Yes, it's true, but it's just a little different than the original one. (It has jimping ["filework"] on the top of the blade near the hand-guard for your thumb to "rest on", and also has a "chopping edge" [bevel] on the top edge of the blade.).
Cold Steel Special Projects' price for the NEW Outdoorsman is $179.99.
I'd say that mines as nice as that one except there's no box. I don't know whether I'd sell it or not, though, it's really a fine design. Maybe my favorite Cold Steel knife of all time. Thanks for the reference.
If someone knows better, please correct me, but I believe the original Outdoorsman DID have that top cutting edge. When I bought the one you now own, it was second introduction run. It had been brought out, discontinued, and reintroduced. Interestingly, minus the top edge. I'm not sure about the jimping though.
I have a Cold Steel brochure from somewhere around 1985-1987, which has the Outdoorsman in it. It has jimping and a sharpened spine, but the geometry of the sharpening on the spine seems to be different than the newer ones I've seen on the net.
x39, I haven't seen a catalog of the original since way back then, but I thought there was something different about the top grind on the newer model. Seems like the grind was a bit shallower or something on the old one.
My preference is the model you have, Dann. I'll probably buy the new one though..
Kwaiken56- I haven't seen a good picture of a new one, but from what I can tell, the older ones have a smoother transition into the sharpened portion than the new. The older ones are much more graceful looking, IMHO.