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Cold Steel 11HM Hold Out III Folding Knife 3" Plain Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: CS11HM
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS11HM: 11HM Hold Out III
Cold Steel
The Hold Out has fast become one of Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson's favorite folding knives.

Ideal for military and law enforcement personnel, or just law abiding citizens who may find themselves in harm's way, the Hold Out series provide the comfort and peace of mind that comes from carrying a high performance folder but in an astoundingly lightweight and easy to carry package.

Ounce for ounce, they may well be the strongest folding knives in the industry! Their beautiful, minimalist design is a wonder of functionality; while deceptively simple in appearance, they represent a huge array of design breakthroughs and a staggering amount of performance!

The Hold Out's beautiful satin polished blades are extremely broad; they are flat ground from the spine, with a shallow "V" cross-section culminating in a razor sharp hand-honed edge. Continuously curved from the heel to the needle-sharp tip, the blade cuts and shears through tough and fibrous material with ease and makes short work of tasks that would challenge many of the folding knives on the market today.

Its American G-10 handle is a wonder of ergonomic design. Allowing a full and secure four-finger grip. It is wonderfully secure in hand and will not roll or twist with use. The grip enhancing G-10 and handle holes further aid traction in a wide range of grips, working equally well tip up, down in an "ice pick" grip or even held like a push dagger!

Incredibly thin and flat, with an ambidextrous pocket clip designed for deep carry, even the largest of the Hold Out series is easily concealed in a pocket, clipped into a waistband or tucked into a boot. The blade and handle geometry and the positioning of the TRI AD lock in the Hold Outs came together perfectly. Working together to create a knife whose strength versus weight ratio stunned even our own research and development team!

We believe that the Hold Out may well represent the future of multi-functional, high performance every day carry knives.
  • Item Number: 11HM
  • Name: Hold Out III Plain Edge
  • Blade Length: 3"
  • Blade Thickness: 3 mm
  • Overall Length: 6-7/8"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
  • Weight: 2.5 oz
  • Handle: 3-7/8" Long G-10
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442009177

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
3.826 (23 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Mar 16, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Blade Material, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Ease of Opening
I like the knife, but. The pocket clip in combination with the textured grip is too tight, won' t allow the knife to completely enter the jeans pocket and is very difficult to remove. Closing the blade is almost dangerous because of the difficulty in operating the lock release and closing the blade. Not easy to open the blade, very stiff action. Happy with the weight size and feel.
3 out of 5
Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 28, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Handle Material
Not worth the money.
Purchased last year, but sent back to Cold Steel for refund. Lock is so stiff that I couldn't get it closed once opened. Cold Steel Cust Service phone rep suggested I press it on the side of the table to close, then leave half-open for a week to ten days so it will "loosen up:"!! Well, this didn't work at all, and was dangerous as well. As previously reviewed the scales are "like sandpaper" and will wear out any fabric they come in contact with. Cold Steel refused to honor warrantee on this brand new knife for exchange, so back it went - no more cold cash to Cold Steel for me. I will continue to purchase Spyderco, CRKT, and other brands here from for my EDC needs - you would be well advised to do likewise. You get what you pay for.
5 out of 5
Old Ronin
Jan 20, 2015
just what i was looking for
i needed a blade that was light and flat to carry while going out for my runs at the park. i have its larger brother, but it was too heavy and it moved around too much when i clipped it to my shorts. this little gem fit the bill... it has a the tri-ad lock which is rock solid and the blade is razor sharp. tip: i took off the clip and sanded down the handle a little bit, then replaced the clip.. if not, the rough texture of the handle will eat your shorts!
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