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Rugged Knife Rough Use Knife 13.5" Overall Length Black Thick 8" Spear Point 440 Stainless Steel Blade Nylon Sheath
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Built to be abused. Heavy, rugged and very functional. 13.5" overall with sure grip rubber handle over full tang. 3/16" Thick 8" blade of 440 stainless steel with black textured coating and sturdy guard. Stiff lined nylon belt sheath, also see below other blade designs to select from.
Spear Point Blade.
DBA-444 - Rough Use Knife 13.5" BOLO and
DBA-443 - Rough Use Knife 13.5" BOWIE
Spear Point Blade.
DBA-444 - Rough Use Knife 13.5" BOLO and
DBA-443 - Rough Use Knife 13.5" BOWIE
Total number of Reviews: 49
"I ordered it for my boy, and half expected it to look and feel low grade at that price. I am very pleasantly surprised at how tough this knife looks and feels, and at the price it can be abused without worry."
"It's made from 440 stainless steel and will slice thin paper held in air aswell as my most expensive knives, it's that sharp and has good balance."
"i hunt alt and i am the weapons expert in my squad and this knife is great for hunting and at work"
"I had read the previous reviews so I pretty sure the knife was worth the price. I debated between the clip point and the classic style. The clip point one out because I didn't have one and figured I'd prefer a heavier knife in the classic style. Now that I have the knife I realize the knife is more than beefy enough to make the other two styles effective. Guess I'll be buying two more."
"i really like this knife. I'd prefer to have a leather sheath though, what do you guys think?"
"This knife is going in my camp kitchen. It is sharp enough to cut meat, potatoes and vegetables but I do not believe it is rugged enough for a utility knife. The fact that it is stainless steel will be a benefit with the acid in some fruits. The blade is 3/16 of an inch thick, fairly normal, but not thick by my standards. Still it is worth the money as a kitchen knife. The sheath will do fine as it will spend all of its life in the knife drawer of my camp kitchen, but in the real world it would be worthless."
"For the money, it represents an excellent value. I've never seen a knife this good for $10.I bought the clip point model because I wanted a stronger tip. It has a matte finish that resembles baked powder coat, but on closer inspection appears to be black wrinkle paint. So far it's staying on and hasn't chipped. The blade is 3/16 inch thick (about 5mm), so I'm not expecting it to drop small trees. It scrapes *very* well.It arrived very sharp, and the edge sharpening technique resembles the edge found on other mid & high end knives.This is a Chinese-made product, but so is my Cold Steel War Head. And, they're about the same quality. So save a bundle and get this one. Makes a great extra knife for the backpack, gift or basic survival knife.Scabbard could be a little better, but it isn't a deal breaker. It's lined with some type of phenolic plastic type material that requires a little more attention when re-inserting the blade than other sheaths. If you plan to wear this outdoors, you might want to consider upgrading the handle retaining snap. If you wear it on your right side, it could unsnap if it catches on brush or something else."
– RD in PA
"i purchased this knife i am very dis-pleased it didnt come very sharp. the blade was getting loose the same day i bought it and i only did carving with it its not even very good for that 5 days later i lost the knife but it was a very bad knife"
"Just received this knife in the mail, and I am very pleased with it overall. The blade is obviously very sturdy, it's thicker than I thought it would be, sharp, and has a nice coating on it. The handle is great. Before I purchased it, I was under the assumption that it would be the cheap, hard, slippery rubber like so many other knives. Not so with this one. It is grippable, and it conforms to your hand. This is a solid knife that'll make you happy when you have it in your grip. For the price, I am amazed at the quality. The only downside was the loop and snap on the sheath. It is flimsy, but all you need to do to fix that is to wrap some electricians tape around the loops and it's good to go. Overall, you cannot go wrong with this knife. Pick one up for the house, utility, and outdoor use. Thumbs up CTD!"
"I bought the drop point. This is very good knife for 10 dollars + five dollars for shipping and such. It came sharp. If fits my hand and it works at every task I've tested it on which isn't all that much yet. The blade is as thick as I want a knife blade to be. If I want something stronger I'm going to use a crowbar. The guard doesn't seem to get in the way. The handle is cast one piece and feels like car tire. The lanyard hole liner looks like aluminum. I don't know what the black stuff on the blade is but so for it is staying on. The sheath is a little on the shoddy side but unless you actually use it a lot there is no way to know how well it will hold up. I doubt if many buyers will wear it enough to wear it out. A good leather sheath can easily cost more than this knife + sheath cost so I see no reason to complain. If you decide you want a new and better sheath make one or have a friend make one. If all else fails pay somebody to make one."
– Dwight E. Howell
"The last time the family went camping, everyone was borrowing my knife. So I decided to pack a knife with our camping/hiking gear so they could borrow from each other. I wanted one that was inexpensive so that when it gets lost/left behind, it would be no great loss.This knife was a surpise! Heavy, rugged stainless blade painted with black fleck paint with a full latex grip. A few licks with the sharpener and it was ready to go. The sheath is basic utilitarian - cardboard reenforced nylon - and it probably wont last the season, but the knife is what I wanted and it fits the bill."
"I was impressed with what the Classic Rough Use knife (DBA-443 on this site) was able to go through on www.knifetests.com. You can watch for yourself what the knife was able to take (compared to some expensive knives like some Chris Reeves models). Well, even though the CLIP POINT wasn't the actual knife tested, I decided to buy both the Classic and the Clip Point Rough Use knives (at $10 a piece, why not). Well so far, I've put it through my own tests and like the website, it has stood up pretty well. What I am about to write isn't so much a complaint as much a desire to voice the one thing that I didn't care for too much. First, neither sheath from the Classic nor the Clip Point was excellent by any standards; however, the sheath that came with the Classic was better. It had a velcro strap, which I'm not crazy about, but at least it was more secure than the button-strapped sheath for the Clip Point. The problem here isn't with the button but with the strap--it is a little too long so the blade just flops around loosely. Second, the Classic blade's sheath came with a small compartment that houses a sharpening stone (a cheap one, but better than nothing) while the Clip Point just came with the sheath (which incidentally, also happened to smell like dried, musty sweat).Having said that, I do not presume to think that I deserved a stone or a decent sheath for $10 (believe me, I'm very happy with my purchase)...but maybe this will help someone who is trying to decide between the Clip Point or the Classic. Both are great but for what I received in exchange for $9.97, I prefer the Classic."
"I bought this knife so I'd have a nice sturdy camping knife. the overall knife is very sturdy. When i was sharpening the little twig just to try it out it left a big mark on the blade.that was the the first time i used it. It is dull too and needs a good sharpening. Only buy this knife if you want a really sturdy kife that won't break. and has a sharpener."
"Bought two, came with sheath that holds the blade pretty securely and has a button clasp over the blade handle. Held up well to some of my tests I put knives through. Not very heavy, came out of box decently sharp. The grips are rubber and well formed, but it wouldn't hurt to get a pair of gloves when using it long term. Will buy more as gifts in near future."
"I bought two of these initially. Knife is not reflective steel but is a dark gray textured type of steel, except the edge of the blade which is reflective. Has a molded rubber handle which provides a good grip but may feel loose when sweaty. I suggest wearing finger hole gloves when using this. Definitely has intimidation factor. Slightly on the heavy side, but durable when slashing into trees, boxes, home defense, or even in a clutch as a digging tool or other useful needs. They came somewhat sharp but definitely couldn't hurt to use a sharpener. I have since bought 2 more and will probably buy more before they sell out. For $10 you could put one in every room of the house in case of an emergency."
"This is a knife! Very big and intimidating! It did not ship to me very sharp, but that is easy to remedy with a stone. (I did not get a stone with this knife, like some people said they did with the classic bowie blade rough use knife) The product box this came with inside of the shipping box said they are M-Tech manufactured, and are 440 stainless. The abuse the guy on knifetests.com put the bowie blade rough use knife through was impressive. I don't know I would try (battoning) the point of ANY of my knives through concrete blocks, or 1/8 inch Mild steel, but it is good to know what it can do before failing. The sheath is nothing to write home about, but as has been said before, IT'S A 10 DOLLAR BLADE! Buy it if you need a decent blade and don't want to blow a lot of money. I bought 6 of these instead of one Ka-bar fighter. Loose 3 of these and still have three more to bury in the badie, loose the Ka-bar fighter, and cry as the badie sticks you, no brainer Soldier!"
"I was pretty impressed at how big the knife was!pretty durable, good looking,pain in the butt to clean!the handle became wobbly a few months after I got it.all inall it's a good knife!"
– contry boy
"so i bought it thinking, \"Oh, this knife will be bad because it is only 10 dollars,\" but when i got it, i could tell it was like the best knife that i have; and i have a lot. if you are looking for a knife to use, this is the knife too get. the sheath is also nice. i tell my friends to buy from cheaperthandirt.com because they have a high quality and quantity of nice knifes. the only downfall is that it is slightly difficult to clean."
– its the best
"When I ordered this knife, I didn't expect much! After all how good could it be for the price? I forge my own swords, and axes, as well as collect high end knives. Even though I have 40 or 50 other knives it seems that when I'm out stomping around in the woods this is the blade hanging on my hip. If I break it or loose it \"WHO CARES\". All that you can ask of a knife is that it takes and holds a good edge. This knife touches up with just a few strokes on a steel hone. So far it has been used as a knife, splitting wedge for camp fire kindling, and a one handed entrenching tool. Can't do all that with the SOG or Ka-Bar."
"Rugged and tough, better than what I expected for the money.Will buy a couple more."
"Good value for a cheap knife. Big blade, rubber grip, cordura sheath. Black powdercoat over a stainless blade. Not very sharp out of the box, but sharpens up OK. You'll never shave with it, but it's stainless and you knew that...I bought another."
– Ranger Tim
"Great knife for the money, went back to order more...sheath sucks but so what. For the money, really a bargain."
– killer mike
"this is a great kinife for the price. big heavy and sturdy. I don't know what you want for a few bucks but i would compare this knife to others costing five times as much."
– campin clem
"This is a great knife for the cost, well worth the money."
"You simply cannot beat this knife for the money. Not only does it look and feel solid but the knifetest.com website shows what kind of abuse it will hold up to. It's $10 and my only regret is not ordering another one but I'll rectify that today!"
"I got this knife yesterday and for ten bucks it is great! I'm surprised how sturdy it was. the sheath is ok but the edge on it is SHARP. I would recommend this knife to any one."
– texas gun freak
"I got this thing the other day, and I gota say this knife feels like a tank. Much stronger than my higher end more expensive knives. That being said, I do have a few minor issues. For one, the finish or texture on the blade is kind of a nuisance, EVERYTHING sticks to it, dirt, mud, dust, super fine saw dust, etc. I think if it gets too obnoxious, I could buff it out with sandpaper or something. Another thing is the grip, it's kind of slick, no grip like Cold Steels knives, not huge, but annoying again. I might be able to modify it, and melt checkering in it or sawing it out. The sheath is super cheap, kinda flimsy, and falls apart. I'm making an ambidextrous kydex retention sheath for it, and run paracord through it so I can mount it on my backpack, LBE, vest, belt or even thigh. Last thing is the hilt or hand guard, it gets in the way if you want to choke up on the blade, and lay your thumb along the spine of the blade. For example, like when you are whittling, or shaving sticks, or bone to make arrow heads. Or more precise cutting like knocks of an arrow or slicing leather, but I can grind it down after I finish the sheath. Overall, I give it 5 out of 5 bullets, great for a beginner, a first knife, or even a good workhorse for more experienced outdoorsmen. Buy this knife and you wont be sorry!"
– Dylan Draper
"For the money, you can not go wrong here. The knife is of good quality, sharpens easily and holds an edge. The nylon sheath has not given me any problems. Great deal."
"It works, but I wouldn't buy again, spend a few extra bucks and get something better. I wouldn't call this a value knife as much as just a cheap knife."
"As has been stated by other reviewers, this knife is a great value for the money. I've had many, many knives over the years including many Ka-Bars; this baby stacks up to that all day long!! Nice and hefty; came w/a super sharp edge; I like the finger grip handle. For $10, you could beat the hell out of this thing all you want. The bottom line is: would you trust it in an emergency situation? Given that the handle is permanently attached to the blade (full tang) & how hefty this thing is, I'd put my life in it's hands. I totally agree w/other reviewers regarding the sheath - that is really cheap quality but again, for $10, who cares? The only suggestion I'd make to the manufacturer about the sheath would be to have the clasp strap up higher; it's a bit too close to the hilt & gets caught up in the hilt as you re-sheath the knife. Either that or have the strap go over the hilt to keep the knife in place in the sheath. As long as you have something you can carry it in, right? If it's that much of an issue, make your own sheath for it. Either way, GET THIS KNIFE!!! You won't be sorry."
– La Bajista
"OK, I left a review the other day, just after receiving this knife. At that point, I hadn't really tested it. I just got done putting this thing through its paces. It made mincemeat out of a sappling, in just a few strokes!! As for things sticking to the finish, I did not experience that. In addition, the knife I received was extremely sharp & after putting it through its paces, the knife still held an edge. Two words in the description of this knife as posted on CTD hold true - rough use. I used it as a splitter (of sorts) - it held up famously. To those reviewers that left bad reviews, I'm not sure what you're complaining about, based on the knife I received. Thick blade, full tang, razor sharp, clip point, finger grooved handle ... it all adds up to an unexpectedly superior quality knife for such a small price. I only have 2 words for those contemplating purchasing this knife .... GET ONE!! You won't regret it. I am actually going to be purchasing a few more of these. The only thing I would suggest to M-Tech (the actual manufacturer of this knife) would be to relocate the retention strap ... either keep it where it is but have it go over the hilt instead or move it higher up toward the butt end of the knife. The location it's currently in leaves potential for the knife to shear off the retention strap. Other than that, this is a phenomenal knife, especially for the price."
– La Bajista
"I am an avid outdoorsman, hunter and I teach survival classes locally. I have been looking for a good tough spear point knife for all around use. The knife I have been looking for should be large enough to hack, chop, dig, stab and cut as needed and the spear point for just that if needed. After watching the review for this knife on knifetest.com I bought one. Today, while I was hunting, I needed to move my stands from one location to another and in doing so I needed to hack, chop, dig and cut some limbs and foliage out of my way to set my stand. I chopped many limbs up to one inch in diameter, cut roots and vines and stuck the knife in the tree when not using it. After I arrived home I gave it a few licks on the steel to straighten the blade and it could shave again. I love this knife. This knife just pushed all my other knives to the side and is now my number one. The sheath does leave a lot to be desired. I am looking for another one to tie the knife down and carry a stone with it. As for comments on the finish, a little dish soap and a scrubby will clean and return the blade to new. Buy this knife and you will not be sorry. I am going to buy a few more just to have."
– Kevin, Florida
"This is a pretty good knife for the price. The sheath is very basic but what do you expect for $10. The knife itself has a thick backbone and the edge can be sharpened up pretty good. The handle fits the hand but the coating on the blade is a strange textured coating. The knife has a decent balance and slashes nicely. I'm not sure if this is a full tang knife so I wouldn\uFFFDt do too much chopping with it but in a defense or survival setting it should perform what is needed."
"I bought this for my roomie who is rough on things, so I figured a \"rough use knife\" would work great for him. He has been running a-muck, chopping everything in sight; roots, branches, even trees using this thing like an ax and a shovel. It even chops through the h bone on a deer like butter. I will buy one for myself in the near future"
"I order one of these knives for my fiance and she absolutly loves it.It has withstood all of what she has managed to throw at it and its still like it came out of the box."
"I normally don't give items a Best rating. However, this knife is quite exceptional. If you buy it with the intent to abuse this knife, your money will be well spent. If you're looking for something to put on a wall, there are nicer knives. Slightly larger than a Ka-Bar, I LOVE the spear point. The only drawback to this is the sheath - they should have placed the retainer strap a bit higher up on the handle. GET THIS KNIFE IF YOU DO A LOT OF WORK OUTSIDE!"
"This is a great knife; I watched several destruction tests before buying all three versions of this knife. It out-lasted even 300 dollar knives supposed to be extra tough. It holds a great edge and you could literately jump up and down on the blade. It will bend, but it bends right back without breaking... goes great in a survival bug out bag or for disaster preparedness with long term food storage..."
"Read the other reviews, and I pretty much agree with them! It feels heavy in the hand, but not too much. The grip feels the perfect length and the blade is beefy. Mine didn't come sharpened from the factory, but that's what sharpeners are for. For the record, its an MTech USA brand knife, made in China: the web page doesn't specifically state this. Found the info on the blade itself.The full-tang blade and sure-grip rubber handle inspire confidence, and the sheath is adequate being made of a nylon material and featuring a snap-lock. Saw a torture test:It made my decision to buy a no-brainer!I received mine via FedEx in about 5 days. Considering buying a second one for my BOB!"
– J.J. in AZ
"Awesome knife. Sheath adequate. 440 steel takes a wicked edge. Get it while you can."
"the blade was super easy to sharpen but when I started using the knife it broke at the handle. I can tell you that its full tang though."
"After twenty throws against a straw bale, the blade broke off at the junction with the handle. I guess it's not so rough and tough after all."
"Bought the spear point for a wilderness canoe trip. Was pleased with the heft of the unit. Squeezed black silicone seal in at both sides of the hilt, to stop the handle rattle, and seal out water.Also, altered the angle of the edge to match a pocket sized carbide/ceramic sharpener. A hand grinder gave me three small serrations. Stitched up a belt loop from 2\" nylon webbing w/ a quick release buckle, stitched the buckle mate to the sheaths belt loop, now have a removable drop leg option for carry.Served me well chopping fire wood from a burn area, and other camp duties. Sweet knife."
"I bought one of these in the bowie blase config first but lost it to the wife. Showed her a pic of this one and as soon as it arrived (typically fast, thanks CTD) she gave me the bowie blade back and has had a blast trying to break it. In one week she has cut everything that she could find and it still has a great edge. Gonna order some of both types as gifts. For under $10 you cannot go wrong. My wife also likes the way that the clip blade handles better, as she is quite a bit smaller than I am, and this one is easier for her to maneuver and use. Do yourself a favor and get one for the car, one for the tool box, and at least one for your BOB. CTD, please stock more of the Bolo blades. I would LLLLLLLOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE to have one of those!!!!!!!!!"
"Bought two, the Bowie and this Spear. The spear is a time honored favorite for its battle styled bayonet inspired design. A tip for penetration in battle and defense, and a continuous hefty shank for hacking and chopping. The secret to the spear design has always been the slender, long, penetrating blade. This knife has added heft for really rough use, hacking and pounding on the back of the blade with a hammer. This knife is a good all around design, good heft and battle purpose, and for really rough use around the camp site. I foresee this blade will take abuse from hammering through wood to split kindling, bone hacking, and light wood chopping. It's not a hatchet, but will have great utility in bush. The grip is secured by a single aluminum rivet, which is probably not going to stand up to a \"lifetime of use\" we might want and expect, even at this price. The sheath is acceptable and made of thick ballistic fabric, which will go the distance. Two things about the knife that I like are that it did come with a nominal edge and the blade has been given a tough anti-rust coating. The coating is finished in a stippling paint and not smooth, so one can expect that the coating will add resistance to the blade passing thru materials being cut by hacking activities, at least until that stipple is worn down by use. Now, the good news is the knife is cheap! It's better than the price and I'd buy it again. Of the Bowie and the Spear, I pick the spear design for utility and heft."
– In the Bush
"Best deal on CTD! Check out this knife on youtube. This knife goes with me in my B.O.B. bag."
"I waited to purchase this knife because it was on back order. I actually purchased two of them; one for my son and one for myself. When I received it, I was impressed with the weight and feel. I have to say that calling it a rugged, rough use knife is definitely overstating its dependability. I used mine three times for basic chores and it failed miserably. I was cutting some small branches out of one of my trees with it and it broke into three pieces when I cleaved it into a stump to take a break. I realize you don't get much for this price, but I expected more. I DO NOT recommend buying this knife unless it's going to be a wall hanger."
– Rick Boyd
"A bit skeptical at the beginning, because of the price, but once it was put to use, this knife performed as an excellent tool. Great bang for the price."
– The Doc
"I have owned this for a couple of months now. It is not yet broken. I have yet to behead a zombie with it. Hope it doesn't break then. 4 bullets because it is still intact."
"This knife is a tremendous deal. The only reason I didn't give it 5 bullets is because of the sheath, which is C-R-A-P. I would recommend the manufacturer place the secure strap higher up on the sheath and to make a kydex/nylon hard sheath, but then that would mean a higher cost, which means a higher price tag. All in all, it's a great knife that has stood up to some pretty rough use, which is what you'd be buying it for. If you want better quality, spend the money and buy a Ka-Bar. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with this one. The size and heft of it alone are worth the price. The spear point tip is an advantage as well because it's less likely to break off if torqued, yet still allows for use as a fighting blade. Again, my only real complaint is with the sheath; I'd have liked to have seen a leather one with a thumb strap higher up, near the belt loop."