Recon-1 Opening Modification Questions

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  1. CQCGeek89


    Jun 8, 2019
    Hi, I’m new to this forum. I have a Cold Steel Recon-1 50/50 Tanto and I am just wondering if there were any tips to turning this knife into as close to a spring-assisted knife as possible. Like getting the smoothest opening possible. Would Zoom Spout be good for the knife pivot as well? And how many taps with a hammer should I use for the spring when I put it in a vice?
  2. JBC6650

    JBC6650 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    I'd just get the snagletooth wave add on.
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  3. David Mary

    David Mary Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    @CQCGeek89, in response to your question, posted in three different places on the forum, here's one perectly tuned Recon 1 for you, with no trial and error required on your part:


    But seriously, welcome to the forum, and I look forward to seeing your future contributions to the community.
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  4. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Is it new? It takes a bit of time for the Tri-Ad lock to break in, and for the coating on the interfaces to wear off. I picked up a Recon 1 last week, and it's gone from pleasantly smooth to nearly drop-shut action over the course of a few days of playing with it.

    I'm also getting better at flicking it open. There's quite a bit of distance between the pivot and thumb stud, and the lock provides natural resistance to flicking, but with some practice and right movement I can get it to flick reliably.

    I'm not sure assisted open-type action is possible. My assisted ZT 0350 blasts out with zero effort, but it's a completely different lock, detent, and overall setup than the Recon 1.
  5. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Buy a Cold Steel "Swift" . The only Tri-ad AO , that I know of . The innards are completely different .
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  6. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Hammer taps on the spring in a vice??? As close to AO as possible??

    If you want an AO, get an AO. The triad lock can be waved open, if you add a wave feature on it, or even modify the blade.

    It is not, nor will it ever be an AO. As others have said, I believe they have an AO knife.

    What do you mean "taps with a hammer". If you are talking about taking the locking mechanism apart and bending the spring to make it weaker, sounds like a fine way to screw up the functionality and strength of the internal locking mechanism. Might even screw up the structural integrity of the lock.
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  7. Sergeua


    May 1, 2016
  8. CQCGeek89


    Jun 8, 2019
    Hey, everybody. I was just looking for a way to draw it as quickly as possible for when I got attacked if I was carrying it IWB. And I know how to flick it open with my wrist. And I had decided to get an SA knife but I will still hold onto my Recon-1.
  9. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Either grind a "remote pocket opening hook" into the spine or add a SnaggletoothMF :)

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  10. marcinek

    marcinek Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2007

    Are you trained in any knife based self defense techniques besides the wrist flick? You may find that when you are attacked, your motor skills may get discombobulated and you find opening a folders becomes problematic. If you are going IWB, might as well go fixed.

    That said, some sort of lubricant will only make opening a knife quicker. 3 in 1? WD-40?

    As for hammer taps, 6. Not 5, not 7. 6.
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  11. VernonRemington

    VernonRemington Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Do some a CM style “Dave” mod or just carry an Emerson if you really need that feature.

    A small fixed blade carried IWB is probably best for self defense.
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  12. JohnWE


    Dec 7, 2013
    What size hammer do you recommend?

    Can I use fewer taps if I use a bigger hammer?
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  13. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Bigger hammer, check;)


  14. bolabeenz


    Jun 23, 2012
    Put the hammer in the vice and take the spring and tap...tap... tap... tap... tap...tap... tap...
    tap... drip...drip...drip..drip...drip...drip.... till done.
  15. stonproject


    Nov 22, 2013
    What's that knife? Looks pokey :D
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  16. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Extrema Ratio large Resolza, makes a great potato knife after I thinned it out;)
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  17. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    When I get attacked I just reach for the machete I keep duct-taped to my back under my shirt at all times. If you're serious about defending yourself with a blade during an attack, you should consider some realistic square inches of blade, duct-taped to your back. Swords, even smaller ones, were used in blade combat other than knives for a reason. o_O
  18. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    This is very WRONG and DANGEROUS information! The number of hammer taps you need corresponds to whether the knife is DLC coated or not. Using the wrong number of taps could be DISASTROUS!! Please research fully before preparing to tap anything.
  19. palonej

    palonej Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 5, 2015
    Nooooooooooooo. Just no.
    In on one.
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  20. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    What do you do about all the back hair and duct tape? I feel like that being ripped out when unsheathing your blade could be a distraction during mortal combat.
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