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Best Cold Steel Knives

Written by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 03/18/2021

Best Cold Steel Knives

Cold Steel knives are built to be ready for anything – anytime, anywhere. Founded by Mr. Lynn Thompson, Cold Steel knives are known for their rugged designs and undeniable strength. From tactical fixed blade knives to burley folding swords, read on to see our list of Best Cold Steel Knives!

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Cold Steel 4-Max Scout

Best Cold Steel Knives

The Cold Steel 4-Max Scout is the epitome of what a purpose-built folding knife is. It features a chunky drop point blade made from durable AUS-10A stainless steel, and a grippy givory handle which provides incredible grip during heavy duty tasks. Whether you need a knife for building shelters in the woods or a tough knife for intense situations, the Cold Steel 4-Max Scout is worth a good look. Click below to learn more.

  • 4.00" AUS-10A Drop Point Blade
  • Grivory Handle
  • 10.00" Overall Length
  • 10.19 oz. Weight
  • Tri-Ad Lock
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Cold Steel Recon Tanto

Cold Steel Recon Tanto Fixed Blade Knife

Cold Steel has successfully established themselves as a world-renowned maker of rugged, battle-ready tactical knives and tools. The Cold Steel Recon Tanto is made for the roughest, toughest situations and makes quick work of whatever comes its way. This fixed blade knife features a solid SK-5 steel blade and a performance focused Kray-Ex handle. Its an amazing addition to any bugout bag, tactical loadout, or camping setup. Get yours by clicking below.

  • 7.00” SK-5 Tanto Blade
  • Kray-Ex Handle
  • 11.75” Overall Length
  • 8.80 oz. Weight
  • Polymer Sheath
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Cold Steel Luzon

Cold Steel Luzon

Inspired by some of Lynn Thompson’s favorite balisongs, the Cold Steel Large Luzon was designed as a versatile folding knife for both self-defense and working tasks. Its flipper tab makes it easy to open this knife precisely. Luzon’s G-10 handle is modeled after bamboo offering amazing grip and control during use. The knife features a rock solid 8Cr13MoV blade built for heavy use and abuse. This knife has an incredible leaf spring locking mechanism with an additional safety switch ensuring secure lockup and retention during use.

  • 6.00” 8Cr13MoV Clip Point Blade
  • GFN Handle
  • 13.50" Overall Length
  • 9.80 oz. Weight
  • Leaf-Spring Lock
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Cold Steel Recon 1

Cold Steel Recon 1

This high-performance folder is just one example of what makes Cold Steel knives so great! The Cold Steel Recon 1 is a purpose-built tactical folding knife that boasts a durable, and comfortable G-10 handle and the rock-solid Tri-Ad Lock system. Recon 1’s premium CPM-S35VN steel blade gives this knife amazing edge retention, sharpness and toughness.

  • 4.00” CPM-S35VN Spear Point Blade
  • G-10 Handle
  • 9.375” Overall Length
  • 5.06 oz. Weight
  • Tri-Ad Lock
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Cold Steel SRK

Cold Steel SRK Knife

This budget automatic tactical folder has the build quality and the action needed to perform during both high-risk situations and everyday tasks. The Boker Strike features an ergonomically designed aluminum handle meant for optimal grip with gloved or bare hands. A robust coil spring gives this knife its swift, hard-hitting action. Finally, the Boker Strike features a safety slide to prevent accidental firing.

  • 3.25" AUS-8 Drop Point Blade
  • Aluminum Handle
  • 7.875” Overall Length
  • 4.75 oz. Weight
  • Plunge Lock with Safety Switch
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Cold Steel Demko AD-15

Demko AD-15 Scorpion Lock Knife

This Cold Steel rendition of the Andrew Demko AD-15 features the same great Scorpion Lock technology and innovative design as the original but at a more affordable price. This exciting knife comes standard with a CPM-S35VN blade and textured G-10 handle. The AD-15’s unique Scorpion Lock is a modified take on a traditional lock back, instead integrating the lock mechanism into the handle and adding strength with a stop pin.

  • 3.625” CPM-S35VN Drop Point Blade
  • G-10 Handle
  • 8.50” Overall Length
  • 6.57 oz. Weight
  • Scorpion Lock
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Cold Steel Espada XL

Espada XL knife

It should come as no surprise that the Cold Steel Espada XL is on this list of Best Cold Steel Knives. This folding sword is an absolute tank! Upon first glance, the knife may look bulky and cumbersome, but it is actually one of the most versatile Cold Steel knives. The knife’s unique design combines the utility of a fixed blade with the convenience of a pocket knife. The Espada XL is surprisingly easy to carry in pocket and great for heavy use.

  • 7.50” AUS-10A Trailing Point Blade
  • G-10 Handle
  • 16.75” Overall Length
  • 15.01 oz. Weight
  • Lock Back
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Final Thoughts

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Cold Steel knives come in all shapes and sizes. From pint sized fixed blade knives to tactical folding swords, there’s bound to be a Cold Steel knife for whatever you need. If you’re after a high-quality knife that’s built to take a beating, look no further than Cold Steel knives.

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Still deciding which Cold Steel knife deserves your love? No sweat. Check out Lynn Thompson's top 7 Cold Steel Knives below. Or watch Zac and the crew head to Cold Steel Headquarters to experience their intense quality control process in the following video.


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