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Cold Steel 11HMS Hold Out III Folding Knife 3" Serrated Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: CS11HMS
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS11HMS: Hold Out III
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: 11HMS
  • Name: Hold Out III Serrated 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: 705442009184

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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4 out of 5
Nov 25, 2016
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
I've had several of these
As the title says, I have had several holdouts. All have been the 3, and I've been pleased with each. The Aus 8 and Cts steels are both good on this knife. The edge geometry lends itself towards good slicing ability. While the Cts version is better on paper, I really haven't noticed a significant difference between the two. Don't get me wrong, there is a difference but it isn't drastic. I happily use both. As for those who have issue with the clip; it is poorly designed but sanding the g-10 down smooth underneath it does work wonders. You aren't buying this knife as an investment so don't worry about sanding on the handle. Blade deployment on all three of mine is perfectly fine. Im sure that there are individual knives that have deployment issues but none of mine have the issue. If you have the issue then I would suggest a bit of soap and warm water, work the pivot, rinse, dry, and then apply a drop of mineral oil - problem solved. These are simple, yet rugged and useful mechanisms. A bit of common sense will get you settled if there is an issue.
4 out of 5
Aug 19, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Weight, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Lite and flat
The Hold Out is nice to clip in a waistband of lightweight shorts or jogging pants. It is lite for its size and very flat/thin. Bought this one for price and I'm fine with AUS8 in this type of knife. Not crazy about the serrated blade in an EDC, but they are small and will eventually disappear with sharpening on a flat stone. Blade deployment is rather slow due to firm lock and handle style. The clip sucks. Its very tight and when bent, it stays bent. Needs a little more flex. I did sand the G10 under the clip and lightly on some rough edges. Cleaned and lubed the pivot etc. The lock is firm, but workable. Its an OK knife for the price, but glad I didn't spend triple the price for the new version.
2 out of 5
Jim K
sacramento ca
Aug 18, 2016
Pros: Weight, None
Cons: Weight, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use
Heavy and stiff
This knife is almost impossible to open with one hand which is a prerequisite for a pocket knife for me.
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