Cold Steel Sisu

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Cold Steel has spared no expense or labor in the manufacture of this knife. The taper ground blade is made with their exclusive VG-1 San Mai III Stainless steel, and given an exquisite mirror polish finish, and a devastatingly sharp edge. A blade this handsome requires an equally attractive hilt. To that end, Cold Steel settled on using deep black linen micarta and set it off by a matching, highly polished nickel silver bolster and pommel. To complete this superb example of the knife maker's art, the Sisu is housed in a traditionally styled scabbard. Made of thick sturdy leather and equipped with an internal synthetic safety liner it is sure to give years of rugged service.
Cold Steel's President, Lynn Thompson has long been an admirer of Finland and its people. As a sixth grade student, when he did a report on this tiny, but fiercely independent Scandinavian nation, he discovered the Puukko, the national knife of Finland. Eventually he met and married a Finnish girl from a city in the Michigan Upper Peninsula called Escanaba, and now has a whole clan of Finns to call his own. A uniquely Finnish characteristic he admires and tries to emulate is Sisu (pronounced: siss-sue). Philosophically, it can be roughly described in English asguts, tenacity, steadfastness, courage, and an indomitable will to succeed and survive. He even has a small plaque above his desk with only this simple word printed on it. So, in honor of his beloved wife, her family, and the entire Finnish people, he has revived and updated a classic Puukko originally designed by Tapio Wirkkala, and christened it, appropriately enough, &qout;Sisu&qout;. Because Lynn feels so strongly about this knife, Cold Steel has spared no expense or labor in its manufacture. The taper ground blade is made with their exclusive VG-1 San Mai III Stainless steel, and given an exquisite mirror polish finish, and a devastatingly sharp edge. A blade this handsome requires an equally attractive hilt. To that end, Cold Steel settled on using deep black linen micarta and set it off by a matching, highly polished nickel silver bolster and pommel. To complete this superb example of the knife maker's art, the Sisu is housed in a traditionally styled scabbard. Made of thick sturdy leather and equipped with an internal synthetic safety liner it is sure to give years of rugged service.Product Specifications: 

Blade steel VG-1 San Mai III
Rc hardness 56-58
Blade length 4&qout;
Length overall 8 5/8&qout;
Blade thickness 4mm
Weight 4.6 oz
Made in Japan
More about San Mai III steel: San Mai means &qout;three layers&qout;. It's the term given to the traditional laminated blades used by the Japanese for swords and daggers. Laminated construction is important because it allows different grades of steel to be combined in a single blade. A simple way to think of this type of construction is to imagine a sandwich: The meat center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon, tough side panels. The edge of the blade should be hard to maximize edge holding ability, but if the entire blade was hard it could be damaged during the rigors of battle. For ultimate toughness the body of the blade must be able to withstand impact and lateral stresses. Toughness is generally associated with &qout;softness&qout; and &qout;flexibility&qout; in steel, so that, surprisingly, if a blade is made &qout;tough&qout; the edge won't be hard enough to offer superior edge holding. San Mai III provides a blade with hard (higher carbon) steel in the middle for a keen, long lasting edge and tougher (lower-carbon) steel along the sides for flexibility.