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