Sunday, September 25, 2011
Cold Steel Heaven
Here's a little knife viewing droolification for you. Cold Steel's Recon 1 knife in all it's fantastic blade configurations. From the top, you have the good ole clip point, 50/50 clip point with serrations, the tanto point (my personal favorite), and the 50/50 tanto with serrations.
Now, rather than handwrite out all the information on this fantastic little tactical folder, I will link Cold Steel's website and quote them here: http://www.coldsteel.com/recon-i.html
RECON 1® SERIES
"Cold Steel is famous for raising the bar in the knife industry and our Recon 1® tactical folders are setting a standard that's hard to beat. Why? Because they are as tough as nails and will cut like a chain saw! Every facet of their construction has been over engineered to make them as strong, durable and effective as humanly possible. The blades are made out of imported Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel that's been vacuum heat treated and sub-zero quenched and the handles feature G-10 laminate scales artfully contoured and scalloped for a terrific non slip grip. Plus, they are held together by the latest in high strength mechanical fasteners and further anchored by a 6061 heat-treated spacer. To complement their super tough blades and handles they are equipped with our revolutionary Tri Ad lock® (see page 4), which practically precludes lock failure.
To complement their tactical mission we have given each blade a tough, black, Teflon® finish. Our testing has shown this coating offers three major advantages for tactical blades. First, it helps the blade to resist rust. Second, it eliminates glare and light reflections, which may give its user away. And third, it's a superior lubricant, which causes the blade to slip through even tough material with markedly less friction. This means you can cut deeper and far longer than with a non-Teflon® coated blade. To make the Recon 1® as easy to open and carry as possible we have equipped each knife with a thumb disc and small extra strong pocket clip. This clip is completely ambidextrous so lefties please take note. What's more its small size doesn't abrade or irritate the palm under protracted use."
Okay, with a blade length of about 4" and a thickness of 3.5mm (1/7"), it is lighweight and thin enough to be maneuverable, but the Japanese Aus 8A stainless steel will be very strong for years. The overall length is just over 9" long, and 5 3/8" handle is made of G-10 laminate. Additionally, the entire knife is a shade over 5 ounces, which isn't bad for tactical use.
The triad locking mechanism is something else. When you click the link above, you will see a video of the Cold Steel guys putting 200 lbs of weight on the lock, and the knife didn't fail. Awesome! Cold Steel has a reputation for strong locking folders, and this Recon 1 is a great example of that. Of course, you can also watch them hack through a 1" thick manila rope, which never seems to get old.
All in all, at $104 MSRP, I might start trying to locate sources to get this knife a little cheaper. This knife just looks plain cool and would look really nice tucked away in a MOLLE pouch.