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Cold Steel 27TLT Recon 1 Tanto 4" Plain Blade, G10 Handles

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Part Number: CS27TLT
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS27TLT: Recon 1 Tanto Point Plain Edge
Cold Steel

Cold Steel describes this item as follows:

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 compliment their super tough blades and handles they are equipped with our revolutionary Tri Ad lock (see page 4), which practically precludes lock failure.

To compliment 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.

Thin, light, sharp and incredibly tough, the Recon 1 is willing and able to aid you on your next mission!
  • Item Number: 27TLT
  • Name: Recon 1 Tanto Point Plain
  • Blade Length: 4"
  • Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Overall Length: 9 3/8"
  • Steel: Japanese Aus 8A Stainless w/ Black Teflon Finish
  • Weight: 5.2 oz
  • Handle: 5 3/8" Long G-10
  • Pocket Clip: Stainless Pocket / Belt Clip
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442008415

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
AUS-8 Stainless Steel
A very widely used EDC steel, AUS-8 can take a very nice edge while also maintaining moderate edge holding and corrosion resistance properties.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
4.721 (68 reviews)
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4 out of 5
Jason H
Sep 15, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Weight, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, None
Great Knife, only a few issues
After reading many reviews on a great knife under 100$ i decided on the recon 1. Its a great knife and many great features, it feels great in the hand and it came pretty sharp. When i got he knife there was a slightly different grind angle around the second point, which is easy enough to resharpen because of the softer aus8a steel. The only real downside to this knife is the blade coating and it has started to rub off already after a few large cardboard boxes. I haven't had to do any hard use tasks on this knife but im sure it could handle it with the triad lock. The lock up of this knife is great with the exception of some blade play after some use, which i am sure could be tightened up with a small torx set. The knife is only a 4 out of five because of the blade coating and the blade steel but for the price i dont think much can beat it! I would recommend that you buy this knife if you are thinking about it, even if you have moderate to no sharpening experience.
4 out of 5
Juan S.
Puerto Rico
Aug 12, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality
Cons: None
The handle is great and his sharpnes is excelent.
5 out of 5
Chris R
Roy, Wa
Jul 14, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Owned this knife for three years now
I usually don't follow up with reviews but I will in this case. This is my second version of this knife. I originally purchased the serrated version, but I didn't like the style of serrations with the teeth being too close together. I bought the plain blade version of this knife three years ago and haven't looked back yet. I carry this knife every day and have taken it on two deployments. The handles have yet to lose any grip or show any wear. The metal surfaces have some wear, but it is mostly finish that has worn off, showing some shiny surfaces. The blade has some wear, mostly from the abuse I put it through, small nicks and dings on the back of the blade, mostly. I don't go out and beat it without reason, but use it constantly. It is a convenient tool first and a self defense item second. I have zero doubts it can do both. After the second year, the locking mechanism started to bind a bit, but some simple cleaning with a q-tip and light coat of oil took care of that. None of the screws have come loose like most of the other knives I've bought. I've tried other knives but always come back to this one. This is the knife I measure all other folding knives against. The price of this knife has gone up since I first bought it (I think around $65 or so) and it has held its value. Other folding knives I've tried are Gerber, CRKT, Boker, and Zero Tolerance. While these are good in their own right, I always go back to my Recon 1 because of it's construction, durability and design. There are a few things I would like to see improved, but I would continue to use and recommend this knife.
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