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Cold Steel 11HL Hold Out II Folding Knife 4" Plain Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: CS11HL
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS11HL: Hold Out II
Cold Steel

For many years now Cold Steel has been fascinated with the Black Knife or Skean Dhu (Gaelic) of the ancient Scottish warriors. Used as a utility or back-up knife and worn under the sleeve, tucked inside a jacket or slipped into the top of a stocking it was thin, flat "pointy" and light as a feather.

Now Cold Steel is proud to offer you our latest interpretation of this timeless knife in the form of an updated Tactical folder we call the Hold Out.

Available in several sizes to meet just about anyone's needs, they offer a number of contemporary variations and refinements at a very affordable price. Each blade is made of our tried and true AUS 8A Stainless Steel, and like its ancient predecessor's, features a thin, acutely pointed tip that's sharp as the proverbial needle. And it glides effortlessly through even the most puncture resistant materials while remaining remarkably resistant to breakage. Adding to their value and wicked effectiveness, each knife has been precisely and beautifully hollow ground before being honed by hand to a razor edge that will fling hairs from your arm like magic.

The handles of our Hold Out series are also reminiscent of their ancient forbearers. Fashioned from the finest American made G-10 laminate, they offer a palm hugging profile and a thin, flat cross section that resists rolling or twisting in the palm while remaining comfortable and versatile enough to accommodate a wide variety of gripping styles.

To protect your fingers from our Hold Out's remarkably sharp blades, each knife comes with our record breaking Tri-Ad lock. Proven to way out perform the competition in the most brutal tests imaginable, it's simply the best lock available for folding knives at any price. Due to the strength of the Tri-Ad lock, depressing the mechanism to release the blade might be difficult.

For discreet carry and immediate access, the Hold Outs are supplied with polished stainless steel pocket clips and thumb studs on the blade. This arrangement allows a wide variety of carry options as well as lightning quick, one-handed deployment.
  • Item Number: 11HL
  • Name: Hold Out II Plain Edge
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Overall Length: 9"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless
  • Weight: 4.2 oz
  • Handle: 5" Long G-10
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442009153

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.
The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
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.
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Tim H
Sep 12, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Weight, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
You can't put it down, it's awesome!
I first bought the Hold III. I couldn't put it down. A month went by and I found myself buying the Hold Out II. I love both. I carry the III as an EDC blade and the II as a defensive blade. For that purpose I chose the serrated blade. I think you have to be a knife person to get it but the design and material choice makes this family of knives really hard to put down. I used to carry a Benchmade Presidio which is a wonderful defensive knife but the Hold Out II is so light you forget that you are carrying it and the G10 just becomes a part of your hand when you hold it. I could go on but I think you get the picture, if you think you want the II just buy it and be sure to buy it through Knife Center. Knife Center has never let me down.
5 out of 5
Panhandle, Fl
Dec 12, 2014
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: None
One of my favorites
This is such a great knife. It is a mixture of large folder competency with unique Cold Steel design coolness. It will easily accomplish any task asked of it. I own all three sizes. The small and XL are huge winners in their own right.
5 out of 5
Jan 02, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Don't buy junk
Now, this is a knife that does not have the usual play in the lock (EVERY KERSHAW, GERBER, AND SPYDERCO I HAVE EVER OWNED HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO WITHSTAND EVEN MINOR LOCK TESTS, do you want your lock to fail and lose your hand to their sharp blades?????????????) quite a pro. Steel is mid grade. Sharpness, efficient. Skean Dhu design of the Scots is REALLY THE WAY TO GO! With a knife this light, you can't go wrong.
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