Cold Steel Question

Cold Steel Question

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    Cold Steel Question

    I am considering purchasing the Epada 5.5 in G10 (New from Cold Steel) because the 200 dollar one is too nice for an EDC.

    In Texas I can carry a 5.5 folder so when I saw this I fell in love with the original. Now they made a cheaper version that is slimmer I am considering purchasing it for me and a Cold Steel Spartan for my girlfriend.

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with either knife and would you reccoment them? I usually carry a leatherman Skeletool with the 2-3 inch blade for work and carry a 4 inch Ka bar mule, 5.2 inch Benchmade LFK, or a 3 inch fixed blade. (Looking for a 4-5 inch fixed blade western style to start carrying on occasions)

    I prefer to carry a knife incase I ever need it.

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    I own a bunch of Cold Steel knives, except for the ones you mentioned. However, as some of the knives I have are as big as the Espada, I can say with some confidence, that bigger isn't always better. Sure, it's scary sharp, and is comfortable to use, but you're gonna get sick of carrying that thing around with you. You're pretty much going to have to dedicate the entire pocket to carrying it, like having a pocket gun. With a knife that big, you might as well carry a fixed blade, if that's legal in your area.

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    I usually carry my BM LFK side saddle on a belt, and mule on my back pocket, I usually carry extra weight to stay calm so the weights not too big of a factor. I carry a fixed on occasion just need to find a bigger one thats nice to carry. Usually dont carry anything but a USB in my front right pocket which is what I wanted it for.
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    Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Sevierville, TN ( Smoky Mountain Knife Works ) has great prices on them. Last time i was out there, they were giving away free promo dvd's on Cold Steel products (you can probably ask them for one by phone). It's pretty intense what they put their knives through. Some of the locks can hold up to 600lbs force. Even the little bitty knifes are razor sharp and will shave 1/8" boot leather by the stacks and not get dull. They cut whole sides of beef all to heck, rip through 1" hemp rope, etc. I would agree with the above, that weight would be a factor. They have some folders like the AK-47 that look good without being too heavy or bulky (in which case it will probably print and it's better out of sight, out of mind). I prefer the tanto point because you can shove it through virtually anything or cut your way out of a car if had to. The upper swept front on some knives adds xtra cutting power so the Scimitar looks interesting and probably near impossible to take away from you. Depends on the application as to what blade to get. I bought a fixed blade GI Tanto for $22 and love the thing. You could chop a tree down with it. Interesting enough have seen them demo bending the blade nearly to 60 degree angle without breaking...something they do with a few of them and this is great (meaning it probably won't break when you need it most). The bigger it is, the slower you will be on the draw with it as well. Probably a good small fixed knife would be the Pendleton Hunter.
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    Cold Steel knives are great quality knives I'm not sure though on the metal they use within the last five years. I know their expensive folders atleast some are made with that high quality damascus steel or the japanese stuff versus chinese junk. I have a bunch of cold steel knives including kitchen stuff.
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    patrol you right, i agree with you........its really Cold Steel knives are great quality knives I'm also use it for a long time. I have a bunch of cold steel knives including kitchen stuff. they are very sharp and have a really very good quality of steel.

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    I would try and see the Espada in person before buying it. That's a large knife. IMO, Cold Steel makes decent knives, but their steel is always mediocre. AUS-8 isn't a great steel and won't hold an edge nearly as long as other midrange steels like S30V or 154CM.

    If I'm going to spend over $100 on a knife, I'd rather go with Spyderco, Zero Tolerance or Benchmade.
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    Cold Steel doesn't make any of their knives. They contract the manufacture and have various different manufacturers which have changed over the years. The quality can be, evidently hit or miss depending on who had the contract for the actual knife you wind up with.

    Now, I've never owned any Cold Steel knives other than a couple of their night shade poly trainers so I can't really speak of the quality first hand. Take my comments for what they are, third hand observations.
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    I still have my Vaquero Grande, bought while serving about 20 years ago. It's the predecessor Espada. It's a simpler version and doesn't have their patented locking mechanism. It's not their fancy steel either. It's fully serrated, and a real pain to sharpen, but it isn't my "work knife" and doesn't come out. I would totally disagree about size. Sometimes size matters quite a bit (not just for sticking an attacker either), and wouldn't consider carrying anything but this little pocket machete.

    It's a SHTF knife that probably saved lives in a SHTF situation. We were towing a vessel that had been seized, and were unaware that the crew (arrested) had opened seacocks in the bilge just after the boarding. Not long after we got underway it listed and sounded in a matter of minutes. The tow line was under heavy strain when I got to the fantail as it sank. There was a guy sawing on it with a little pocketknife as the hawser kept tending towards our keel. I made everyone clear that deck, and sliced through the 6" towing hawser in one stroke with that knife (it helped that there were many tons on the other end to stretch it out for me). It snapped back like a gunshot through the cathole into the water, but I was back at the bird's-nest where it wasn't bad. We may have been able to back down and untie it, but my solution was a lot easier and more certain. It was a pretty big class II freighter, and it would have at lease ripped the bits off the deck if I didn't cut it away.

    You don't have a lot of options in a 12"+ OAL folder. I think that is an excellent choice, and I would buy one if I did not already have the original. I may buy one just for the hell of it!

    Here is a pic of what I've been carrying all these many years. I do trust it with my life.

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    Don't have the Espada, but I've used many Cold Steel knives in the past and have never been disappointed. My personal preference in carry folders goes to Spyderco but that is more a result of some physical problems than anything else. If I couldn't find my Spyderco I'd grab a Cold Steel and consider it a fine alternative.

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    Just noticed that this was a necro post from a brand new member...
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    patrol you right, i agree with you........its really Cold Steel knives are great quality knives I'm also use it for a long time. I have a bunch of cold steel knives including kitchen stuff. they are very sharp and have a really very good quality of steel.

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