Cold Steel SRK Search Rescue Fixed Blade Tactical Knife (6" Black SK-5)

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  • Overall Length:10.75"
  • Blade Length:6.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.20"
  • Blade Material:SK5
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Black
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.75"
  • Handle Thickness:0.77"
  • Handle Material:Polymer
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:8.20 oz.
  • Sheath:Polymer
  • Knife Type:Fixed Blade
  • Brand:Cold Steel
  • Model:SRK
  • Model Number:49LCKZ
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Hunting
  • Product Type:Knife


This SRK model is outfited with a tough SK-5 steel blade and Cold Steel's black Tuff-Ex finish for a durable, corrosion resistant blade.

The SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) from Cold Steel is a versatile knife that is able to withstand the most extreme abuse. It offers a tremendously strong clip point thatís fine enough for delicate work, yet possesses enough belly for efficient cutting, slashing and skinning strokes. At 3/16 of an inch thick, the Survival Rescue Knife provides the sturdiest possible point and edge configuration, without sacrificing sharpness. The SRKís handle sports a single quillion finger guard and a deeply checkered Kray-Ex grip. Item includes a Secure-Ex sheath for comfortable everyday carry.


Customer Reviews

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Great knife
Travis M.
The krayton handle makes for a secure grip, but it could use a pommel. The sheath that comes with it rubs the top of the handle, but that will wear down over time.
tough as nails!
Daniel K.
I bought this knife more as a bushcraft knife, and it's awesome. For around ~40 bucks you get pretty great fit and finish with an amazing sheath. Seriously, this is the best sheath you'll find on a fixed blade in this price range. It's basically kydex, and I especially like how you can snap it into place without securing the strap, if you're accessing the knife frequently.

SK-5 is a pretty standard lower-end carbon steel. It has acceptable edge retention, is easy to sharpen, and is incredibly durable. You'll have a hard time snapping or chipping this steel. It will rust though, so be mindful of that.

The handle is nice. You'll often see knives with lots of choils and grooves, but a simple broomstick-style handle is the way to go. That's why bushcraft knives' handles are so simple- they're the easiest on the hands during extended, hard cutting (through wood and cordage, for example). The SRK handle is a bit square for my taste but it's still comfortable.

Unfortunately I tipped my knife on a backpacking trip. I was splitting wood by stabbing the tip into it and twisting, which is obviously abusive. I don't fault the knife for this and I still love it. Just be weary of how acute the tip is-- it'll stab and pierce nicely but it's not as robust as on a Becker knife, for example.

The saber grind is very robust but it also is thin enough behind the edge for finer cutting tasks like feather sticking. The blade stock is just under 1/4" so it's plenty durable and also has a bit of weight for chopping, especially if you choke back and pivot the knife in your hand using the little flared out portion by the lanyard hole.

Overall it's a great knife. Admittedly it's more suited toward tactical use with its clip point and sharp tip, but don't let that stop you. It's also good for bushcraft and survival. Just be mindful of its shortcomings (unlike me...).