Cold Steel very rarely puts serial numbers on knives...only special editions from what I've seen.
It is definitely an early model...the way URBAN SKINNER is written on the blade looks just like my Urban Shiv, which is one of the earliest knives that Cold Steel produced.
Never seen one with a smooth handle before. What is it made of? Is it still Kraton (hard rubber), just without the checkering, or is it something else? Looks like it says something under the COLD STEEL logo...can you read it?
If it is Kraton, either someone removed the checkering (unlikely...looks too good), or maybe when they first started making the push-knives with Kraton, they didn't think it needed the checkering for a secure grip, and then changed their mind.
Kinda hard to tell if the sheath is original or custom...it seems a bit more ornate than others I've seen, but in the very early days who knows what may have been available. Does it have a belt clip and/or velcro on the back?
Not sure where the very earliest Cold Steel stuff was made, but would guess USA or Japan. Not sure what the laws where back then (early 80's), but the fact that it doesn't say Made in Japan may indicate that it was US made. My Urban Shiv, and early all-metal Urban Pals that I've seen, also don't say where they're made.
Too bad it's not in better shape...would guess it is a very rare example.
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