Cold Steel 35AM Recon Tanto - VG-10 San Mai Blade - Kray-Ex™ Handle - Secure-Ex® Sheath
Cold Steel's Recon Tanto continues to redefine the standard for combat knives around the globe. Having seen active military application in numerous conflicts over the last 20 years, it is well on its way to becoming the preferred fixed blade for special military units and even SWAT teams on our own soil. Experience the extraordinary quality - test the distinctive razor-sharp edge for yourself and you will see why the Recon Tanto is a knife you can’t afford to be without!
- Category End Use: Tactical/Survival/Field Utility
- Blade Steel: VG-10 San Mai®
- Blade Finish: Satin Finish
- Blade Length: 7.0" (178 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.20" (5 mm)
- Overall Length: 11.75" (298 mm)
- Handle Material: Kray-Ex
- Weight, Knife: 8.8 oz. (249 g)
- Sheath Material: Secure-Ex®
- Weight, Sheath: 3.7 oz. (105 g)
- Made In: Taiwan
More about VG-10 San Mai steel:
San Mai means "three layers". It's the term given to the traditional laminated blades used by the Japanese for swords and daggers. Laminated construction is important because it allows different grades of steel to be combined in a single blade. A simple way to think of this type of construction is to imagine a sandwich: The meat center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon, tough side panels. The edge of the blade should be hard to maximize edge holding ability, but if the entire blade was hard it could be damaged during the rigors of battle. For ultimate toughness the body of the blade must be able to withstand impact and lateral stresses. Toughness is generally associated with "softness" and "flexibility" in steel, so that, surprisingly, if a blade is made "tough" the edge won't be hard enough to offer superior edge holding. San Mai III provides a blade with hard (higher carbon) steel in the middle for a keen, long lasting edge and tougher (lower-carbon) steel along the sides for flexibility.