Review: Cold Steel Espada – Large

Cold Steel Espada

Cold Steel Espada

Cold Steel Espada

Along with the Voyager, the Cold Steel Espada is a very common blade to see at our knife seminars. There are two major types, each in 3 sizes. You have the cheaper G10 handle and the more expensive (about 2x more) polished ones. The polished Cold Steel Espadas are very pretty with a nice shiny blade. While the cheaper ones (as shown) has a more grayish blade and G10 handle. Other than some looks and price they are pretty similar.

Cold Steel Espada come in 3 main sizes, Medium, Large and Extra Large. The medium does not have the “wave” feature on its blade while the other two do. The XL is just gigantic and its why it earns its name “Espada (sword)”. I went with the large because its legal in most of Texas (boo San Antonio). It has a very similar feel to my Voyager so handing it was very simple and enjoyable. You can tell just buy looking at it that its more expensive than the Voyager. I manly bought it for its pocket wave feature on the blade which the Voyager does not have.

Cold Steel Voyager XL Review

Cold Steel Voyager XL

Cold Steel Voyager XL

Cold Steel Voyager

Personally I have always kind of stayed away from Cold Steel. Mainly because I can’t say I am a big fan of their CEO. But I have always been told that they make some pretty great stuff. So after a few of our all day seminars. I was pretty easily convinced to pick up Cold Steel Voyager XL.  You can find them for around $50 bucks or so online, and even some Wal-marts are said to be carrying the Voyagers now.

They come in about 3 sizes. So being in Texas, one of the few states with a 5 1/2 inch legal blades, I picked up the XL. This is also the newer type of Cold Steel Voyager which has a more aggressive handle and a different, not as ‘pretty’ blade as the older version. Some people prefer the older more slimmer version as well.

Thats not a knife…now this here, this is a knife

So first off, the Cold Steel Voyager XL is pretty big, about a foot long with the blade out. It also has a bit of heft to it without being heavy. It has a great feel to it overall. It is almost to big to use for small knife tasks (unless you want to make a scene). I almost feel the need to look around to make sure no one is around before I pull this huge knife out to do anything with. So its a pretty big contrast to smaller 3 1/2 blades that no one really looks twice at. So for me at least its usage will be pretty much for defensive purposes, so i still carry a smaller knife for more day to day usage, but like they say anyways two is one, one is none when it comes to knives.

Nok Training Knives Review

Nok Training Knives

Nok Training Knives

Nok Training Knives

In order to get the best out of my self defense training, I am always looking out for the best training weapons. So my friend Steve Miles from the Central Texas Combatives Training Group introduced me to Nok Training Knives. And he was not wrong, these Nok trainers are one of, if not, the best training knifes I have ever used. They are now one of the pillars to all of the knife fighting training we do.

Each one is hand made in Thailand by their creators with a wood core and is wrapped in a neoprene covering. They run about $25 and up and come in different styles and sizes. You can even send in a print up on your knife and they will send you one back to use as similar as possible, for extra money of course.

Like I was saying, these trainers have become an invaluable tool to everything that we do. We would not be-able to go with as much force while still being safe if it was not for these Nok training knives. Nok trainers allow you to train at a great realistic speed during sparring and oppositional training, giving you a more realistic experience without a high a risk of injury.  Just remember to wear eye protection!

If you do any type of knife training than these are truly a must, I really can’t recommend them enough.