Let's look past the cringe-tier mallninja marketing. Their torture tests are sort of cool, but watching a fat man (or the one-eye man, or the tryhard in pic related) slice up pork bodies get old.
Are Cold Steel knives actually any good?
I EDC a Benchmade Mini-Griptilian and I'm pretty happy with it. I'm considering getting a larger knife to EDC with, as well as possibly a survival knife. (County law prohibits carrying folding knives with longer than 3" blades; something like an Espada XL would be nice when I wasn't in the county, which is pretty frequent for me.)
They have a tendency to outperform all other competitors within the given price brackets. Pic related is a good example.
the bigger an object gets from Cold Steel, the worse it is.
the knives are ok. you're not paying a lot, and you dont get a lot for it.
but, hell, for a $30 knife, its hardly a big issue. You get what you pay for. I'd be happy with owning one, as long as you dont expect it to perform like a $300 handmade knife.
go bigger to the machetes, and they're still servicable, but the value for money is getting bad - they perform no better (and you could argue worse) than a Tramontina costing 1/2 the price. A lot of them are covered in gaudy gimmicky handles.
And then you get to the swords. Their swords are, frankly, shit. They market to people who dont know what a real one should be like. they're blade-heavy, they dont have all the complex grinding and tapering that real ones have, since that costs money to do, so they handle like sharp crowbars.
a few are getting better - they've recently released a polish sabre that looks really damn good - but I've yet to see anyone review it, so it might well still be a crowbar... but generally, their swords are shit. Avoid like the plague.
Ergonomics, steel, lock strength, blade geometry, overall design for intended role, out of box sharpness
Only made this lanyard a few days ago, then see your pic.
How do you fnd it for general use though. Does it hold a decent edge? Not a bad looking knife
>being this invested in a brand of knives
>being this invested in anything that occurs on a korean finger painting forum
most cold steel buyers lol
>muh sharpened prybar
shilling for cold steel huh. get called out son
overpriced useless pocket katana
keep bringing it on bi****s
It's ok your knife is so tiny, anon.
The best part about a Cold Steel knife is that it works fairly well, durable as hell, and you can get them cheap on amazon. I've never seen the point in a knife so expensive I'm afraid to fuck it up or throw away if I need too.
i dont even own a cold steel, i carry a cheapo kershaw because spending any sizeable amount on a folding blade is retarded
your multi post butthurt responses reek of autism.
Chopping shit down is fun, but not fucking magic. If you do this, expect to put it back on the sharpener to keep that edge.
God that looks so cheap, like something from the bear grills line. Plastic style chrome bullshit.
at least it's not a cold shit blade
>I buy cheap knives and cry to mommy for more when they break
wow son look at the mad you're so mad it's funny to me
oh wow you can chop through a tiny piece of ice with your sharpened prybar good job perfect 5/7
a clever and wise anon
u mad? i can see the whine
>is cold steel good
it's overpriced and subpar compared to spiderco, benchmade, CRKT, and most other companies in the $50-200 range. Consider it a buck knife with a shitty painted blade that costs twice as much and is made in a chinese sweatshop.
>all this shilling
CSF go home
Dear OP, buy an Espada. It is too fun watching the trolls get assblasted on /k/.
>needing to sharpen a knife after cutting a gallon jug
proof that cold steel can't temper a knife for shit. I've never owned a In house CS knife that can keep an edge.
>cutting a thin plastic milk jug
it's like watching a special needs kid shitpost about how only cool kidz get crutches to walk. Do you CC it in your trenchcoat?
Nah. Just a tactical chip opener at this point.
>You will never know this feel
they cost $30-100 than a knife of similar caliber on the open market.
"a plastic bodied midlock that loses it's edge after light use and gg pocket carrying because we use paint, not a chemical or baked on blade finish, that chips instantly" is gas station knife tier.
a mini recon costs like $60. Cold steel has earned their tacticool 12 year old status and nothing they've came out with has fixed it.
>inb4 but their axes and newish swords aren't entirely shit
those are licensed products from other companies CS imports.
cosplaying on anonymous imageboard? *shakes head sadly*
you're so assblasted over trying to justify your purchase. the buyer's remorse is strong with this one
look at this samefag frantically trying to pretend he cares
falls for the faked shill machine
open that bag to cram more potato chips down into your 450 pound lard body. that's the most action your pocket fedora will ever be used for
le reddit meme top lols to you narwhale
I used to have the American Lawman and while the tri-ad lock was bombproof and rock solid, the knife itself wouldn't sharpen for shit (and would lose the little edge it had after a week of mild use). I guess someone in Taiwan fucked up the heat treat. The coating was garbage, too. Moved on to a Skyline and never looked back.
Yes, OP, their knives are any good.
I have not found any difference in everyday use between any of the major manufacturers products.
I have seen that Cold Steel has a much more diverse product line than most of the other manufacturers.
You may also want to check out Condor Tool and Knife.
I own two of the spetnaz shovels. I love them, one in my bob and one in the car. I chopped down a tree with one of them. I recommend it.
This is OP; sounds like they're not bad but might have issues with sharpness and holding edges. I'll keep looking around to see if anyone else has something comparable to the Espada XL.
I have no interest in swords; leave those to the trenchcoat & fedora crowd.
The amount of buttmad in this thread amuses me. Keep it up.
Cold Steel is good bang for your buck. Especially considering how strong the locks are. All the Demko designed monster folders are really ergonomic and work great if you want a combat folder. The Spartan, Espada, Talwar, etc, all really nice and ergonomic.
I wont go near Benchmade because of their shitty QC and slow customer service. Spyderco has a lot of good designs, but I've had a few $150+ Spydies with much worse fit and finish than a sub $100 CS. CRKT is actually superior in fit and finish compared to the price. CS fit and finish isn't the best, but something like a Voyager or Code 4 works great as a general use knife if you don't like something too huge or over the top.
The CS haters are just regurgitating nonsense about the knives without posting any actual proof, only because they think Lynn Thompson is silly.
Best post ITT.
Good taste, I LOVE my PM2. I love my Code 4, too. Both knives to me are examples of a perfect EDC. Code 4 is a little more slippery and less user friendly than the PM2, but it makes up for it with its overall combination of strength, light weight and how thin it is in pocket.
It's polished G-10 and 7075 aluminum (the same shit they make AR receivers put of) with a mirror polish....nothing about the Espada is cheap.
The steels they use the most nowadays are CTS-XHP, VG-1 and CPM 3V. All of these steels are known for excellent edge holding, though I miss when they used AUS8 because I'm not pleb enough to send my knife to someone else to get it sharpened.