Cold Steel Hatamoto Folding Knife
My opinion of Cold Steel’s knives has changed a bit with the recent acquisition of a couple of Cold Steel folders. The Hatamoto is the first of these Cold Steel knives that I have acquired, and comes from their high-end line they call their “Custom Series”, and feature their mysterious and somewhat gimmicky San Mai III Steel.
The liner lock is typicaly Cold Steel, with the pad that they used for easy lock disengagement. The grinds on this knife are very cool, and are the same as the ones used on the Magnum Tanto, featuring the Americanized Tanto blade that Cold Steel popularized in the 80’s.
All bias aside, the Hatamoto is a very nice looking and feeling knife, with very nice grind lines and parts. The steel is either VG-1 or AUS-8 sandwiched by what is likely 420J2 stainless. A very acceptable steel, but for the premium cost, it is priced a bit high, but as with all Cold Steel, the street price is always much lower than the retail.
If it weren’t for the ridiculous marketing tactics and inflated retail pricing, Cold Steel would have a decent product on their hands. Instead of pricing the knife at $400 and selling it at $250, they should have just priced it closer to $250.
Overall a really nice knife that is extremely sharp and shaves hair without thinking twice. Action is very smooth, and washers are extremely thin, an indication of very precision contruction. These Custom Series folders are significantly better than their standard offerings, and if you can get one for a good price, they are not a bad choice. However, if you are a true tactical nut, you might have written off Lynn Thompson of Cold Steel long ago and would be caught dead carrying his stuff. I don’t blame you.