The Cold Steel Mini Tac Tanto was one of my first travel and backpacking knives. It is now retired from any use besides being a light-paperweight. I carried the Cold Steel Mini Tac Tanto and its companion the Best Pal, throughout my 2014-2015 travels. I don’t know how I stumbled upon the brand Cold Steel but they really enticed me with their product videos, so much, that I ended up ordering these two blades from them.
The Cold Steel Mini Tac Tanto’s lightweight, full tang construction initially grabbed my attention but the short handle length and sheath are a fail.
The Cold Steel Mini Tac Tanto is a very slim self defense knife. It comes with a full tang, serrated or non-serrated blade and is forged with 8A stainless steel. It’s is extremely lightweight at only 2.7 ounces and the blade length is 3.75 inches, with an overall length is 6.57 inches.
Shown as a lightweight, quick neck knife the Cold Steel Mini Tac Tanto is lightweight but the blade inside the sheath is too cumbersome to carry around the neck or even hidden in a pocket. The Secure-Ex sheath construction is a huge fail, after only a few tries the sheath started to split along its molded seam and now the only way to keep the knife in, without it falling out, is to shove it further and further into the sheath. The Cold Steel Mini Tac Tanto handle comes with finger holds so you do have some control of the knife but overall the handle is too short to fit my hand. Besides the badly constructed sheath the uncoated stainless steel does not do well with hot humid climates, mine started to pit and rust after only a few weeks.
I ignorantly purchased the serrated Mini Tac Tanto version, which got rid of any practical aspect of the knife, cutting fruit and general uses for travel. The serrations take up most of the blade length. Maybe if I purchased the non-serrated version of the Mini Tac Tanto I would still use it today but with the rust and serrations I have moved on to better travel knives.
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