Cold Steel has made a name for themselves by creating high performance knives like their Recon 1 tactical folding knives. Whether you're going to work or to war, this knife is ready for all of it. It combines a large design that fits nicely in even the largest gloved hands and rugged materials that can withstand prolonged abuse and large gaps between sharpening. If you had to bet your life on your folder, the Recon 1 might be your safest option!
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These are excellent knives. Fit and finish are great, but more importantly they are robust and beyond reliable. The most important thing in a folder is the lock. The triad lock is rock solid. The chance of it failing is slim to none. The blade is scary sharp whether you have the serrated or non. This knife is extremely lightweight and has a easy to carry thin profile. JoeX does a great test on these. There is no knife on the market at any price that can take more abuse than the Recon, AD10 or 4max. The lock is supposed to be strong. You want it to be, but it isn't overly tough to release by any stretch of the imagination. I have had this clipped to 5.11 and LAPG pants for years without damage to the pants or knife for that matter. If you want a knife that is meant to be carried and used, this is your knife.
I bought this for my brother he loved it , feels really high quality extremely sharp it feels it can handle anything
I've been skeptical about cold steel products in the past. I never really got the appeal, but getting this thing in hand, I was blown away with the quality and solidity of the knife. Value seems to be there as well, s35vn for under a hundred dollars. Check it out if you're remotely interested. It won't disappoint.
This thing is awesome I think It could do anything without breaking wonderful build quality and just a tough folder
It came razer sharp out of the box, and for the price its hard to beat.Its a very big yet a very pretty knife. Almost perfect Edc.I think even if you like a small knife, you would still like this knife. Only flaw: The pocket clip is very "small" compared to the knife and gets stuck if you pocket sometimes.
So far its quite nice. Good steel, beyond razor sharp and really good price. For all the nit pickers this is a cold steel knife not a fit and finish gem or pocket jewlery, this is a tool with purpose and it serves its purpose extremely well. I will update review with harduse after christmass.
This is honestly one of the better EDC knives I've ever carried for consistent hard use. I do heavy concrete work on bridges and my knives get used to death.....sharpened and used to death again! This knife is as strong as any Ernst, ZT or other custom knife brands. This is my first Recon in S35VN. My other 3 were Aus8 steel.
I do like this knife because of it's robustness, and its solid lockup. I would say it is built to survive harsh strikes and blows to the blade. The negative to me is that it is very heavy (as to be expected), and what bugs me the most is the thumb stud uses a flat-blade screw head as apposed to the "hex" or "star" head, and to me I just don't like the look of it as the pivot screw uses the normal hex/star and it seems odd they did not continue this design to the thumb stud. Again, not VERY important but little things like that bug me. Aside from that, the black DLC is very weak compared to other knife makers DLC application and removes very easily. As a hard use work knife, it is great. As pocket candy or a show knife, it is not.
I bought this knife a while ago, and I’ve only used it twice. And after that small amount of use I have 3 chips on the edge. Solid knife. Mine might be a special exception.