Griptlian or Recon 1?

longbow

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I've owned both and still own the Recon 1's I have. I would say the Recon 1 is heavier duty. Bigger, heavier, more robust. keepem sharp
 
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I've owned both and still own the Recon 1's I have. I would say the Recon 1 is heavier duty. Bigger, heavier, more robust. keepem sharp

so would you say that recon 1 is more towards a "sharpened pry bar", and the griptilian is more like a regular folder , cutting only ?
 

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No sharpened pry bar. The Recon folders that I own and my son currently owns, the clip and the tanto are very heavy duty folders, with thick G10 scales, stellar lock up via the licensed axis lock from BM, very heavy and thick dual s.s. liners and they are all in all bigger and heavier with thicker, wider, and longer blades. People bash CS products for there advertising and you even see some of it in this thread with the opinions bantered about. My son has carried the clip point version for a few years. He is a professional sound engineer for a nationally renowned theatre ogrinazation and he also worked for Ringling Bros. a few yrs. back as a high voltage electrician. He has beat this knife to hell and back much more so than probably most people here use there knives. The lock up is still very tight, the blade stays sharp longer than what I even thought AUS8a should stay sharp for. It is also easy to get a very sharp edge on it even when it is butter knife dull. I don't know the knife takes a beating and keeps comming back for more. He carries the tanto more as a weapon than an edc so it hasn't seen nearly as much use as the clip point really but I have used this knife cutting up paper tubes, carhart jacket, shaving hardwood etc etc. Works good.

The grips I have owned include the first ed. 440c sheepsfoot blade, drop point in 440c, and the Ritter grip. Nice knives no doubt. But the plastic handles to me made them feel cheap in the hand. Never used them much so sold them or gave them away most notably to my bro who is not a knife nut. He swears by the mini I gave him. So there you go. Take your pic, but for a heavier duty knife I swear by the Recon's. keepem sharp
 
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thanks longbow,
i mentioned in another thread that i ordered the recon 1, so now im waiting for that mail man, or woman, that is....
i was just talking here in this thread, it did looked to me that even if the griptilian its supposed to have a better steel, has too much plastic to compare the two in regards to hard use
but that again, i dont own any benchmade, and regardless of that, or what many here would say or think, i do believe the recon 1 has a class of its own
it aint better or worse than the griptilian, its just for different tastes
im going to know more when il get it, till then ...:D:D
 

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That "plastic" is some heavy-duty, tough stuff. It might sound and feel hollow, but it's tougher material than most people would think.
 
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That "plastic" is some heavy-duty, tough stuff. It might sound and feel hollow, but it's tougher material than most people would think.

i agree
i have some spydercos with frn handles that are really tough
my point was that the recon 1 seems to be tougher
as i said, its not that i think the griptilian aint a good knife
 
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Cold Steel does have a bad reputation around here. I think that's because of the DVD and the owner. The Recon 1 has been getting a lot of mileage here lately, though. There have been quite a few incarnations of it and that only adds to the confusion. It has been produced in different locations with different steel, so you never know which one people are talking about unless you get the specifics. I bought one to see what they were like and they're certainly a handful.
 

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Instead of an infinite number of comparison threads, perhaps the poster could state what properties he wants in the knife and ask for suggestions.
 
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Besides the inconsistency, the other thing you should consider is customer support. Benchmade has a great fanbase because of that.
 
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