July 20, 2003, 05:28 PM
When you open this knife, your eyes will pop right out of your skull. This thing would even be BIG for a sheath knife. But the beauty is, the way the handle is shaped, when it's folded, it actually rides quite nice in a front pocket! It can be carried quite well. And the visible part above the clip really gives nothing away as to how big the knife you're carrying actually is. Let me tell you, this thing "Brownie pops" open like a dream! The lock closes with a resounding, solid "CLACK!" when opened with the thumb stud. With the Brownie pop, you get this microsecond blur of steel barely seen followed by a solid "CLACK!"---VERY satisfying and probably a lot of pucker factor there for a goblin to see and hear. Blade is just a beauty---curved and wicked. Looking for the biggest folder you can get? Look no further. And sharp as a freakin' straight razor and those serrations are just plain evil.
July 20, 2003, 08:05 PM
i concur and it's a bargain to boot.
July 21, 2003, 01:58 AM
I bought one when they first came out. In fact, the 6" version shipped before the 5" so when the 6" first came out, it was just called the "Vaquero", which is how mine was marked. Once the 5" came out, 6" versions were marked "Vaquero Grande".
At Kevin McLung's first "Knifignugen" party in AZ, that CSVG was the only folder present able to cut free-hanging 1" mountaineer's rope :cool:.
As I didn't use it for utility, the blade is as sharp today as when it shipped. Which is damned sharp.
The lockback switch has been dremel-rounded for more comfortable use. And the lockwork features a "pause notch", a rounded cutout in the tang metal. On mine, that half-circle has been dremelled into a broad oval, making the snapopen cleaner.
I've upgraded my daily carry to the Sifu. Rather than retire the CSVG, I've sold it to Gunsmith on this forum, and it's again doing daily carry duty.
Come to think, it's never been drawn in anger...I've pulled other blades, but never that one. May it never be so drawn.
If it is, it'll perform.
All that nostalgia aside: Cold Steel now has a 6" Voyager which in some ways is a better blade. There's more blade mass, making snapopens faster and more reliable with the stock lockwork. And it's available in plainedge, so for daily utility it's a far better choice, as re-sharpening the CS serration pattern is "iffy" at best.