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Cold Steel Black Talon II – Badass Knife of the Week

If you can find a knife that’s as fearsome and savage as our latest Badass Knife of the Week, we don’t want to know.

The Black Talon II, a collaboration between Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson and custom knifemaker Andrew Demko, projects an image so intimidating that even the most fearless attacker would run away at first sight.

Described as a modern masterpiece by Cold Steel, the Black Talon II features a curvaceous blade with a swept-down point and pronounced belly for maximum damage. When Cold Steel updated the original, the team used American XHP super steel and reinforced the tip to prevent breakage.

This folder, which is first and foremost a self-defense tool, comes with either a fully serrated edge or a plain edge. The thumb plate acts as an ambidextrous opening mechanism and can even engage in one swift motion coming out of the pocket if angled correctly.

The Black Talon II uses black G10 scales that are grippy and dependable in all types of conditions. The satin polished blade and pocket clip offer a contrast between the handle scales of the knife.

Rounding out the functionality of the knife is the renowned Tri-Ad locking mechanism that prioritizes strength and safety. This is the ultimate centerpiece for any collection.

For more information on this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the product page for the Cold Steel Black Talon II.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. I am ambidextrious. does this mean I should put one in each pocket?

  2. Looks to me a lot like the Spyderco Civilian.

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