Cold Steel’s Hold Out is aptly-named: it’s incredibly slender and lightweight. It also brings the heat in the blade department (three inches of it,anyway) with full flat ground AUS 8 that’s among the sharpest factory edges I’ve ever held. At just 2.4 ounces, it will fit comfortably in just about any pocket. And just like the best subcompact 9mm CCW pistols, it’s extremely light for its size and power, and very well-built for its weight.

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  1. I actually just got one of these for my edc as a beefier alternative to my usual 888 SOL knife. Surprisingly it’s even lighter, plus it has a more all-around useful blade. Really a great knife.


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