Spotlight Series: Cold Steel Voyager & Recon 1

New steel, same great design and functionality.

New steel, same great design and functionality.


This week on Spotlight Series we’re looking at an exciting update for two mainstays of the folding knife market: this is the Cold Steel Voyager and Recon 1.

Both have stood out over the years for their affordable price point, the variety blade shapes and range of sizes – from compact to (in my opinion) slightly excessive – that allows buyers to choose the version that best suits their lifestyle; and now that their new models feature USA-made Carpenter steel, there is just one more reason to love them.

The Voyager series features Carpenter CTS BD1 alloy steel blades, which offer a surprising level of edge retention because of their high carbon content. The Griv-Ex handles are textured and comfortable – I especially like the way my fingers sit on the curved heel of the large version. The Tri-Ad locking mechanism feels extremely solid, as always.

The Recon 1 remains very popular with police, military, and first responder crews and now comes with Carpenter CTS XHP alloy steel blades, making a good thing even better. The handles are super ergonomic and tactile G10 scales and it has the same Tri-Ad lock as the Voyager. Out of the two I’m partial to the Recon for its G10 and slightly slimmer profile.

Overall, the new Cold Steel Voyager and Recon 1 models are a great update on an established line of products.

Check out more about the new Cold Steel’s here, and see all of our great products at KnifeCenter.com! Have a great day.

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Ryan