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EDC Rotation

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by jlauffer, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Here's the EDC drawer so far. Didn't realize that the Code 4 was as thin as the GoldenEye. Probably won't carry the AD15 until the colder weather when I'll be wearing jeans...it's a bit bulky for shorts.

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  2. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Just did something I never thought I would need to...actually tightened a CS clip!:eek:

    Did it to the GoldenEye. I think the combo of how long the clip is, and how smooth the scales are (being CF), made it a bit loose for my liking. Took the clip off and bent it a bit...definitely better.
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  3. Zephyr One/Zero

    Zephyr One/Zero

    May 13, 2007
  4. Weiss


    Jan 3, 2007
    Although most of the handle on the Bush Ranger looks very comfortable, I reman curious about that G10 hump behind the thumb plate. Is that uncomfortable? It looks like it might fall right under the pad of my thumb and feel pokey were I mashing down into a cut, or does it work more like a thumb ramp?
  5. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) Yes ! And very comfy . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  6. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    How do you like the Code 4? I really like mine, but rarely carry it. When I would need a blade that big, it's for cutting food on the fly, and then the thumb stud is in the way, as it is so far up the blade. Another thing is that the blade is 3-9/16", so if you were caught and they measured it, you might be in trouble. On the other hand, it is quite thin in the pocket, and the clip is short, so muggles don't know how much blade you're carrying. Just be careful the company you break it out in front of.

    How's the Sebenza? Worth the centi-bucks? They seem like a rip-off to me. Diminishing returns, like with fancy cars or guns. Nicer? Sure, but not proportionate to the increased price. I'd be glad to be wrong.

    I know this is the Cold Steel forum, but the previous poster was right about Spyderco dominating the <4" market. I have a few and my current favorite is the (affordable) Polestar. It's $70, has a 3.5" blade and all of it is edge. With the Spydiehole instead of a stud (like all Cold Steels seem to have), I can through-cut stuff with it. Only problem is that for $70, BD1 is pretty cheap steel. Cold Steel gives better steel for the buck. (S35VN in the Code 4, for example)
  7. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    I like the Code 4, but mine is a bit hard to disengage compared to my other Tri-ads. Thinking that I actually like the GoldenEye a bit better overall though. Same size blade in a slightly shorter package. But wish the clip was more like the Code 4.

    The Sebby is really nice, and had been wanting to check them out for a while, but yeah not really sure it's worth it. Was looking for a plain one since the inlays add so much, but this one was gently used so wasn't too bad. Definitely wouldn't buy a brand new one.
  8. Smaug

    Smaug Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    I remember my Code 4 having a tight lock and a tight clip. For the tight lock, I opened the blade until I could see the back spring at maximum displacement, then left it there for a couple weeks. It took enough of a set that it was OK afterwards.

    For the clip, I clipped it on a stack of business cards for a couple weeks. All sorted.
  9. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    The clip is fine...wish they had used the same one on the GoldenEye. The one on the GE is so long it just inherently has more flex and isn't as tight. I took it off and bent it a bit to make it tighter.
  10. jlauffer

    jlauffer Dissident Aggressor Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2016
    Update...added an Air Lite to the mix (had one before but sold it). Really like how compact it is for a 3 1/2" blade compared to the C4 and GE. But wish there was a bit more of a cutout around the thumbstud to get your thumb in there.


    Also, am I the only one OCD enough to have to turn the thumbstuds so that the slot is parallel with the blade grind?o_O

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  11. strideruser

    strideruser Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    back in the day the sebenza was as good as it got... go forward 15 years and you can get better for less, much less! also the sebenza 31 has had lock up issues...

    you cant go wrong with the CS offerings IMHO... lose one and your not down $400! my 4max is as smooth as any of my old sebenzas were!

    not had spyderco bd1n but CS bd1 was very good, easy to think that as it's cheap it was low end, my experience was it was excellent and easy to sharpen
  12. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    This is very true. Just get rid of the shipping box, and you are home free.
    I hate Amazon. My wife gets a notification message on her cellphone when an item (knife) is purchased, and again, when it is delivered.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2020
  13. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    You ll have to buy your knives somewhere else. Paying a little more for an occasional knife is a cheap price to pay for marital harmony.
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  14. The Whip

    The Whip

    Jan 28, 2007
    Sorry to be late to this party, but I keep forgetting that I had $.02 to add to the Sebenza topic here. Smaug (and anyone else considering one), I HIGHLY recommend that you get one in hand before buying a Sebenza. I've always thought they were beautiful knives and have twice been on the verge of purchasing one at a show. But every time that I've picked them up, their ergonomics just didn't suit me. It's not CRKs, in general, because the Umnumzaan and the fixed blades have been comfortable when I've held them.

    I realize that ergonomics are very personal, and I'm not trying to dissuade anyone from buying a Sebenza. But no knife is right for everyone. Based on my experience, it might be worthwhile holding a Sebenza before you spend that kind of money.


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