This is an article on the Cold Steel Hold Out II, with photos and description of this knife.
- Open Overall Length: 9 in
- Closed Length: 5 in
- Weight: 4.2 oz
- Blade Length: 4 in
- Thickness: 3.5 mm
- Material: Japanese AUS8A Stainless Steel
- Blade HRC: 58-59
- Finish: Satin-polished
- Grind: Flat
- Style: Skean Dhu (Gaelic)
- Edge: Plain
- Material: American G-10
- Liner: None
- Type: Tri-Ad
I had first bought the Cold Steel Hold Out I which is reviewed here, and was impressed with the design and ergonomics of the knife that I decided a similar but smaller version could work well as an EDC (Every Day Carry).
With that in mind, I went ahead and bought the smaller sibling – the Cold Steel Hold Out II.
Much of what that has been written on the Hold Out I earlier applies to the Hold Out II as well, so this article will be a short one.
You may refer to the article on the Hold Out I for a review of its features.
The Hold Out series of knives by Cold Steel is fashioned after the Black Knife or Skean Dhu, after the knives used by ancient Scottish warriors. The Hold Out series of knives is Cold Steel’s interpretation of this classic.
First Looks at the Cold Steel Hold Out II
Brief Description of Features on the Hold Out II
The following are photos with brief description of the features of the Cold Steel Hold Out II.
A more detailed write-up of these features is given in the review of the Hold Out I, which sports similar parts and characteristics, mostly only different in terms of dimensions.
Kindly see the Cold Steel Hold Out I article for a more thorough account of these features.
Comparisons in Size with the Hold Out I
This is best described visually in the photos below:
Cold Steel’s President Lynn Thompson introduces the Hold Out Series
The Hold Out Knives Undergo Some Rigorous Tests
I have been carrying the Cold Steel Hold Out II daily for about a month now and it has certainly proven itself to be worthy of an EDC knife for me.
Its dimensions are just about right – a 4-inch blade is for me the ideal length for a tactical folder, which at this length is longer than a blade in a multi-tool (which is often about 3 inches in length), and shorter than a Bowie and other fixed-blade knives often at over 5 inches in length. 4-inch is great for making pocketable and yet practical folding knives!
At 4.2 ounces, the Hold Out II doesn’t weigh down in your pockets, and the 3.5 mm-thick AUS8A blade spells tough, stiff and strong that can withstand some rigorous use.
The Hold Out II retails for US$115 and I got mine for a little less than that. That is a lot of knife for the money, a high performance folder that bears Cold Steel’s trademark quality at great value. To buy this knife and other products from Cold Steel, please refer to the links below.