The Black Bear Classic is a sub-hilt design fighter that was first developed by Bob Loveless, one of the founding members of the knifemakers guild. Its perhaps the quintessential combat knife. Versions of this design are offered by hundreds of custom knife makers at premium prices. Therefore Cold Steel thought it was about time to offer premium sub-hilt performance at a more reasonable price, so they designed the Black Bear Classic.
This knife uses a VG-1 San Mai III® blade that is found in Cold Steel's famous Tanto series. This 8" blade offers excellent reach and incredible penetration with very little physical effort. The sub hilt practically eliminates the possibility of the hand being dislodged or coming into contact with the blade. The blades are perfectly heat treated and a double grind is expertly applied. Then the surface of the blade is polished to a beautiful satin finish, and the edges are honed and buffed to hair shaving sharpness! The black linen Micarta scales are fastened to the blade tang by 6 stainless pins and expertly hand shaped and contoured. Then the handle, including the 300 series stainless guard and sub hilt is buffed to a lustrous shine that will rival the finest custom knives! The Black Bear comes complete with a Secure-Ex® sheath.