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Cold Steel 2018 - Benjamin Liu - 02-07-2018

http://www.coldsteel.com/products/new-products/2018-products.html

This is a small line-up, and mostly folders.  I suspect they'll be adding more products.

So far the ones I like are the drop forged pushdagger (they have not made an all-steel push knife since the Urban Pal in the 1980s)  and the Luzon (I don't know why they chose the name, but a slim folder with a flipper/guard and a blade profile of a dueling Bowie looks good.)

The Mini Tac Bowie looks good and would be a good knife, but they kept the bad sheath design.  If they had the kydex cover and hold the knife at the choil rather than the subhilt, it would make the knife much easier to draw from multiple carry methods.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Limey Pete - 02-08-2018

$379.99 for a knife!
And it has a plastic scabbard.
A person has to really love knives to pay that price.
I would rather buy the cold steel baseball hat and pretend i own a $379.99 Cold Steel knife.
However the Mini Tac Bowie looks good for $29.99, apart from the plastic scabbard, but if I needed a knife that small I would go for a folding knife.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Grizzly Dave - 02-08-2018

Knives are getting more expensive like all things.
I have a Shirogorov knife that I took to Africa with me and I just learned they are going for $1400.00 USD.
I hesitate to take it out of the house as I hesitate to use my Randalls, Ruanas and other custom knives.
Natives up northern Canada way use a lot of Old Hickory knives and they don't venture into the mountains and forests, they live there.
They may have deeper insight into knife selection and use.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Limey Pete - 02-10-2018

I have always been amazed by the high price of North American knivies, but my jaw hit the floor when I saw the price of Japanese knives, and others.

[*]Yoshihiro Mizuyaki Honyaki – Price: $5,000. ...
[*]Lancet Ouroboros Knife – Price: $5,500. ...
[*]Nenohi Honyaki Dentokougeishi Sakimaru Takobiki with Corian Handle – Price: $6,980. ...
[*]Black Panther Knife – Price: $7,700. ...
[*]Gentak Makara Knife – Price: $12,500. ...
[*]Monarch Steampunk Dragon Knife – Price: $18,500.

Imagine having one of those confiscated going through an airport.

Undecided


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Benjamin Liu - 02-19-2018

These knives are part of Cold Steel's high end line made of San Mai III. They have always been expensive.

I have the original Tanto, the one the Master Tanto was based on. It is a well-designed knife with a good grip.

I do agree that they should have leather sheaths. Back when they did these sheaths were pretty good. Mine came with a good sheath, and the only issue I see with it is the use of velcro rather than a snap.

The prices listed are also the MSRP, which is only what they'd cost at mall stores or directly from Cold Steel. Buying from Cold Steel's Special Projects catalog will be cheaper, and buying from dealers will be much cheaper.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - muleskinner - 05-22-2018

(02-08-2018, 09:46 PM)Grizzly Dave Wrote: Knives are getting more expensive like all things.
I have a Shirogorov knife that I took to Africa with me and I just learned they are going for $1400.00 USD.
I hesitate to take it out of the house as I hesitate to use my Randalls, Ruanas and other custom knives.
Natives up northern Canada way use a lot of Old Hickory knives and they don't venture into the mountains and forests, they live there.
They may have deeper insight into knife selection and use.

I use my Randalls, almost daily. I never do any research on what they might me worth, I don't want to know. I bought them in the early 80's and have used then ever since.

Muleskinner,


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Deerstalker - 05-22-2018

(02-08-2018, 09:46 PM)Grizzly Dave Wrote: They may have deeper insight into knife selection and use.

I think so  Rolleyes


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Bill Hay - 05-22-2018

Muleskinner, which Randalls to you have and use?

Benjamin, I have three Cold Steel Tantos, all original. The first is the very first one to be produced, almost mint, the second was the first to be produced in San Mai, and the third is the original Recon Tanto, and very heavily sandblasted blade. That version seemed to go away very quickly.

They just hide in the safe, gathering dust... If you have any idea where I can sell them at a reasonable price, I'd appreciate the hook-up.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Benjamin Liu - 05-22-2018

My best guess would be to sell them on Bladeforums.com or maybe the Cold Steel forums if they allow sales. All these would be collectors' items. Bladeforums would have more traffic. It would probably be best to check ebay and search through the forums to see what prices they go for.

If the first one is actually the very first run of CS tantos rather than the one they sold through most of the 1980s, it would be very rare. IIRC the very first run was made in the USA by Buck before CS moved production to Japan. That would make it a rare item to both CS and Buck collectors.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Bill Hay - 05-23-2018

Thanks, Ben... I didn't pay any attention to who made them at the time, I don't know where they fall in on the production lists...


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Benjamin Liu - 05-23-2018

I think the original Recon Tanto was only available as a Cutlery Shoppe exclusive and only available for a few years, which would make it also rare. At one time Cutlery Shoppe was selling them for 2 for $100.00 when the discount catalogs sold the regular tanto for $100.00.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Deerstalker - 05-23-2018

There are some comments here  Shy

https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/history-of-cold-steel-tantos-unauthorized-and-probably-incomplete.1566051/


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Benjamin Liu - 05-23-2018

That was the first quality pic I've seen of the version with a micarta handled and no guard.

I remembered the ads in old SOF magazines, but the pics were small and poor quality so I was not sure they had no guards.

The CS Tanto really came to my attention in their 1984 ads.

That old ad shows a knife I've wanted them to bring back for years, the Urban Shiv.


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Benjamin Liu - 05-23-2018

Here's one site selling the Magum Tanto XII:

https://www.knifecenter.com/item/CS35AE/cold-steel-35ae-magnum-tanto-xii-fixed-vg-10-san-mai-blade-kraton-handle-secure-ex-sheath


RE: Cold Steel 2018 - Grizzly Dave - 05-23-2018

I use my Randalls, almost daily. I never do any research on what they might me worth, I don't want to know. I bought them in the early 80's and have used then ever since.

Muleskinner,

I paid $60.00 for my Morseth in 1971
I traded a Browning 22 takedown for a Randall 1-6 in 1978
My next Randall 1-8 was $222.00
Now a Randall Model 1 is around $600.00
...but a pack of smokes was 60 cents in 1971