Question about some Cold Steel knives


October 11, 2010, 09:46 AM
one of my local gunshops has a few for sale. they're older ones, some i've never seen before. the story behind them is, some woman came in and sold a bunch her deceased husband had in storage.

most are in unused condition, and come with their original boxes. one is a small push dagger, that comes with a leather sheath. there are some opinel-styled folders, with black epoxied blades, a diver-styled dagger (skeletonized), one of the classic tantos, and the one i'm really interested in: a partially serrated, tanto bladed Triple Action folder.

i'vw always wanted a Triple Action folder. the one available is LNIB, with no scuff marks on the blade. the asking price is $25. i know these originally went for much more, so i'll be buying it tomorrow. my question is about the other knives. i'm unfamiliar with them, so i have no idea if the asking price on them are great deals, or not.

the push dagger is going for about $30, the opinel styled ones are around $10, the dagger is $40, and the tanto is $50. there were a few newer ones available as well, that i wasn't interested in, like the Mini Tac, the Ti Lite, and one of the newest push daggers.

i guess what i'm asking is: should i go ahead and buy up all of the older ones, before someone else does?

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October 11, 2010, 10:22 AM
If there's a Master Hunter in the bunch buy it, especially if you're a hunter and do your own skinning. I've been using one for years with great satisfaction. Can't advise on the others.

October 11, 2010, 10:28 AM
If they are made in Japan, buy them.


October 11, 2010, 12:40 PM
If you're going to ebay them off, sure (if they're Japanese). Stay away from the twist locks. They were not well regarded.

October 11, 2010, 01:40 PM
were the opinel style knives the twist locks? what was wrong with them?

i was planning on keeping most of them. there were also some other items that i wanted: the Vietnam Hawk, the Bushman, and the Mini Bushman. i'm just unfamiliar with the others i mentioned in my OP. i know the Master Tanto is well regarded, but i've never seen the others before.

October 11, 2010, 03:45 PM
A Triple Action for $25.00! This knife has been discontinued and MSRP was $150.

Buy it.

A tanto for $50.00, buy it!. If it is a Carbon V tanto, it is worth much more than $50.00

If these knives are made in Japan, they are quality blades. Highly likely the steel is AUS 8 which is a fine steel.

I don't have and don't want a push dagger, but it sounds like you have found a bunch of good knives at real good prices.

If I was in town, they would be gone before you got back to the store. :evil:

October 11, 2010, 05:03 PM
ha! i know the Triple Action is a steal, and i'm glad the store was closed today. the push dagger interests me, as well. is smallish, the size of the Urban Pal, but it's all steel (no kraton on the grip), and is plain edged. when i go back tomorrow for the Triple Action, i'll try and take pics of the other knives, if the store owner will let me, and post them here.

October 12, 2010, 10:45 PM
well, i stopped by the shop, and two knives followed me home.

the push dagger, the diver's dagger, and a few others were gone. the owner got wise, as well; the price on the tanto went from $50 to over $100. there are still a ffew goodies left, though. if they're still there next week, they shall be mine.

oh, yes. they shall be mine.

January 19, 2011, 10:28 AM
For me, i would rather buy them all before it's too late.

451 Detonics
January 19, 2011, 11:07 AM
Those are all very very good prices, as stated I would purchase all of them is possible.

Stay away from the twist locks. They were not well regarded.

Not well regarded by who? I have all of the models that were offered, all are Carbon V, the locking system is massively strong, they don't swell tight like wood Opinels do, easy to sharpen to a shaving edge with great edge retention. What's not to like?

oops...just saw the date of the OP...

January 19, 2011, 08:15 PM
Attention cold steel fans: I answered this fellows question regarding "tops" knives. I him i only had personal exp with cold steel knives. Next thing i know, i am getting my butt kicked by other forum members simply because i have been using cold steel products since 1980 & all of a sudden, i am branded as some type of du-fus cutlery fan.

Please go to this section of this forum & read what these guys had to say about me simply because my choice in knives did not agree with theirs----"any opinion on a tops brand knife"

thanks fellows for defending my right to own what i please & not to please the crowd.

451 Detonics
January 20, 2011, 07:49 AM
I read the thread and I didn't see anything that was even vaguely out of line directed towards you in it. You stated your opinion of CS products, they stated theirs...I saw no name calling, no buttkicking, etc.

Personally I like CS products but there are a lot of haters out there as well, the majority of whom just parrot what they have read without ever owning one. I just ignore them.

January 20, 2011, 04:42 PM
Thanks for your support regarding the knife issue. I suppose with the mini-strokes, medications, & impaired vision has negatively affected my judgement, understanding, & cognitive reasoning. Well that is what my doctors have all told me !!! Thanks for looking out for a medically retired old dude.

January 21, 2011, 04:48 PM
I have been keeping something secret for the past 9 years & i guess it is ok now to share it with the members of this forum. Before he died in 2001, i asked this question of my dear friend, clyde e. Fischer (charter member--international knife makers guild) the following question:

"who makes the best factory production knives available for purchase to the general public?" his reply: "cold steel does. Them boys know how to make one tough s.o.b. Of a blade. Other than my own hand-forged blades, you can't go wrong with that brand"

fellows, those words were from the lips of someone who made knives for governors, 3 presidents of the usa, corporate giants, & for the smithsonian museum in washington, dc. Most of all, he enjoyed making knives for everyday, common, working folks & sold them at a price most could afford during the 1970's & 1980's.

451 Detonics
January 21, 2011, 05:29 PM
As I stated I have been fond of Cold Steel knives since I was a dealer starting in the 1980's. This full set of Cold Steel Classics are among some of my favorites in my collection.

I also have a full set of the Shinobus, Cold Steels first folder...a design that has been repeatedly ripped off btw. I also has quite a few fixed blades and folders in Carbon V. Altogether I would guess about 25 Cold Steel knives are in my collection.

LT is a flamboyant, over the top advertiser. His video's are not everyone's cup of tea. But his products work and work well and some of his knives are among the best designs anywhere.

January 25, 2011, 05:30 PM
I have a few cold steel knifes - one thing they know how to do is make a SHARP knife.

The older cold steel blades were made by Camillus.

January 25, 2011, 05:52 PM
I have a pretty good collection of Cold Steel Started in the late 80's I have a Voyager XL clipped IWB all the time .

January 26, 2011, 04:10 PM
Guru1911 no one said you cant own Cols Steel Products. mostly people were poking fun at the Cold Steel videos, at least I was.

451 Detonics
January 26, 2011, 04:18 PM
The older cold steel blades were made by Camillus.

Camillus made the Carbon V blades

January 27, 2011, 06:33 AM
I have 2 Cold Steel Knives and I have his Video. I used to have a magnum iX Tanto, but it is too long to be practical for concealed carry.

My two knives are the master Tanto and the Arc Angel Balisong.

The Tanto is the sharpest and durable knife I own. No others compare.

The Arc Angel is one of my best Balisongs.

It's too bad they don't have lifetime warranties. Otherwise I would get more.

January 27, 2011, 09:58 PM
I carried a Voyager for a while. It worked fine. Gave away my CS kukri and Recon Tanto. They worked okay: I just found other knives that I preferred for the tasks I'd used those knives for. I still have a large Voyager a friend gave me a few months ago, when I told him to keep the Spyderco he was admiring. He didn't want me to be (even temporarily) knifeless. (shrug) It has pretty good serrations, but rusts easily.

To me, Lynn Thompson is the Gary Olen (the Sportman's Guide guy) of the knife world, only more arrogant and less personable.

January 29, 2011, 12:33 PM
well, the Triple Folder was a waste. i never intended it to be actually used for anything except for play, but the small amount of cutting i did with it managed to break off all nearly all of the smaller teeth of the serrations.

the Twistmaster, though, has been a workhorse. i've been using it for anything i could think of, from food preparation to heavy warehouse duties. i've cut heavy industrial cardboard, plastic bandwire, and a host of other rough materials, and it cuts well. it takes little effort to return the edge to razor sharpness, and i can usually do it by stropping it with cardboard. i love it.

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