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The Cold Steel Code 4 is dependable and tough, yet thin, light and highly functional for everyday carry. It has a sturdy, hard-anodized gun metal grey 6061 aluminum handle with Cold Steel's solid Tri-Ad lock. The high satin polished, razor sharp CPM-S35VN clip point blade has an ambidextrous thumb stud to go along with the reversible tip-up carry pocket clip.
I was a little reluctant to get this knife, due to some of the complaints about the clip and release button being too stiff. I did have both of those issues, so I used a wooden dowel that was about the same diameter as the notch on the release button and clamped the knife in a vice to depress the release button down flush with the notch on the scale, and let it sit for a couple of days (I've also heard of people wrapping it tightly with some paracord). The clip was easy to pry up slightly to give it a little more play, using a thick piece of plastic to avoid scratching the finish. Give this knife a chance to break in and you will love it!
I couldn't be happier with this knife. Amazing balance. Lightweight, solid locking system, and the blade is sharp from factory. Showed my Army Ranger companions and they ordered the knife as well. The blade holds an edge and remained sharp after usage. Defiantly some thought went into the design of this knife. (Update) After using the knife it is the best knife under $100. many friends have purchased this knife and love it.
The knife came to me super sharp. The thing is crazy light for its size and super slim. S35vn is great steel especially in a knife at the given pricing, the aluminum handle is fantastically ergonomic for my hand(and slick looking), and the lock(after breaking it in) isn't too difficult to handle. Couldn't have asked more for the cost and super glad I made the purchase.
It might be my favorite folder .. the hollow grind with the S35vn is so slicey and I almost never have to sharpen it ... the blade stock is fat .. but the knife is somehow light because of the aluminum scales. It's truly and amazing EDC knife... and kind of a classy carry.
super thin, amazing hollow grind, thick blade stock, and pretty light, for its price it is a steal if you can handle the triad lock it was a little tough at first but its pretty easy at this point. this knife was meant to be strong and built to last
Very thin, super solid lock up with zero blade play, centered blade, even bevels, the handle material is smooth but the contour gives you a nice secure grip, a right and left clip are provided each is curved to match the contour of the handle. Just be careful if reversing the thumb stud. The thumb stud metal is a little soft. A screw driver can fray the stud creating a sharp spot. I sanded my smooth.
Gotta say I got this knife mostly for the XHP steel at a super competitive price they've since switched to S35 but that's still a great steel and this price still blows most of the market out of the water. But having gotten the knife it's slim light and surprisingly smooth in addition to the pricing advantages. Also I really like the looks of the knife just a very simple attractive design I've heard it called the Cold Steel Gentleman's knife and I agree even though it's a full size knife. My only two issues were the thumb stud, Cold Steel's studs are sharp as heck and I don't have thumb calluses, and the triad lock while smoother and easier to operate than the pro lite I had before it is still pretty rough on the thumbs.
Ive had one of these for maybe a year now. Bit on the tall side when closed, but so thin you don't notice it in the pocket. I'm honestly considering buying a second one, but mine is holding up so well that it diesnt seem necessary. The XHP steel is all they claimed it would be. Barring loss or theft, this seems like a "buy it for life" knife.
What a great knife this is my second cts-xhp all I can say is I love it what a great steel the knife I carry more then my other ones because of how well its built not to mention it's so light an slim I forget I have it can't say I had a problem with the clip works great for me I live in Florida an wear shorts year round you dont even know you have it in your pocket also my lock was not very stiff like some other cold steel knives an it got even better after a few weeks of use this is a working mans knife that will take anything you throw at it an not have a problem buy it you won't be sorry
Been carrying this knife about 3 months, love how slim it is for a bigger folder. You don't even notice in pocket. Has the super stong Cold Steel Tri-ad.
It feels like a $300 knife! Its very smooth and locks into place with authority. Very hard knife to beat in regards to quality, especially when you consider the fact that it comes with CTS-XHP steel.
Great value with this purchase worth more than the price of admission for sure
This knife has a pretty good amount of blade, and is surprisingly light. It has a fairly slim profile as well. Plus with the tri-ad, I know it can handle anything I throw at it.
I absolutely love this knife. Great ergos, thin, lightweight, excellent steel, etc. Big enough to do anything reasonable that a knife should do and classy looking enough to take almost anywhere. My current favorite knife.
I have EDCed this knife for several days and I really like it! It is light and relatively thin so I don't notice it in my pocket! This is a very well made, solid, sharp knife. The Tri-Ad lock locks up very tight and stout; there is absolutely no blade movement when this blade is locked open! Great quality at an excellent price!
The knife is excellent! Quality of assembly, steel, mechanical properties are impeccable !!! Special thanks to the store !!! Delivery to Russia in Moscow 14 days! For a long time I am fond of knives, I am engaged in knife sports fight. This knife is good for daily use! All I advise your store!
So for those who are wondering, this is the 2015 reissued version of the standard Cold Steel Code 4 Clip Point using the new Carpenter CTS-XHP steel (which is replacing the previous CS standard AUX8A in most all CS knives going forward). It's the same as the previous Code 4 in all other respects and has roughly the same price tag as the previous version (which has since lowered in price to around $50). With the overall stellar rep of CTS-XHP from it's previous, limited use in some Spyderco/Kershaw knives, I was willing to bite the bullet and pick this beauty up to try the steel out...as much as for the chance to try out the Code 4 platform. Couldn't have made a better decision there. Overall, it's surprisingly light for it's size, has a super slim cross-section in-pocket and still manages to have surprisingly great ergos in-hand. I feel like the thinness of the handle probably would cause some hot-spot issues during prolonged/hard use...but I'm not sure I envision using the knife in that POU...which is a little odd considering the fact that CS knife sales are usually leveraged based on the strength of the Triad lock. Meh. I figure strength is always good, even if it's not necessary in-role. The clip style blade, though stout in this iteration, is large enough for most of the jobs I would press it into for the heavy-duty EDC-Plus role. It has enough belly to be utilitarian and a high enough hollow grind to make for a relatively decent edge geometry overall. The factory grind seems a little steep and wasn't exactly symmetrical toward the tip, making for a slightly jacked-up point geometry. That said, I should be able to remedy the issue on my EPA 4 (once the initial edge wears down enough to warrant re-sharpening). I'm a little reticent to see how difficult XHP will be to sharpen - but if the reports from the blade forums are any indication, it should be fine. If the speed that it took a hair popping edge with only a light stopping (using black and white compound) is any indication, it should be a breeze. I will echo what some of the other reviewers of the Code 4 have said in that the clip is a bit too stubby and therefore stiff. I'm usually able to remove the clips on Cold Steel knives and bend them outwards slightly (from where the screws mount) to allow me to bypass any need to sand or fill in the handles. The Code 4 obviously doesn't have the pants-chewing problem of some of the other G10 handled CS knives - but being so short, the initial flair of the clip is still shallow, making it hard to get the entire clip over the edge of most shorts/pants/jeans with reinforced pockets. I tried to put that part of the clip in a vise to accentuate the flair and fix the issue...but with limited success. The whole clip is just too stout and built to lie too close to the scales for me to be able to bend it like that. That relatively minor (in my book) issue aside, the entire knife gets my vote overall. Time will tell on the performance of the steel. Rest assured that I'll be updating the review in the long-term if it doesn't perform true to expectations. P.S. Should also mention that the action started out being pretty stiff (as many Cold Steel's do) but it's softened up quite a bit in the 2 week break-in period since purchase and is now relatively easy to actuate one handed and glass smooth as it does. So that's my review; hope it helps.
S35VN for THIS PRICE?? How could you pass this up?? It's amazingly slim and light. Almost too slim, actually. But the knife fits well in the pocket, and cuts all day long.
Now this is an interesting blade. Steel is really nice. The entire thing is pretty slim and slender. It is however pretty damn wide in the pocket. The lock while I'm sure is really strong it is a pain the in hole to get shut one handed and has a feel like metal running on metal. Overall however this is a sturdy little blade made from premium steel at a really nice price. Fit and finish seem on as well as sharp out of the box. It is however a very very thick blade stock so not as slicey as I would like.
On the bigger side, great steel, but my favorite thing about this knife is how light it is.
Love that's very slim in the pocket, and light for it's size, super strong lock Only bad thing is the pocketclip is to hard.
Got this knife in the mail today- it exceeded my expectations. Most of my knives these days are in the higher end american made variety or midtech/customs. I bought this because I've been curious about Cold Steel for a while and with their upgrade in materials it was too hard to resist. The aluminum handles are very slim, so the knife disappears in the pocket. The blade steel is exceptional, and the grind is nice and even. Speaking of the blade, it closes with perfect centering and there's 0 play when open. Of course, at this price point, there has to be a catch- I've found 2 so far. 1 is that the lockbar is pretty stiff. Like 2 hand closing is uncomfortable stiff. But I've noticed that depressing the back half is easier than the front or middle. The other, grievous, ridiculous offense is the pathetic excuse for a pocket clip- CS claims to make working knives, but it's a struggle to get the damn thing into the skinniest pocket of any of my blue jeans. I don't think I can get it over any of my reinforced pockets. Definitely something that I'm going to replace, because trying to bend the tip up with pliers yielded disappointing results. All in all, the knife is great. Fantastic construction, solid design, great materials. The lock is pretty stiff and the pocket clip is stupid though.