In this Cold Steel Counter Point 1 review I share my thoughts on this folder as an everyday carry knife that appears to have a self-defense focus. I included plenty of detailed close-up photos of the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 to give you a better idea of what you’ll be getting if you choose to add this blade to your EDC rotation. The Counter Point 1 is definitely more tactical in nature than many conventional everyday carry knives. Cold Steel examined the best features of the classic “boot knife” and translated them into the Counter Point 1.
Note: I purchased the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 at Amazon.com for my own personal use. It was not supplied to me by Cold Steel or any other knife supplier.
Why did I buy this knife?
I bought the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 mainly as a blade for self-defense. If you want to sit on the porch and whittle, this probably isn’t what you want. Since I conceal carry all of the time I wanted a defensive blade as a last ditch back-up. It’s as close as you can get to a dagger in a folding knife. The Tri-Ad back lock is super strong. Far stronger than a conventional liner lock. I’ll probably never use it for a self-defense purpose. And that’s perfectly fine with me. I carry it for the same reason I wear seat belts. I’m not expecting to get in a car wreck, but in the event it happens I’ll be glad I’m belted in.
Counter Point 1 specifications
As you can see from the photo to the right, the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 isn’t a small knife. Some might even say it’s not really a true EDC blade. In my opinion, if your everyday carry knife needs to be self-defense oriented, this is one worth considering.
- Blade length: 4″
- Blade steel type: Carpenter CTS® BD1 Alloy
- Grip length: 5″
- Grip material: Griv-Ex
- Overall length: 9″
- Clip: Ambidextrous belt clip
- Liner: Heat-treated aluminum liners
- Blade lock: Tri-ad back lock
- Blade release: Manual with thumb stud
- Overall thickness: 3.5 mm
- Weight: 4.7 oz
What it’s like to carry the Cold Steel Counter Point 1
The Cold Steel Counter Point 1 is larger than many popular everyday carry knives. It’s also heavier. Truthfully, the only thing I really notice is that the knife is bulkier in my pocket. If you pocket carry a gun, you may find it difficult to carry this knife and your cell phone in one pocket. If you didn’t read the specs, I’ll reiterate that the blade length is 4″. This means you need to make sure and understand local regulations regarding what you can legally carry. Also it’s a good idea to know if the place you work at has any knife related restrictions.
The Cold Steel Counter Point 1 has a reversible clip. The clip works well with thinner and thicker fabrics (like jeans) and holds the knife securely in place. The overall fit and finish of this knife was excellent and is what I expected for a knife in this price point.
Here is a reverse view of the folded Counter Point 1.
The spear point blade is sharp on a single side. The blade is very substantial with more than adequate thickness for to ensure plenty of stability for cutting, slicing and stabbing. The Counter Point 1 was sharp out of the box. There wasn’t any side-to-side play in the blade at all.
The Griv-Ex handle material and design
I really like the Griv-Ex handle material. Apparently, Griv-Ex is a name developed by Cold Steel for to describe the handle material which is some sort of plastic/resin material. It’s textured enough to give you a good grip, but not a grip with the sandpaper consistency you find in the Cold Steel Lawman or similar Cold Steel knives. In other words, the Griv-Ex handle on the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 isn’t going to tear up your jeans every time you pull your knife out. If you use a knife in wet or slippery conditions it should offer enough grip texture to be held securely.
The knife is designed to be held in a variety of different grip techniques.
The knife grip gives you a good place to rest your thumb when cutting.
Cold Steel Counter Point 1 Blade Steel information
What exactly is the Carpenter CTS® BD1 Alloy? Is it a good blade steel for a knife at this price point? I found a good discussion about this blade steel at Bladeforums.com. As I read through the conversation thread it appears that the Carpenter CTS® BD1 Alloy is definitely a step up from blade steels like AUS-8 and 8Cr13MoV (typically found in knives under $50). I carry this knife more for self-defense purposes rather than everyday cutting chores. So I imagine I’ll only need to touch up the edge occasionally.
Counter Point 1 Thumb Blade Deployment
The Cold Steel Counter Point 1 uses a thumb stud for blade deployment. The thumb stud is large and pronounced. Is it as fast to deploy as an assisted opener? Nope. So you’ll need to practice so you can pull the knife out, deploy the blade quickly and establish your grip with the Counter Point 1 ready for use. I usually deploy the blade about half way and snap my wrist to flick it open and lock the blade in place.
It’s a bit difficult to see in the picture above, but you’ll notice a rounded notch in the back of the blade just at the top of my thumb. That’s designed into the blade so it locks securely into Cold Steel’s Tri-Ad back lock.
Here’s another close-up of the blade deployment.
The Cold Steel Counter Point 1 clip is beefy and reversible. It should work well even in heavier, thicker jeans material.
Note the ambidextrous thumb studs. No need to limit yourself to opening the blade with either your right or left hand. The blade is well-centered. Note the blade thickness.
Closing thos blade is really a two-handed activity. As you can see above, my thumb is depressing the Tri-Ad blade lock to release it for closing. The blade lock is rock solid so you’ll need to press hard to release the blade.
Just to give you a bit of size perspective, here is the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 next to a Glock G19.
This makes for a nice concealed carry pistol/everyday carry knife combination.
Cold Steel Counter Point 1 Review Conclusion
I hope you found this Cold Steel Counter Point Review useful. I’m a fan of Cold Steel, they make a bunch of great EDC knives and I have a variety of friends that carry them regularly. I think that for the money, you’ll be pleased with this knife. If you want to add a blade that has a self-defense orientation to your everyday carry rotation I suggest giving the Cold Steel Counter Point 1 a look.