The Cold Steel Chaos Series...

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Cold Steel seems to have done well with their Chaos Trench/Dagger blade version, but... The Tanto, Stiletto, and Kukri versions were obviously flat sellers for them, since they got discontinued not too long after coming out.
Their Bowie version seems to be doing well.
As for the new Push Dagger version that has yet to be released... Well, we shall see.
I myself took advantage of buying the Chaos Kukri, Stiletto, and Tanto versions when they were being blown out as a package deal for all three at an awesome clearance price, (by one of the biggest online vendors). The price was $99 for all three, and that was everything, including s&h!

One thing is sure, CS has tried to put the Chaos handle idea out there with various blade styles, but that Trench Dagger version has been their biggest hit in the series.
Personally, imo, I think they are all going to be fairly collectable. The versions that didn't initially do well commercially, (and wound up discontinued early on), could become the better collectables because of their more scarce status.

These types of out in left field offerings, will likely be diminishing from Cold Steel in the near future. Without Lynn Thompson, the crazy magic may simply be hard to replicate.

 
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I wanted a kukri pretty bad for a rehandle project. Pretty sad I missed out, they were $40 for a while at one of the knife websites.

Good grab, more than a lil jealous.
 
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I know that Lynn Thompson would often describe his offerings as being something that he took inspiration from some historical piece, or pieces, (with him sometimes taking cues from various items of the past and putting those ideas into one).
There was a company in Britain making fighting knives that were privately purchased by British Soldiers heading into the trench wars of WW1. That company was 'Robbins of Dudley'.
The bulk of their handles for these knives were often made using cast aluminum. The style of these cast handles would often then be modified in styling and adapted onto other models they made and offered.
If I was to make a guess, I think the Robbins of Dudley knives were probably the, or at least the major inspiration for the CS Chaos series handles. Not exact copies in any way, of course, but the inspiration for the CS Chaos idea.

The following are just a couple Robbins of Dudley antique knives that I found some pics of online...



 
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I know that Lynn Thompson would often describe his offerings as being something that he took inspiration from some historical piece, or pieces, (with him sometimes taking cues from various items of the past and putting those ideas into one).
There was a company in Britain making fighting knives that were privately purchased by British Soldiers heading into the trench wars of WW1. That company was 'Robbins of Dudley'.
The bulk of their handles for these knives were often made using cast aluminum. The style of these cast handles would often then be modified in styling and adapted onto other models they made and offered.
If I was to make a guess, I think the Robbins of Dudley knives were probably the, or at least the major inspiration for the CS Chaos series handles. Not exact copies in any way, of course, but the inspiration for the CS Chaos idea.

The following are just a couple Robbins of Dudley antique knives that I found some pics of online...



Wow, bottom pic certainly looks like the new chaos push knife.
 
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