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Cold Steel 24PG Paradox Butterfly-Style (Two Handed Opener) 4-1/2" Blade, Grivory Handles

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Part Number: CS24PG
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS24PG: Grivory Paradox
Cold Steel

Balisong or Butterfly knives, with their revolving handles, and strong locking mechanisms, have had a certain mystique since they were first popularized in the early 1980's. They were beguilingly simple in construction, looked a little intimidating in a user's hand, were relatively inexpensive, and there were many flashy ways to open them with a few deft turns of the wrist. In short, they were a knife industry success story. There was just one downside. In the early 1990's, United States Customs outlawed the importation of all butterfly knives under, what can only be assumed to be, an arbitrary and unreasonable interpretation of the Switchblade Act.

Cold Steel has produced The Paradox®. Available in two sizes, it's designed from the ground up to specifically mimic a traditional Balisong or Butterfly knife in every respect but one ­it can't be opened with one hand! That's right, the Paradox® is not a switchblade, gravity knife, or assisted opener and can't be opened without the use of both hands. So, while it looks and feels like a classic Butterfly knife, it isn't. Its twin handles feature two integral springs that are similar to a conventional slip joint folder. They are designed to rotate 180 degrees around the blade's unique split tang and use strong opposing spring tension to lock the blade open or hold it firmly closed. Don't worry about it taking two hands to get it into action, since once it's opened it will never close inadvertently. Plus, its locking mechanism is impervious to spine whack and the most violent stresses and shocks imaginable.

Every detail of the Paradox® is a testament to Cold Steel's renowned craftsmanship. The leaf shaped blade is hollow ground from imported Japanese AUS 8A Stainless (instead of the cheap steel used by our competitors) and, due to the latest advances in heat treatment, it offers a thin, ultra keen edge that lasts.

As much as we love and believe in our 4" and 5 1/2" aluminum handle Paradoxes, we have to acknowledge their asking price is just out of reach of some of our customers during these times of high unemployment and slow economic growth.

The Grivory handle Paradox with a 4-inch blade is the more affordable version of the Paradox. With the exception of the handle slabs, it's made with the same materials and attention to detail, and offers the same tremendous strength, sharpness, and cutting power of its more expensive counterpart.
  • Item Number: 24PG
  • Name: Grivory Paradox
  • Blade Length: 4 1/2"
  • Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Overall Length: 9 3/4"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
  • Weight: 5.8 oz
  • Handle: 5 1/4" Long Grivory
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442009054

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.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
4.750 (4 reviews)
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5 out of 5
Espanola, New Mexico
Sep 19, 2012
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, None
pretty good tool
I bought this over a year ago and it served as my edc for most of that time. I noticed often that people were quite critical of this knife's design yet they seemed to miss a very valid point regarding it. It can be used as more than an edged tool. It makes an excellent self defense tool when used as a koppo/yawara stick as I often demonstrated by using it to smash bags of store bought ice. As a further strength when the blade has been deployed the knife never developed any sort of blade play thanks to the knife's design. Over time I learned to deploy the blade very quickly, although as has been noted you DO need both hands to open it, which can be difficult sometimes. Often during a self defense situation there will simply not be enough time to grab a knife and deploy the blade quickly regardless of whether it is designed as a one handed or a two handed opening one. However simply grabbing the knife and using it as a non-lethal instrument, not even bothering to attempt to open it, seemed to work well for me. It was nice to see a knife design that nicely addressed the concept that a knife can be used for more than an edged weapon if it is built sturdily enough. It makes an excellent utility blade as well. I can pretty much guarantee it will not close on your fingers unless you are doing something with it that you shouldn't be doing with a folding knife in any case. The pocket clip is a bit tight on the model, and the knife does tend to rub a bit harshly against the inside of your pocket also. I had to sew a few holes that formed in my pocket due to wear after a few moths of carrying this knife without using the pocket clip to hold it. Overall though this is a very good knife, and it has many good possibilities if you consider its many uses.
5 out of 5
Apr 19, 2011
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Handle Material, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Sheath, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip
Cons: None
To cut meat. Cut rope. Open some things. That it's sharp and still is. Just that I have to open it with two hands
4 out of 5
Bloomington, IN
Apr 08, 2011
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
This Knife is Great
Nice and solid. Does not rattle like a typical butterfly knife.
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