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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.
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
It depends on the city/town. In boxford and topsfield where I live theres no limit on length but most cities in MA have strict limits on length. As a state there arent any limits on length but the towns and cities have their own ordinances that further restrict the legality. You should always look up your towns ordinances for knives just to be safe.
goldpaw121
Um. No
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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I believe all or most of them are full tang with CS knives.
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.
Just straight up give me a katana @massdrop
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.

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