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Cold Steel 39LRST Recon Scout Black Kraton Handle with Black Blade
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These very popular, time tested knives have been in our line for many years and are ideal for just about any mission. Made out of 0-1 High Carbon Steel, they are precision ground, heat-treated and Mar Tempered in our state of the art factory in Taiwan to rival the strength, toughness, and edge retention of our famous Japanese swords. Check out their absolute superior fit, finish and above all sharpness and then put them to work and we are sure you'll agree they are an incredible bargain.
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For those who want to use the Recon Scout to chop and baton, I feel that you can do so with confidence. The mar-tempered SK-5 (soon to be O-1) is pretty tough stuff. Yet in addition to that, upon talking to Cold Steel recently, I was very pleased to discover that the blade/tang junction is now radiused on both the Recon Scout and the Trailmaster. Apparently they redesigned them a few years back. For those who don't know what that means, just know that it is a design feature which many feel makes a significant contribution to the overall strength and durability of the knife. So, the knife has a relatively wide and very thick radiused tang. Therefore, I feel that you can baton with confidence. If you're reasonable in the demands you place on the knife, you should be fine.
I also give high marks to the sheath. It's made of injection molded plastic (not kydex) and retains the knife very effectively. You can use the attached loop to suspend it from your belt, or you can do like I did and remove the loop. From there, it's very easy to just tuck it in your pants at the position of your choosing for inside-the-waistband carry. The wide guard prevents it from slipping down past your waistband. Just make sure the laws in your area allow you to carry a knife this way.
As for cons, there are two potential ones which come to mind at this point. I say potential because they don't bother me, but they might bother someone else. The first is the wide, full guard that I mentioned in the previous paragraph. I don't have a problem with it, but I can see why someone might not appreciate having a guard that protects the web of the hand at the spine of the blade. This is a good feature for a soldier who's going to take the knife into combat; however, for someone who plans on using the Recon Scout in the woods, they might find that it just gets in the way. I don't mind this, but I can see why someone might. The second potential con is the handle. Instead of having a convex design to create a palm swell, it's concave. The advantage of this is that the bottom of the handle is wider than the portion you grip with the result that centrifugal force has a harder time pulling the knife out of your hand when you swing it. However, I suspect that some will wish it had a palm swell. Again, this doesn't bother me, but I feel it's worth mentioning.
Overall, I can't recommend the knife hardily enough. It's a tough, all-purpose knife that can fill a number of different roles and is good looking to boot. I think it would serve best as a combat knife, a wilderness survival knife or a general-purpose woods knife; yet whatever role you choose to use it in, I think you'll be happy with the Recon Scout.
When I was considering this knife I was concerned about the handle being too small just from the pictures. I have to say I like the handle a lot. It is smaller than the kabar handle but it isn't so small as to be difficult to hold onto. The rubber is nice and grippy. It is easy to hold on to even when your hands are wet.
Over all this is a great knife. I would recommend this to anyone. The blade is made of a good steel, the sheath has a nice positive hold and the grip is fantastic. I paid $85 for it when I saw the price come down while it was in my wishlist and it was worth every penny.