Before I get into the meat of the review, here are the specifications for this knife: Overall length (open) is 12.25 inches, closed length is 6.75 inches, blade length is 5.5 inches, blade thickness is 4 mm, and the weight is approximately 7.4 ounces on my digital kitchen scale. The steel is Japanese AUS 8A stainless (it has a stone wash finish). The Grivory handles are deeply textured and the overall design allows for several grip options. The folder features Cold Steel's patented Tri-Ad lock mechanism which is very strong. It comes with an attached belt/pocket clip which can be swapped around for right-hand or left-hand carry.
|Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero with SAK Hiker for size comparison.|
The recurve blade is very, very sharp straight from the box, and needed no sharpening. The S-shape of a recurve blade makes it especially useful for self-defense, allowing the blade to cut extra-deep with a slashing motion. (Luckily, I haven't had to actually use it for self-defense yet.) I purchased the plain-edge, but it also is available with a serrated edge, if you prefer.
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The deep-texturing of the handle, along with the excellent over-all design of the handle, allows for a very firm, no-slip grip. There is little chance of you slicing your own fingers by losing your grip and your hand then sliding along the handle.
After a month of carrying the Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero everyday, I give it five out of five stars. I am extremely impressed with this knife, and plan to continue to carry it as my everyday self-defense folder. It could also serve well as a good general-use hunting, fishing, and survival knife.
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