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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?
Barefootdog
Sorry just read below...please ignore my post thax...
Are these all full tangs or just the Warcraft?
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?
MichaelHeartless
Issued, no. Private purchased and carried and used hard, yes. If you're referring to the US Military, everything issued to the US military has to go through a rigorous certification process to determine that the item is 100% made in the USA or, in some cases, 80% or 70% made in the USA. These blades are 100% made in Taiwan, so they would not meet the US Military's requirement.
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
LOL ... you're not even allowed to say the word "tanto" or "knife" in public in the PR of MA without facing fines ! :-)
goldpaw121
No traditional weapons are allowed in the PR of Massachusetts. That's why ya'll use your ve-hicles as weapons!
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

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