Cold Steel, founded in 1980, is dedicated to making the strongest, sharpest knives in the world. Since then, Cold Steel has been at the forefront of the many innovations that have helped to define the knife industry as a whole. They have introduced Kraton® handles, and tanto point blade styles have gone from curiously interesting features to industry-wide hallmarks of quality and sophistication. New ground have been broken with the introduction of unique new blade steels like San Mai III® and Tri-Ad™ Lock as well as the locking mechanism for folding knives. Tri-Ad™ Lock for example, has never been equaled by any of Cold Steel's competitors and nothing they have produced yet has been proven to outperform it. "Of course Cold Steel will always look to the future, constantly striving to make the world's strongest, sharpest knives. That goal as elusive and difficult to achieve as it is, has been the same for the past thirty years."