In an exclusive sneak peek for KnifeNews readers, Cold Steel has revealed the new Andrew Demko-designed Golden Eye, which will be included in the company’s 2017 catalog. Although the company hasn’t disclosed the final specifications, the all-purpose EDC will feature a never before seen, opening mechanism that combines a hole cut out and thumb ramp. Cold Steel tells us the Golden Eye was designed to be a light, slim, and attractive knife that can be carried all day, every day.
The hole cut out fitted with the new brass “HTR™ thumb ramp” is where the Golden Eye gets its name. According to Cold Steel, the new mechanism is a patent pending design that will offer smooth and easy ambidextrous deployment. A slender, reversible clip presents a tip-up carry and is colorized to match the new thumb ramp. The Golden Eye will also feature Cold Steel’s signature Tri-Ad lock.
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In 2016, Cold Steel began offering more color variety beyond black on their handles, and the Golden Eye continues the trend with its dark green G-10 scales. “Their rich forest green beautifully compliments the steel and brass colors of the blade,” they say. The ergonomics offer pronounced finger grooves, a change from recent releases like the award-winning Pro-Lite and Swift assisted-opening folder, which have more neutral grips.
The Golden Eye will be available in tanto (shown above) or drop point (shown below) versions made from S35VN steel. A unique two-tone line grain satin polishing (a process usually reserved for custom knives) puts the finishing touch on what is clearly intended to be a high-end offering. “Their exquisite grind lines really gleam as the blade catches the light,” Cold Steel tells us.
Cold Steel hasn’t released a price or ship date for the new Golden Eye. But in recent years, the company has announced its complete new line up coincident with the IWA Outdoor Classics in early March.
Knife featured in image: Cold Steel Golden Eye