COLD STEEL SPARTAN 21SC
Designed by celebrated custom knife maker Andrew Demko, our Spartan is one of our most popular folding knives. The Spartans super-sharp stonewashed blade is made from American BD1 Alloy Steel, and was designed to echo the aesthetics and cutting performance of the world famous Kukri. Its distinctive Kopis-inspired handle is precision injection molded out of Griv-Ex with heat treated steel liners, and this, in addition to our famous Tri-Ad lock, makes for a knife that is incredibly safe and secure. The Spartan also features the patented Demko thumb plate, which can be used to open the knife like a conventional “one handed opener” or be snagged on the edge of a pocket during the draw stroke and opened at lightning speed!
- PART: # 21SC
- WEIGHT: 9 oz.
- THICKNESS: 4mm
- BLADE LENGTH: 4 1/2”
- HANDLE: 6″ Long Griv-Ex™ with Steel Fittings
- STEEL/MATERIAL: Carpenter CTS® BD1 Alloy
- OVERALL: 10 1/2″
Cold Steel is a Ventura, California seller of knives, swords and other edged weapons and tools.
Cold Steel’s has products manufactured worldwide, including the United States, Japan, People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan and South Africa. Some blades are marked Windlass so India made
The company’s products include fixed blade knives, folding knives, swords, machetes, tomahawks, kukris, blowguns, walking sticks, and other martial arts items and training equipment. Their knives are used by military and law-enforcement personnel worldwide.
Cold Steel is credited with popularizing the American tantō in 1980. Cold Steel marketed knives made for them in the U.S. by Camillus using a carbon steel given the trademarked name “Carbon V”, read Carbon five. Their imported knives were nearly all made in Seki Japan using Aus8 which Cold Steel labelled “400 Series Stainless”. They also had two models made in Taiwan, both of which switched to Japan in 2000. In 2007 Camillus New York went bankrupt and Cold Steel was forced to find a new manufacturer for their carbon steel fixed blades. Cold steel first went to China (People’s Republic of China) but allegedly due to quality issues they switched to Taiwan (Republic of China) production. At the same time Cold Steel moved all of their folding knife manufacturing from Seki Japan to Taiwan. The carbon steel was SK5 and stainless was Aus8 both imported to Taiwan from Japan. However the Sanmai III models remained strictly Seki Japan production.
Today the knives made in Japan use VG-1 Stainless Steel and VG1 core Sanmai III, the Taiwan models use German 4116 stainless steel, D2 steel, 1055 high carbon steel, O-1 high carbon, SK-5 high carbon steel, Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel and American CPM 3V tool steel. The largest Sanmai III fixed blades are made by Hattori. Cold Steel’s folding knives are renowned for their lock strength, due primarily to the introduction of the TRI-AD locking mechanism, designed by custom knife maker Andrew Demko.
Cold Steel’s swords are primarily made from 1055 high carbon steel and Damascus steel.
Many of Cold Steel’s products are designed by company President Lynn C Thompson and based upon traditional knife designs from all over the world, but Cold Steel has also collaborated with custom knife makers such as Andrew Demko, Phil Boguszewski, Zach Whitson, Steven Likarich, Keith Dehart, Rich McDonald, Bob Koga, Fred Perrin and Lloyd Pendleton on certain designs.