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This version of the Pro Lite Sport folder is equipped with a blue GFN handle and a drop point blade in a satin finish.
Cold Steel's goal in creating the Pro Lite series was to provide a heavy duty folding knife with Cold Steel's superior strength and durability at an affordable price. Designed with famed knife-maker Andrew Demko, the Pro Lite sports a 4116 German stainless cryo quenched blade. It has a high satin polished finish and a sporty drop point profile. The handle is made from textured glass-filled nylon with a tough Tri-Ad locking mechanism. Get all the Cold Steel quality you can handle at an affordable price with the Pro Lite sport folding knife.Features:
great price for a sturdy knife, i expected it to have more weight but that does not reduce of its feeling at all. definitely a good add on to the collection.
After watching the series of BladeHQ videos with Lynn Thompson, I decided to dip my feet into the Cold Steel pool. Forget for a moment about deployment action and drop shutty - how impressive is it that their principal concern is with your hand's safety? And then secondarily, they are concerned with your pocket book. Well this knife delivers better than any on both of those fronts. I will be shopping more Cold Steel in the future, but this gem of a 3+ ounce in Ben blue is the best value hard working knife you are likely to find. Pros: Light and strong, amazing lock-up, mine came razor sharp with a great hollow grind and beautiful stonewash finish, the pocket clip works great with the lightly textured GFN, amazing price, comfortable ergos. Cons: If you have a problem with plasticy-looking things, go for one of their other models with G-10, etc. Also be prepared to give your thumbs and fingers a strength workout during break-in - but it's worth the safety.
Maybe not typical Cold Steel sharp out of the box but edge seems very durable for good EDC carry. Tri-Ad lock broke in quickly. Like the BLUE! Good grip and very solid, amazing value.
Yeah, off the bat, this thing is blue!!! blue is easier to see if it falls on the ground. Blade is thick, not great sharpness honestly. lock is really really tight but very secure. I think it’s a good value beater, like most cold steel stuff. After using for a few months it is my go to work edc because I can actually use it without so much care, sharpens easy, and the lock is great, it’s lightwieght and sturdy as it gets. Would defiantly recommend for a working knife you’ll use everyday
My girlfriend got this for me upon my recommendation... hehe While the Ontario Rat 1 and 2 are the go-to recommendations for a budget knife, I own the Rat 2 and I believe the Pro Lite models from Cold Steel are superior. They truly are ultralight, and the blade is beautifully stonewashed. I've seen knives much more expensive than this, with much less work put in to the blade. Every surface is gently rounded and the stonewash glistens under a light source. It also will wear very nicely, showing little evidence of use (other than deep scratches of course). The pocket clip is excellent. Simple and utilitarian, the tension is perfect and it doesn't move at all. The texture on the handle is mild enough so that it feels nice in the hand and it can be slipped in and out of the pocket without trouble. Ergos are superb. The flat ridge across the top of the knife from the handle to the blade is perfect for your thumb. I wear medium sized glove for reference. It came very sharp from the factory, the hollow grind comes to a very thin dimension behind the edge and Cold Steel ground it to be nice and shallow as well. 4116 is an awesome budget steel, superior to AUS-8 and 8CR in my opinion. Edge retention is similar but rust resistance will be much better with 4116. Easy to sharpen too, both in difficulty and level of sharpness. I got mine to whittle hair. Cons: Deployment is a little tricky. The hole is not very big and because it is asymmetrical, it's not as natural as Spyderco's opening hole. That said, with a little practice it can be slowly swept open, flicked open quickly, or pocket-drawn if you clip on a ziptie. Mine came with a tiny nick in the microbevel. It could only be felt slicing very thin paper and it made no difference in cutting performance. Just a little annoying. Overall, this is one of the best budget knives on the market, and it is my favorite by a long shot. Consider this over the Rat 1 and 2 if you prefer the strength of the triad lock and lighter knife (than the R1) with a similar size.
I bought this as a starter knife for someone who was interested in getting a pocket knife and immediately replaced with something better. This is a big knife, but it somehow feels even more bulky than it needs to. The blade mediocre and wont hold a good edge. The worst part by far is the locking mechanism. I picked this because it was a cheaper lockback knife, but the lock is absurdly hard to release. I've owned tons of knives with different mechanisms and even tried to loosen it up, but it's damn near impossible to release the lock. There are better budget knives out there, get one of them.