Cudeman was kind enough to send me their MT5 120-K Wilderness Survival Knife to test and review. I thought I would post a quick "First Impression" review ahead of the main review so that readers can get an idea of the looks, dimensions and sheath.
- Overall length: 22.5 cm
- Handle length: 11.5 cm
- Handle Material: Cocobolo wood or Micarta (in various colours)
- Blade length: 11 cm
- Blade thickness: 5 mm
- Steel Blade: Bohler N695 58-60 HRC
- Weight: 225 g
- Sheath: Leather sheath
The Cudeman MT5 120-K came packaged inside their a beautifully presented box.
My first impression after pulling it out of the box was that the MT5 120-K looked more attractive than most of the stock photos I've seen on the internet. The leather sheath's earth-toned "Deep Brown" colour coupled with the satin cocobolo wood handle offers a pleasing contrast, with a look that says "serious wilderness knife."
The Cudeman MT5 120-K features a 22.5CM Stainless 11CM long blade with a full flat ground/spear-point design and a small bevel at the edge. The cocobolo handle is secured to the tang of the knife with three stainless steel Allen screws. One feature I particularly like is the wide lanyard hole in the handle. It should make lashing the knife to a pole for use as an improvised spear easier. MT5 120-K has a full tang and the blade is just over a 5MM thick.
The sheath is a high quality, heavy duty leather with multi-position belt fixings. The knife is held in place by a single retention strap with a heavy button snap.
MT5 120-K next to the Mora Bushcraft Forest
First Impression Summary
The MT5 120-K looks to be a very promising medium-sized bushcraft/wilderness survival blade. It is comfortable in the hand, and the blade is a simple, no-nonsense design that's built for function over style, something I find appealing. The back of the blade is sharp enough to spark a fire steel or to scrape magnesium or natural tinders for fire-making.
The back of the blade is also ground flat all the way to the tip, making it well-suited to batoning. The leather sheath is very attractive and functional.
The knife came shaving sharp right out of the box, something I've only ever seen with mora knives when they're new. It's nice to see this knife rivals the latter.
Overall, this looks to be a great all around bush knife. The Bohler N695 stainless steel blade should hold an edge well, and the full flat grind should lend itself nicely to wood carving, food prep and batoning. I plan to give the MT5 120-K a good thrashing over the next couple of months in the field, and I'll report my findings in an in-depth review sometime in April/May