Posted October 27, 2008 by Howard
Cold Steel Black Rhino Folder
Like the Espana series, these are full sized folders with some unique qualities. They have aluminum frames and a great locking mechanism. We like what Cold Steel has done with this series. They are lightweight and powerful
Here is the description from Cold Steel:
Everybody’s familiar with those well-respected, big, slip-joint hunting knives. Usually, they have wide, clip point blades and curved handles and have been made in the U.S. by various makers ceaselessly for the past 70 years.
Cold Steel’s offering in this arena, our Black Rhino, doesn’t re-interpret the established classic lines, but instead provides some clever twists in terms of materials, performance and especially in the locking mechanism.
The makeover began with the blade by making it wider. This allowed us to increase the deeply hollow ground blade bevel to over 1” in height so we can guarantee deep, effortless penetration through just about any medium that’s vulnerable to steel.
We gave the ”heave-ho” to the time-honored slip joint mechanism found in older classic knives and opted to give our Black Rhino a huge upgrade in the finger protection department and install our latest Tri-Ad™ lock. You see, a traditional slip joint lock in this kind of folder is suitable for light work, but it never really locks the blade rigidly in place.
The traditional brass frame and nickel silver bolsters were jettisoned and were replaced with an extraordinarily tough 7075 aluminum frame and integral mirror polished bolsters. The bolsters are dovetailed and fitted with the attractively polished, black G-10 handle scales, secured by high tech fasteners. Finally, to make it easy to carry and access at all times, we have added a mirror polished pocket clip and double thumb stud on the blade. The Black Rhino is truly a modern classic.
* Blade: 4 1/4″
* Overall: 9 3/4″
* Thick: 4mm
* Weight: 5.4 oz.
* Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless