First Look: Cold Steel Recon Scout Knife

posted on September 2, 2021
Fixed blade knife with sheath

Cold Steel makes knives and blade tools that are purpose-built for everyday carry, tactical, and hunting applications. Now they have developed the Recon Scout in 3V, a new combat knife that is based on the company’s popular Trail Master Bowie. This new platform delivers the broad-range function expected in a reliable, do-it-all fixed-blade but in a more compact size than a traditional Bowie knife.

The Recon Scout in 3V is built around a modified Bowie blade profile, with a 5/16-inch blade that has a broad yet subtle clip point along with a 3.5-inch false edge. This makes the knife exceptionally strong and resistant to bending and breaking. The 7.5-inch overall blade length means the Recon Scout in 3V is comfortable to carry on the hip while still delivering a long reach for cutting and slashing.

Other features of this blade profile include a slightly curved edge and a modest belly. The gradual curve makes the Recon Scout in 3V suitable for draw cuts and chopping strokes, while the belly curve presents optimal control for such tasks as skinning or field dressing.

The 3V steel in this blade is known for its incredible toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance and is ideally suited for hard use in combat applications or any field work.

The Recon Scout in 3V has a robust, ergonomic handle that is made of textured Kray-Ex to ensure a solid grip when your hands are wet or slippery. The polished light gold colored quillon and lanyard bolsters provide elegant, functional accents to the black grip and satin blade finish.

Cold Steel Recon Scout in 3V Specifications

  • Model: CS-37RS
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Blade Thickness: 5/16 inches
  • Blade Length: 7.5 inches
  • Handle Length/Material: Kray-Ex
  • Steel: 3V
  • Overall Length: 12.5 inches
  • Additional Features: belt sheath

MSRP for the Recon Scout in 3V is $474.99, and for more information on this knife or other Cold Steel products, please visit


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