Cold Steel Recon 1 Spear Point Plain Edge Tactical Folder Knife
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- Overall Length: 9-3/8"
- Blade Thick: 3.5mm
- Blade Length: 4"
- Handle Length: 5-3/8"
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Top Customer Reviews
The Recon 1 Spear Point is identical to the clip and tanto point versions in its ultra-strong Triad lock and ultra-grippy G-10 handle. The shape of its 4" blade is very similar to that of the clip point version, although the spear point has less belly and a broader (stronger) tip. (But if you're at all concerned about the narrowness of the tip on the clip point, have a look at thecajunblaze's brutal tests on YouTube!)
In addition to the new blade shape, I noticed two other changes on the spear point model. The first was the shape of the pocket clip. The new clip is similar to the one used in Cold Steel's Voyager series, curving down to the handle and then up again. This is in contrast to the older clip, which contacted the handle at the vertex of a sharp angle. The spear point's clip came extremely tight, as on my other Recon 1s, which I remedied with some gentle bending, followed by sanding the G-10 under the clip.
The second change is the "Tuff-Ex" finish, which Cold Steel is using in place of Teflon in 2012. (This is in keeping with Cold Steel's move away from several other brand name materials -- "Kray-Ex" replaces Kraton, "Griv-Ex" replaces Grivory, and we are even seeing "faux" G-10 on the new Micro Recon 1.Read more ›
Don't expect to open this with one hand... If your hands are large enough to open this knife one-handed, chances are you don't need a knife anyway :)
The handle is too rough and the clip is too stiff - some sanding down is necessary so that clipping action can happen without tearing your clothes.
Every Day Carry
The knife does fit my hand quite well (I wear a LG/XL glove).
It is very sturdy.
If you want a large knife, this one is relatively light.
Heavy. It weighs in at 5.1 ounces on my scale which is a bit more than I usually like to carry.
The textured synthetic grips are very grippy, including on the inside of your pocket.
The clip is not the easiest to put on and off your pocket and rides kind of high.
Very tough knife.
Pretty light as compared to hunting knives. Good blade length and good grip.
Pocket clip not so important when outdoors.
Not a fixed knife if that is your thing when outdoors.
Some general features of the knife that may be good or bad for your purposes:
About 4" of blade and 9" overall length.
Entirely synthetic handle. Cuts down on weight but no metal liners.
Tip-up only carry. Can switch right to left.
Quite stiff to open and release. If you leave the knife in the half-open position for several days it will loosen up a bit, but this is one stiff knife.
Machining on the knife blade is not exactly symmetrical, especially on the top.
Overall, I wouldn't use this (and don't) for EDC. It would however work well in a camping/hunting bag. My stepfather especially mentioned how much he would like to try it out for gutting deer because of the secure grip. My rating of three stars takes into account that this probably doesn't work for everyone in every situation the way other knives do. In a dedicated role other than EDC (again, in my opinion) it would rate more like 4 stars. Hope this helps out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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