Code 4 clip point...

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by lonestar1979, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    I have been using this knife for past few days and its performance really surprised me.High hollow grind slices and cuts like a monster,and is easy to get sharp.Grind is thin behind the edge, so I didn't have to reprofile it and factory edge is still on it.Thanx Cold Steel on great performing knife,especially for the price.
     
  2. jstrange

    jstrange

    Mar 31, 2012
    I like mine too, just wish there was a little more traction to the grip (maybe some Mayo-style holes or something). I was thinking about putting some grip-tape on there, but it would ruin the good looks.
     
  3. mst

    mst

    24
    Aug 6, 2014
    I have this knife in my top 5, but I'm really unsiure about the AUS-8A steel. I know it's different from AUS-8, many comparisons place AUS-8 at the same level as 8Cr13MoV, and logically AUS-8A should be on a similar level as Sandvik 14c28n.

    Any hands on comparisons with this kinds of steel compared to other mid-range steels such as 14C28N, 154CM and VG10?
     
  4. GCG199

    GCG199

    Apr 26, 2001
    Cold Steel has a good track record for their Aus-8A, as they have been using it for about 20 years now.

    It will take a very sharp edge and it is easy to keep it that way by stropping it on plain leather.

    It will have less edge-holding than 154CM and VG-10 because they have more carbon.
     
  5. JRossT

    JRossT

    1
    Aug 13, 2014
    My Cold Steel Code 4 Clip Point is one of my sharpest knifes, I touch it up with my sharpening system keeping the factory edge angles and then finish it on my strop and it´s level of sharpness is simply awsome!

    Great knife, slim, light weight, sharp, strongest and more secure lock in the world, aluminium handles, great ergonomics, excelente steel treatment, good looking and all of this for a desent price.

    Keep it up CS
     
  6. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    Oh yeah, Its one of the sharpest knives I have too.So easy to get sharp and keeps edge well.I give it couple swipes on ceramics or india stone and its back to hair whittling sharp.
     
  7. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Yet again, Powernoodle saves the day with a pic. [​IMG]

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  8. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I really like the looks and price of the Code 4 knife, but the slick handle is such a "show-stopper". Zero traction plan. Oh well.
    I really like AUS 8 too. I feel comfortable sharpening this great, value steel.
     
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  9. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    True about the slick sides. But they won't shred your pocket, either, and they make it a pleasure to extract. The sculpting and finger cutouts do provide a good grip for EDC, irrespective of the slick sides.
     
  10. GCG199

    GCG199

    Apr 26, 2001
    Yes, the handle scales are slippery, but I have found them easy to get used to.

    (I have found that I don't care for a lot of other brands of metal-handled knives, but this one works very well for me.)

    This is a slightly scaled-down version of the Recon 1 handle.

    They can be engraved or traction grip/skateboard tape can be added to them too.
     
  11. Revolverrodger

    Revolverrodger KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2007
    This is one of my top folders. I carry it more often then others.
     
  12. Freman Bloodglaive

    Freman Bloodglaive

    824
    Apr 14, 2013
    AUS8A is just AU8 delivered in an annealed state. The difference between Cold Steel's AUS8 and other people's AUS8 is their investment in a top quality heat treatment. That allows their steel to act much like a high carbon steel, taking a razor edge very easily while still being acceptably corrosion resistant.

    Heat treatment and edge geometry are why, for example, Buck can make a good knife with 420HC steel whereas most other people can't.
     
  13. Freman Bloodglaive

    Freman Bloodglaive

    824
    Apr 14, 2013
    Buy a Cold Steel American Lawman, strip the black coating. Apparently the blade is stonewashed underneath.

    [video=youtube;0nGzcG5KSP4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nGzcG5KSP4[/video]
     
  14. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    Aus8a is so much better than some harder supersteels for field use.Its tougher, doesn't rust and very easy to sharpen.Keeps decent edge too.
     
  15. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I have an American Lawmen. I would like to try to strip it's blade and lockbar, but I don't want to scrape or sand. I am looking for a stripper that is not hazardous if splattered on skin. I wonder if the citrus based stripper is safe? Can't find too much info.
     
  16. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    I used mu Code4 on a 2 day camping trip on weekend, for food preparation mostly and it performed really well.To test it more I cut dozen of chicken bones on purpose and it had no effect on edge that was sharpened on brown spyderco ceramics.Knife was still shaving hair:).When I got back home put it on sharpmaker(2swipes each side) and it was hair whittling sharp again.aus8a by cold steel is very good, cant wait to test the knives in xhp.Behaves like a carbon steel, but doesn't rust.
     
  17. jstrange

    jstrange

    Mar 31, 2012
    What angle did you use, 30 or 40? And did the edge require re-profiling to be able to use the Sharpmaker?
     
  18. lonestar1979

    lonestar1979

    Mar 2, 2014
    Yes, the edge was reprofiled(thinned out almost flat to the stone).Microbevel is 40degrees on sharpmaker.Cuts like crazy and easy to resharpen.
     
  19. Kels73

    Kels73 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    In regard to the Code 4's smooth handle, has anyone tried bead blasting one? It seems like that would increase the traction, and might give it a cool look also.

    I like the idea of having it engraved too. Having a meaningful design engraved on the handle would increase the sentimental value while also adding traction.
     
  20. kidcoyote

    kidcoyote

    589
    Jun 7, 2010
    I have one with the serrations and unfortunately I have a damaged serration. I retired the knife was thinking of getting another one though.
     

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