife is very well balanced, and the handle texture feels very good in the hand. The blade (dark earth) was quite sharp but needed a little extra and some honing to make it scarry sharp. The nylon padded sheath (coyote) was just what I was looking for. The sheath is not overly large and clumsy. The padding makes the knife slide smoothly and quietly...excellent. I'm generally not a recurve blade fan, but I thought I'd give it a try and find it just right and handy for many tasks. I strongly recommend this knife.
This knife is outstanding in every way, definitely recommended!
Fantastic blade! You can feel the weight behind it as well. Definitely built to last and the handle grip is terrific! Love the engraving as well.
Outstanding knife ordered with kydex sheath and very happy with package and delivery time was also very fast
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.
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
Overall Length: 10 1/2"
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