Top 25 Pocket Knives that are Indispensable: #17 Cold Steel Voyager

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In June, we took a survey to learn which pocket knives our readers believe should never be discontinued. Respondents were asked to name as many or as few pocket knife models as they wanted, and no brands or blades were off-limits. 404 respondents named a total of 268 models and the average respondent named 4.1 pocket knives. 30 out of 404 respondents said the Cold Steel Voyager should never be discontinued.

Cold Steel has revised the Voyager several times over the years, and in 2011 they completely overhauled the series, turning the slender Voyager into a big, brawny, do-it-all pocket knife. Major changes included a new, stronger locking mechanism, a more ergonomic handle shape and the addition of steel-lined FRN handles to improve rigidity. As a heavy-duty tool, the new Cold Steel Voyager became an instant classic.

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One of the features that separates the Voyager from other heavy duty folders is the Tri-Ad lock. Invented by Andrew Demko, the Tri-Ad lock is essentially a lockback with reexamined lock geometry and the addition of stop pin between the blade tang and the lock spring. The difference in performance is huge. Cold Steel has demonstrated its extreme strength many times. The Voyager itself has made cameos in these tests, and never fails to impress.

In traditional Cold Steel fashion, there are many variants of the Voyager. It is available with three different blade shapes: a clip point, a classic Cold Steel tanto, and a unique, recurved Vaquero blade, all with serrated options. There are three different sizes: the 3” medium, 4” large, and 5.5” XL. A special edition tanto XL model, designed in collaboration with survivalist and author James Wesley Rawles, features CTS-XHP steel, OD green scales, and a DLC coating.

Visit KnifeNews tomorrow to find out which model is #16 on our list of the Top 25 Pocket Knives that are Indispensable.

Knife featured in image: Cold Steel Large Voyager, Stonewash Combo Clip Point Blade, Grivory Handles

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