|Key people||Lynn C. Thompson (President & Founder), Robert Vaughn, Ron Balicki|
|Products||knives, swords, tomahawks, pepper spray, machetes, martial arts & self defense-related Products|
Cold Steel is a Ventura, California-based maker of knives, swords and other edged weapons and tools. Cold Steel was founded in 1980 by company president Lynn C. Thompson. Cold Steel's products are manufactured in various countries including the United States, Japan, People's Republic of China (PRC), Republic of China (Taiwan) and South Africa.
The company's products include fixed blade knives, folding knives, swords, machetes, tomahawks, kukris, blowguns, walking sticks, and other martial arts–related items. Cold Steel is credited with popularizing the American tantō in 1980.
Cold Steel has partnered with custom knife makers and other collaborators such as Andrew Demko, Phil Boguszewski, Zach Whitson, Steven Likarich, Keith Dehart, Rich McDonald, Bob Koga,Fred Perrin and Lloyd Pendleton on certain designs.
Cold Steel is known for its marketing videos and DVDs which demonstrate their products. Featured tests include piercing car hoods, using folding knives as monkey bars, slicing through large free-hanging pieces of meat and bone, and shearing free hanging rope with a single stroke.
Special Projects division
Special Projects is a division of Cold Steel Inc. that produces a line of tools and weapons such as Spetsnaz-type shovels, sjamboks, and spears. Additionally a line of tomahawks, axes, and hammers is marketed under the name of The American Tomahawk Company.*
(*) Cold Steel, Inc's "American Tomahawk Company" should not be confused with the company under the same name, which has existed since 1966, founded by Pete LaGana, designer of the original "Vietnam pattern Tomahawk". Cold Steel, Inc. is in no way affiliated with them, and merely uses a similar logo which might be confusing to buyers. The company founded by Mr. LaGana supplies products to active duty soldiers.
- Barlow, Zeke (October 19, 2008). "Flamboyant businessman deals in Cold Steel". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- "Official Cold Steel FAQ". Cold Steel. Official Cold Steel FAQ explains "Most items are made in Japan, Republic of China (Taiwan), or People's Republic of China (PRC)."
- Kertzman, Joe (2001). 2002 Sporting Knives. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-87349-266-9.
- Kertzman, Joe (2002). 2003 Sporting Knives. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-87349-430-4.
- Petty, Charles E. "Cold Steel Knives". American Handgunner Magazine. 3 July 2009.
- Winter, Butch (2003). "Collaborations with Custom Knifemakers". Sporting Knives 2003: 154–161. ISBN 0-87349-430-X.
- Suermondt, Jan (2004). Illustrated Guide to Knives. Grange Books. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-84013-694-4.
- www.coldsteel.com—official site
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