The good guys over at Tactical Intent sent me the new Cold Steel Tanto 5.5″ Rawles Limited Edition Voyager XL Folding Knife to review. Like most of us, I love a good knife and eagerly opened up the box when it arrived. Drop-dead gorgeous in a rugged sort of way – if you like this sort of thing. The Olive Drab Griv-Ex handle perfectly compliments the black DLC (diamond like coating).
Texas law dictates a maximum blade length of 5.5 inches. This is one serious knife! Despite the size it weighs in at only 7.8 ounces and feels balanced.
This is a limited edition knife built to Jim Rawles’ specifications. You know Jim Rawles – survival expert, author, and publisher of Survival Blog. The blade features Jim Rawles’ signature.
The knife features a Tanto 5.5 inch blade that is half-serrated. Steel is the is the new American CTS XHP Carpenter with a black DLC coating which is an upgrade over the standard Voyagers. This is a relatively new steel that is best described as a high-hardness 440C with a HRC (Rockwell) of 64.
One interesting design element is the chisel-grind or single-bevel blade. This is where the blade is ground on only one side and the other side is flat. The Cold Steel Voyager is extremely sharp. The chisel grind has some survival advantages that Mr. Rawles could explain better than I but basically it is strong, sharp, and easy to sharpen in the field.
This folding knife utilizes the tried-and-true Cold Steel Tri-Ad locking mechanism.
The OD Griv-Ex handle is aggressively textured – yet still very comfortable in hand. I haven’t had the opportunity to use the knife in extreme conditions but I’m betting that it makes for a secure grip. In fact, I have really grown to like it.
Cold Steel and Jim Rawles are donating profits from this Limited Edition Voyager to charity.
With a street price of approximately $80 you can’t go wrong.