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Cold Steel EDC Tactical Folding Pocket Knife, Recon
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- The Cold Steel Recon is a strong, durable, and effective mainstay in the world of tactical pocket knives.
- The steel blade features DLC coating for long-wearing use. The coating is black, rough to the touch, and super strong against scratches and wear.
- Cold Steel's innovation is the safest folding knife locking system on the market, holding 800 lbs of hanging weight.
- Folding knife with ambidextrous pocket and belt clip for both right- and left-handed draws. Thin construction does not imprint in the pocket for a stealthy carry. Perfect for battle gear.
- A great everyday carry option for self-defense, battooning, stabbing, etc. The scales on the handle around the finger grooves provide excellent grip and ergonomic comfort.
- The blade is shouldered around the stop pin for increased resistance to wear and tear. The full surface of the lock and blade tang sit flush, making the lock system more secure.
- The choice of military, law enforcement special units, emergency services personnel, self defense professionals and martial artists alike.
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A popular knife with Military and Law Enforcement Personnel, Fire and Rescue crews as well as civilians.
Every part of its engineering has been perfected to make the Recon the top choice for a wide variety of uses.
The Frenzy’s handle is made from multiple layered and 3D CNC Machined dual-tone G-10. It’s thin and flat enough to comfortably carry without 'printing'.
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Designed by celebrated custom knife maker Andrew Demko, our Spartan is one of our most popular folding knives. The Spartans super-sharp blade is made from Japanese AUS10A Steel, and was designed to echo the aesthetics and cutting performance of the world famous Kukri. Its distinctive Kopis-inspired handle is precision injection molded out of Griv-Ex with heat treated steel liners, and this, in addition to our famous Tri-Ad lock, makes for a knife that is incredibly safe and secure. The Spartan also features the patented Demko thumb plate, which can be used to open the knife like a conventional "one handed opener" or be snagged on the edge of a pocket during the draw stroke and opened at lightning speed!
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Now on to the pocket clip...it's extremely tight out of the box and between that and the very agressive G-10 it will absolutely destroy your pocket. I slid some medium grit sandpaper under the clip and sanded the G-10 until it slid in and out of my pocket easily yet still held firmly in place. Again, this is a side effect of really grippy G-10 and a tough pocket clip so not necessarily a bad thing.
One of the truly bad things is the coating on the blade. Quite frankly it's a joke. I don't care what Cold Steel calls it...it might as well be spray paint. At this price point many other companies are doing a much better job. This coating will get scratched up like crazy as soon as you do anything other than basic cutting tasks even though this knife is built like a tank and meant to take abuse.
The last real negative point of this knife is the jimping (or lack thereof). If your used to knives with really agressive jimping then you will be disappointed here. Cold Steel did add some jimping to the spine on this generation but it's more like 4 little notches cut into the G-10 and they are very wide and smooth and do absolutely nothing to improve grip.
I know it sounds like I'm bashing this knife so far but I wanted to get the negatives out of the way and to be fair half of them are merley a side effect of the positive things which are:
It's a large and very strong folder. This thing locks up and feels like a fixed blade and I doubt you could ever make it fail. It's also very very comfortable in the hand. It's grippy and the finger choils are well done and pretty much make up for the lack of jimping on the spine. The ergonomics are really top notch on this knife.
It does also seem to be one of the largest and strongest folding knives I've ever handled. I work in a mechanic shop, live on a farm, and spend a ton of time in the outdoors and things like weight and pocket space mean nothing to me....I want a strong/large folder that can handle abuse and that's exactly what this knife is. It's got the good sort of weight to it that feels like a sturdy tool and it actually takes up less pocket space than I expected.
So to sum up, if you like large heavy duty folding knives that can take a beating and feel great in the hand then look no further. It may not be super light and fast but that's a direct result of how sturdy this thing is made. You may have to modify things like the stiff pocket clip and the blade coating is just stupid at this price point...and It doesn't have any jimping to speak of...But overall it's a very solid knife that comes pretty close to replacing a fixed blade and I do love it for what it is.
It arrived sharp, razor sharp. These days cold steel knifes either arrive Razor sharp or just sharp. Sometimes you need to strop it to put that final touch on. Not this one, you could shave your face!
Lockup is tight and construction is strong, you will get years of use that ranges from range work to self-defense.
As with all my CS knives, it was razor sharp out of the box. Watch all the YouTube videos to see what you're actually getting. One of the main reasons for me is the Tri-Ad lock. Knowing I can hard use this knife without worrying about my fingers gives me peace of mind.
The Recon knives are super strong, super durable, super sharp, very balanced, very comfortable and a great value. It's a knife you actually look for reasons to abuse.
People complain about the stiff clip and aggressive G10. My first Recon tore my pants pockets to shreds. I took a butter knife, slid it under the clip and gently pried it up slightly to get a very small gap. Did the trick. The knife has never fallen out of the pocket. But then again I don't go running up and down mountain trails. I EDC a different Recon 1 depending on where I'm going.
My Recon 1's are like American Express..... Never leave home without it.
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Para sus características, basta ver las muchas opiniones que hay. Esta navaja es popular, y aunque es grande, cabe sin problema en la bolsa del pantalón (incluso con cartera, llaves, etc.) El mecanismo de bloqueo de la navaja sí se siente de lo más sólido y resistente que hay, de hecho es muy difícil cerrarla con una mano, la apertura si se hace con una mano sin problema. Excelente producto.
Sugiero adquirir también el Spyderco Sharpmaker para tener siempre al 100 esta navaja.