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    Blade Length: 7"
    Overall Length:11 3/4"
    Steel: VG-1 San Mai III®
    Weight:8.5 oz
    Blade Thickness: 3/16"
    Handle:4 3/4" Long Kray-Ex™
    Sheath:Secure-Ex® Sheath

    All of the knives featured in our Battle Ready Classics Series have been made by Cold Steel® for many years and are well proven in the field as well as in hand to hand combat. Frankly, we have been scratching our heads trying to figure out how we could improve them without drastically raising their price.

    The answer was to offer them in our famous San Mai III® steel. Made in Japan according to our strict standards since the mid 1980's, San Mai III® has proven unsurpassed in strength, toughness, sharpness and ease of re-sharpening. Over the years, other "super steels" have come and gone but San Mai III® remains as the most proven high performance stainless steel in the world. If you want a combat knife you can bet your life on, and reasonably priced, check out our Battle Ready series as we have the knife for you.

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    This is a tremendous knife. The edge and strength of San Mai III in an easy to hold onto package. A kydex-type sheath goes well with it, with any knife this sharp! It is like having an edged wep that can go full out as a pry tool AND a great defensive edge and survival implement. Mike P. SC
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    This is the sharpest knife I own, and if I could pick one fighting knife and one fighting knife only, this would be it.

    First of all, let's just get this out of the way now: It's friggin' beautiful! Cold Steel needs to stop using these boring stock photos because they don't do their knives justice.

    For those who may not know, the Recon Tanto was originally designed to be a bigger and less expensive version of the Master Tanto, if my memory serves me correctly. It uses the same blade, with the only difference being length.

    My only gripes are tiny fit and finish collector-grade nitpicks: There's a slight indentation in the kraton handle which is completely unnoticeable when the knife is held, and if you wiggle the knife up and down in the sheath, there is some slight movement. Lastly, the sheath can wear out The sides of the handle's top end a bit, since it's all kraton rubber. So far, this only appears to be a cosmetic issue.

    The knife isn't too heavy, but it has enough weight that you feel the power in your hand. When I first held mine, I felt like I was holding a miniature katana. I would without a doubt entrust my life to this blade.

    The blade is quite thick, but as I mentioned, it isn't too heavy. The handle is highly ergonomic in all fighting grips except for a thumb supported reverse grip, but it's more than doable. This knife is extremely comfortable to hold.

    If you have any doubts, remember that the Recon Tanto has been a mainstay of Cold Steel's lineup for quite a long time, and is one of their oldest and most successful designs. It's a popular knife, and the San Mai III version, which only costs about $40 more than the AUS 8A give or take a few, is well worth the money.
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    Amazing that's the word and that's not good enuf!... This knife is absolutely the best knife I have ever owned from the sheth to the grip. It has an amazing balance for its size. And the blade is phenomenal it is 100% Bad A$$ grade A+!... This was the first Cold Steel knife I have ever purchased and I was a bit nervous because of the price, however after I received it and opened the box I was completely impressed. This knife is worth every cent and then some! Thanx Cold Steel! This has made me a believer and a customer for life! If your a G.I. or just a weekend warrior this knife can take the punishment and dish even more out!... *****
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    I love this knife i've had it for a year now and it's a monster
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    This is a absolutely beautiful knife. The craftsmanship is top notch, it is a solid knife from top to bottom and balanced perfectly. One thing that made me extremely happy was the in the the description from the company I purchased it from they said the Secure-Ex® sheath has a removable belt loop and lashing loops, well to my surprise you can remove the belt loop and mount it on the reverse side of the sheath for a left handed person, and being left handed myself this was a huge advantage. I can wear my knife properly. Cold Steel should note this in there description, for left handed people this is a big thing. There are not many if any knife makers that have left handed sheaths. I HIGHLY recommend this knife to everyone you will not be disappointing at all.

    Vinny Gray,Tennessee
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