Recently I was looking to buy another survival knife to join my collection. I tend to go with US made knifes and I wanted something that looked stylish as well as being functional.
It was while doing this research that I came across a Spanish manufactured stainless steel knife the CDS-Survival MOVA-58. What got my attention was that it was receiving some really great reviews online so I decided to investigate further.
The knife comes in two versions either with a wooden Cocobolo Handle or a Micarta Handle. Personally, I prefer the wooden handle [ Cocobolo is a hard wood from Central America].
These knives are hand made in Spain with laser cut blades from something called MOVA-58 or Molybdenum-Vanadium 58 Stainless Steel. Researching this type of steel online I really couldn’t find much written about it.
One user described it as more stable and durable than the USA made knives that use 1095 or D-2 for their knives. I’m not going to compare US Vs Spanish Steel here I am just going to go with my findings.
The sheath is made of real leather is well stitched and has an old world look that I like.
Included with the knife is a sharpening stone that fits very tight in its pouch. Also included is a Firestarter that works as advertised and the spine of the knife has sufficient angle to produce enough sparks to light your tinder. The fire steel is attached with a lanyard.
Moving on to the knife, this is a really nicely balanced knife. It’s a touch on the heavy side but personally, I like that. It looks like it will last a lifetime. I like the logo on the full tang blade as well.
As far as sharpness goes different users report different levels going from razor sharp, to sharp but not sharp enough to cut arm hair to one guy who says he was disappointed in the sharpness for the amount he paid. If the blade isn’t as sharp as you want it you can make use of the included sharpening stone.
Users who have taken it out in the field have reported that it does a good job. They mentioned that they had used it for; gutting fish, processing kindling, cutting hemp, nylon rope and Paracord and even cracking nuts.
If you check on Amazon you will see the excellent reviews this survival and outdoors knife is getting. Currently, at the time of writing it has 4.8 stars out of a possible 5. The only really negative review is from a customer who received a knife that had a faulty handle that didn’t fit the blade well. As it is just the 1 poor review I am guessing this was an oversight with CDS-Survival’s quality control.
The CDS-Survival MOVA-58 Stainless Steel Survival Knife compares well against other knives of the same price. It’s a heavy, balanced knife that does the job and looks good as well. The actual knife as well as the sheaf and two accessories are well made. The knife is recommended for survivalists, hunters or backpackers.