-Price Paid: $70.00
-Used for Every Day Carry
-Owned for 1 year
You do not know what you are getting with this knife and many of the CS knives.
I bought a Recon 1 several years ago, it had Carbon V steel and was a good knife.
I sold it and later decided I wanted another knife.
They are no longer made in Carbon V, but switched to AUS-8 steel, then switched to 440A steel (bait & switch)
The knife went from a "decent" slicer to a substandard knife, however, the name stayed the same and the price stayed the same, but quality hit bottom.
Cold Steel "used to" be my "go to" knife company, however, seems most, if not ALL their knives are "Bait & Switch" knives, meaning, they hit the market with good steel, advertised with good steel, then, without notice, the steel as well as many other options are removed and you are led to believe you are buying the knife "you heard about", whether advertisment or forums and wind up with a new "Junker Knife".
I no longer trust CS as you do not know what you will be getting from day to day.
If you can get an early Carbon V version, they are good, but stay away from all the newer Cheap Versions.
Comment by trev 05/08/2013
my recon 1 did great for little over a year then i was chopping down a vine (probably not the best knife for it) the blade snapped right in half. i was pissed but i relized how great the knife did for me before that
Comment by Gravelost 01/02/2012
I have owned and carried an early version of this knife for about 8 years. I use this knife at work as a paramedic for self defense, and cutting clothing and seat belts. I keep mine sharp, and other than the finish coming off after opening a can with the blade, it has been a great asset. These knives were never produced in carbon v, only aus 8 and I think one year they were made in 440 stainless. I would own this knife and recommend it to all again.
Comment by crom 04/07/2011
They were NEVER produced in Carbon V, ever. They were first made in 440a and THEN switched to AUS8A. You may have this confused with some other CS knife. FYI, the newest version of this knife is a high quality/low cost workhorse.