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In the late 1500’s a new breed of men sprang from the impoverished soil of the Extremadura region of northwestern Spain and sailed to the New World to seek their fame and fortune. Small in number and armed with little more than the cloaks on their backs and an Espada (sword) in their belts, they cut a bloody path through impossible odds to emerge as Conquistadors of everlasting fame and glory.
Available in two sizes the Espada was designed by custom knife maker Andrew Demko and Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson. Their goal was to harness old world craftsmanship with new world advancements in mechanics and materials to create a new series of tactical folders.
Made from vacuum heat-treated and sub-zero quenched Japanese 8A stainless steel and hollow ground to a thin, razor sharp edge, they will cleave through just about any obstacle or target in their path. To make your hand the real master of these awesome blades Cold Steel have paired them with state of the art pistol grip handles. Strongly curved and equipped with multiple finger grooves and even a sub-hilt in the larger model, they work perfectly in either a forward or reverse grip while offering unprecedented retention and reach through multiple grip extension options.
To minimize overall weight and maximize strength and rigidity, Cold Steel have CNC machined the frames and integral bolsters of the Espada’s handles from 7075 Aluminum billets. While quite costly, this material rivals even Titanium in strength and can endure years of the hardest abuse. Finally to make the handle as beautiful as it is effective and strong, they have mirror polished the dovetailed bolsters and attached glossy black G-10 handle scales using the latest high tech fasteners.
Cold Steel have equipped each model with their new multi-patented TRI-AD lock. Designed by Andrew Demko, the TRI-AD is unsurpassed in resisting positive pressure from the edge, negative pressure from the point and impact pressure (whacks on the back of the spine of the blade) by diverting these forces first to its unique stop pin and then throughout the entire handle frame.
|Blade Length||Extra Lrg:7 1/2” (19.5cm)
Lrg:5 1/2” (13.97cm)
Med: 3 1/2” (8.89cm)
|Blade Material||AUS 8A|
|Handle Material||Polished G-10 and 7075 Aluminum Bolster/Frame|
|Overall Length||Extra Lrg:16 3/4" (42.45cm)
Lrg:12 1/4" (31.1 cm)
Med:8 1/2" (21.9 cm)
When it comes to choice of materials, quality, toughness and aesthetics this knife has it all. Though I wouldn't use this knife in any tactical deployment as it's far too 'loud'. The Japanese AUS8A hollow ground blade and 7075 Aluminium bolsters have been buffed to a mirror finish and the contoured G10 scales have been polished slick giving a look of ebony due to the grain pattern.
Moving away from the 'blade bling', this really is a serious knife featuring the TRI-AD lock (which is known to hold 600lbs for days on end and still be as good as new) and multiple grip positions are available due to the deep choil and sub hilt. The thumb plate deployment has the blade ready and waiting for you as soon as its out of your pocket.
Great service from Heinnie as usual with lightning fast delivery. Great work.
I have the XL stunning knife and it never fails to impress, the only down side I feel is the blade steel, for the price I wish they had made it with San Mai III or even something like cpm s30v. Then I think it would have my 5 stars.
Having already purchased the medium I had to have the XL version. A monster of a knife, lovely thing but be careful when closing it, already taken a slice once! I think you will like this piece, but be warned, this is a SERIOUS piece of kit capable of inflicting injury if you're not on your guard.
Had to have one of these in my collection after hearing so much about them. I chose the medium which is still one hell of a piece. Very nice overall, blade is superb. My only criticism would be that its very stiff new, and even after opening and closing it more than a thousand times today, its still a little squeaky when operating it. If Cold Steel put just 5% more into its manufacture, it'd be a masterpiece for a production knife. Summing up? Buy one, but the SOG VULCAN Tanto is a better quality knife and cheaper.
I have had some large folding knives in my time but would say this one feels the best of them in so many ways and am glad I bought it from HH.
It's true what they say, you cannot appreciate the size and the presence of this monster till you hold it in your hands. It really is a beast of a knife. I ordered it Tuesday and got it Wednesday (thankyou very much Heinnie for your great service) and I opened the box...it just felt like the pocket knife of a giant! I'm So glad I have one in my collection now, but I'm so tempted to buy another!
The XL espada is impossibly light and easy to use for such a large knife. Just like the Natchez Bowie it is large, perfect, expensive and fits any hand, but the word I most like to describe it with is "mine".
This Knife, The Espada Extra Large is Something you really need to see & hold in your hand to Truly Apreciate, it is a Awesome Blade. The XL is more A Folding Short Sword than it is a Knife, I may be mistaken but as far as I am aware it is the largest Bladed Production Folding Knife in the World Today. I add to this The Excellent Service & Super Fast Delivery I get as always from Heinnie Haynes, There is nobody who offers the same level of Customer Service. I could not be more happy with my purchase of this knife.
it's taken a long time to save up for this knife, and it was waiting for, when it was very quickly delivered thanks to Heinnie Haynes. Thanks again for a great product and I will be placing many more orders in the future because of the great services and a very trustworthy website.
Thanks alot guys,
Delivery service from Heinnie is second to none.This knife is awesome the quality and the engineering is superb.