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Cold Steel Recon 1 Tactical Knife with G-10 Handle Tanto Point with Black Blade, ComboEdge

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  • Tactical knife with vacuum-heat-treated, sub-zero-quenched stainless-steel blade
  • Tough PTFE finish resists rust, eliminates glare, and slips through tough material
  • Handle's G-10 laminate scales are contoured and scalloped to produce superior nonslip grip
  • Thumb disc for easy opening; extra-strong pocket clip for convenient transport
  • Blade measures 4 inches long; overall length of 9-3/8 inches; weighs 5.3 ounces

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Cold Steel is famous for raising the bar in the knife industry and our Recon 1 tactical folders are setting a standard that's hard to beat. Why? Because they are as tough as nails and will cut like a chain saw! Every facet of their construction has been over engineered to make them as strong, durable and effective as humanly possible. The blades are made out of imported Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel that's been vacuum heat treated and sub-zero quenched and the handles feature G-10 laminate scales artfully contoured and scalloped for a terrific non slip grip.

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Cold Steel is famous for raising the bar in the knife industry. The Recon 1 continues the trend with its tough-as-nails build and chainsaw-like performance, setting a standard that's tough to beat. Every facet of the Recon 1's construction has been over-engineered to make it as strong, durable, and effective as humanly possible. The ComboEdge blade is made of imported Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel that's been vacuum heat treated and sub-zero quenched, while the handle features G-10 laminate scales artfully contoured and scalloped to produce a superior nonslip grip. Plus, the knife is held together by the latest in high-strength mechanical fasteners and further anchored by a 6061 heat-treated spacer.

To complement the knife's tactical mission, Cold Steel gave the Recon 1 a tough, black coated finish, which gives the blade three major tactical advantages. First, it helps the blade resist rust. Second, it eliminates glare and light reflections, which otherwise might give the user away. And third, the knife is coated with a superior lubricant, which causes the blade to slip through even tough material with markedly less friction. This means you can cut deeper and far longer than with the coated blade. Cold Steel also added a thumb disc and extra-strong pocket clip, making the Recon 1 easy to open and carry. The clip is completely ambidextrous, and its small size is designed to keep the palm comfortable under protracted use. Finally, the knife is outfitted with the company's revolutionary Tri Ad lock, which practically eliminates lock failure.

Specifications

  • Blade length: 4 inches
  • Blade thickness: 3.5mm
  • Overall length: 9-3/8 inches
  • Steel: Japanese Aus 8A stainless with black finish
  • Handle: 5-3/8-inch Long G-10
  • Pocket clip: Stainless pocket/belt clip
  • Weight: 5.3 ounces

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00322HR2C
  • Item model number: 27TLTH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,184 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By P on September 15, 2010
This is by far the sharpest knife I have ever owned. The blade is at the perfect length and the G10 handle gives great traction in your hand. The clip is reversible and connects at the end of the knife so it does not stick out of your pocket.When I purchased it I twisted up a t-shirt about wrist width and ran the knife through it.It cut it like butter.The only negative thing is that the coating of the blade can be damaged fairly easily. The coating on mine knife is coming off because it is rubbing the inside of the grip where the blade is housed when closed. I would said if you need a durable knife and do not care about the coating I would get this.Great for self defense and everyday tasks.This is the newer version of the Recon 1 which is the better of the two. The older one does not have as good of locking system, is thicker and heavier and the clip is not in a great spot.If you decide on the Recon 1 make sure you dont get the older version.
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By Reeper on January 19, 2011
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I own many knives and this folder is definitely my favorite.As already mentioned its very very sharp and holds its edge well.It has a 4" blade and i wont hesitate on using it as a work knife when out camping...and a good self defense weapon to boot.

I got this folder as spare for the one i have,the only difference is the other folder doesnt have the serrated edge.I personally prefer the type without the serration for it works well cutting meat.For a knife with a 4" blade its actually lighter compared to my other folders with shorter blade.

Bottom line is you cant go wrong with Cold Steel..nice craftmanship even tho its made overseas.I prefer US made products but this knife is just too nice to pass up.Try one and you'll see what i mean.

EDIT
Its now Sept.2013 so that's almost 3 years and im still using and enjoying this folder.I even got 2 more over the years for I wanted one in my tackle box and a spare just in case they discontinue or change anything about it. The anodizing is gone on the blades for I use my folder a lot at work but overall it still function as good as it did new.It really is a well built knife.
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Just got my knife today. I decide to buy this knife after reading the reviews on amazon.com. Overall very good knife. Very long blade, longer then I expected. The recon 1 fits well in my hand. And the blade is very sharp I know because I cut my self with it and needed stiches.

One problem with the knife, its hard to close and you have to push the lever just right, that's how I cut my self.
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I'll say this: Envelopes and boxes do NOT know what's going on when I open them with this knife. One day they're crusing along all sealed shut and blissfully ignorant that I'm lurking in the shadows about to slice them up ninja-style.

Then I come all black ops out of the misty fog and I surgically open them and pull out their entrails. Which is usually a bill or letter from a friend. Sometimes it's packing peanuts.

But all the time, they never see Cold Steel Recon 1 Tactical Knife with G-10 Handle stepping through the smog and creeping through the fog. It just slices and returns back to the pocket from whence I loosed it upon the world.

Then I sound my barbaric "YAWP" and go about my business.
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I will make this short. It's INCREDIBLY sharp, tough and seems durable. I have easily opened boxes, cut through a soda bottle, rope, antenna wire and it's ridiculous how easy it was. No chips on the finish. The locking mechanism is very tough out of the box but loosened quickly after about 20-30 openings and closings. This is a good thing. I want a folder I can open with my thumb, not having to use both hands to access.
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I have beaten on this knife for almost a year, it never quits. I have thrown it, stabbed thick steel siding, even made a spear and it still is in one piece. The black finish didn't hold up to well but that just gives the knife character. If you are looking for a good utility survival type knife this is it. I hate writing reviews but this knife deserves one. I have had great knives, ZT's,spyderco's, Kershaws's, even Al Mar, this is still my favorite. If you don't believe me I even made videos on youtube of my throwing, stabbing, and spear tests with more to come.
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This knife is indeed a heavy duty folding knife. It is very sharp out of the box, and it is an excellent for tactical situations. It is not as refined as a Spyderco or Benchmade, but this knife is not made for a display cabinet, it is weapon.

The Heat treatment and Sub zero quenching to the blade made it very strong. This is a knife that is meant to see hard work. Here are my thoughts on this knife in comparison to my other knives:

Pros:
1. Heavy duty construction - My Spyderco and Benchmade knives are like Ferraris where they were meant to be very fine and precisely engineered. This is more like a Tank. It is a rugged machine designed for combat and fighting.

2. Well made steel - Do not pass on this knife because it is not made of S30V , 154CM, VG-10, or ZDP-189 and the other steels used by the more expensive knives. More important than the steel is the way the manufacturer worked on the steel. All the standard brands like Cold Steel, Spyderco, SOG, Benchmade, Kershaw/Zero Tolerance, and CRKT have loyal followings because they have established a reputation for really working on the steel to get them to be very good knives. So needless to say, Cold Steel really knows how to treat the steel to make it a very durable and functional blade. Just to give you an example, the finest Katanas are made from soil extracted from a creek bed in a province in Japan. They take that very crude, dirty material and turn it into the finest sword in the world. Cold Steel is not my favorite knife maker, but I have to admit that they make great blades. Do not be a steel snob, because you will be passing on a very good knife if you do.

3. Appearance - It does gets good compliments from anyone that sees it as it does look like a serious tactical knife.
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