Cold Steel Medium Espada Folding Knife

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 02 Apr 2009 17:59:30 GMT  <== Guns ==> 

My CRKT Steve Ryan folder went missing, so I ordered a new pocket knife from After much investigating, and viewing of photos and videos, I chose the medium-sized Cold Steel Espada. It has a 3.5" blade and Cold Steel's new multi-panted Tri-Ad locking mechanism. It was the sound of the lock engaging in the Cold Steel video that closed the deal for me. Here's the KnifeCenter page. There are a few places on the net that offer the knife for less, but I've had good luck with KnifeCenter, and their 40% discount off of list was good enough. The photos below show it with my Condor Jungle Bowie (10" blade) and by itself. Click on any image for a high-resolution version. The Espada clips nicely into my back pocket, and opens easily with my right thumb. The only way I've found to close it with one hand is to depress the lock release with the thumb and close the blade by pressing against a flat surface. Using my leg as that surface is iffy, however, since the point is very, very sharp. It also has no rough place for the thumb on top, but given how far back the grip is from the blade, I think it won't matter. Time will tell.

Condor Jungle Bowie and Cold Steel Espada
Cold Steel Espada Medium Folding Knife
Cold Steel Espada back side
Cold Steel Espada closed

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Entry splays out past normal screen width

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 06 Apr 2009 05:53:28 GMT

Have you noticed that knife images train horizontally?

Can you tidy this up to normal vertical to avoid annoying
horizantal scrolling?

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Re: Entry splays out

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 06 Apr 2009 12:05:04 GMT

I don't see that in my version of Firefox. Not even with a really narrow screen. Email me a screen shot, and the names and versions of your browser and OS, and I'll see if I can figure out how to fix it.

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cold steel espada meduim

Submitted by muhamed on Thu, 13 May 2010 12:44:11 GMT

when the knife is close and you grab it do you get cut or injured ? (when it is CLOSED)

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 14 May 2010 13:14:33 GMT

I've been carrying this knife every day since I bought it, and using it often. I have never been cut while the knife is closed. The sharp part of the blade is well covered by the handle, and the spring is strong enough that it doesn't open unintentionally.

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