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Cold Steel Rajah III – Badass Knife of the Week


With its curved blade, deep belly, and thick point, the kukri machete is one of the most versatile tools around. So what’s the only way to make the kukri even more useful? Make it small enough to fit in your pocket.

Our latest Badass Knife of the Week from Cold Steel takes the unique characteristics of the Nepalese kukri and scales them down into a convenient folding knife.

The Cold Steel Rajah III features a 3.5-inch blade in the shape of a Nepalese kukri. The curve in the blade gives it exceptional chopping power and the point makes it optimal for finer tasks.

Like the kukri, the blade on the Rajah III is strong. Unlike the kukri, this knife is a folder. Using Andrew Demko’s highly regarded Tri-Ad lock, this Demko-designed folder stays firmly in place with a stop pin that redistributes the pressure throughout the knife to be absorbed. This makes for one reliable knife.

badass-cold-steel-rajah-iii-sideThe Griv-Ex handle boasts an ergonomic design that’s been carefully sculpted to offer an array of grip options.

Along with a distinct design, the Rajah III comes with a few features that make the knife even better, including a thumb plate for ambidextrous opening, a reversible pocket clip, steel liners, and more.

The Rajah III gives you the power of a kukri machete in a folder that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. What’s more badass than that?

For more information on this Badass Knife of the Week, check out the product page for the Cold Steel Rajah III.


  1. My second favorite knife, I carry a Rajah III every day. I say second favorite because I also own a Rajah II. And the only reason I don’t carry it regularly is that I’m just not sure it is legal. I get that “knife of the week” means “knife” and not “knives,” but when taking about the Rajah III as a badass knife, I can’t believe no love was thrown in for its predecessor. Still a great article. And anyone who doesn’t have one, should get one. Then go ahead and drop the cash necessary for its big brother… You won’t be disappointed.

    • Tim

      November 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Glad to hear you enjoy the knives. Not mentioning the Rajah II was an oversight on my part. I had actually debated between making the Badass Knife of the Week the II or the III. I chose the Rajah III because it’s a little more reasonable in its size (although as you will find out in next week’s featured knife we don’t always care about being reasonable). In a few years, I’ll make sure the Rajah II gets its due!

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