Like many of you, I am something of an edged-weapon junkie. Especially when I was a young man with no responsibilities ( some would also say sense) and an E-7 paycheck, I had a tendency to buy anything that looked cool. Well, today I am bringing you a review of the knife that taught me to always check the dimensions before you press order.
The Cold Steel Rajah II looks great in pictures, sharing a kopis blade shape, not unlike the Cold Steel Spartan I wrote about in Ep. 2. It is kind of unique, and Cold Steel has an excellent reputation, so order I did. And the look on my face when I pulled it out of the wrapper must’ve been priceless.
The Rajah II is exactly like it looks in the pictures, as a far a shape. But what is missing from the pictures is any frame of reference with respect to size. Because this knife is absolutely HUGE for a folder.
With a 6-inch blade and an 8-inch handle, the Rajah II is the largest folder I have seen outside of novelty grade knives. At 14 inches overall, it surpasses many of the fixed blades I recommend in size. The Spartan is what I would consider a very large sized folder. The Rajah II makes it look like a baby.
I did consider sending the Rajah II back but decided to take the loss since it was my fault for not checking. And I am actually glad I did. Because while the Rajah might look ridiculous, it actually does turn out to be a useful tool particularly when you have a big job to do.
It is very surprising how well the Rajah II carries in a pocket. That sounds like nonsense, but given its relatively thin handle profile, it actually does. If you front pocket carry, it doesn’t feel much different from any other large size folder. Cold Steel included the Demko thumb plate, which can be used for the pocket snag opening.
The Rajah II features the patented Cold Steel Triad lock, a redesigned take on the traditional lock back we know and love. I am partial to lock backs, there are very few liner locks I trust. With something as big as the Rajah, this was absolutely the right call. It locks up like a bank vault and feels as sturdy as a fixed blade.
As a defensive tool, the size plays a factor. While I don’t think this is for everyone, it would be the weapon of choice if you had to use a folder in a life or death situation. It has a size and a reach that is well outside anything else in its class.
The Rajah II is also an excellent choice in areas that ban fixed blades but put no size restriction on folders. The Rajah II is like a Kukri that fits in your pocket, and sometimes that is exactly what the doctor ordered. The Rajah 3 is also available, in a much more compact package.
MSRP $184.95. Street Price $110. For more information visit ColdSteel.com.
Weight: 13.4 oz.
Blade Length: 6”
Handle: 8″ Long Griv-Ex™
Steel/Material: Carpenter CTS BD1 Alloy with Stone Wash Finish
Overall Length: 14″
Additional Feature: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip