Cold Steel 49LRTZ Recon Tanto Fixed 7" Black SK-5 Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath


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CS49LRTZ: 49LRTZ Recon Tanto in SK-5
Cold Steel
The Cold Steel Recon Tanto was designed for today's modern warriors. A much loved and appreciated knife by the Military and Law Enforcement Special Units, it was developed to withstand the harshest abuse and the toughest possible conditions. The signature Cold Steel Tanto point is specially reinforced to stay sharp even when encountering modern body armor - tested right in their HQ by punching through 55-gallon steel drums!

This classic design is now available with SK-5 high carbon steel. It is the Japanese equivalent of American 1080, a high carbon steel with carbon between 0.75%-0.85% and 0.60%-0.90% manganese. As quenched, it has a hardness near Rc 65 and produces a mixture of carbon rich martensite with some small undissolved carbides. The excess carbide increases abrasion resistance and allows the steel to achieve an ideal balance of very good blade toughness with superior edge holding ability.
  • Item Number: 49LRTZ
  • Name: Recon Tanto in SK-5
  • Weight: 9.0 oz.
  • Blade Thickness: 5.0 mm
  • Blade Length: 7.0"
  • Handle: 4.75" Long Kray-Ex
  • Overall: 11.75"
  • Steel: Japanese SK-5 High Carbon Steel w/ Black Tuff-Ex Finish
  • Sheath: Secure-Ex
  • Made in Taiwan

UPC Code: 705442017004

Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Cold Steel 49LRTZ Recon Tanto Fixed 7" Black SK-5 Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheathrated 4.375 stars out of 5 (8 reviews)
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Cold Steel 49LRTZ Recon Tanto Fixed 7" Black SK-5 Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Ewa Beach , Hi
Dec 08, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
When rating products, I always take into account the cost versus quality factor. For the price, this knife is an outstanding buy. If I chose to, I could beat this knife and not worry about buying another one. I'm rarely satisfied with the sharpness of knives I buy and this one was no different, It did come very sharp, but I spent some time and put on a surgical knife sharpness on it. Would I recommend this knife to my friends or family? Yup. And if I'm willing to recommend this knife to family and friends, I sure would recommend it to anyone else.
Cold Steel 49LRTZ Recon Tanto Fixed 7" Black SK-5 Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath
rated 5 stars out of 5
Toronto, On
Nov 13, 2019
Pros: Finish, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Handle Material, Sheath/Scabbard
Terrific value for the money! Try this for bushcrafting.
I like a longer blade for processing firewood & bushcrafting. This thing is a dream.At 7" it will replace a hatchet for many jobs. One less tool to carry - and a hatchet or axe is heavier. Carry this and a Japanese pull saw instead.SK5 is a tool steel, I've seen it in low-cost blades at only 54-55 RC (lookin at you, CRKT), where it is totally wasted. No deal there. But KnifeCenter claims this Cold Steel Recon is hardened to 64RC - close to max for SK5 (65RC) - and I believe them. What a performer!I've processed hardwood for hours with this thing without noticeably dulling the edge - it's still razor sharp. Chops through small stuff (<3 in.) acceptably - doesn't have the weight of an axe, obviously - but for removing branches etc. it's effective, and more controllable.Too long for whittling, obviously, but light enough that if you choke up on it it isn't unsafe fiddling with small stuff. And the choil lets you do that without fear for your fingers.I like the tanto blade: there are shelters you can build using the blade like a chisel to chop out square holes for squared timber ends to form a joint (similar to post-&-beam construction of a barn). I'm not going to carry a chisel in the woods. And chopping squared holes through small logs (4-6" diameter) is not something you do with a sharp-pointed knife. You'll want to be careful punching straight down into hard woods - I doubt it's impossible to break or bend a blade - but a tanto with sufficiently squared end does the job of a chisel. Bashing the end of the hilt does muck up the rubbery finish on the handle, though. I'm doing most such cuts with a 5" tanto instead to minimize risk of bending the longer blade and bashing up the handle, but much prefer doing almost everything else with this.The Kray-Ex finish on the handle is really grippy. The knife doesn't slip in the rain. And the Tuff-Ex finish on the blade seems to work well to deter rust. This came razor-sharp and still is. I could slice vegetables with it after battoning a lot of birch and maple firewood.Sheath is acceptable; an obvious compromise to keep the cost down. I haven't yet seen dulling of the blade from the sheath, though I have seen complaints about this & understand why it might occur. I would MUCH prefer a leather sheath and would be willing to pay for it! I would be happy to buy one as an upgrade: could you offer one made specifically for this knife, please? Pretty please??? In black to match, I guess.Weight is pretty light, especially given the size of the blade. Overall quality is great. I love this knife! Terrific value for the money! Thank you KnifeCenter!Now offer us a leather sheath for this thing. It deserves a leather sheath! I WILL buy it!
Cold Steel 49LRTZ Recon Tanto Fixed 7" Black SK-5 Blade, Kray-Ex Handle, Secure-Ex Sheath
rated 4 stars out of 5
Feb 08, 2019
Pros: Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Good balance and good knife
OK, there has been a lot of discussion if Securexe sheaths dull knives. I have been buying knives and making knives since the 80's and I know a little. Got the knife and I LOVED the balance and the overall knife. Problem is, I kept noticing that MY razor edge on the knife kept dulling without any use except from occasionally removing it from the Securexe sheath. I made a leather sheath for it and GUESS WHAT? Problem solved. I don't know if it is the hardness of the non-stainless steel (which I know that it is not) or the sheath, but, leather sheath = sharp knife. YOU do the math.
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