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Review Cold Steel Tuff Lite

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Smaug, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I cringe at deliberate misspellings in both words of the knife name, but oh well.

    ERGONOMICS: 5/5. The blade's only just under 2.5" long, but with the choil at the base of it, it's easy to get a full four-fingered grip, and it feels GOOD, once you've got it.

    BUILD QUALITY: 5/5. Cold Steel has done a great job on this. The nub behind the sharpening choil keeps the index finger from slipping up and getting sliced on the blade. The back of the knife is curved so as to fit nicely in the palm of the hand. The edge of the finger slot is perfectly relieved. The grind on the sharpened edge is perfect and uniform, the whole length of the blade.

    POCKET CLIP: 4/5. Execution is great, but tip down only is bogus. Make it tip-up only, please.

    For other details, please refer to the video review below:

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  2. Mikel_24


    Sep 19, 2007
    Good looking little knife! However I guess I will not do it for me. With that blade shape (flat edge, no belly at all) and grind (saber), food prep is not going to be comfortable with it. And sadly, most of the use my folders see in a day to day basis is cutting food.

    That blade shape, in my opinion, is much better suited for jobs I would rather use a disposable utility blade for. Say, cutting syntetic tiles, drywall works, shop use (rags, orings, plastic baggs, cardboard, etc.)...

    Again, cool looking blade, but not for me!

    Thanks for the review. Mikel
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  3. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Love the Tuff Lite, one of my favorite inexpensive little big knives.
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  4. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I'm already seeing the same type of thing. I won't use it much on food, but on weekends, when I'm working around the house, I'll carry it for utility knife-type jobs.

    I might get another choked-up type of knife in the future: Spyderco Dragonfly, Native, etc. Or maybe a chef folder and use it for REAL food prep...
  5. Dragon_Man


    Apr 26, 2003
    I got one today from Amazon. So far I love it. Great ergonomics. Solid lock up, with no blade play. The blade is perfectly centered. The only downside is that there is no option for tip up carry.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2018
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  6. Akcir


    Sep 16, 2012
    I really like mine.
    The pocket clip is a non issue for me, it lives in my sweat pants pocket (gym shorts in the summer).
    It makes for a great utility/hobby knife. While the aus8 is done well, I'd prefer something that would hold an edge a little longer.
    On the up side, it's a breeze to sharpen.

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