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Cold Steel Tantos w/Large 3V Blades

Cold Steel Tantos w/Large 3V Blades

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I had this knife when they where carbon5 loved it carried it for 4 years in ranger bat. It was a bear to sharpen because of how thick it was but it was very sharp for ever before I had to mess with it not sure about the new blade material but the grip an size are great for a camp hunt knife just adding my two cents
Mother fuck Cold Steel. Bought this knife (not on MD obviousl) And out of the box it didn’t cut paper. Paper. They brag that their knives are sharp as fuck but I’m here to tell you I got a pos. I was hesitant to buy a CS because I feel like they’re ghetto overpriced crap. Not surprised they’re on MD tho
Why Is the master the master tanto +$30 over the recon ? It has a shorter blade, weighs less with the same materials. I like the handle on the warcraft but not the blade. Wish I could get the recon blade with the warcraft handle
Gunnersmate2
G10. That's way more expensive than Kray-Ex.
Too bad this doesn't ship to Europe.
I was looking to get a SRK in the 3V steel but sadly all out of production. This looks like a passable replacement.
Does anyone know what the HRC is on these 3V blades?
bmdub
No, but I watched a video where Lynn and Co. were attacking steel car hoods after they assaulted some unsuspecting cinder blocks (8"x8"x16"). They knife survived admirably. Here is some stuff from Crucible's website------> It offers impact resistance greater than A2, D2, Cru-Wear, or CPM M4, approaching the levels provided by S7 and other shock resistant grades. CPM 3V is intended to be used at 58/60 HRC in applications where chronic breakage and chipping are encountered in other tool steels, but where the wear properties of a high alloy steel are required. A bit further down, it indicated that this can be taken to HRC 62. From what I just looked at, the HRC is not linear, but reasonably close. Some have said it is exponential, but that is not correct. The higher the HRC in any given steel results in increasing hardness, i.e. increasing brittleness. Let me guess. HRC=60.
I see this model on Canadian amazon with lower price (considering exchange rate+customs taxes) but it doesn't have any words on the blade. Are they both official or amazon's picture was photoshoped? https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00U1I7Z6I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ASL0LO8W10H6L&psc=1
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PaulT
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/590036/cold-steel-3v-recon-tanto-fixed-blade-knife-7-tanto-point-cpm-3-v-high-carbon-steel-blade-kray-ex-handle-black
If the address does not translate into a picture, it shows the recon tanto model for seniors. The name is on it so we can avoid senior moments. That is, on those occasions when we can remember where we put it.
14themoney
The picture at Knife Center is missing the name.
Is the grip on the Warcraft comfy for large hands?
dazint
I have the original Recon Tanto and the grip is comfortable. It is an adjustment because the handle does feel like rubber, but mine is a daily driver and I have had it for almost 8 years.
So they basically added shipping to the new price and put "free shipping" stamp on it. :)
Recon was $119 before
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Non US buyers always paid more in shipping.
OneLove
Yes I know but by including the shipping cost in the original price it is even worse for us since we pay shipping cost anyway.
I sure hope there will be enough purchasers...
I bought two of the original Recon Tantos when they went on clearance for, if I remember correctly, $47.00 each plus shipping. (This was a LOOOOONG time ago.) Blades were made of 1095 high carbon steel with a powdercoat finish. I've used one of those knives so long and hard I had it refinished in matte black Cerakote. (I know, the refinish cost much more than the original knife, but the point is, the blade is still intact, takes a wicked sharp edge with little effort, and is still 100% serviceable.)
More recently, I bought two Magnum XII Tantos with the CPM steel and the nitrided finishes. They are dope! It would be more accurate to call them wakazashis rather than tantos, but unless you are into Nihon-to, tantos are more recognized. With the proper technique, the cutting power of any of the blades listed is awesome. You can crank on Lynn whatisname and his brownshirt videos all you want, but he understands what these blades were originally designed for and what they do best!
Where are these made?
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I think you mean WHY are these made?
Andrew_NY
Why? Superb utility knives. Very strong blades.
Are these all full tangs or just the Warcraft?
Massdrppr
Wu tangs
Massdrppr
The only one that I found a comment about in descriptions was for the Recon Tanto and is was full. I was once monkeying around with a knife when the handle came off. Much to my surprise, it was an orangu tang.
Master Tanto changed my attitude about knives. I didn't like large or single blades but am intrigued by tanto blades - so, I got one, anyway. I use it for a variety of outside tasks and it is a brute. Beautiful knife even when it's all scratched up from work.
My fave blade, now.
The ad copy on here says the Recon Tanto is "used in various military conflicts around the world, and steadily becoming the preferred fixed-blade option for US SWAT teams". Has anyone here seen any active duty military or swat people be issued these knives?
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Not true - it’s the Berry amendment and similar legislation that gives preference to US made. “The Berry Amendment (USC, Title 10, Section 2533a), requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home-grown products, most notably food, clothing, fabrics, and specialty metals.” SOCOM can buy whatever they need/want. Many US uniform pieces are currently made in China.
crf59
Oh no! Please say it's not true! US Uniforms are made in the same Chinese factories using slave labor as Donald Trump's "cheaper by the yard" neckties and Ivanka Trump's shoes? NOOOOOOOO...........!!!!!!!!
FYI, personally, am finding the handle on the large model a bit too small. There are tradeoffs regarding handle size, but suffice it to say that if you like more room, draw it out on some paper and imagine how it fits. Also, the pommel tapers, which increases the risk of the knife slipping out of one's hand during use.
Steverino
That's what the lanyard hole is there for.
48thRonin2
You mean for a lanyard? Yes, but sometimes you don't have a lanyard or no time to wrap it around the hand.
Also, lanyards increase risk of fails on deployment because they can get hung up on clothes, gear, etc.
Lanyards are best on work knives when there's time to set them up.
When speed without preparation is required, lanyards increase risk.
That said, shorter lanyards are better.
Finally, a lanyard would not be necessary if the handle was longer, in those cases where lanyards are a risk.
Another point, look at any battle blade from any culture throughout history. No lanyard. However, there are examples were retention features are integral to the handle.
The problem with lanyards is that they're loose / flexible -- harder to control.
. . . A lot of lanyards nowadays are ornamental.
There are other reasons longer handles are better, but that's all for now.
Thanks for the reply.
I've an old CS model that predates the recon as their budget offering. The steel was unpolished as was the brass guard, but otherwise it was made like their higher end blades. The thing is a beast that I've used hard for 20+ years. It came with a Kydex sheath I eventually cracked, though the leather sheath it also came with is holding up. The thing is a monster; think of it as a sharpened crowbar. Also own one of their Master Tantos in San Mai. but the thing is just too massive to carry and the traditional tsuba gets in the way of any utility task, but dang, the thing cuts and penetrates like crazy.
Big thing I worry about with the current Recon is what's under the the rubber handle up on the guard. If there is a steel quillon under there no problem, but if it's just rubber with minimal or no steel then a serious parry will leave you cut. If you practice FMA with live blades or otherwise carry one for serious business this would be an issue. I keep meaning to buy a used CS blade with the rubber guard/quillon on eBay and then cutting the rubber off to see what's beneath it, but have yet to do so.
When you were on massdrop, I was studying....... *the blade*
For when your day job as a maintenance man for an apartment complex gets really serious
The Recon Tanto is on a Amazon right now for 128$ with prime. These "deals" keep getting worse and worse.
Received mine yesterday. Talk about super fast delivery. Not a MD fanbois by any means but score one for them on this drop.
Does anyone know if the standard recon tanto (7") can legally be carried in public in Massachusetts, concealed or not?
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goldpaw121
No traditional weapons are allowed in the PR of Massachusetts. That's why ya'll use your ve-hicles as weapons!
That is a mind-boggling headache to wrap my head around, to be legal you have to research every individual place you will be ahead of time. Why.
I have an older Recon Tanto in Carbon V steel, good knife - damn near indestructible. Like others, no fan of Cold Steel marketing, and definitely not of their current stance on int'l shipping (very high minimum purchase required). But they have some awesome value for money.
Does anybody know the Rockwell value of the knife (edge) for these?
These reason why the Warcraft comes in extra is to offset the cost of this promotional video for it: https://youtu.be/GT0SLnnWI7g
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That's the entire CS promo catalog. I watch them every once in a while for a good laugh.
Ha. Cold steel is the definition of cheese. They need to relax. Just received a CS Recon Tanto, my first CS, and I give it a big old meh
Is the $50 for the Tanto II the pommel guard and extra 1/2" blade?
Not sure why the Warcraft would be an additional cost given it's the smallest of the bunch. Because of the G-10? I would rather spend more on workmanship or on the blade itself.
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LazarusLong
the warcraft is also wider and requires more material on the handle which is probably where the extra cost comes from. the sculpted G-10 is definitely more expensive to produce as well as to install since it's a multi step process. IMO the quality of the warcraft worth the extra money.
If you are going to use a fixed blade knife for anything more challenging than opening letters, full tang (not to be confused with the Wu Tang Clan) is the way to go.
Just straight up give me a katana @massdrop
PerfectHair
Damn straight, Skippy!
I have the CS San Mai Master Tanto with brass guard and pommel that's over 25 years old and still a beast of a knife. I wouldn't mind getting another tanto.
Little strange to me that you can find this big ol' knife in JCPenny.
what do you do with this? hunt elephant?
RealtorJoem
Yes.
RealtorJoem
If you have to ask the question, you wouldn't understand the answer.