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Cold Steel Counter Point I Folding Knife 4" Plain Blade, Grivory Handles

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Part Number: CS10ALC
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS10ALC: Counter Point I
Cold Steel

Our Counter Point folders offer almost all the same benefits as our Counter TAC boot knife series but in a smaller, lighter, and more easily concealed package. The blades are in a classic boot knife shape with long false edges and needle sharp points to guarantee the ultimate in penetration.

The handles of our Counter Points are also reminiscent of our Counter TAC's. They¹re injection molded from Grivory and have steel liners to enhance their strength and rigidity. They offer an unusually secure grip for their diminutive size. They're carefully sculptured and contoured with strategically placed holes to reduce weight, and they sport a unique thumb rest built into the butt, affording excellent purchase and a wide variety of grip options.

While no folding knife can ever hope to compete with a fixed blade boot knife in overall strength, our Counter Point folders come much closer than any competitor in their size range due to the revolutionary Tri-Ad® lock. Designed to withstand horrendous stress and strain, it shrugs off impact from any angle without fail and offers a huge margin of safety for your precious fingers.

To enable your Counter Point to be swiftly drawn and ready for action we have equipped them with fully ambidextrous pocket clips and thumb studs. Clipped to a boot top, pocket or waistband, the Counter Points are just about invisible and so light they truly can be carried 24-7.

  • Item Number: 10ALC
  • Name: Counter Point I
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Overall Length: 9"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
  • Weight: 4.7 oz
  • Handle: 5" Long Grivory
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442009146

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
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New Hampshire, USA
Jan 23, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Lock Type, Weight, Ease of Opening, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use
Good quality with a fairly modest price tag.
Had this knife for a little while now. I use it basically for whatever I need it for, using it as an EDC. As far as EDC goes, it's a tad thick for it, but not a major issue by any means. Fit's real nice in the hand, the minimalist handle combined with the drilled in holes allows for a very "grippy" feel and cut's the weight back a bit. Doesn't feel terrible in reverse grip either, especially with the grooved pommel. I did take off the clip as it wasn't a deep carry so a good bit of the knife stuck out and I didn't like that, and it just didn't really feel natural with the grip like other cold steel knives. Came quite sharp out of the box, and it's holds up decently to whatever beatings I might hand it. AUS8 that cold steel uses from taiwan gets a lot of flack, but it's really not a bad steel by any means, it's actually pretty good in the employ of what I would consider a standard folder, not great or amazing, but definitely not bad by any means. I'd be a bit more wary of it on one of Cold Steels oversized novelty pocket swords to be honest, but not here. My biggest and really only gripe with it is that the lock almost feels sort of, sticky, compared to other cold steels I've owned, mainly the code 4, another sort of minimalist knife. This is even after it's been broken in a bit. I really don't want to tweak anything too much lest it have an impact on overall integrity. In spite of a sort of sticky lock, the blade really glides open very smoothly with only one hand, very easy and very quick. Cold steel uses probably my favorite folding blade lock, the tri-ad, rock solid, no issues whatsoever with the stability of the locking mechanism and you probably won't really encounter any problems short of sitting there and spine whacking it all day for no reason whatsoever. I believe cold steel does have a patent on the tri-ad lock so you won't see it elsewhere to my knowledge. As far as overall feel with the weight, it really balances well in the hand, it isn't exactly a light folding knife, probably best described as mid-weight, feels very secure in hand, definitely not a dainty cinderella knife. It's a fairly simple knife, but as far as use in defense if that's what your thinking, it's a very natural thrusting knife with it's needle point accentuated by a false edge meeting it. Again, out of the box the edge was quite nice, not saying you can't slash with it if you want, but it's a natural thrusting knife in my opinion having both a finger guard and thumb ramp giving you very strong control when doing any manner of thrusting with it. Overall, in spite of a minor gripe with the stickiness of the lock, I've enjoyed operating and owning this knife, treat it well and it will treat you well. Just don't go putting fingers through the holes while closing it or anything stupid like that and you'll be fine. Best of all is that it still manages to look fairly pedestrian for what it is, always be smart about your carry, know the local knife laws, but if it comes to that point where you are getting searched, you'll have a stronger case with something like this than some crazy over the top knife decked out in skulls with strange and exotic curves. Being better off doesn't mean it's legal by any means, just remember, it's a tool, not a weapon.
5 out of 5
Guam USA
Jun 22, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Cold Steel Rocks, and that from a senior citizen with years of owning and using knives. The Tri-ad lock is the real deal. You need to open and close the new knife two dozen times or so for the lock to smooth out and your deployment finger to get used to the increased pressure on the 3.5mm blade. (calluses would help but the lock is worth it) The only comment I would make is that with the weight of this knife to begin with, and blade thickness increase to 4mm would have been nice. It also would make it easier on the deployment finger. The blade profile is excellent for the intended purpose. If not it is still a very useful utility blade.
5 out of 5
The United States
May 29, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: None
Ordered as a gift
I got a chance to get a good look at this one after I ordered it in as a gift for a friend who had lost his old Boker folder on the job. It really seems like a great knife and I was awfully tempted to keep it, but decided to get one of my own later since I prefer the size of the XL. I was particularly impressed with the really excellent construction; everything is nice, clean and tight and the blade is of nearly razor-quality straight out of the box! The most impressive thing though, in a sense, is the Triad Lock. It provides an incredibly strong (if initially stiff) lockup, sure. But psychologically speaking, the sound of this thing banging open during a serious social encounter would have to rank alongside the racking of a 12-gauge pump or the tremendous snap of a bear trap! It actually sounds like what it is - the tread of doom. Now, if Cold Steel would just bring out the Counterpoints in a subdued version!! I guess I didn't much care for the shiny pocket clip, but also didn't think it should impact the review. Suffice it to say that these blades would be better still in all-black.
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