Three Circles Knives, Satori Tanto Review

Three Circles Knives, Satori Tanto If you have spent anytime outdoors, it becomes apparent very quickly that a quality knife is a must have tool.  Whether you're just out for a small ganter in the woods or on an epic two week hunt in the backcountry, a solid dependable knife is a must have!!

There are so many uses for a knife in outdoor environments, it’s ridiculous.  They can be used for hunting, skinning a fresh kill, a cooking utensil, cutting up your prized tri tip, pry bar, screw driver, cutting wood for a fire, the list could go on and on.  Let’s face it, your backcountry knife cannot fail.

Enter the Satori Tanto Knife from Three Circles Knives.  The ninja of ancient Japan used “Sanmitsu”, which means three circles, to help prepare themselves for a challenge they may face.  The Three Circles stands for action, thought and word.  “Satori” means enlightenment in Japanese which Travis, the founder of Three Circles Knives, found fitting for their first knife.  The “Tanto” blade has been around forever in weaponry history.  Tanto is a blade pattern often associated with tactical knives due to its exceptional stabbing ability from a reinforced tip design.  The Tanto blade was introduced into the United States in the 1980’s.

Due to the Tanto pattern and it’s strength in design, this knife, which was crafted from a solid piece of 440C stainless steel, is absolutely indestructible compared to a typical folding knife.  Everyone knows you can’t go out into the backcountry without a fixed blade knife.  This knife is so reliable that I carry it with me everywhere.  I just keep it in my vehicle and when I know a pocket knife isn’t up to the task, I grab my Three Circles Tanto Knife.

I do have a few complaints about the knife.  The price is high.  Now, do I think this knife is worth the cost?  Absolutely!!  I believe in the buy once cry once theory.  I guess you could consider this my crying.  I was also disappointed with sharpness of the blade out of the box.  Now don’t get me wrong, most manufacturers have a tendency to send dull blades out of the factory.  This knife felt extra dull.  Would that keep me from purchasing this knife?  No.  A quick little sharpening session got me comfortable in handling this battle blade.

Do yourself a favor and check out Three Circles Knives.  They have some “Factory Seconds”, or blemished knives on sale right now that will get a Satori Tanto in your hands at a fairly decent price point.

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Claim to Fame:  A fixed blade 440C stainless steel survival/camping/every day carry knife.

Target Market:  This knife is geared towards a man’s man.  If you find you find yourself outdoors, hunting, hiking, camping and doing manly things, this knife is for you.

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)Three Circles Knives 2

  • 12 inch overall length
  • 6.5 inch Tanto blade
  • 3/16″ thick 440C Steel
  • Kydex sheath
  • Multiple carry options: Paracord or MOLLE clip
  • Paracord color options for handles or maybe you prefer camel bone
  • Several finishes to choose from: Cerakote -Black, Flat Dark Earth, Satin

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:

What others are saying?:

  • From   - “These knives are built for abuse and the will take whatever coconut or washed up car tire you throw at it.  The pictures don’t show you just how tough these knives are.”

Price Point:

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Our Rating:

+ Super beefy knife!! Feels unbreakable + The fit and finish on the sheath is amazing + The blade is cut on both sides of the knife + Did I say it was strong?  Durability is not something to worry about with this knife

- Blade was pretty dual out of the box - $$ Cost will be a turn off for many - Sheath rides high on the waist with mounting options

 Score: 8.0 Great80


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