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There’s no such thing as “the best knife ever” but there is a best for each type and class. Cold Steel’s Micro Recon 1 is a prime example.

“These tactical folders are setting a standard that’s hard to beat. Why? Because they are as tough as nails and will cut like a chain saw! Every facet of their construction has been over engineered to make them as strong, durable and effective as possible.”

Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Tanto Point
  • Blade Thickness: 2.5 mm
  • Handle: Griv-Ex Style G-10
  • Overall Length: 4-3/8"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Steel with black Tuff-Ex Coating
  • Blade Thick: 2.5mm

Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Knife /// Vinjabond

The Recon 1 Series by Cold Steel is one of the most highly regarded tactical folding knives of any class or price and the Micro is the smallest of the 4 sizes.

Available in tanto or spear point 2 inch blades of AUS 8 stainless steel and housed in G-10 like Griv-Ex scales.

As with the Recon 1’s larger models, the Micro is also equipped with the famed Tri-Ad™ lock. A feature that has rightfully entitled Cold Steel to have the safest, strongest and most reliable folding knives in the world.

That alone is overkill for a 2 inch bladed knife, but overkill is a good thing when it comes to tactical knives.

Yes, that’s right. The Micro Recon 1 ($) is a legitimate tactical knife, sorta, despite it’s size; overbuilt construction, aggressive ergonomics, finger guard, black on black, strict locking mechanism and a blade geometry designed for combat (tanto w/ hollow grind).

For those reasons, this little knife makes for a great everyday carry for moderate use or even as a “beater”.

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Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Knife + Modified Version /// Vinjabond

While the larger Recon 1’s are considered some of the best tactical folding knives, the Micro is not. But in the class of keychain / mini knives, the Micro reigns.

I personally have 5 of these and usually carry 2 of them as part of my EDC, one for each hand.

Due to their extremely compact size and blade length, equipping them around the world while vagabonding has been convenient, seamless and without worry.

For such a tiny tool, the Micro is capable of so much. It’s the Napoleon of knives, small, sharp and powerful.

- Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Knife - AUS 8 Stainless Steel // Blade Length: 2″ // G-10 Griv-Ex™ Scales // Overall Length:4 3/8″

Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 Tanto Point
  • Blade Thickness: 2.5 mm
  • Handle: Griv-Ex Style G-10
  • Overall Length: 4-3/8"
  • Steel: Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Steel with black Tuff-Ex Coating
  • Blade Thick: 2.5mm

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10 Comments

  1. SICK MODS!!!! I got a micro as well and I want mine to look like yours. SICK.

  2. Jine Niner Reply

    Just ordered this and a pink one for my girl. Awesome lil knife, thanks for the heads up John.

  3. Cold steel’s tri ad lock is the bomb, when you factor in price, it’s incredible, ZERO blade play on a $20 knife is what you call quality.

  4. Specialist Zero Reply

    Like you said, best (keychain) knife ever. Got me 2 to.

  5. When traveling what do you do with parts of your gear (knives and such) when you can’t take them to a particular place? Let me clarify, I know some countries you can’t have knives that lock open or knives at all. Being a former sailor I’ve done an enormous amount of world travel myself. Do you mail them to a pre planned destination or ??

    • I sometimes get exemptions in certain countries allowing me to carry otherwise prohibited items such as knives. I also stash a “go bag” in cities where I frequent with knives and other equipment and leave them behind for later use – a traveler’s way of prepping I suppose.

  6. When traveling what do you do with parts of your gear (knives and such) when you can’t take them to a particular place? Let me clarify, I know some countries you can’t have knives that lock open or knives at all. Being a former sailor I’ve done an enormous amount of world travel myself. Do you mail them to a pre planned destination or ??

  7. Bought one at your recommendation. There are many times when I don’t like to walk around with a tactical blade clipped to my pocket, especially when wearing “dress” trousers. Added a snake knot laynard to give me a bit more grip and I love the way this little knife carries. Small, but nice hefty feeling blade and no blade play on lock up. I might have to get another!

  8. Warren Oza Reply

    Just got my Cold Steel Micro Recon 1 and mini…. love them both.. Gonna go for the even larger ones now.

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