Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cold Steel Ti-Lite Folding Knife Review


When it comes to knives with an unparralleled edge, and unmatched product development, Cold Steel is at the top of the game. They continue to produce new and innovative tools and knives for tactical, self-defense, and day to day use.

The model being reviewed here, and linked below, is a 6" long, 4mm thick, spear point blade made from AUS 8A stainless steel with a bead blasted finish. The Ti-Lites come in two 6-inch handle options: the more expensive, more durable, and classier (in my opinion) 7075 aluminum; or the cheaper, lighter-weight, and just as good (in my opinion) 43% glass filled Zytel. The link below will take you to the Zytel purchase, and this is probably the best selection. The price is nearly half, and you save 2.2 ounces of weight with this handle. The leaf spring lock and liners are still high quality stainless steel, so you really don't miss out on much.


A really great feature of the Cold Steel TI LITE knife is the integrated linear lock. This allows for easy closing with one hand. But my favorite feature, which is demonstrated on the Cold Steel website, is the use of the thumbstuds for what is called a “pocket snag” opening. This is really easy to do with this knife and a neat trick to show your friends. All in all I say this knife is really nice, it is one of my favorite Cold Steel folding knives; and really useful in the right setting and application.


The Cold Steel TI-LITE knife has a plain edged blade with a bead blast finish. The metal used in the blade is a high quality Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Steel. Now taking in to account that most of you don’t know the metal coding scheme, rest assured that this steel is incredibly hard and stand up to any task you give it. If you check out the cold steel website you will notice them cutting various contractor grade materials, as well as stabbing them and this series of TI-LITE knives didn’t falter.


It is considered a tactical knife however it isn’t exactly what I would be looking for in a tactical knife. Mainly I am put off by the small width of the blade. In tactical knives I like a really meaty blade because you never know what you’ll need to cut or slice or stab. Now if you are looking for a sleek knife this may be exactly what you need.


For me the Cold Steel TI-LITE 6 folding knife has a lot of great features, but the best is its look. I looks like something a rough and tumble biker might carry. This knife has a Zytel handle. Zytel being a composite material of an extremely durable nature, and a very nice metal like finish. Fully extended this folding knife seems like it could be a switch blade, but it’s not.

Lefties, you should know this is a right-handed opening design only. The thumb stud is not changeable, nor is the stainless steel pocket clip - though it is removable with a size 4 torx screwdriver.

The Cold Steel TI-LITE 6 is a great knife. Exactly what I expected from Cold Steel. Can''t be beat for the price.


To buy or get more information on the Cold Steel Ti-Lite Folding Knife with 6" Blade and Zytel Handles, click the link below.

Cold Steel Ti-Lite Folding Knife with 6" Blade and Zytel Handles



To buy or get more information on the Cold Steel Ti-Lite with 6" Plain Edge Blade and Aluminum Handle
, click the link below.

Cold Steel Ti-Lite with 6" Plain Edge Blade and Aluminum Handle


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