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See how the the edge is two straight lines instead of a line ending in a nice exponential curve. That's geometrical. You can't really call it a tanto, as a lot of folks do, because there are a multitude of tantos that do not have geometrical edge shapes.
There are benefits with many different styles of blades, and the Recondo is no different. We do not refer to it as a "true tanto." It is a truly new and unique blade design. It has been called a faceted blade, a modified tanto, a geometricly ground blade, a piercing point blade, or a flattened pyramid blade.
Besides the racy, sculpted, and distinctly SOG design of this blade, here are some functional advantages. Note that it is not a piercing only, tactical knife.
By having the angular tip, one is able to cut with three different edges: the serrations, the straight edge, and the short angular edge. The latter is especially useful for scraping in corners or fine whittling. The angular tip is also very functional for boring holes and are extremely strong in terms of penetration...probably the strongest tips SOG has ever produced.
Hope this helps in understanding the design of this knife.
Aesthetically...it is stunning!
Consumer Services Manager
SOG Specialty Knives, Inc.
First let me say that the Recondo looks like an awesome knife, and SOG is really taking a leap forward in the mid-sized production tactical knife. I haven't held one, but the handle looks like a real winner, and the overall ergonomics of the blade look extremely well thought out. To me the Recondo looks well ahead of the Nimravus, CQC, and virtually any other production fixed blade in this size and mission category. Standing ovation for going the extra mile and bringing it out in BG-42! I know that stuff isn't easy to heat treat!
Now about that blade shape...
Is there any of those advantages you metioned there that would not also apply to the Recon Bowie blade grind? Now that's a proper blade grind to my way of thinking. If the Recondo had a similar edge shape, I'd be buying one for every nook and cranny of my body.
Steve, I think that the Recondo is an interpretation of the SOG Bowie. Others have asked for a clipped point too. I like the fact that it was based on the Bowie. You can really see it. Looks cool!!!! I hope to handle one in a week. We'll see...
I'm as far from a metal expert as they come (that was a disclaimer), but I've been told that the "comfort range" for BG-42 is 62-64. I think we are shooting for the lower end of that range. So the Rc should be normal for this steel.