Guardian Tactical RECON-ELITE OTF Auto Knife Tanto (4.0 Two Tone Black Serr)

Item #BHQ-100078
Our Price: $450.00
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  • Overall Length: 9.75"
  • Blade Length: 4.00"
  • Blade Width: 0.88"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.15"
  • Blade Material: ELMAX
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Black, Satin
  • Edge Type: Serrated
  • Handle Length: 5.75"
  • Handle Width: 1.50"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.55"
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 5.56 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Double-Action OTF Automatic
  • Opener: Thumb Slide
  • Brand: Guardian Tactical
  • Model: RECON ELITE
  • Best Use: Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Two-tone satin and black-finished blade made from Elmax with serration.
  • Pantene ball bearing thumb slide for blade deployment and retraction.
  • Black anodized aluminum handle with an American flag graphics.
  • Reversible, tip-down pocket clip.


The Guardian Tactical RECON-ELITE is a large OTF automatic knife made to excel in self-defense situations. It’s outfitted with Guardian Tactical’s patented OTF mechanism, which runs buttery-smooth thanks to the steel separator and ceramic ball system. Whether you’re active duty, a safety-conscious civilian, or just want to rock an awesome EDC knife, you can rely on the RECON-ELITE to preform.

Like what you see? We stock a variety of Guardian Tactical OTF automatic knives with different colors and blade shapes.

Customer Reviews

DAVID B. on Aug 6, 2020

Love this knife , this is my first Guardian Tactical and it won’t be my last. Most of my Other OTF,s are Microtechs, this Recon Elite is my new favorite. The action is flawless!

Jeffrey C. on Apr 30, 2021

Last week I bought the 040. (Read my review). I liked it so much. I wanted to buy another. Well this one is it. The best all around OTF for me. Your mileage may vary. Hope this helps. Jef C.

Commanding Presence
SCOTT B. on Oct 8, 2021

Just received the Guardian Tactical RECON-ELITE OTF Auto Knife Tanto (4.0 Two Tone Black Serr) Beautiful blade with smooth action. Disappointed with the rickety lockup on a $450 blade.

great looking but...
jeff t. on Jan 28, 2022

first, i must say that blade HQ has been great to order from, and work with when there is a problem. they always do more than what you would expect. great company. second, i felt compelled to write this review for this guardian tactical knife. the recon elite is a great looking knife, fires strongly and decisively, love the size; but the lockout on my knife is very loose (i'm more familiar with switchblades vs otf). third, a spring broke after 2 wks of deploying it upto a dozen times a day, it was never used besides that. sent it to guardian at my cost (adds to cost of an almost new knife, they said i would be reimbursed but haven't seen that $ yet). finally, i have the knife again, it works again, but i don't feel confident that it is reliable due to how much the blade moves in all 6 directions when in lockout position, and the spring breaking.

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