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Things to Ponder When Looking for the Best Pocket Knife to Carry
The natural tendency of a self-confessed pocket knife aficionado like myself is to collect nothing less than top-of-the-line pocket knives packed with remarkable and distinct features and has lots of innovative functionalities. Then, with their offered features I make a comparative analysis of them against those being given by the market leaders or the leading pocket knife brands. Hence, I can provide a good visual of what consumers can get out of these offered options.
I am not just a pocket knife enthusiast per se, but I am also like any other person out there who makes use of knives on a daily basis to almost every task and chore there is. You can add me to the growing number of people who knows how to appreciate a good mix of practical everyday functionality to potential self-defense features in cool pocket knives.
I consider myself as a free-spirited and seasoned pocket knife enthusiast, and I must say this when it comes to choosing a decent tactical pocket knife, you always involve your whole being to it which makes the whole lot of the experience personal.
As a budding young knife enthusiast, I remember that it was not a common practice among police officers at that time or for those people in uniform to carry a knife with them. Perhaps there are indeed many who do but were discreet enough not to allow themselves to become flamboyant about it or have the general public see you carrying it in the open. But now things are different. When you go downtown, and you come across a police officer, you will notice that most of them have with them at least one such tool. Usually, they clip it neatly to their cargo pants pockets.
With the passing of time and the growing popularity of pocket knives, the men in uniform are now into it as well. Surprisingly, what came with this is the accessibility and availability of ‘tactical” versions of pocket knives. Now here is the point of concern on this, when people hear of the term “tactical”, their natural tendency is to think of it as something suitable only for duty when in fact it is not. Hence, I am sharing some of the points I used when I was on this kind of quest, too, looking for “tactical” pocket knives.
The Cutting Edge of a Cold Steel Recon 1 Spear Point
When it comes to remarkable mass-market models of top-notch pocket knives, Cold Steel enjoys a high level of patronage in the knife community. All because these people know their business so well and how to run it. One of their most well-known pocket tactical knives is the Recon 1.
My first impression of the Recon 1 is that it has several common denominators among tactical pocket knives of this type from other leading brands. Cold Steel decided to make this item unique and different from all the rest and done so by adding exciting features to it. They made use of the AUS-8A stainless steel for the blade and applied quenching and advanced heat treatment to enhance its qualities. But I think even though this may not be the best material there is, it is more than adequate when it comes to satisfying the consumer needs. And another important thing is that it still is good for its particular price point. There is a recent update for this, although needs confirmatory research first, there are plans to make use of superior CTS-XHP steel for their blades in the near future.
One commendable thing about the blade of the Recon 1 from Cold Steel is that I have not heard of any instance where it buckled under normal conditions. When using this knife, you have no worries that it will slip off of your hand. It comes with a G-10 laminate scales to help improve its stability when being used. But during a mock knife-combat, I can’t vouch that is indeed effective since I am not able to test it that far yet.
As a Recon 1 fanatic, I found that durable, heat-treated fasteners and mechanical-spacers have something to do with giving you a solid feel of the knife. I have been using my Recon 1 for some time now, and up to this day I have not seen it degrading in quality, and there is no single clue of slippage or loosening of any of its parts.
My Recon 1 knife has two interesting features that personally like, first the blade has a black Tuff-Ex finish and second, it comes with a Tri-Ad locking system. If you are familiar with the Tri-Ad system, it is rooting from the standard locking systems of other folding knives. What makes it special though is its stop-pin device, which is responsible for redistributing the force. Cold Steel people assert that this makes locking failure almost impossible.
However, I am not at all very certain if the Recon 1 would be very useful when it comes to self-defense application considering its sheer size. But I am sure it would be the perfect first pocket knife gift to the young ones.
When it comes to drawback, there is one I could say about this knife, if this is indeed a major flaw. The Tuff-Ex finish has this tendency to flake off after a long period of usage. My own Recon 1 is only over a year old, and I noticed slight flaking already, although I think it is not something to be alarmed of yet. Another thing is the lock system; there are instances that I find it challenging to disengage it, but overall this knife is an excellent value for your money.
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