The Cold Steel knife brand was started in 1980 by company president, Lynn Thompson. The Cold Steel Company is based in Ventura, California, and known for its expansive product line including folding and fixed blade knives, kukris, tomahawks, spears, sword canes, swords and many more. Lynn Thompson believed in a knife known for its functionality and performance. To achieve this, Cold Steel uses top of the line components to create their knives and put them through rigorous testing. If you're looking for a hard use knife based on performance, one of Cold Steels' many different products may be for you.