I have been an armed professional for over 40 years now, and quality knives have always been an important part of my personal kit. I have carried a wide variety over the years. The last one I carried in the Army and still carry is Cold Steel’s Recon Tanto.
The name ‘Tanto” is Japanese and describes the short blade that the traditional Samurai carried. However, the Recon Tanto’s 45 degree blade point is more like some traditional Katana swords.
This design was developed for maximum penetration. and the Tanto is certainly capable of it. Cold Steel tested it once by jabbing one through a car door 20 times without blade failure. The blade is 7″ long and made from Japanese Aus 8A Stainless. The blade is coated with what Cold Steel calls Black Tuff-Ex Finish which is basically a black epoxy. It gives the blade a dull non-reflective appearance. I find mine easy to sharpen and have used a number of different sharpeners on it. The handle is a hard rubber that I particularly like. I have used mine with sweaty, wet, and oily hands without loosing my grip on it. The hole in the end of the handle is great for attaching para cord.
The current sheath is what Cold Steel calls the Secure-Ex. Mine came with a pretty plain but functional nylon sheath,
I bought my son a Recon Tanto when he deployed to his first tour in Afghanistan. He just finished his second, and still loves the knife.
Cold steel make a large variety of knives in the Tanto configuration.
Personally I think this knife is an excellent survival/fighting knife for the prepper, soldier, or police officer. Mine has served me well through the years.