DEADLY DUO: SPARTAN AND RAJAH II | Cold Steel Combat Knives Review

From the Greek Peninsula and the Mountains of Nepal, Cold Steel brings forth two new folding battle knives that live up to their legendary ancestors!

Cold Steel thinks big when it comes to folders. The Rajah II and the Spartan are big knives capable of big jobs.

When most of us think of folders, we probably envision something compact with a 3- to 4-inch blade. Not so for the folks at Cold Steel. They have a history of making some super-sized folders and a couple of their newest ones may be the biggest yet. Enter the Spartan and the Rajah II, folding blades big enough to make even the jaded knife aficionado go wow! Cold Steel takes some cues from a couple of proven historical battle blades and adapts the designs into modern 21st century tactical tools.

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The Cold Steel Spartan hearkens back to the warrior spirit of Sparta and is heavily influenced by the Greek Kopis sword. Designer Andrew Demko took the classic lines and functionality of this battlefield weapon and transformed it into a comparatively compact folder. I say comparatively compact because the Spartan is by no means a small knife. It may not be a full-sized Kopis, but it’s a serious back-pocket battle blade.

The Spartan sports a 4.5-inch blade of Japanese AUS8A stainless steel that’s a full 4mm thick. It has a recurved edge with a high, hollow grind and a clip point. The blade looks bigger than it is. The spine of the blade has a thumb plate for one-hand opening or, which can be hooked on the pocket lip during the draw stroke so that it opens as you pull the knife out. The blade pivots on an adjustable pivot screw and is held open by Cold Steel’s patent pending Tri-Ad lock. The 6-inch-long grip follows the lines of the Kopis sword and really locks the hand into place. It carries steel liners covered by a Grivory shell that is sculpted with a series of textured grooves. Grivory is high performance polymer, which is billed as a metal replacement for industrial use. It’s tough and can withstand heavy impacts and abuse. The Spartan opens up to 10.5 inches and weighs in at 7.5 ounces. It has a reversible pocket clip oriented for tip-up carry.

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  • BBalee77

    I have a Spartan, I would say that I’ll give a try to Rajah II as well. I’m sure that I won’t be disappointed with.

  • BBalee77

    Hi All,

    I had some minor issues with Spartan:
    1 Cannot be operated comfortably while wearing gloves, even tactical…
    2 the pocket clip is too tight and rigid for confortable use.

    Otherwise it has a perfect, desing, material etc.

  • Stargater

    Both knives are impressive and I’ve got both, but it’s mighty hard not to see the advantage of the Rajah II, in size and strength. Both knives are based on the effective cutting edges of a recurved blade and effective stabbing abilities, but the Spartan uses smaller parts and is a junior in every way to its big brother, the Rajah II. (Being the owner of a Rajah I, I mourn its loss, as it is far more classy than its uglier evil twin.) Still, in all fairness, the Rajah II is just uglier, and in no way inferior to the Rajah I.

    My bugout bag will have the Rajah packed therein, but that won’t stop me from having the Spartan. And I will take it out will me on the occasional walk.

    Cold Steel is doing something other knife companies should be doing and haven’t been doing for years, and this is evidenced by the fact that both knives being pitted against each other are BOTH Cold Steel. Hello? Anyone listening?

    So I’ll keep buying Cold Steel while others spit fire at Lynn Thompson and the company he built. Their loss.

  • Nathan

    Damn, No body will screw with you if you got the SPARTAN hanging from your belt. I like the fact that Cold Steel incorporated a multi-use blade design for defense as well as utility so you can carve wood and gut a 6-foot tuna fish while murdering a wannabe ninja trying to take the cash out of your back pocket. The old Spartan Kopis was intimidating enough, having a miniature folding version of the same massive blade will make assailants leave a mess in their shorts before thinking about mugging you. I think i’ll go get me one.

  • Alex E

    I just got the SPARTAN. WOW ! When is open is HUGE !
    I like the way you grip with it, It will not slip up or down in your hand. IMHO this is a combat defensive knife. It is so big I am scared to use it as an utility knife. It feels like you are caring a MACHETE in your pocket. It is heavy but is a good kind a heavy that helps. You can draw and it will open out of your pocket but make sure you practice as is kind a freaky drawing such a big blade. Over all “I love it “