Cold Steel San Mai Recon Scout Kraton Handle (Cordura Sheath)
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- Bowie knife with broad clip point highly resistant to bending or breaking, making it ideal for long range cutting and slashing
- Blade is equipped with slightly concave false edge that measures approximately 3.5-inches; slight curve along length of blade allows it to be used in draw cut and chopping stroke
- 12.5-inch overall length, 7.5-inch blade with 0.3125-inch thickness and VG-1 San Mai III metal; five-inch Kray-Ex handle; 12.7-ounce weight; Cor-Ex sheath included
- Includes limited manufacturer's warranty; details included with purchase
- This item is not for sale in some specific zip codes
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In almost every respect, the Recon Scout is simply a 7 1/2 inch Trail Master Bowie. It offers the same steel, heat treatment, blade thickness, blade shape, and handle. Unlike other combat knives, the Recon Scout's broad clip point is highly resistant to bending or breaking. It's ideal for long range cutting and slashing. Additionally, the blade is equipped with a slightly concave false edge that measures approximately 3 1/2" long.
An elite performance blade, the Recon Scout's clip point is highly resistant to bending or breaking.
- 12.5-inch overall length
- 7.5-inch blade
- 0.3125-inch blade thickness
- VG-1 San Mai III blade metal
- Five-inch Kray-Ex handle
- 12.7-ounce weight
- Cor-Ex sheath included
All Cold Steel knifes are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship. Details are included with your purchase.
About Cold Steel
Cold Steel, Incorporated was founded in 1980, with the goal of making the strongest, sharpest cutlery in the world for knife enthusiasts. Over the last three-plus decades, the company has been at the forefront of many design innovations that have helped innovate the knife industry, including introduction of checked Kraton handles, and the tanto point blade styles which have become industry hallmarks of quality and sophistication.
Top Customer Reviews
While the knife is definitely deserving of a 5+ rating, I'm not fond of the seemingly cheapish Cordura sheath. This knife is deserving of a much more functional and substantive sheath and it's surprising that it's not packaged with one. That being said, Cold Steel informed me that the excellent Secure-Ex sheath that ships with the SK-5 Recon Scout works with the San Mai version too and they sell these by phone order for $14.99+S&H. I'll be ordering one soon.
Sheath aside, this is a 5-star plus knife, no ifs, ands, or buts, even at its typical online price of ~$230.
6 inch-ish blade
Strong, broad spine
As *soon* as I laid eyes on this knife's big brother, the Trail Master, I fell in love with the clean, almost utilitarian look, although that has a 9.5 inch blade which was longer than I was looking for. I then looked for other Cold Steel knives, and found the Recon Scout which is still a bit longer than my original want, but I loved the look of it so much I just had to get one.
The Kraton handle provides a sure grip, and the quillions are very stout, which is a very good thing, as this knife is SCARY sharp. I think it is the sharpest knife I have ever seen, not that I have handled a huge number of knives, but this thing is *unbelievably* sharp. I had a Gerber hunting knife years ago, and I thought *that* was sharp, but this takes it to a whole 'nother level. If you go to youtube and search for "cold steel" you will find numerous videos for many of their knives, and it quickly becomes apparent that these knives are some of the sharpest and strongest in the world. Not to say that there aren't other superb knives on the market that are undoubtedly in the same class, but I'd have to think that there aren't a great number.
The balance point on this knife is in the small flat area between the quillions and where the actual blade edge begins, so it definitely feels "blade heavy" which I prefer in a knife of this size.
Some may not prefer the San Mai III stainless steel to a high carbon steel; I've read opinions that seem to indicate that a high carbon steel knife can be honed to a sharper edge and perhaps the edge lasts longer than a stainless steel blade. I personally cannot imagine that a knife could be any sharper than this one is. As far as edge retention and ease of resharpening, I guess that remains to be seen.
The sheath is also very utilitarian, it is made of what appears to be a heavy nylon material. It has a belt loop and a single tie point at the tip and seems quite well made, but certainly doesn't offer many options so far as how one could carry it. But if you are willing to spend the money for a premium knife, then you are likely to want to acquire a sheath that meets your liking as well. For me, since I will not be carrying this anywhere, the stock sheath will serve just fine.
The knife has a "plain" sort of beauty; I almost hate to use it and ruin its pristine appearance, but I bought it to use... so use it I will.
Overall, I am extremely impressed with this knife. So much so that I ordered a Cold Steel SRK three days after receiving the Recon Scout. It, too, is made with the San Mai III stainless steel, and has the 6 inch blade length that I originally sought. I'll post a review on that once it has arrived.
with just the right weight (for me) I prefer it over the San Mai Trailmaster, and you can find it in stock at
a great price (unlike the Trailmaster). Very Highly recommended