Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
Too much of a good thing?
This is a really BIG folder, the photo's don't do it justice. It is like the already stout 4" version, but scaled up in all dimensions. Some of the other Cold Steel "XL" series with 6" blades (TiLite) are inherently thin designs, stiletto like, so they get longer in the XL size, but not bigger. Not so with this beast! It's long and wide and thick. For me at least it does answer the question: how big is too big? It fit's in my jeans pocket, but borders on uncomfortable. I gave it a "4" because it just doesn't handle that well. The thumb stud is small and doesn't really provide enough leverage for opening the massive blade. The spine lock is very positive, but difficult to disengage - requiring two thumbs. And when it unlocks the momentum of the heavy blade swinging closed can bring the edge in contact with your fingers if you are not careful. My overall impression is that to build a great knife this size a few things needed to be rethought and redeisgned from the other Counterpoint models. This might have resulted in something that was different. For instance the stud words well on smaller blades but a spyderco style hole might be better on this large a knife. Instead Cold Steel went with a pure scale-up. Fit and finish is excellent, especially when one considers the price. It's a great value at $75 and seems very solidly built. The handle material is one of the nicest composites I've seen. This knife makes more sense to me as something to put in a survival kit or tackle box, than as an EDC. For me it answers the question "how big is too big" in a tactical folder- Which alone may make it a worthwhile addition to your collection.