Cold Steel American Lawman G-10 Handle with Black Blade
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- blade: 3 1/2"
- overall: 8 1/8"
- weight: 4.5 oz.
- Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
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Top Customer Reviews
The knife, now this is a knife folks, as solid a lockup as you'd ever want, no blade play at all.
It arrived in very sharp condition, only a few mfg's send their knives out as sharp, Spyderco and Kershaw
spring to mind as priding themselves on their sharpness.
The handle is G10, which is also the stuff most circuit boards are made from, very strong material,
while feeling plasticy, it isn't so have no worries regarding it's makeup. But as others have pointed
out, the texture is VERY textured, read almost file worthy ;-) BUT, when you need to grab a knife and
cut quickly, you will appreciate the texture this knife's handle provides, a secure grip is the end result.
Beneath the pocket clip, they provide two as the shape of the handle makes it a 'handed' type clip
so for the left handed folks out there, you're covered, plus there are screws in that set of holes so
you could have BOTH clips installed at the same time, providing a means to clip in either way when you want to do that.
BUT the texture beneath the clip is still that 'file' type texture and can, after a while, start to wear
into the pocket's edge, not a good thing. There are some that say you could sand down that area or others
have gone to the trouble of using some JB weld to fill in the texture, leaving a smooth area to slide the clip
onto your pocket. I will most likely do the sanding and leave a little texture to aid in retention.
The blade is AUS-8 and has been a long standing good blade steel, known to take an excellent edge.Read more ›
EXCELLENT ALL-AROUND BLADE SIZE
The 3.5" blade is large and durable enough to be put to fairly hard use (even light bushcraft in the wilderness), yet small enough to be legal in most states. Its shape is functional and sturdy, as well as non-threatening in appearance. Thankfully, it lacks the overly-aggressive "tactical" look that tends to intimidate onlookers or attract negative attention. Although not a small knife, I think the looks are more reminiscent of a gentleman's folder than a tactical assault knife. It would "tame" the appearance even more if the blade were not coated black (the coating is easy to strip if you want to remove it). The AUS-8 steel is also scary sharp right out of the box and easy to resharpen and maintain. There is also a finger choil cut into the blade so that, if need be, you can "choke up" your grip (placing your index finger against the blade choil) for more control over delicate work, such as peeling an apple.Read more ›
I've had this knife now for well over 2 1/2 years. In that time I've stripped away the black coating on the blade (requiring me to disassemble/re-assemble the knife which was remarkably easy) and had to re-sharpen it 3 times.
I can now say with even more conviction that this is the best locking folder available for the money! The strength of it's lock-up is outstanding and the G10 scales are still nice and "grippy".
I wish the AUS8 held it's edge longer, but that would make it more difficult to sharpen - a nearly linear trade-off - so, I can't really complain too much on that (though I would trade a little greater difficulty in sharpening for longer edge-life). The previous nitpick notwithstanding, the knife does take a beautifully sharp edge and is reasonably stain resistant (though I've not really "tested" this aspect).
As mentioned in my initial review, the American Lawman is a bit on the large size for an EDC type knife for my lifestyle. However, for camping and other times when I'm expecting heavy/hard use the knife becomes an additional "carry" (my Swiss Army Knife "Huntsman" is my forever-EDC) and is a pleasure to have with me.
All in all, it's my favorite locking folder of all time including, notably, my Buck "110" and the Schrade "Bear Paw" (and quite a few other less-notable folders).
ORIGINAL REVIEW - 20April2011
WOW!!! what an amazing knife.
My American Lawman came wicked sharp - like one-pass shave hair sharp. The lock-up is so amazingly strong it could be used as a fixed blade for many applications - i have *complete* confidence that this knife will never accidently close on my hand/fingers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well built sturdy knife with solid locking mechanism. Very sharp blade and textured grip gives a good secure feel. Has a good weight to it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ozzilogir
I have to say I was incredibly skeptical after seeing their over the top, almost goofy videos but now that I've carried this thing for a few years I am sold. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe
Amazing, reliable knife.
I have always loved Cold Steel. And finally upgraded this as my edc.
I bought this knife as a gift, because I own and use the same knife. I am, strike that, was a buyer/user of other expensive brands of knives. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rob Avil****
This knife is awesome! Blade is perfect size, handle is very ergonomic; even for someone with larger hands. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David M. LePage Sr.
I opened the box, and out came a super sharp, well made Cold Steel American Lawman! The ergonomics with G-10 handles give this knife incredible feel and control. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sliderulex