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- Item model number: 009-Espada
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
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Cold Steel G-10 Espada Knife
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The Espada was designed by custom knife maker Andrew Demko and Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson. Their goal was to harness old world craftsmanship with new world advancements in mechanics and materials to create a new series of tactical folders for today's Conquistadors. Like the swords of old the Espada's are not for the weak, timid, faint of heart or those desiring another spring assisted play toy. Just pick one up and you'll see what we mean! Definitely not politically correct, they are huge yet surprisingly well balanced and feature dramatically upswept clip point blades that are ideal for cutting, slashing and piercing. If you have been secretly lusting after one of our gorgeous Espadas but find they are just out of your price range, look again. Our new all G-10 models are almost identical where it really counts and sell for a fraction of the cost of their much more expensive brothers. Made practical and tactical they offer non-reflective bead blasted blades, non slip high friction G-10 handles, abbreviated steel liners and our incomparable Tri-Ad® Lock. Get 90% of the strength with no sacrifice in cutting power and save big bucks. Buy an all G-10 handle Espada.
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I am giving it a 4/5, not because it was too large for my use, but because I felt it to be somewhat dangerous opening and closing it because of the force required,and the sharpness of the blade,
If you want to purchase a large knife for personnel protection, all you need to do is show this knife it will send people running.
Note: Check your local laws for personal carry of knife this size.
The 5-1/2" blade is beautifully executed with a smooth sweep and a very sharp point. In a tactical situation, the blade's reach, strength, cutting ability, and "intimidation factor" should be significant. The finish on the blade is gorgeous, but the microscopic "craters" in a bead-blast finish can easily trap moisture and salt. Consequently, there may be rust issues if you do not maintain the blade regularly.
On a folding knife, a larger blade means an even larger handle, and the Large Espada sports a whopping 6-3/4" handle, which I find a bit unwieldy. You can get a solid, locked-in grip with the index finger in the front groove of the handle, but this leaves the curved "tail" of the knife protruding well past the other end of your grip. You can place your hand further back on the handle, but that affects both the balance and the security of the grip: you now have a lot more weight in front of your grip while you are grasping a narrower part of the handle. The shape of the handle provides an integral sub-hilt to aid retention.
The Triad lock is unquestionably the best locking mechanism on the planet for a folding knife. I am stunned that many knife aficionados have been slow to realize that Cold Steel has totally revolutionized folding knives with this lock design. You can see the lock on the Large G-10 Espada holding over 500 lbs. in one of Cold Steel's test videos.
The pocket clip on my knife is not ultratight (as it was on my two Recon 1s and new Voyager), although you will still need to sand the G-10 under the clip to avoid shredding your pockets. I wish Cold Steel would just provide a smooth area on the handle under the clip (a la Spyderco) to resolve this issue once and for all.
The high placement of the pocket clip allows this huge knife to hide deep in your pocket. I carried it in my jeans pocket on a six-mile hike with no issues whatsoever. The deep carry, however, can make deployment a challenge. The thumb plate is supposed to open the blade as you pull the knife from your pocket -- and the result is that you are holding a 12-1/4" knife by its narrow 2-1/2" tail. You must then release this less-than-secure grip and thrust your hand forward to grasp the knife properly. In a tactical situation, it would be preferable to have a deployment process that was simpler, quicker, and easier to execute.
I find the size and shape of the screw-mounted thumb plate a bit problematic. It creates a slot that is narrow, deep, and sharp-cornered. This can catch your pants in such a way that the material gets hung up in it, inhibiting a smooth and reliable draw. (An aside -- the smooth, wide, semicircular opening in Spyderco's version of the "Emerson wave" works exceptionally well with pocket materials in a variety of thicknesses.)
In sum, the Large G-10 Espada is beautiful, well-made, intimidating, sturdy, and strong, and I have no doubt that most knife aficionados will be thrilled by it. Many will find it overkill for EDC, and in a tactical situation, one might prefer something that is smaller, lighter, quicker, and easier to deploy and manipulate. Learn this knife thoroughly, practice with it frequently, maintain it regularly, respect its abilities, be mindful of its shortcomings, and you will have one beautiful cutting machine at your service.
I can't overstate how impressive the Large Espada is in the hand. Its is about the upper limit of what can be carried discreetly clipped in a pocket, fitting most of my pants pockets.
The Cold Steel Large Espada is a purebred concealable urban fighter. No consideration whatsoever was given to the general utility of this blade. The Large Espada's handle its impressively flat and artfully swept around the blade in the closed position to create a second distinct palm reinforced gripping area with extra reach and a sub hilt for thrusting in addition to the conventional forward grip with a deep finger choil on which the knife balances perfectly. The matte finish doesn't reflect light but does hold sweat and dirt and will discolor with rust quickly. The almost stainless steel of this knife gives reasonable corrosion resistance and holds an edge. The blade is thinly hollow ground for most of its length thickening slightly at the tip to resist breakage. The thin edge and acute point cut and pierce beautifully but aren't suited for chopping or prying .
The pocket clip and textured grip provides solid retention but requires resolute determination and violence of action to overcome. Those who can't or won't summon these two qualities should look for a different self defense tool - perhaps a safety whistle. Those who can will be rewarded by by a knife that snaps open and leaps into their hand in the rear palm reinforced thrusting position. Sliding the hand to the forward gripping position leaves a pointed "scorpion's tail" protruding from the hand. This tail excels at joint locks, pressure points, focusing the power of blows, etc.