This week’s special is another mean offering from Cold Steel: the four inch Talwar. The design is a collaboration between custom knife-maker Andrew Demko and Cold Steel president Lynn Thompson, who based the Talwar’s long, curved blade on the Indo-Persian sword of the same name.

The blade is manufactured from 8A stainless steel, and is flat ground, with a continuously curved cutting edge from choil to upswept. It sports Demko’s ambidextrous thumb plate, but the action is a little stiff on this thing, meaning it’s likely to be a two-handed opener for many users. The knife of course features Cold Steel’s Tri-Ad locking mechanism, meaning the blade is extremely secure once extended.

The pistol-grip handle is made from American G10, textured and contoured for maximum grip. It features strategically placed finger grooves for added comfort. Overall hand feel is very satisfying.

The attached pocket clip works pretty smoothly, and the package includes an alternate one for left-handed use. That combined with the ambidextrous thumb plate make this a very good option for lefties.

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