First Look: Cold Steel Recon 1 Tactical Folding Knives

posted on August 17, 2021
Cold Steel knives

Cold Steel makes purpose-built knives and blade tools and other items that are designed for everyday carry, tactical, hunting and outdoor applications. Now Cold Steel has introduced its new Recon Series tactical folding knives built to satisfy the real-world requirements of military, LE, first-responder personnel and concealed-carry practitioners.

The new Recon 1 lockbacks are made for quick deployment on the toughest jobs.

There are four blade profiles that make up the Recon 1 Series, which include a conventional clip point, spear point, and two tanto points—one with a standard edge and blade with a partially serrated edge for sawing applications such as through harness webbing and seat belts. All the blades in the Recon 1 series are constructed of rugged, American S35VN steel and come with a subdued black DLC coating for maximum corrosion resistance.

Retention and blade control are very important when using a tactical folder, so all Recon 1 knives come with tough G-10 handles that feature deep finger grooving and a palm swell to help your hand lock tight around the handle for optimal grip. Cold Steel's exclusive Tri-Ad locking system is incorporated into the Recon 1 Series knives for strength and reliability and to provide safe operation for high-pressure cutting applications. Additional features on these knives include thumb studs as well as an ambidextrous pocket/belt clip and lanyard hole for multiple carry and rig securing options.


Cold Steel Recon 1 Series Specifications

Weight: 5.2 ounces
Blade Thickness: 3.5mm
Blade: 4 inches
Blade Profiles: Clip, spear, tanto (plain and partial serration)
Handle Length: 5-3/8 inches
Handle Material: G-10
Steel: American S35VN with DLC coating
Overall Length: 9-3/8 inches
Also Included: Ambidextrous pocket/belt clip


MSRP for the knives in the Recon 1 series varies by individual product. For more information on the Recon 1 line and other Cold Steel products, please visit



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