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Cold Steel 20K Kudu Ring Lock Folding Knife 4-1/4" Blade, Zytel Handles

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Part Number: CS20K
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS20K: 20K Kudu
Columbia River

In South Africa, an inexpensive ring lock folder is sold everywhere. It's a good design, but it's constructed from sub-standard materials, is poorly made, and is horribly overpriced. And yet, millions of these knives are sold there each year. Well, we thought we could do better, in the quality of materials, cutting performance, and in price.

The Cold Steel Kudu, takes some cues from its South African competition, but our version is vastly superior. Ours has a Krupp 4116 Stainless steel flat ground blade, heat treated to Rc 56-57 for better edge holding ability and ease of re-sharpening, and a thin razor sharp edge.

For safety, we have thoroughly tested the locking mechanism and are well satisfied it will hold the blade rigidly open until you decide to close it by pulling up on the ring attached to the back spring.

The handle of the Kudu also reflects our dedication to making an effective and affordable folder. It's made of 43% glass reinforced Zytel®. This material has proven to be extremely strong, and is stiff enough to complement the blade and spring when locked open. Plus, the gripping surface has a wood grain texture for traction and features an attractive polished steel Kudu horn emblem for a little extra flair! We think the Kudu represents an unbelievable value. It’s ready for anything and makes a wonderful work knife, utility knife, bait knife, or hunting knife.
  • Item Number: 20K
  • Name: Kudu
  • Blade Length: 4 1/4"
  • Blade Thickness: 2 mm
  • Overall Length: 10"
  • Steel: Krupp 4116 Stainless
  • Weight: 2.4 oz
  • Handle: 5 3/4" Long Zytel®
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 705442006664

Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
4.120 (25 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Feb 23, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: None
Good beater knife
If you're looking for a cheap beater knife this is it. The knife came almost shaving sharp and has held an edge well. The ring lock takes some getting used to but it locks the knife up solidly. Makes for a great conversation piece as well. It's a bit long but it's a brute and it feels really good in the hand. The handle feels kind of cheap but it's a $10 knife so what do you expect? Overall this knife is well worth the money. Wish it had a pocket clip but oh well.
4 out of 5
Zy Y.
Singapore, Other
Dec 04, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, None
Cons: Ease of Opening
Cheap and good...
I really don't see why there should be much negative comments on this knife... It's lesser than $10, what do you expect?!?! Very sharp out of box, though not as sharp as other CS knives I own and still sharper than a lot of other brands. A long blade for it's price (probably because of the blade material used). Ring lock is hard to deploy with one hand (but not impossible) and decently well on locking the blade to prevent blade play. For the price I'm paying, I'm satisfied with the product.
4 out of 5
Sep 27, 2014
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
I'm a COLD STEEL fanatic! Given the thought put into thier blades. I'm never disappointed with thier products. The same can be said about KNIFE CENTERS' service. THANK YOU. That said, I have to say that the instructions for closing the blade trouble me. There is an unnecessary risk for injury if you grasp the handle while manipulating the lock as was recommended. May I suggest to grasp the top of the blade (unsharpened side) with one hand. Then use your forefinger (pointer) on the other hand to pull the ring on the locking mechanism while using the thumb to push the handle closed. There's no undo exposure to the blade and complete control of its closure. (JUST A SUGGESTION) I don't play with knives. They're tools. I look at a blade to see that it functions and will work as I need it to; then I put it away until utilized. This knife came "shave sharp" out of the box. It was sturdy and has a strong lock. I don't like to snap a blade shut to save the number of times I have to touch them up. I have a few blades suited for whatever occasion. I find when I need an EDC blade for the inside pocket of a good suit. Its very light weight and slim profile makes it a good choice. The only thing keeping me from giving it a five (5) happens to be the instructions to close the thing. Otherwise,the blade itself rates a five. Even though It looks like an old fashioned knife. It's feather light. It's razor sharp out the box an sturdy as hell. It's COLD STEEL QUALITY for a few bucks. Thanks fo a good deal.
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