Cold Steel is one of the most popular knife brands for tough, durable steel and heavy-duty cutting tools. Over the last three decades, Cold Steel’s innovations have put them at the forefront of the knife industry. From the introduction of their unique San Mai steel to the debut of the ultra-secure Tri-Ad lock, Cold Steel has mastered the art of creating some of the best combat and tactical weaponry in the knife business. Cold Steel’s employees aren’t just knife fanatics, they’re also weapons experts and martial artists with years of experience. What sets them apart from many other knife and tool brands is that they see the value in redefining an EDC. Cold Steel is the type of company who will try to make a pocketknife out of a machete – that’s just how they roll.
That being said, there are eight Cold Steel products that we put on a pedestal above the rest. We’ve chosen the best Cold Steel knives so that you can skip the research and get straight to performance. We can only watch Cold Steel’s Instagram for so long before we’re itching to demo their knives ourselves!
Cold Steel 20LT Tuff Lite Folding Knife
Cold Steel’s 20LT Tuff Lite is one of our favorite small utility knives on the market. This folding knife offers the strength and dependability that you’ll always find in a Cold Steel knife in a package that is compact and comfortable to carry. This American knife company knows that the best tactical EDCs have to offer an ergonomic grip for piercing cuts, so the integrated finger choil ensures a full grip that makes this knife feel like an extension of your hand. Not only is this folder the perfect size for everyday utility tasks, it’s also a great concealed carry self-defense knife. The Wharncliffe point is going to allow for deeper, more penetrating cuts without appearing overly tactical, so you’re not going to draw any attention to yourself when you have it on hand.
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Karambits are some of the best self-defense weapons that you can have in your arsenal. They’re ideal for close quarters combat and can be carried on your neck, shoulder, or belt for easy access in a life or death situation. Inspired by the intimidating sharp curve of a tiger’s claw, these fixed blade knives originated in West Sumatra in Indonesia and actually served as agricultural tools that could cut through thick roots and help plant rice. That distinct curve you see on modern models wasn’t a part of the original design – once karambits started making their way through trade routes and became more weaponized, that exaggerated claw became sharper.
We’ve pulled together a list of the ten best karambit knives – and lucky for you, they’re all available at KnifeCenter. We feel that these karambits are some of the top performing fixed blades available, and any one of them would make a boss backup weapon.
United Cutlery Honshu Karambit
Stylish, affordable, and discreet – three qualities that definitely make any karambit a must-have self-defense accessory, and we think that United Cutlery hit the nail on the head with this design. The rubberized handle on their Honshu model has three ergonomic finger notches. In our opinion, this one will give you some of the best handling of the bunch – pretty vital considering the most popular karambit fighting techniques need a strong grip to be executed properly and safely.
Why we picked it: This is the most popular and most purchased karambit in the world because of its price, quality, and great design. It’s also one of the best and most common karambits available on the market. This knife’s affordability means a wider range of people are going to be able to get their hands on a quality built karambit with a great design.
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The Rajah II was developed by custom knifemaker Andrew Demko, one of the chief designers at Cold Steel. This knife does an excellent job taking the Kukri and adapting it to a folding version that will prove to be an instant classic. Try the Rajah today and experience for yourself the power of a Kukri that fits in your pocket. Find it at www.knifecenter.com.
Kizer collaborated with custom knifemaker Matt Cucchiara to bring you the Flashbang and Dorado folders. Every surface and every edge on each handle is contoured for comfort, and gives these knives an exceptional look and feel. The pocket clip is machined titanium to complement the sleek style of these knives. Overall, these are superb knives. They truly capture the design style and quality of Cucchiara Knives, and are great values for the money. See them at www.knifecenter.com.
The Benchmade 477S Emissary is the second folder to feature the AXIS assist locking mechanism, after the Barrage. The spring assisted action of this slim, lightweight folder makes it a great EDC and tactical choice for anybody. The blade rockets out, and locks up tightly, each and every time you actuate the ambidextrous thumb studs. The handles are CNC machined from a billet of high strength aluminum alloy, giving the knife strength without adding weight. All in all this is a great pocketknife for anyone, especially Benchmade fans. It reminds us a lot of the 940m which is definitely on a short list of best folding knives ever made. Get your Emissary today at www.knifecenter.com.
The wildly popular Custom Knife Factory Decepticon 1 is now available in a tactical black stonewashed version, dubbed the Dark Edition. It’s a custom quality knife utilizing the best available materials and manufacturing techniques. This knife is limited to only 50 individually numbered pieces, so act fast. Available nowhere else but www.knifecenter.com.
The 757 Vicar is a modern masterpiece created by custom knife designer Shane Sibert and brought to you by Benchmade Knives. It features a premium 0.162″ thick CPM-S30V stainless steel blade, with stout, ergonomic G10 handles. The liners are made from Titanium, and the lockbar is very easy to disengage, even though this knife locks up rock solidly. The dual thumb studs and titanium tip-up carry pocket clip makes this a great EDC knife, but it really shines as a tactical tool. It’s stout, rugged, large, overbuilt, and fun. Check it out at www.knifecenter.com.
The Kershaw Knockout definitely earns its name. The SpeedSafe assisted opening system, invented by Ken Onion, makes this knife fly open and it’s a joy to play with. The blade is made from the awesome Elmax stainless steel, and a piece of the lightweight aluminum handle has been knocked out and inset with a stainless steel plate to create a frame lock. Dubbed the sub-frame lock, it’s just as strong and functions exactly the same, but allows Kershaw to keep the price of this USA made item in check. Limited production of only 500 pieces for this stonewashed model, and 500 for the blackwashed one, get one before they’re gone at www.knifecenter.com.
The Custom Knife Factory Evgeniy Muan MORRF Flippers are plain and simply awesome knive. They open so smoothly and quickly, you’ll swear that they’re assisted. The design of the flipper, the detent, the bearing pivot system, the lockup, the blade shape, the ergonomics, it’s really, really hard to level a single criticism at this knife. Available with G10, blue anodized milled Titanium or carbon fiber face scales, they all feature S35VN satin blades and milled Titanium frame locks. All three have a great feel in anyone’s hand and at right around four ounces, carries like a absolute dream. If you like, I would get one today because these will go FAST, limited to only 120 pieces per model. Find these and every other Custom Knife Factory offering at www.knifecenter.com.