A CUT ABOVE

COLD STEEL’S NEW GOLDEN EYE FOLDER HAS MUCH TO OF­FER AS AN EDC BLADE

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Steven Paul Bar­low

Cold Steel’s new Golden Eye folder has much to of­fer as an EDC blade.

You never know what the day will bring.

It’s just for that rea­son that I carry a knife—and find I need to use a knife—ev­ery day. I don’t know how some peo­ple man­age to get by with­out one.

As an outdoorsman, I’ve been a big fan of Cold Steel fixed blade knives for years. The Trail Mas­ter, Re­con Scout, SRK and AK-47 Field Knife are my fa­vorites.

More re­cently, I’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate the company’s fold­ing knives. I’ve been car­ry­ing the new Golden Eye folder for a cou­ple of months now and I’m find­ing it’s ev­ery­thing I could want in an ev­ery­day carry (EDC) knife.

AN EASY OPENER

This knife was de­signed by An­drew Demko, and its most prom­i­nent fea­ture is the thumb hole at the rear of the blade to fa­cil­i­tate one-handed open­ing with ei­ther hand. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates this knife from Spyderco or some Benchmade mod­els with this fea­ture is that the Golden Eye has a shiny brass thumb ramp in­side the hole. It’s where the Golden Eye gets its name. But it is far from be­ing merely dec­o­ra­tive; it’s an im­prove­ment. This brass ramp is stepped. Clearly de­fined ridges catch the pad of the thumb as you open the blade. There is no slip­ping. This sys­tem is more sure than thumb studs or a hole in the blade alone.

SIZ­ING IT UP

OK, it opens eas­ily. But what else does it have to of­fer? The blade is a very use­ful 3.5 inches long. The knife I tested fea­tured a plain edge, mod­i­fied drop point blade that is prac­ti­cally a spear point, ex­cel­lent for all-around work. A tanto point is also of­fered.

The blade is made of S35VN steel, a par­ti­cle metal from Cru­cible Steel known for its tough­ness and abil­ity to hold an edge. The blade has a line grain two-tone satin fin­ish, a high­end touch that makes for a strik­ing ap­pear­ance.

The for­est green han­dle is 4 7/8 inches long and is made of G-10, tex­tured for a good grip with­out be­ing abra­sive in use. There is jimp­ing on the top of the han­dle and well-placed fin­ger grooves on the bot­tom for greater con­trol. Ac­cent­ing the han­dle and match­ing the thumb ramp is a brass pocket clip. It can be placed on ei­ther side of the knife for tip-up carry and has an in­te­grated lan­yard hole.

The Golden Eye weighs just 4.1 ounces and the han­dle is a mere 3/8

inch thick, mak­ing this easy to carry. I nor­mally pre­fer tip-down carry—I’ve had a cou­ple of knives par­tially open in my pocket—but when this knife is closed, it is firmly closed. There’s no chance of get­ting stuck with your own knife when you reach in your pocket.

And when it’s open, it’s go­ing to stay open. The knife fea­tures Cold Steel’s fa­mous Tri-Ad lock­ing mech­a­nism, which has been tor­ture tested as be­ing among the strong­est.

Its sug­gested re­tail price is $190, but we all know real-world prices are lower. When you con­sider the steel used and fea­tures of­fered, this knife is a bar­gain com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tion.

PUTTING IT TO WORK

The Cold Steel Golden Eye opens with an em­phatic “click.” There is no play in the blade. It ar­rived from the fac­tory shav­ing sharp. That might sound like a cliché, but I have a cou­ple of bald patches on my oth­er­wise hairy arms to prove it. It wasn’t sur­pris­ing. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, ev­ery Cold Steel prod­uct I’ve used has ar­rived very sharp.

Nor­mally, I like to carry two knives: one for mun­dane chores and an­other to keep sharp for more se­ri­ous mat­ters. But I de­cided to try the Golden Eye at ev­ery cut­ting task I en­coun­tered. I used it when my skills were in de­mand to open pack­ages, cut through card­board, plas­tic and ny­lon strap­ping. I used it when my skills were more an­noy­ing, in the kitchen to see how it would slice veg­eta­bles and cut steak. While I don’t en­vi­sion this as a kitchen uten­sil, I might em­ploy it on a hunt­ing trip to field-dress an an­i­mal or pre­pare a meal in camp. So, those were valid tests.

I made wood shav­ings for tin­der and made con­trolled cuts to see how the knife would han­dle for de­tailed work. While I like a fat grip for pro­longed carv­ing chores, the fin­ger grooves on the sleek Golden Eye helped in main­tain­ing a com­fort­able se­cure grip that I didn’t need to con­tin­u­ally ad­just.

“THE COLD STEEL GOLDEN EYE IS RUN­WAY MODEL SEXY AND CAGE FIGHTER TOUGH.”

THE VER­DICT

The Cold Steel Golden Eye is run­way model sexy and cage fighter tough. It rides care­free in your pocket un­til you need it to be a work­horse that’s able to han­dle any rea­son­able cut­ting task. It’s ev­ery­thing you need in an EDC knife. But you’ll have to get your own. I’m keep­ing mine.

The Golden Eye’s 3½-inch blade is made of S35VN steel, one of the best for use in knives.

Be­low: Closed, the Golden Eye is 4 7/8 inches long. But at just 3/8 inch thick, (not count­ing the pocket clip) the knife is a joy to carry.

The Cold Steel Golden Eye folder would make an ideal EDC knife whether you’re go­ing up coun­try or down­town.

The brass thumb ramp and pocket clip con­trast nicely with the for­est green G-10 han­dle and satin steel blade.

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