Cold Steel’s plan for rust proof knives?

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by insta9ves, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Too bad we’re not getting H1 or LC200N knives in the near future. A rust proof mini Recon 1 or Tuff Lite would be great.

    However, anything short of dumping your knife in saltwater, S35VN should be plenty rust resistant for most of EDC use.
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  2. Smiling


    Nov 21, 2019
    Now that I think again, both LC200N and H1 aren't highly wear resistant, H1 is softer and has rather poor edge retention but LC200N is way better when it comes to edge retention.

    Offering PMIII, Mini Tac series and other small fixed blades in either of those instead of AUS8 A or 4116 would be an upgrade.

    While other brands offer some really good stuff in steels like 14C28N or D2 or even plain carbon steel for the same or even cheaper prices than these Cold Steel models, Cold Steel is taking cheaper route, AUS 8 is OK, but we see 8cr13mov, 5cr13mov and 4034 appear in more and more of CS knives. Instead of upgrades, we're getting downgrades.
    Only refreshing is 3V Mini Pendleton when it comes to smaller fixed blades, and VG-1 version which is also decent. And I ordered 3V Mini Pendleton.

    All this being said, offering small fixed blades in LC200N or H1 would still cut down their machining costs, these steels would not have crazy edge retention but it would have at least one redeeming quality, unlike the steels they recently introduced.

    Each of these steels has redeeming quality:
    14C28N has very good toughness and edge retention, surpassing even some carbon steels
    D2 has decent toughness and very high edge retention while being almost stainless
    H1 has very good toughness and crazy stain resistance
    LC200N is decently tough, has decent edge retention and crazy stain resistance

    Note that I'm not even mentioning stuff like S30V, S35V, CPM-154 and others.

    Now let's see these:
    8cr13mov - cheap, mostly used on e-bay knockoffs or fantasy blades
    5cr13mov - cheap, mostly used on e-bay knockoffs or fantasy blades
    4034 - cheap, mostly used on e-bay knockoffs or fantasy blades
  3. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    The PM and Mini tac series in H1 sounds like a great idea. Man can dream.
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  4. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Oh God yes:D
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  5. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    If CS should ever design a super rustproof folder , I hope they will take note of the Spyderco SpyderHawk pictured above .

    The clip is titanium and the one piece handle has minimal fasteners . So ... nothing on this knife to rust !
  6. Charlie_K


    Jul 16, 2012
    The only truly rust proof knives on the market are the FGX models.
  7. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    Not true. Expand your horizon.
  8. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    Given CS is on the path to cut cost across the board, probably won’t expect to see this becoming a reality.
    Wait for the patent for triad lock to expire. Hope Demko doesn’t give exclusive rights of the sharklock to coldsteel.
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  9. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :rolleyes: I don't think he "gives" CS anything . :p

    If CS doesn't produce a shark lock version , I'll probably never afford one ! :(

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