Cold Steel Recon 1 Knife Review

Cold Steel Recon 1

If you are looking for an unique larger sized knife for your everyday carry, then take a look at the Cold Steel Recon 1.  This knife has been over engineered to be able to take a beating.

Cold Steel has designed the Recon 1 to have a strong no-slip grip and a durable blade.  It also comes with a clip point blade design which combined with the all black look makes it a perfect looking tactical knife​.

In order to see if this is the best EDC knife for you, let's take a look at some of the features that are built into this knife.

Blade Length and Knife Weight

  • 4" Blade Length
  • 5 3/4" Closed Length
  • 9 3/8" Overall Length
  • 3.5 mm Blade Thickness
  • Weighs 5.3 Ounces

Blade Design Advantages & Disadvantages

Cold Steel Recon Blade

Clip Point Design - Unlike a lot of the everyday carry knives that implement the drop point design, the Cold Steel Recon 1 comes with a clip point design.  This unique design makes for a super sharp tip.

It's great for puncturing holes and gives the knife more of a tactical look.​  The disadvantage is the tip won't be as strong as a drop point so keep that in mind if you are going to do any prying with this knife.

Blade Material

Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Steel - Aus 8A is a high carbon, low chromium stainless steel that makes for a great all around blade.  It has a nice comprimise between corrosion resistance, strength and edge holding capabilities. 

Cold Steel has coating this blade in a black ​DLC coating.  The coating helps to prevent corrosion and glare on the blade.  It also gives the knife a great "black out" look when combined with the G-10 scales.

The only disadvantage to the DLC coating that I have found is that it will scratch over time.  So after a while there will be several spots on your blade that are exposed if that is a big deal to you.​

Handle (Scales) Material

G-10 Scales - The Recon 1 comes with some very nice aggressive G-10 handles.  Cold Steel did a nice job making these handles with a super grip without it tearing up your hands or pants.  G-10 material is weather resistant and lightweight.

There is also two nice finger choils on the handle on this knife.  On the back there is some gimping as well.  All of this combines to give you a solid grip and feel in your hand.

The Recon 1 comes with a stainless pocket clip that is mounted for a right handed carry in the tip up position.  The clip can be switched to the other side if you are a lefty.  However, there isn't an option to carry this knife in the tip down position so keep that in mind if that's your preferred carry position.​

Opening & Locking Mechanisms

Cold Steel Recon Knife

Manual Flipper - The Recon 1 is a manual flipper with ambidextrous thumb screws.  The action is stiff enough that it will require a slight flick of the wrist to be able to open this knife one handed. With practice it's a very fast deployment.

Tri-Ad Locking Mechanism - ​Cold Steel's patent-pending Tri-Ad lock is one of the strongest locking mechanisms in a folding knife.  The unique stop pin transfers the pressure put on the blade to the handles and liners.

This all helps to make the Tri-Ad one of the safest locking mechanisms on the market today.  However, it does make this knife harder to close one handed and most of the time you are going to have to use both hands to close the Recon 1.​


The Cold Steel Recon 1 comes with a 1 Year Warranty.  If the knife should fail on you because of a manufacture defect then ship it back with a note and your receipt.  Cold Steel with replace or repair the knife for free.

Cold Steel will also resharpen your Recon 1 for $10.  Simply send it back to their California location to be sharpened.  Cold Steel does these in batches so it could take up to 4 weeks to get back.​

  • Built Like a Tank
  • Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Steel
  • G-10 Handles
  • Ambidextrous Pocket Clip
  • DLC Coating
  • Unique Clip Point Design
  • Tip Up Carry Only
  • DLC Coating Can Scratch

Final Thoughts

The Cold Steel Recon 1 knife is built like a tank.  It's an extremely tough knife which you can depend on as your primary EDC knife.  It is a heavier knife much like the Zero Tolerance 0350 but at half the price.  It's definitely a knife you will want to try out.

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