1. Welcome to the New & Improved BladeForums. New software info here. Please report problems in Tech Support, and read existing threads before posting! - Spark
  2. I've changed the default forum style to Flat Awesome based on feedback. Don't like it? Click here to change how the forums look Feedback on this is welcome here.

Cold Steel knives, made in China?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BryFry, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. BryFry

    BryFry

    Jul 29, 2009
    A while back I baught a CS katana that had no markings on it, then a CS tomma-hawk that is made by another company..? Then I got the SK-5 Larado bowie, and since CS market themselves as a US company I was a bit supprised to see "made in China" stamped on the blade.

    So I am wondering is this just true for some of their blades, or all? Currious where their san-mai III knives are made, and are they held to better standards, since they're rather expensive.?
     
  2. jill jackson

    jill jackson Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Cold Steel has never made any knives in a factory of their own. Everything was contracted to be made by other factories. They (in the USA)had the Carbon V line produced by Camillus and some others I believe by Buck. Everything they have now comes from Japan, Taiwan or China. Many companies do this it's not uncommon at all.
     
  3. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    All of their San Mai III knives are made in Japan and always have been.
     
  4. syltetoy

    syltetoy

    234
    May 29, 2009
    Why do you assume Made in China is sub standard.

    They are better now then anything Camillus produced; although the Cold Steel (Camillus Carbon V) Kukri LTC is pretty tough. I have both versions of many for comparison.
     
  5. GrinderMcgee

    GrinderMcgee

    Jun 23, 2008
    For the bowies and khuk, the newer versions in SK-5 are made in Taiwan. For the record, I have a few China models and have no complaints about the quality "standards" compared to other origins for these blades.

    As Ankerson stated, all the San Mai is made in Japan.
     
  6. syltetoy

    syltetoy

    234
    May 29, 2009
    I agree Taiwan made knives are equally as good. The point is Asian manufacture is just as good or better as Cold Steel sets a high standard for quality control.
     
  7. Knife Outlet

    Knife Outlet

    Jan 4, 1999

    Uhhhhhh......that's a fairly broad statement. It is true that Camillus was making knives on some pretty old equipment at the end but they used their best equipment for their major OEM accounts - Cold Steel, Remington etc.

    I have seen Chinese made knives that are better than some Camillus knives but I have seen the reverse as well. Too broad a statement, I think.
     
  8. Haze

    Haze

    Aug 2, 2004
    Calling the steel "san-mai III" is something I have never understood.
    "San" is Japanese for 3 and "mai" means parts, pieces or units etc. so why do they always use the "III" as well ?

    That's like saying "three parts three" :confused:
     
  9. jill jackson

    jill jackson Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    What about all those Chinese made slip folders you see being sold on cuterly sale shows, today? They sure look very nice for the coin they ask for them. I've never seen any in person.
     
  10. jill jackson

    jill jackson Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Probably because most people aren't going to know (like you did) what san means?
     
  11. syltetoy

    syltetoy

    234
    May 29, 2009
    Its the third generation of "san mai"
     
  12. Camillus did, don't think Buck ever did any contract work for Cold Steel.
     
  13. THE PUNISHER

    THE PUNISHER

    Nov 24, 2008
    not another cold steel case, is this going to whine and cheese,some CCC is not bad............
     
  14. stevekt

    stevekt

    Dec 10, 2003
    Maybe it's their 3rd version of 3 layer blades? :D
     
  15. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    They do it to separate it from other Companies that use San Mai Steel like SOG.

    It's just CS's version. :)
     
  16. syltetoy

    syltetoy

    234
    May 29, 2009
    It seems you've taken my statement out of context for argumentative reasons. The point is Cold Steel knives are better now than when they were made by Camillus.

    I purchased a lot of Camillus knives and they are nothing special but better than KA-BAR it’s a shame KA-BAR didn’t go under instead of Camillus.
     
  17. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    The biggest thing is that CS has very high quality standards so it really doesn't matter were their knives are made or who makes them.
     
  18. jill jackson

    jill jackson Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I've read that they did make some models, maybe somebody knows for certain. I recall reading about this more than once. I believe it may have been the early fixed blade tanto line?
     
  19. syltetoy

    syltetoy

    234
    May 29, 2009
    I agree. That is true.

    Except for the Cold Steel Pocket Bushman "Survival Knife" which NutnFancy has recently batoned to an early death : )
     
  20. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    That's a different type a knife though, very affordable. :)

    I wasn't surprised at all. :)
     

Share This Page