Time to shank a fool
My first thought after buying the Cold Steel AK-47 is “this is a big folder”. It has an overall length of 9 ¼ inches with a 3 ½ long 4mm thick AUS A8 Stainless Steel blade.
My AK-47 pictured above came with the G-10 handle and a black Teflon coated blade, Cold Steel has another model that comes with an aluminum handle with a bead blast finish for the blade.
Good and Bad Points From our Field Testing:
Good Points: The knife is big and sturdy, it functioned well without any malfunctions or damage for the 4 weeks I tested it in Iraq. The G-10 handle grips like superglue and the skull crusher pommel is like a ball-peen hammer.
It has a clever thumb plate/open assist that has a notch cut out of it that you can use to snag onto your clothing or gear to make a fast one handed opening. Another good point is you can move the pocket clip to either side fairly easily.
Cold Steel AK-47 Pocket Clip Side Open
Bad Points: The AK-47 uses Cold Steels Ultra Lock locking mechanism (like Benchmade uses on some of its knifes) that I personally dislike. It is basically an oval hole with a little spring loaded stick in it.
I find it hard to manipulate wile wearing gloves and even barehanded sometimes. This is more of a personal preference, some people like this type of locking mechanism.
Also the belt clip is way too stiff, I had to pry the front up with my finger just to clip it to my pocket, and when I would remove it from my pocket it would hold on like a vice grip (this also had to do with the G-10 handle) even after a month it didn’t seem to loosen up much.
Cold Steel AK-47, Notice That You Can Move the Pocket Clip to Whatever Side You Choose
Overall: The Cold Steel AK-47 is a well built sturdy knife that stood up well in a hard use environment, the one handed “snag” thumb plate is especially useful. But because of the difficult to use locking mechanism (difficult for me) and extremely tight pocket clip I do not use this knife as a daily carry knife.
~James GJames is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.