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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 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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    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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    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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    When I was around 7 years of age, I was developing my drawing skills. I have had a martial spirit since childhood, and I always drew pictures of knives, mostly tanto like, even though I hadn't yet seen one in real life. In the early 80's, I saw the movie Black Rain, which featured a Cold Steel Tanto, and for the first time I saw the knife that had been in my mind for years (of course not nearly as nice as the Cold Steel version.) I had to have one, and eventually, I would buy the whole tanto collection. The beauty of these knives is style, incredible quality, and amazing value for dollar. This Recon Tanto might be the best value in the Cold Steel line up. When you look closely at this knife, and realize they have laminated softer steel around a harder core, a very sophisticated process resulting in superior strength and edge retention. And that you get it with a Kraton handle, with a Secure-ex sheath, for around 200.00, you should realize what an incredible value this is. Custom makers would easily charge 3 times as much, or more, for anything similar. This is an amazingly functional knife, comes hair shaving sharp, you could easily stake your life on it. It is also a great knife simply to look at, which I do often.
    I was compelled to review this awesome knife, and I can't wait for some of the back ordered pieces to arrive. Thank you Cold Steel always...
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