Cold Steel Voyager XL Clip Point Plain Edge Knife
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- Blade Length: 5.5-Inch
- Blade Thickness: 4 mm
- Overall Length: 12 1/4-Inch
- Weight: 6.5 oz (approx.)
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The Voyagerfolders are, ounce for ounce, far stronger than 99% of our competitor¹s folders. And this is a fact, not an idle boast. Each knife features laser cut and hand fitted parts with a stiff spring and our incomparable Tri-Ad™ lock mechanism which is arguably the strongest, most reliable, low maintenance lock in the world. The thick, extra wide blades in each Voyageralso put the competition to shame, as they are laser cut from our famous Japanese AUS 8A Stainless and precision ground to a thin edge for maximum shearing potential. This thin edge also allows us to hone the blades to astounding sharpness. Plus, the cutting surface is continuously curved along its entire length for the most efficient and effective slicing action possible. Additionally, because of their perfect heat treatment and the high carbon content in the center layer of Japanese AUS 8A Stainless IIIyou¹ll find the sharpness really lasts a surprisingly long time.
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Top Customer Reviews
1) It is the biggest (longest blade) allowed by Texas law.
2) It is sharper than your ex-wife's tongue. It cuts anything I need to cut. Period.
3) It is fast to open.
4) It is lighter in weight than it has any right to be. It weighs less than a much smaller S&W H.R.T. folder I have. Almost all of the weight is in the blade.
5) It is a great "get the f*** off of me," last ditch defensive weapon.
Let's be real here. I have seen complaints that it doesn't hold its edge after chopping wood. You aren't supposed to use pocket knives to chop wood for your camp fire. Let me say that again. It is a POCKET knife. Complaining about the edge after abusing it by chopping wood is like complaining that your screw driver bent when you used it as a chisel to cut up some steel plate. Use the proper tool. Knives cut, axes chop, and screw drivers drive screws. Yes it will kind of, sort of, maybe, chop wood, but is a only a pocket knife and that isn't its intended purpose.
I bought this knife immediately after completing a 2-day Defensive Knife class offered by Suarez International; the instructor had one and allowed me to carry it for both days and train with it sporadically; previously, I carried a pair of Emerson Combat Karambit folders daily but, after seeing how much additional reach, inertia and chopping / thrusting power the Voyager XL had (when compared side-by-side), it was a no-brainer... Also, 2 other selling points about the Voyager's handle: (1) the surface is a series of Maltese Crosses overlapped to give the user a phenomenal grip, even if your hands are covered in oil (or blood; yes, a trip to a butcher shop confirmed this) and (2) the elongated handle has finger grooves at the rear as well as at the hilt, meaning that not only will you have an even-greater reach during an emergency draw/deployment (since it'll place your grip hand towards the back of the handle) but you'll be unable to have your hand slip forward onto the blade while thrusting, as the forward-most finger groove is very deep. This textured handle / dual-grip position with deep finger groove guarantees a non-slip purchase that's safe as well as positive...
For the record, I'm not affiliated with the knife industry in any way other than being career military and also (now as a Reservist) as a defense contractor and reserve deputy sheriff. I carry 2 folding knives daily and train with them regularly....and my strong-side knife is now the Cold Steel Voyager XL (the other is still one of my Emerson Karambits in a reverse-grip). FYI, I chose to remove the thumb-stud (it unscrews...another testament to its well thought-out overall design) because it slowed my draw/presentation from-pocket and tended to snag on the rim of the pocket. The blade's weight / size gives it all the inertia needed for an effortless one-handed opening (deployment)...and the blade retention screw is adjustable for blade unfold speed.
FYI, I chose the non-serrated clip point blade because those with actual deadly-force experience with knives strongly advocated a non-serrated blade (less snagging on clothing in a self-defense situation) and the clip point design for a more effecttive thrust... YMMV.
It'll meet your needs as a general-purpose folder for outdoors use and greatly exceed your expectations as a discreet fighting folder for pocket (or even tucked-behind-belt) carry. Please obey all regulations / laws pertaining to possessing and/or carrying this (or any other) knife; it is not only a deadly weapon and wickedly sharp, but its (unfolded) blade length / size can exceed local knife carry laws and can also - especially with a safe and well-practiced draw - intimidate those with a softer demeanor and disposition... :-)
You'll not be disappointed with your purchase of the Cold Steel Voyager XL...and it could easily cost twice as much and STILL be worth every penny !!
.......................The lock is rock solid
.......................Mostly screw together construction
.......................Dual pocket clips
.......................Love the stonewashed finish
.......................AUS-8, while not a premium steel is pretty good stuff
.......................Still under $50!
While many other companies have increased prices gradually over the years, or cut quality to keep the price low, Cold Steel has managed to keep these in the under $50 price range. To do this while still improving quality is a pretty amazing feat.
People in the knife community tend to dog Cold Steel because of their "over the top" marketing, and while some of it is well deserved this is one line of knives that meet up to the hype. I give Cold Steel a lot of credit for constantly raising the bar and bringing products to market that other knife companies wouldn't even consider... the XL Voyager was out many years before any other major manufacturer had a folder on the market with over 4" blade.
Buy a Voyager, you won't regret it.