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Cold Steel 26SXP Ti-Lite Zy-Ex Knife with Handle (6-Inch)
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- Manufacturer: Cold Steel
- Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6 inch Zytel handle 26Sxp
- Blade measures 6-Inch
- Overall measurements are 13-Inch
- Weighs 6.8 ounce
- Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
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Ti-Lite tactical folders evoke the sleek speed and rebellious lines of the classic 1950's-styled switchblade. Unlike most switchblades however, they are legal to carry nearly everywhere. They feature Japanese made AUS 8A stainless steel blades with a bead blast finish, razor sharp edges and sturdy, needle sharp points. The CNC milled handles are forged from super tough 7075 aluminum billets and are given an attractive bead blast surface and finished with a protective EDP (electric Discharge plating) coating. And for maximum strength and safety, Cold Steel has equipped the Ti-Lites with Cold Steel patent pending, stainless steel Leaf spring locks (proven, in their tests, to hold 130 lbs). for ease of carry, the Ti-Lites come equipped with a small, but unobtrusive steel pocket clip, and can be opened rapidly by using the thumb studs or by snagging a quillon on the edge of your pocket as you draw your knife out. A solid performing Cold Steel design.
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The blade (the one sold here is AUS8) - is Cold-Steel-Razor-Sharp - as usual. Also, it's not tooth pick thin like most stiletto-esq knives. Yes the blade is slender but it's also a thick, robust thing of beauty. It also open's easily. Once practiced, when you use the thumb stud it will charge open f-a-a-a-a-s-s-s-t-t-t & with a really nasty sounding "thwack". The hilt also serve as an effective wave opener when pulling from the pocket. Additionally, the liner lock - yes it uses a liner lock - is robust and very secure, which is my way of saying that it's a minor bitch to press to unlock, like all Cold Steel lock blades. I guess it has the net effect of making us pay close attention when closing.
I'm surprised I like it as much as I do frankly. I had bought it simply to add to the collection but now it's displaced my Cold Steel Counter Point...for now...as my Every Day Defensive Carry (EDDC).
This is a stiletto lover's stiletto - sharp, long, nasty-fast opening and easily concealable as long as you have a deep snug pocket. It's also very deadly so own it with care.
- this was another HaLevy review
The Zytel handled model sports a gleaming satin-finished blade, which I think is appropriate for a stiletto-style pocket knife. I don’t care for the bead-blast finish on any knife, and in particular, I feel it’s unsuitable for a stiletto. But that’s me.
I should state from the get-go that stiletto-style knives aren't really my thing; but I think I’m objective enough to recognize that and proceed with a fair review. If this style knife is a turn on for you, you’re in for a treat with the Cold Steel Tri-Lite series! This OEM’s interpretation is very reminiscent of those iconic, Sicilian/Italian swinguard switchblades, made famous by the movies, and this knife boasts a major badass cool factor!
For me, the Tri-Lite is not well suited for EDC. But if I were to try to make it work, I’d no doubt opt for the four inch model. For the most part, I have no issue carrying Cold Steel’s XL Voyagers, Talwars and Rajahs, as EDC knives. And the Large Espada suits me just fine. But this configuration doesn’t work well for me in this size, and that is a statement of fact and not so much a criticism (and I’ll deduct no stars for it).
I like the Zytel grips and I find that the pocket clip seems to work a little better than the run-of-the-mill Cold Steel pocket clips do. It should be noted that this TriLite model does not offer an ambidextrous pocket clip option, which is no big deal for me being a hard righty, but it could be a deal-breaker for the left-handed purchaser considering this knife.
As a suggestion to the OEM, I’d like to see them offer a small Pocket Clip Upgrade Kit that would include slightly longer screws, spacers/washers, Loc-Tite, and a small Torx wrench. This way, Cold Steel owners could custom-fit their pocket clips to their liking, since this one thing seems to be a recurring point of contention among Cold Steel owners. Simply bending the clip is a half-assed fix for this, and both the knife owners and their knives merit a better, more professional fix. I think this suggestion is the way to go.
The grip liners of this Tri-Lite are not skeletonized or cutout, revealing the closed blade through the grips the way they do on my Cold Steel Counter Point XL (which is not a feature I am overly fond of). I prefer solid-panel grips and liners, as the inner knife and blade stays cleaner, and the grips themselves don't provide deep recesses for dirt and gunk to accumulate the way they can with this design. Then again, I suppose the average city slicker or urban commando need not expose their knives to undue dirt and gunk. Still, this may be a consideration for some, if the knife is being evaluated for EDC.
But let's face it, "EDC" may not entail the same things for each of us, in our different walks of life. An outdoorsy type with an outdoorsy job may subject his or her EDC knife to a variety of tasks the city slicker would not encounter. The same might be said for some technical workers in specific professions.
It's easy to confuse the terms "EDC" (Every Day Carry) with "Emergency" or "Survival" gear. To me, these can be very different things and not always interchangeable. An Emergency/Survival Knife may well serve as an EDC knife. But an EDC knife may be a poor choice for an Emergency/Survival Knife. Possible scenarios and situations need to be considered, and specific criterion need to be met. Extreme conditions hopefully differ from EDC requirements for most of us.
The Cold Steel Tri-Lite also lacks a lanyard hole (something the Counter Point does offer); but so do many fine knives. The Cold Steel Espadas--I'm talking the high polished bling version--don't have lanyard holes either, and they're highly regarded, so I'm offering this more as an observation than a criticism.
In fact, my only objection to this, my fourteenth Cold Steel Knife purchase, is the nasty liner lock/blade release mechanism... I have reread various reviews and re-watched several of the You Tube videos, and clearly the otherwise near-perfect sample I received has an out-of-spec liner lock/blade release mechanism. As is, it is nearly impossible for me to operate the blade release one-handed, and indeed, I have a cut on my thumb from trying. Now, I own plenty of folding knives, many with liner locks, and at 6 feet, 230 lbs., with XL hands, I seriously doubt that everybody else is just that much stronger than I am… I have therefore processed an exchange for another of the same knife, so we’ll see how that goes... I suppose I could disassemble this knife, and grind or file away a tiny bit of steel to make work easier, but if I screw it up, I own it. Simpler and easier to just exchange it! The replacement will be here on Monday (everything in life should work so well as Amazon.com!).
I’ll report back when the replacement knife arrives. I’m reasonably confident that the new knife will prove to be more user-friendly, and I’ll add the appropriate stars if it does. Still, keep in mind that this knife's blade lock, while solid enough, is not as robust as Cold Steel's proprietary Tri-Ad lock is, and they make no such claim for it.
The liner lock thingy aside, this is an impressive stiletto-style folding knife with a menacing aspect and an awesome six inch blade! And while I prefer my Counter Point XL to this TiLite model, I would be happy to add it to my ever-growing collection of folding knives.
UPDATE: The replacement knife did indeed arrive, and the blade lock/release mechanism does in fact operate somewhat more easily than the first one did (though the cut on my thumb isn't helping). An application of TUF GLIDE also helped the mechanism to work somewhat easier... Still, as I look at the thumb cutout in the grip and liner, it seems that my thumb is a bit too broad for the space allowed; this causes me to have to use the side of my thumb tip to activate the blade release, and this is far from comfortable or optimal.
It occurs to me that rather than just the checkering on the release bar itself, it would work even better if the release bar stood a little elevated from the grip and liner on that side (like this: __---__ ), so that it could be pressed more directly sideways, free and clear of the blade-stop. Because what tends to happen now if I attempt to close the blade one-handed, is that that six inch razor-sharp blade "pops free" to swing closed while my thumb is in the way... This necessitates extreme care on my part to safely close the blade one-handed; and since this is definitely a quirk of the knife (I have no such issues with my other folders), I'm knocking off a star.
With all that, I'm bumping this up to the four stars and consider the knife a keeper.
This is a very nice knife, intimidating & authoritative in all the ways that really matter unless you bring it to a gunfight; and even then you'll get style points for whipping this monster out!
Classic single edge stiletto design feels great in the hand once you remove the stubby & stubborn, totally useless little tiny pocket clip.
This Ti-Lite 6 is a very solid, No-BS kind of knife. If you want to feel just a bit badass carry one of these.
There are three versions of the 6 inch Ti-lite; this one is the 26 SXP model made of Aus 8A steel with zy-ex handles; and is the lightest of the 3 variants at 5.3 ounces!
The blade deploys very smoothly with the single thumb stud. The position of the liner lock prevented the second thumb stud, so it's pretty much a right hand opener. The stainless steel 'leaf spring' lock-up is tested to hold 130 pounds, and is a very good thing because it will never accidentally close on you. If the Ti-Lite series looks bold and innovative to you its probably because it was designed by the late; legendary knife maker, Phil Boguszewski.
So, Liner lock set at 'Hulk', only one thumb stud, and a pathetic afterthought of a pocket clip. That's it, that's all I found to snivel about on this bad boy toothpick; and certainly not enough to shy away from, so if this is calling to your inner badass just buy it, you will not regret doing so. But don't take my word for it; go find the Cold Steel Ty-Lite demonstration video on YouTube to see just how much punishment & abuse this beast can take!
Most recent customer reviews
Love this knife. Easy to open, difficult to close (that is a GOOD THING). Worth every penny.