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Safe maker and steel tiger

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by Nocturnal13, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Nocturnal13

    Nocturnal13

    199
    Apr 18, 2017
    Hi guys, my first thread. The safe makers, steel tiger and I think the counter tac boot knives were previously made in Japan with VG-1. They are now made in AUS-8A. I am not sure but I think they are also made in Taiwan.

    I have a safe keeper 2 in AUS-8A and a steel tiger in VG-1. I am interested in the safe maker but I'm not sure if I want another push dagger with the same steel and also made in Taiwan. Does anyone have experience with the old Japan VG-1 vs new AUS-8A in Taiwan? I like the price but I don't know if the safe keeper and safe maker are too similar now.
     
  2. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    Cold Steel usually does a great job on their steel . Only problem I ever had with their AUS8 was on the bead blasted finish that could develop some small stain spots if not protected . Easy to polish out and to prevent .

    On these small SD knives , a "super steel" is not necessary .

    On a push knife , even their Grivory models would function adequately for their primary purpose .
     
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  3. Nocturnal13

    Nocturnal13

    199
    Apr 18, 2017
    Yeah I know you are right! I actually just wanted to talk myself out of it because I'm pretty much broke. But with that price it haunts me not to buy one
     
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  4. ThePeacent

    ThePeacent

    Sep 15, 2013
    nothing to add to what DocJD said, these are beauties and will perform adequately in any steel you choose

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    and I've only gotten problems from their AUS8 in bead blasted (Ti-Lite, mainly) models as well
     
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  5. Nocturnal13

    Nocturnal13

    199
    Apr 18, 2017
    I like the overall looks and pointier tip on the safe maker more than the safe keeper. Although I am not a huge fan of the chisel grind on the safe maker, that's why I want both
     
  6. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    Yeah, I always need "both " too and that's why I stay almost broke , too !
     
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  7. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    I would imagine either one would do great in the punch dagger role.
     
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  8. Charlie_K

    Charlie_K

    Jul 16, 2012
    I've been looking for a Safe Maker 1 for months now, but the big river store doesn't seem to carry them anymore for some reason.
     
  9. Nocturnal13

    Nocturnal13

    199
    Apr 18, 2017
    I also read they have a stonewash finish now instead of satin?
     
  10. Mike Sastre

    Mike Sastre Custom Crafted Concealex Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 23, 1999
    True - stonewashed instead of high polish on the new ones
     
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  11. Nocturnal13

    Nocturnal13

    199
    Apr 18, 2017
    Thanks for replies
     

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