The Recon 1 is one of Cold Steel‘s newest tactical folders. First of all, this is a big folding knife and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Blade length is four inches, but it is still relatively light considering the four inch blade since it doesn’t use steel liners in the handle. You can use it for an EDC knife (I do), but honestly, this is a knife best suited for the outdoors. The best feature of the knife is the handle. It’s made out of G-10, but the shape fits my hand perfectly, and the texture is outstanding. More on that later.
|Closed Length||5 3/8″|
|Blade Thickness||3.5 mm|
|Blade Edge||Tanto, Spear, or Clip|
|Edge Type||Plain or Partially Serrated|
|Blade Material||Japanese Aus 8A Stainless|
|Blade Finish||Black Tuff-Ex|
|Lock Type||Tri Ad lock®|
|Deployment Mechanism||Reversible Thumb Stud|
|Pocket Clip Configurations||Tip Down and Up, Left or Right Handed|
|Handle Material||DigiGrip Zytel Plastic|
|Price||Around $60 on Amazon|
This is my first Cold Steel knife and I must say I am impressed with their quality and durability. There is absolutely no play in the blade, the handle is very solid, and the lock-up is surprisingly strong and secure. I purchased the standard Clip version for my review and found the blade to be perfect for all my cutting tasks. After a couple months of regular use it is still as sharp as the day I opened the box.
Some people may want to opt for the three inch version, but I was wanting a larger knife to carry while hiking and outdoors so the regular Recon 1 is perfect. The pocket clip is strong and the knife rides fairly deep in the pocket. I personally would like less of the handle to be showing, but I was used to the SOG Aegis which sits extraordinarily low. Speaking of the clip, that brings me back to texture of the handle. The texture provides so much traction that I have had issues deploying the knife. It literally sticks to my pocket. To remedy the issue, I removed the clip and took a little bit of fine-grain sandpaper to the area underneath. No more problems.
Another small issue I have with the Recon 1 is the finish used on the blade. Cold Steel should do something about it. The blade is chipped and scratched from normal wear while my SOG Aegis, which I’ve had for a lot longer, has almost no scratches and no chips. While this doesn’t affect functionality, it loses tacti-cool points.
My first experience with Cold Steel has been good. If you’re looking for a large tactical folder, the Recon 1 is a good option. The combination of a good, sharp blade and an excellent handle all for around $60 makes it a good knife. Throw it in an EDC kit or carry it with you and you won’t be disappointed.