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Cold Steel 11HMS Hold Out III Folding Knife 3" Serrated Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: CS11HMS
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS11HMS: Hold Out III
Cold Steel

For many years now Cold Steel has been fascinated with the Black Knife or Skean Dhu (Gaelic) of the ancient Scottish warriors. Used as a utility or back-up knife and worn under the sleeve, tucked inside a jacket or slipped into the top of a stocking it was thin, flat "pointy" and light as a feather.

Now Cold Steel is proud to offer you our latest interpretation of this timeless knife in the form of an updated Tactical folder we call the Hold Out.

Available in several sizes to meet just about anyone's needs, they offer a number of contemporary variations and refinements at a very affordable price. Each blade is made of our tried and true AUS 8A Stainless Steel, and like its ancient predecessor's, features a thin, acutely pointed tip that's sharp as the proverbial needle. And it glides effortlessly through even the most puncture resistant materials while remaining remarkably resistant to breakage. Adding to their value and wicked effectiveness, each knife has been precisely and beautifully hollow ground before being honed by hand to a razor edge that will fling hairs from your arm like magic.

The handles of our Hold Out series are also reminiscent of their ancient forbearers. Fashioned from the finest American made G-10 laminate, they offer a palm hugging profile and a thin, flat cross section that resists rolling or twisting in the palm while remaining comfortable and versatile enough to accommodate a wide variety of gripping styles.

To protect your fingers from our Hold Out's remarkably sharp blades, each knife comes with our record breaking Tri-Ad lock. Proven to way out perform the competition in the most brutal tests imaginable, it's simply the best lock available for folding knives at any price. Due to the strength of the Tri-Ad lock, depressing the mechanism to release the blade might be difficult.

For discreet carry and immediate access, the Hold Outs are supplied with polished stainless steel pocket clips and thumb studs on the blade. This arrangement allows a wide variety of carry options as well as lightning quick, one-handed deployment.
  • Item Number: 11HMS
  • Name: Hold Out III Serrated Edge
  • Blade Length: 3"
  • Blade Thickness: 3 mm
  • Overall Length: 6 7/8"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
  • Weight: 2.5 oz
  • Handle: 3 7/8" Long G-10
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442009184

AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
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.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
4.333 (9 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Mar 23, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Ease of Opening, Blade Material
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, None
Cold Steel 11HMS
Nice little folder. Great little serrated blade. Opening the blade is fine, however closing it is a bit stiff. A little oil and continued use should loosen it up a bit.
4 out of 5
Chris K
Reading, Pa
Mar 06, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, None
Daddy, Mommy & Child
The set is now complete...but it makes me wonder 'Why no 5" blade?? The six inch is relegated to the 'Collection Bin', either due to length or identity('dagger, dirk or "serving no usable purpose"- law or statute of more than eight states surrounding me). I will get her out every so often just to exercise my opposable digit. The 3" is slightly better though 'me daughter' will have to build up her thumb muscle before she's deployed with the U.S. Air Force. At 2.5 ozs. it will fit ANYWHERE & I believe it may save her life. Its aggressive little blade can hack or be as delicate as a scalpel. I'll be using the Dremel & a small stone to take the sharp edges from the lock bar & a bend to the pocket clip to make it a bit easier to use. I really like the 4" as it seems to be the best balance of the trio but that's another review...
5 out of 5
The Captain
New Jersey
Mar 06, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Weight, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, None
Awesome little knife
This knife is a little beast. Sharp out of the box like all CS knives, super light, and very aggressive texuring on the G10 handles, which is necessary since there is no guard or real finger well in the handle to prevent it from running up the blade. The pocket clip is reversible for lefties, which is why I assume the G10 isn't sanded down blow the clips. If you plan on wearing this with the pocket clip, you're going to have to take it off and sand down the G10 under the clip yourself otherwise you'll be stuck buying more pants because your pocket's ripped up. I've never liked the idea of a full serrated edge on a pocket knife before but this is awesome.
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