Carrying a fixed blade Tanto

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    Carrying a fixed blade Tanto

    I would like to carry a fixed blade Tanto. I want something razor sharp, durable, corrosion resistant and holds an edge.

    I would like to get a Cold Steel Tanto but there are so many models and sizes to choose from.

    What size do you recommend ? Which brand/model do you recommend?
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    I would like to get a Cold Steel Tanto but there are so many models and sizes to choose from. What size do you recommend ? Which brand/model do you recommend?
    These are all good choices. They are the blades that put Cold Steel on the map in the first place. They aren't cheap, though. Does a knife like this complement your fighting style? In my martial arts class we train with wooden versions of this shape, so this type suits me much better than, say, a bowie or similar tactical fighter. But if you're studying FMA or Indonesian arts, then maybe a kerambit would be a better fit.

    Since you live in Florida, your CCW permit allows you to carry any length you want, and some people ascribe to the "longer is better" school of thought. But it really depends on your style - are you thinking of whipping out a large blade for intimidation value? A Cold Steel Ti Lite is pretty strong in that department. Or, do you favor a smaller blade to conceal and bring out at the last second for surprise effect? Those are questions only you can answer.
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    The Tanto suits me well for technique. Can you please help me with a dilemma?

    I have the following knives:

    Cold Steel Magnum IX 9"
    Cold Steel Master Tanto 6"

    I initially intended upon getting a Cold steel tanto but found a great deal on the Magnum IX. It is massive! It can be concealed, and I am shopping for a Kydex Sheath, right now to determine my carry options. However, I found the Master Tanto for the same price and I love its compact size, solid feel and almost equal utility.

    I hate being indecisive, and I don't need the money. However, I would like input from all of you on whether I should keep both knives...or just get rid of the Magnum IX tanto by selling it to a friend.

    Should I a) Keep Both b) Get rid of the Magnum IX?
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    If you want the best production tanto search for a Spyderco Lum Tanto.

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    I would give Matt at Invictus Kydex a buzz about the sheath. Top notch workmanship, reasonable pricing, and he will work with you to make sure you get what you need for your chosen carry method.

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    I personally went for a folder with a combo tanto blade...the new Recon 1
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    I have a multitude of knives, already, including a tanto folder:

    Benchmade Balisong Model 42 (4)
    Benchmade Balisong Model 32 (2)
    Benchmade Balisong Model 51
    Bradley Mayhem Prototype
    Spyderco Szabofly Balisong
    Spyderco Spyderfly Balisong
    Spyderco Smallfly Balisong
    Benchmade Infidel Model 3300
    SOG Trident Tanto
    SOG Pentagon Elite
    Cold Steel Magnum IX Tanto (9" Fixed)
    Cold Steel Master Tanto (6" Fixed)
    Leatherman E330
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    Quote Originally Posted by psychophipps View Post
    I would give Matt at Invictus Kydex a buzz about the sheath. Top notch workmanship, reasonable pricing, and he will work with you to make sure you get what you need for your chosen carry method.
    +1 Matt is the best in the business

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercop View Post
    +1 Matt is the best in the business
    He did a couple for my Sogs pictured here:

    Quote Originally Posted by unloved View Post
    A pair of VersaCarry sheaths for the SOG Mini Tsunami...
    (shown with small Tek-Loks)




    ...one for the CRKT Hammond ABC Operator...
    (shown with custom tuckable IWB g-clip)


    (The clip is easily adjusted for ride height, and cant)




    ...and one for the KA-Bar TDI.
    (shown with soft IWB loop)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDRGlock View Post
    I would like to carry a fixed blade Tanto. I want something razor sharp, durable, corrosion resistant and holds an edge.

    I would like to get a Cold Steel Tanto but there are so many models and sizes to choose from.

    What size do you recommend ? Which brand/model do you recommend?
    You may want to consider a MPT by Chad Los Banos made by Boker. Not exactly a Tanto but a well designed knife by a guy who has some hands on real world experience as a prison guard and martial arts instructor. It is deceptively non threatening and small appearing while sheathed in part due to the unique handle based on his SubCom design. It greatly reduces the knifes overall profile. While small it provides an incredibly solid grip on your blade. In your hand it feels solid and purpose built with a stout thick blade. Its Tanto style tip and recurve blade provides excellent penetrating power and maximum cutting edge.

    Pic from Knives Plus Looks like Knives Plus has the MPTat a fairly decent price
    I like the non reflective matte grey finish though I would have preferred if it was available in black. AUS 8 is not the hardest premier stainless but it is a good quality steel with good abrasion resistance that will take and retain a razor edge for you. I also am not in love with the Zytel sheath and Tek Lock though it does offer you the maximum possible carrying options. But thats more of a personal preference. I will probably be getting a leather sheath for it and put wood scales on the handle to further its non threatening appearance
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    Check into the CRKT N.E.C.K

    I wear mine between 12-1 horizontally.

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