There is probably no more polarizing knife company out there than Cold Steel. Some people don’t like their knives, others don’t like Lynn Thompson, their founder and President. Their recently settled lawsuit against CRKT left a bad taste in many peoples’ mouths.
Some folks love their knives. Many are robust to the point of being “over engineered”. I really like the Mackinac Hunter, which falls in the robust camp. The Canadian Belt Knife is kind of junk, with a cheap feeling plastic handle which feels little different than that of a $2 Walmart knife.
They are upping their game in the steel department. They are transitioning away from AUS8A to CTS-XHP- a Carpenter steel with properties similar to D2. What does that mean for the Cold Steel consumer? Watch the video below. If there is one thing that Cold Steel excels at, it is video-documenting their blades at work and play.