First up – The 6″ SRK – try not to get too excited over the deluxe blister packaging . . .
The worst part of blister packaging is getting the stuff out!
6″ SK-5 Carbon Steel Clip Point Blade – nice belly on it to make everyday slicing jobs nice and easy and the Kray-Ex ( think a “fancy” rubber ) handle gives you a good grip as well as no harborage areas for food particles so camp clean up is easy . . .
Plenty sharp out of the package – ready for tinder / kindling prep – food prep – the blade is .20 / fifth of an inch thick – at first glance you would think it would be blade or front heavy but it balances pretty good in the hand – I personally would use a smaller knife for delicate / fine cutting tasks – but that’s my preference . . .
Comes with Cold Steel’s locking sheath – you grip it by the handle and pop it out by pushing on the sheath with your thumb while pulling on the knife – simple and effective – also has a snap lock strap that goes around the handle.
And the sheath can be used just about anyway you can think of – on your belt you can carry either left or right – edge forward or to the rear – either way either side – and you don’t have to slide it on your belt – pull the velcro apart and unsnap it and you can slip it under your belt – on or off easy and simple – molle system? – sure – lash it on a pack with paracord? – yep – use it just like it is and stash 6 or 8 feet of paracord on it? – why not? You never know when a little extra paracord could come in handy . . .
The knife by itself is about is about 7.6 oz – at least on my scale . . .
Knife with sheath gets across the scale at about 10.7 oz . . .
On to the Cold Steel Recon Tanto – a little more upscale – it comes in a box – LOL!
It is the same basic knife except it comes with a 7″ Tanto blade – and a different feel altogether with it – it is a little blade heavy – a lot less belly so the “food prep usage” side of things would be a little less convenient – but the tinder / kindling prep side of the equation? Oh Hell Yes! The biggest issue I would see with it is cutting / chopping tasks that would be far better served with a machete or an axe or hatchet you would be tempted to just keep on dancing with this knife . . .
The 7″ Recon Tanto comes with the same – do just about any which thing you can think of – sheath as the SRK . . .
Weight wise you get up over 1/2 lb for the knife – you gotta pay for that extra 1″ of blade somewhere!
And just under 3/4 lb for the knife and sheath . . .
So here we are at the bottom of the post – the bottom line so to speak – Which one?
Come on folks – I am an enabler – if you can’t decide – buy them both! – See – wasn’t that easy? – LMAO!
But seriously – for all around “camping” use the 6″ SRK would be a good choice, simply because with the belly on it it is a better food prep choice – and plenty stout enough for just about everything short of needing an axe / hatchet / bow saw – but – the 7″ Recon Tanto is one really good chopper but the food prep / slicing side of the house takes a little bit of a hit with it – Bruce – Which ONE? – The 6″ SRK if I had to pick just one – happy now? . . .
What’s in YOUR pocket?
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!