Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
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.