Cold Steel Vaquero

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I've had this knife for almost a year (1 month away from a year) and have been nothing but proud of this knife. It handles everything i throw at it. The serrations don't suck like people think although they do get gunked up after a lot of use, but its easy to celan them.

Well anyways today was the day to take down the Christmas tree. This year me and my dad decided to cut down the branches then move it outside. Well he had his pruners and i had the Vaquero. The vaquero soared through the branches. It took a couple passes on the bigger branches but pretty effortless. The edge is the same at it was when i started but it just needs a little touch up, but nothing serious.

This is one of the best knives out there easily and highly recommend it:thumbup:
 

STR

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I use my 6" Vaquero for lots of brush clearing also. It is one of my favorite yard and garden tools believe it or not. I wish I could carry it legally. At over 13" overall length it is not exactly 'sheeple' friendly though. :D

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The Vaquero is a wonderful knife, though I wish it were still available with a 5-inch blade. Mine has what looks like stripes running vertically on the steel, though. These aren't there on the 4-inch models. I'm wondering if mine has any problems. I'm also fond of the Voyager 6-inch, but the serrations aren't quite as deep.

It's a good emergency knife and slices through clothing and seatbelts. Mine's been very sturdy, but carrying it can be a little cumbersome.
 

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The Vaquero Grande is the best folder I've ever owned. Too bad they discontinued the Kydex inside-the-waistband sheath it used to come with before they added the pocket clip . . . really too big for a pocketknife. Had an office job where it would've been "inappropriate" to have a knife on my belt -- or even clipped to my front pocket -- and I found that the Uncle Mike's ankle rig for small automatics fits the Vaquero Grande perfectly. Carried it everyday for about 5 years, and used it for everything from splitting kindling to food preparation. Outstanding knife!
 
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What is VG-10 and how does it compare with AUS 8A? Cold Steel seems to like AUS 8A; however, I've been told by people inside the company that AUS 8A prices are increasing so much that it's one reason the company bought a boatload of 440A, which it used for its Night Force, Pro-Lite and other limited run productions.

I know steels vary depending on heat treatment, but overall I don't know how good overall AUS 8A is. I have a 4-inch Voyager and love its lightness, but wish it did have some liners. CS maintains it doesn't need any and, indeed, I can't break the Zytel handles. It just doesn't "feel" right without liners. That's why I like the Pro-Lite so much. It feels great and the balance is perfect. Don't know whether I like the plain blade or serrations. Both seem to do a good job cutting and I don't have to sharpen the plain blade often.
 
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hi there.
just a quick note. the Cold steel knives that l have owned over the last 5 years have all had the old lock back system. l think that they are the best cause the liner lock does not work after a few years of really hard use they seem to move past the locking area and makes using the knife unsafe. The traditional lockback does not ever give in.
 
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Confederate said:
What is VG-10 and how does it compare with AUS 8A?

It holds an edge much better, as well as (maybe even better than) 154CM and ATS-34.
VG-10 considered a premium steel and many people call it their favorite. Fällkniven and Spyderco use it a lot. The search engine can provide you with much more information.
 
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When is it due to hit the streets? Any idea what the cost will be and what the designation will be?
 
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Just got my first Vaquero. It has the 4" full serrated blade. Chesapeake Knife and tool had a location closing near my house so I picked it up for $39.00, which was a steal (pun intended). It is my favorite production knife now. I was carrying strictly a custom for the longest time. I have other Spyderco's and stuff and stayed away from CS knives for the longest time, but this is surprisingly well made and it feels very durable. I am definately going to get a few more. I would like to get one of each size. That Nogales blade is a sick slicer. I put it along side the Voyager, and although made of the same materials the Vaquero seems a bit thicker.
 
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I hate to bring such an old thread BTTT, but this needs to be said: CS will use VG-1, not VG-10 for their new Vaquero...
 
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The new Vaquero isn't as well polished as the Voyagers, nor as sleek or smooth as the older 5-inch Vaquero. Still, it has excellent balance and should be a good, all-around carrying knife for many. I find 3-inch knives to be rather boring, 4-inch knives about right for most things and 5-inchers perfect for defense and most outdoor uses. Most knife makers don't have any comparable folders to this knife and I think it will be a very popular model indeed. It can be had for about fifty bucks, which is more than reasonable.
 
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I have to agree. I find that I favor 4-inch blades the most and since most companies tend to make tactical folders under the 4-inch blade limit. Cold Steel has mainly kept their tactical folders at 4-inches.

And I like the 5-inch Voyagers, especially the clip point model. Like Jerry Van Cook says it is a folding bowie.
 
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