The Cold Steel Drifter is a wide line of high-quality folders. The Drifter is the quintessential EDC pocket knife: you have quality, you have solid lock-up, you have excellent ergonomics, and you have a clip for secure carry. A hole at the end lets you attach your favorite lanyard. If your EDC rotation has been needing an upgrade, the Drifter might just be the one for you!
The Cold Steel Drifter series is available in large and small sizes, budget and premium materials, and several colorways. Pick up your favorite!
Originally saw this knife at the shot show and have been looking forward to its release. It was supposed to be called the Drifter, which I really liked. It is now called the "Engage" which sounds like a lame Star Trek nod. I really liked the finger choil, with deep carry clip and the notch on the blade, seemed nice for emergency batoning needs. The knife is super nice and feels great in the hand. Lockup is great. Definitely a good knife for EDC, but it does fill the pock, I can't carry this knife in the same pocket with my Leatherman as I normally do with my other EDC knives. Love the Deep carry clip! Definitely a sturdy knife. Keep up the good work Cold Steel!
I wanted this knife since I first saw it online a couple of months back. It's a good knife. Typical Cold Steel high-quality product. But I'm feeling a bit underwhelmed. I guess I bought into the hype too much. I like big, heavy, overbuilt knives. I mistakenly figured this was AD10-sized. It is not. It is smaller, thinner, and lighter than an AD10. For many, that's a good thing. Not for me. I hope they come out with an XL model. And the Atlas lock isn't quite as good as a Shark lock. It's a good lock, just not as convenient to close. Don't get me wrong. It's probably a great knife. I just didn't manage my expectations. I will give it time as my EDC and see how it grows on me. Edit: After carrying it for almost a week it has grown on me. As a big Demko / Cold Steel fan, I'd rank it just after the AD10/15/20 knives. If those are too big for you, this one just may be a bit better. And Blade HQ response, no help necessary. No problems with the knife.
I could not wait for this knife to come out. S35vn, G10 handles, that resembled the AD10, the new Atlas lock that was demonstrated to hold over 700lbs. I'll start with what I like, the blade came RAZOR sharp, and what is not to like about S35vn? the grind and finish are perfect. the handle is very comfortable, and the milling on the G10 is well done, it overall is the perfect size to me for an EDC knife, thinner than the AD10 but not overly thin, it carries well in the pocket with the deep carry clip, altho I wish the mounting screws for the clip were flush, the lock is easy to disengage both righty AND lefty and is truly ambidextrous, now I never had an issue disengaging the triad lock at all on any of my cold steels. but this lock is very easy to manipulate. the knife opens VERY smoothly and closes smoothly. Now, the bad part. the knife has practically ZERO detents holding it closed. I can easily shake the knife open, and with a slight wrist flick open the knife fully, without using the thumb studs, and once the blade opens past an inch and some change, it stays open, there is little to no "suction" pulling the blade back in. I believe the detent could, and should be stronger. I can see this opening in a pocket and staying that way, and getting a hand-cut up badly reaching inside the pocket. I have been collecting/buying and using knives since I was about 13, I'm 49 now, and I can only remember one other knife that worried about opening in the pocket, and that was the cold steel swift without the safety on it, as that knife had a very strong firing spring, and a weak detent. anyway, this is my two cents worth, I'm not sure it is a failure of my particular knife, I believe this is just how the knife is. buy one and make your own judgment on it.