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    Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III

    I would usually prefer clip-point or drop-point over the "tanto" design, but this is a pretty good looking knife. For about $110 at Amazon...

    Review: Cold Steel’s Recon Tanto San Mai III

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    Re: Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III

    Ive never been much on Tanto's but this one is sweet! Maybe a belated fathers day gift.............
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    Re: Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III

    Quote Originally Posted by OysterMan View Post
    I would usually prefer clip-point or drop-point over the "tanto" design, but this is a pretty good looking knife. For about $110 at Amazon...

    Review: Cold Steel’s Recon Tanto San Mai III
    Nice knife and nice article, but what my research over the past 30 years shows is that he has a few of his facs incorrect. I love Lynn Thompson and his knives, but the Americanized Tanto which he makes should be, from what my research has shown me, credited to Bob Lum. The late great Bob Lum was the first knife maker credited with taking the reinforced tip of the katana with the Japanese tanto blade profile.

    http://www.boblumknives.com/welcome.html

    http://www.benchmade.com/designer-profiles

    For a quick reference on traditional Japanese style tantos (which btw I prefer to the modern americanized version)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tant%C5%8D

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    Re: Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III

    Too much of a traditionalist, I just can't get into the Tanto knives. For me, a drop point is the ultimate shape for a knife.

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    Re: Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III

    Quote Originally Posted by R.Ph. 380 View Post
    Too much of a traditionalist, I just can't get into the Tanto knives. For me, a drop point is the ultimate shape for a knife.

    Bill
    I have to agree, if you read the sticky about tactical knives above you will see I consider the american tanto along with the upswept sheepskiner style to be among the least useful blade shapes. The Japanese style katana tip has much more useful applications I feel.

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    Re: Cold Steel Recon Tanto San Mai III

    My X2 Voyager blade is VG-1 It has served me well and holds a edge . I just run up and down a steel now and then and razor edge back. I don't know who started the American Tanto in production in 84 . The lower corner makes a nasty snap cut wound .
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