Guardian Tactical RECON-035 D/A OTF Automatic Knife OD Green (3.3" SW) 98511

Add a state of the art OTF automatic to your rotation with the RECON-035 from Guardian Tactical. This RECON model is built with a stonewashed blade and an OD Green anodized handle.

Guardian Tactical's patented OTF mechanism provides smooth, responsive opening action. The unique thumb slide design is separated from the aluminum handle by a steel plate and 3 ceramic balls that eliminate grinding and wear. An innovative locking mechanism sits off to the side of the blade channel so it doesn't drag against the blade when opening and closing. These features eliminate the friction on the blade and button that have always plagued OTF knives. Take your OTF game to the next level with the Guardian Tactical RECON-035.


  • Anodized aluminum handle is compact and lightweight for durable everyday carry.
  • Innovative OTF mechanism offers fast and smooth opening action for responsive tactical deployment.
  • Item includes a stainless steel pocket clip for secure tip-down carry.
Item #BHQ-91325
Our Price: $270.00
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  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • Blade Length: 3.375"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.25"
  • Blade Width: 0.75"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: Elmax
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Stonewash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.375"
  • Handle Width: 1.00"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.48"
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Color: OD Green
  • Weight: 3.81 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Double-Action OTF Automatic
  • Opener: Thumb Slide
  • Brand: Guardian Tactical
  • Model: RECON-035
  • Model Number: 98511
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry, Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Better than Microtech...
Karl D. on Jan 17, 2022

I've had a couple of Microtech OTF knives and they're great.... I've also had a bunch of OTF Piranha knives, also great. But, I've run into consistency issues with my Ultratech Microtech and have to service it so the actuator functions to retract it without having to use two thumbs. I've had my Guardian Tactical Recon-035 now for a while and have abused it...EDC for prying, box break-downs, carving, hide cutting, hose cutting (steel braided hydraulic lines), stabbing into tin cans, etc... I've been hard on this blade and it has held up incredibly. The edge holds I don't have to service it like my Microtech to actuate it, it takes a beating to do anything to take the edge off of it, and it does take a bit to put a razor-edge (and does take and hold a super razor-sharp edge) back on it but, any high-end steel does. With that being said, I think I prefer the Elmax on my Guardian Tactical Recon-035 over my M390 Microtech. I like that my Guardian Tactical Recon-035 came with a more acute edge as well. Microtech blades come with a fairly broad-angled cutting edge which is still sharp but, won't get shaving sharp without an angle regrinding. If you've read to this point my highlights are this: the actuator is better than any other OTF, the Elmax steel is Superman tough and takes/holds a razor-sharp edge, it comes with a more agreeable acute cutting edge than most OTF knives, and I don't have to "service" it like my other auto-knives... in short: purchase this knife and you will be EXTREMELY happy with it, as you cannot own a finer sharp for the money.

my 1st OTF
bryan a. on Feb 4, 2020

ive played with a lot of other OTF knives and this is 1 sweet item! really smooth and ive opened & closed it easily 200+ times without a single failure yet. so im pretty happy!

Can't... stop... fidgeting
James D. on Sep 23, 2019

This is a great looking OTF with a snappy (and addictive) action, a razor sharp blade, great blade steel, and no more blade play than most OTFs suffer from (meaning, a lot of blade play, relative to a folder or side-opening auto). Compared to competitors, it also has a lot less handle for the amount of blade you get, making for a nicely compact EDC option. The knife only has two dings against it. The first is that the edge of the handle where the side meets the bottom is a little acute, and gets uncomfortable over prolonged or hard use. The second, and potentially more serious issue, is that (at least on mine) the very tip of the blade is just barely inside the end of the handle when the knife is retracted. If you run a finger along the opening, your finger will just barely be sliding over the sharp blade tip, potentially cutting you. The solution: don't slide your finger over the end. But they should have made the handle a millimeter longer to eliminate the risk. All in all, I think this is as good of an OTF as you can find for under $400, certainly for under $300.

Just do it
Drew U. on Mar 5, 2019

Buy the knife, if you don’t youll regret it. The knife is just fun! It has a great blade and a better finish in it. The OD green just gives it a extra POP. I love this knife!

Awesome and Smooth
Alex F. on Jan 30, 2019

Fit and finish is gorgeous. Finish seems to be very durable as well. You can’t beat the action on this knife. It’s so smooth. Even my wife doesn’t have any trouble with it (she has trouble retracting some OTFs). The blade is durable and holds an edge with a beautiful stone wash. Nice thick blade stock makes this knife a real user, not just a safe queen. I couldn’t give this knife a higher recommendation. 6/5 stars.

Buy this knife!
Steve L. on Jan 17, 2019

The action on this thing makes Microtech look like Lightning. Unbelievably smooth. Top notch workmanship all the way around. Great fit and finish, blade shape and steel (those who knock CPM-154 are simply wrong). Not a single complaint. My new hands-down favorite OTF.

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