4 Cold Steel knives the everyman should have

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by DangerZone98, Jul 13, 2020.

  1. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Decided to come up with a utilitarian list that would be useful to every gentleman regardless of profession, age, or budget range. Be it for EDC, house chores, recreational camping, urban survival, or last resort self-defense, I think at least one of these knives should fit those roles. Hope it’s an entertaining read.

    Tuff Lite - Whether it’s the regular size or the mini, this is a capable work knife priced extremely well. Good application of the wharncliffe blade, small enough to toss in the pocket, inclusion of the Tri-Ad lock—plenty of things going for this little guy. Easy knife to recommend to someone looking for an inexpensive, compact workhorse.

    SRK - A versatile utility fixed blade. If I needed to distribute knives for my team of survivalists after society flips out, it would be either this or the Recon Tanto (though I realize the tanto tip is not everyone’s cup of tea). You can do camp chores with it, cut rope, chop small branches, and it’ll keep on trucking. Also, for me at least, it’s not too long or heavy so it’s fairly convenient to stow in a backpack or attach to your belt for long periods of time. The option of having this knife in SK5 or 3V is a nice bonus as well.

    Recon 1 - Let biases be known, this is my favorite folding knife to date. The ergonomics just work for me, the tanto blade came sharp out of the box, and lockup is 100% solid. For EDC tasks, this is my go-to knife. The aggressive tacticool design doesn’t bother me one bit. Proved to myself several times that this knife simply works.

    Voyager XL - I’d say the niche of this one is the Tuff Lite’s bigger brother. Whereas the first knife on our list is the faithful mule, the Voyager XL is the massive reliable draft horse. There may be days when you’ll find the additional cutting edge handy. It’s possible to use a longer knife more carefully as you would a smaller knife (choking up and resting your thumb on the spine) but you can’t expect a 2.5” blade to perform like a 5.5” beast.

    Feel free to share your own list! I’m interested to know what you guys would recommend.
  2. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    You have covered it very well, have to think on this awhile.
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  3. jux t

    jux t Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    Recon 1- personally my favorite folder

    Master Hunter- who doesn’t like a drop point hunter?

    Trailmaster- that’s not a knife, this is a knife

    Ti-Lite- mr. stabby
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  4. strideruser

    strideruser Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    4 Max, Trailmaster, Xl Espada, Any fixed blade Tanto!
  5. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    Sticking with folders I'd say:
    Ti Lite - classic stiletto with really smooth action
    AD-10 - 3D machined comfort
    Recon 1 - classic workhorse
    Voyager XL - bargain priced monster
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  6. Cold Steel Knives

    Cold Steel Knives Moderator Moderator

    Apr 16, 2013
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  7. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Recon 1 is a fine example of having your cake and eating it to. The Broken Skull is like the little brother who weighs less but punches above it’s weight class.

    Master Hunter is one of those fixed blades that you grab when you have a lot of cutting to do. It crosses into several roles very well.

    I have wanted a Trailmaster for years. Everything I see and hear about checks the boxes as a nimble yet tough chopper.

    The SRK in SK5. Its almost hard to believe how much you get for so little money.
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  8. Chris_Texas


    Apr 2, 2020
    Great List! Mine would be almost identical. Tuff-Lite, Recon 1 Tanto, Voyager Vaquero (or the LT version if you can find one), and AD10.
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  9. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    Ti Lite 6" Aluminum, no Frenzy, no Holdout series, no.....I give up. I do even worse with the fixed blades pick(s). I bought them all so I didn't have to pick.:D
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  10. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Hmmm...probably something like

    1. Trail Master
    2. SRK
    3. AD-10
    4. 2021 Mini Recon 1
  11. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    For medium size knives:

    1. Lawman(surprised no one mentioned it yet) - Lawman to Cold Steel is like what a 710 is to Benchmade. It's the first Triad lock that started it all, just like 710 is the first axis. Not to mention that it's the closest substitute to popular knives like PM2, Manix 2 or Griptilian.
    2. Ultimate Hunter
    3. Mini Recon 1
    4. Code 4
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  12. Man with no name

    Man with no name

    Jun 24, 2015
    O-1 Trail Master
    San Mai Laredo
    Lg Espada
    Serrated Vaquero
  13. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    Recon 1
    Vaquero XL serrated
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  14. Zephyr One/Zero

    Zephyr One/Zero

    May 13, 2007
    Most of my selections, overlap with many of yours.

    AD-10 is always a top choice


    4 MAX Italian-version is a show-stopper:


    The Scout is always a winner, but having two rocks:


    The Large Voyager is the perfect EDC blade:


    As an elective choice, either the Recon 1 or the SR1.
  15. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Beautiful list and blades, man. Muy bien!
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  16. shortwinger

    shortwinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2010
    Recon Scout
    Trail Master
    Gurkha Kukri
    The Trail Hawk is just some eye candy!
  17. Kels73

    Kels73 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    Recon 1 - modern classic
    American Lawman - outstanding EDC
    Code 4 - another excellent EDC
    Voyager XL - ridiculously large, yet wonderfully useful

    This thread has reminded me that I need to purchase a 6" Ti-Lite.
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  18. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    I have all but the tuff light. I miss my Voyager tanto medium sized. Security stole it from me. I bought the XL to console myself but it hasn't helped.
    I feel like a Leatherneck and Survivalist could adourn this list as well but CS has so many sweet models.
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  19. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    I have the Leatherneck SF and I love it. In fact, it’s on my study desk right now. That being said, I still think the SRK or the Recon Tanto is the more practical (and inexpensive) option for general utility work. The RT in particular is a tad blade heavy, which makes chopping actions feel more solid. I don’t doubt that the Leatherneck can also pull that off, but I think the SRK or the RT can do a better job.
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  20. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Looks like a very well-rounded loadout. Excellent choices.
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