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If you have had any experience with Spartan Blades before, you will know that their knives are very easy on the eye but hard on anything that stands in their way.

I have been using Spartan Blades for a long time, and they are easily some of my favorite knives. From their striking lines and comfort during use, to their tank-like build, you really can’t go wrong with a Spartan Blade at your side. As is the case with their Shinto.

Designed in collaboration with Tu Lam, of Rõnin Tactics and History Channel’s “Forged in Fire: Knife or Death”, Spartan Blades has again leveraged the knowledge and experience of a retired Green Beret veteran who knows how a knife should perform to build a no-nonsense combat blade fit for our Special Forces. From self-defense and combatives to field utility, the Spartan Rõnin Shinto (which means “the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new”) is checking all the boxes.

Not being one to let anyone rest on their laurels, I recently took the opportunity to put this new blade through the wringer. Having dealt with Spartan Blades over the years, I knew they wouldn’t have it any other way.


When you first pick it up, you can feel the quality. It has a nice solid weight to it that adds to the hard-use feel. The 10.5-inch overall design is very sleek and streamlined. There is nothing bulky or wasteful about the Shinto in any way. The 5.625-inch CPM-S35VN blade utilizes a recurve profile which adds a little to the length of the cutting edge, provides a robust tip and gives the Shinto a good forward energy when chopping or slashing. The saber grind has a beautiful flow that encompasses the finger choil very elegantly.

The spine is very clean and features something you don’t see very often: the crown of the spine has a slight arc to it, which aids in comfort during push cuts while only slightly reducing the 90-degree angles of the spine, making it still very useful for chores like striking a ferro rod or scraping a tinder bundle.

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February 2020