The Cold Steel Recon 1 series of knives were designed with a tactical look in mind. With its Tuff-Ex™ finish and ergonomically designed G10 handle, it is a no nonsense looking knife if you are a hunter who finds the tactical look appealing. Let's check out the knife quality and usefulness.
The Recon 1 line of folding knives comes in three types of blades - Tanto, Clip point and for hunters - a drop point blade. The Recon 1 has the unique Triad locking system that makes the knife safe to carry and very strong to use. When open there was no blade play whatsoever with the blade. The ambidextrous thumb stud makes opening the knife extremely easy, the blade clicking into place and staying there. This locking system is what brings many hunters looking for an affordable, folding knife to go for Cold Steel. That and the tactical look....
The Cold Steel Recon 1 line of knives have 4 inch blades that are made from Aus 8A stainless imported from Japan. AUS 8A is a mediocre type of metal, but if you are in the market for an inexpensive knife, it will do. The blade itself is covered with Tuff-Ex™ which not only gives it that tough, aggressive look; it also provides a higher level of rust protection. The Tuff-Ex™ coating minimizes glare and reflection which is useful when stalking and in addition has lubricant properties, making it easier to slide through muscle. The Cold Steel Recon 1 blades have a drop, clip, spear and tanto point design with either a fully smooth or partially serrated edge.
The handle of the Cold Steel Recon 1 knives is built with G-10 laminates that are contoured and designed to provide maximum grip retention. All knives have the same kind of handle design with two finger grooves and a finger-guard for safety and control. The Cold Steel Recon 1 handle has heat-treated spacers which allow the business end of the blade to be safely tucked in when not in use and all these are held together by high-strength fasteners.
Weight and Special Features
The standard 4 inch Cold Steel Recon 1 will weigh around 5.3 ounces. Other than the mentioned features above, all Recon 1 knives have an ambidextrous high-strength clip that allows you to securely clip it to your belt of pocket eliminating the need for a sheath or the possibility of it scratching other things that you might be keeping in your pocket like a phone. The easy to use thumb-stud allows you to easily deploy the blade whenever you need it. Whether to skin a deer or for quick deployment in a self-defense situation, the Recon 1 knife is guaranteed to perform.
Triad locking system, Tuff-Ex™ coating and an impressive design make the knife a good choice for hunting. With a price tag of under $60 the Cold Steel Recon 1 delivers great value. Is the Recon 1 the strongest knife available in the price range? Probably not, but they have good enough combination of quality and affordability that makes them a prime choice.