I have been doing some research and shopping around for a new blade. My Kershaw skyline is a great knife. Light, holds a good edge, does pretty much everything I want it to. There are a couple of reasons I was looking for something else. For one, I wanted something a bit more geared towards defensive use for when I am at work since I can't carry my pistol but no body cares in the least about knives. Secondly a big honkin tanto will go through kevlar without a second thought. Thugs around here seem to be wearing the stuff as commonly as they do underwear.
Thirdly it's a bit more suited to emergency survival use then my skyline because of the overall size and strength. A fireman actually used it to pry a elevator door open yesterday when we had a power outage and the fire department was called to get someone out of the elevator but they forgot the pry bar in the truck. I whipped this bad boy out and handed it to one of them and they promptly wedged it between the door and poped it open. The thing is freaking STRONG.
Downsides - It's big. Not huge but big. Honestly it's not uncomfortable in the least bit to carry but it's still a big knife. Weight isn't bad at right around 5 ounces. The major down side for me (And I know this is kinda dumb but....) I feel kinda like a mall ninja carrying it. I don't really have to use it in public as I also carry a Gerber crucial tool which has a blade that I can use for every day tasks but still. It's a big honking tanto thats more or less designed to be a fighting knife and I can't shake that mall ninja feeling when I'm wearing it. There's just something about carrying to weapons that makes me feel like everyone is looking at me thinking I'm some kind of internet commando (Even thought they dont KNOW im carrying two weapons) I'm going to carry it for another week to see if I can shake the feeling.
Anyway, Enjoy the pics!
PS - This is the second generation recon 1 by the way.