The Knife Fairy (AKA FedEx) came to my house today and left me a pair of the beefiest folding hunters I’ve handled in a long time. Cold Steel’s Lone Star Hunter (top) and Mackinac Hunter (bottom) both feature thick AUS-8 stainless blades with thumb studs, solid stainless-steel liners, faux-stag Delrin scales, reversible tip-up pocket clips, and Cold Steel’s reputedly indestructible Tri-Ad lock.
The Lone Star Hunter has a 4-inch Texas clip point blade with a flat grind, and just a little playing with it has already shown it to be a fearsomely efficient cutter. Compared to most of my sub-3″ EDC knives, this thing feels like a folding sword. Which ain’t to say it couldn’t be an EDC knife if local laws permitted, once the action loosens up a little.
The technically-similar Mackinac Hunter has a more traditional 3.5″clip-point blade with a deep hollow grind and a swedge at the tip. The blade resembles that of a Buck 110 with a deeper clip and a thumb stud instead of a nail nick opener.
Cold Steel put a damned sharp grind on these knives; right out of the box they were only slightly less keen than the Scandi-grind Mora knives. I’m only going to review one of these knives and I don’t even know which one yet, because Clay Aalders will get to pick his favorite first. A Cold Steel folder is a completely inadequate expression of my thanks for all his reviews and articles, but I hope it’s only the first of many.
Update: Clay picked the Mackinac Hunter; a wise choice. Not that there are any foolish choices when it comes to free Cold Steel.