Competing in the military markets with a folding design is a tough challenge but Cold Steel intends to make its mark there with knives like the Recon 1. This spear point blade is just one of five options of blade shapes and cutting edge choices, all built to exacting standards. Processes like vacuum heat treating and sub zero quenching are new, and like many new methods may be only slightly different in result than the old methods, but if there is a better way, Cold Steel tries for it.
If concealment is a key feature you need you may be interested in the Recon 1. It’s light and dark, with a coating of black Teflon on the 4″ blade to eliminate glare and cut down on friction. That sheen of Teflon might not seem like enough to make a difference in use, but the armour penetrating qualities of a Teflon-slick high carbon stainless steel blade are much like those of Teflon coated bullets.
If you are thinking of this as a utility or camp knife, the rugged G-10 composite handle scales offer warmth and a secure grip, and if you choose the combo serrated and fine edge you can tackle most ordinary chores. In the civilian world the Recon 1 makes more sense as an emergency or survival knife than it does as an everyday workhorse, but convenience and efficiency still make it very attractive.
View a testimonial video on the Recon 1 page at coldsteel.com if you have doubts about product quality. Obviously the people at Cold Steel think the knife will hold up (see it to believe it).