I have always been a fan of good knives, back in the day when I went camping as a young teenager the survival knife came in really handy, the ‘Rambo style knife’ as big as you could get was the name of the game, hollow handle with inverted compass, fishing kit, needle and thread in case you somehow injured yourself to the extent of needing stitches, or if the ring pull snapped off that tin of sardines etc etc…
When you get older a good knife becomes a little different, its purpose becomes perhaps more dedicated and much smaller than the teenage jungle-hacker depending on the purpose of course.
Bring on ‘Cudeman’ – Never heard of them? Welcome to the club, Cudeman appear to be one of those Spanish knife companies that position themselves just below the radar – why is anyone’s guess and the company website simply does not rank for anything other than their name.
Cudeman knife reviews however, are hitting pretty much 10/10 and having owned the MT5 for a couple of years now this write up is not going to go against the current flow of opinions, (there isn’t much out there in English). At the time of writing you won’t find any content on their Youtube channel, there are no dealer listings or simple where to buy page on their website so to find a Cudeman knife you have to hit your favourite search engine (or like me stumble upon them on Amazon).
Whatever the reason is for Cudeman having a low profile there is one thing that sets this company apart from the others at this price point and that is quality – bundles of it in fact alongside an aesthetically appealing range of knives.
WHY I CHOSE THE MT5:
Well, its a fixed blade which is always going to be stronger that a folding lock knife like the MT4, having said that the MT4 was a close contender given its portable folded length, the other model with 11cm blade was the MT1 which is essentially the same size fixed blade knife with a slightly different blade design.
Aesthetics are obviously important and while this area is ‘each to their own’ there is no doubting that the higher end of the Cudeman knife range looks simply fantastic – handle choices are also available in a range of colours and also Cocobolo which is a dense tropical hardwood from central America.
Blade length is another consideration as anything over 11cm and you might have a hard time justifying a larger knife to the Guardia Civil here in Spain.
CUDEMAN MT5 SPECS:
HANDLE LENGTH: 11,5 cm
OVERALL LENGTH: 22,5 cm
BLADE THICKNESS: 5,33 mm
BLADE WIDTH: 3 cm
GRIND: FULL FLAT GRIND
BLADE FINISH: SATIN FINISH
BLADE SHAPE: DROP-POINT
STEEL: BÖHLER N-695
HARDNESS: 59/61 HRC
TANG TYPE: FULL-TANG
BOLSTER: A-304 STAINLESS STEEL
HANDLE MATERIAL: SATIN COCOBOLO
SHEATH: BROWN LEATHER (INCLUDED)
BOX WEIGHT: 52 gr
KNIFE WEIGHT: 247 gr
SHEATH WEIGHT: 87 gr
OVERALL WEIGHT: 386 gr
A knife such as the Cudeman MT5 is a handy piece of kit to have in in your overland EDC set up, there are numerous reasons why you might need a good knife when you’re out on the trail, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it as they say. If you are looing for a decent knife and have access to Cudeman products then we recommend taking a look.
*This article was originally written by Iain in 2017 and has since been adapted, Cudeman have also updated their website which is now also in English.