This Recon-040 has a black aluminum handle and a stonewash drop point blade with a plain edge .
|Blade Style:||Drop Point|
|Handle Material:||Black Aluminum|
|Country of Origin:||USA
Let’s discuss the good and not so good of the Guardian Tactical Recon 040 as well as ordering from Northwest Knives.
On the good side, the Recon 040 is a superb knife with great ergonomics, superb fit and finish, and one of the sharpest out of the box blades on any knife I’ve bought. It is a size monster, equivalent to the Microtech Combat Troodon (CT) but with much, much better ease of blade deployment and a much, much lower price point. Frankly, save your money and get the Recon 040. However, finding Reccon 040s or even 035s to buy is like trying to find hen’s teeth…no one has them in stock with the exception of Northwest Knives! So kudos to them for managing to have stock!
On the not so good side, Northwest Knives does NOT ship automatic knives via USPS, unlike most on-line knife sellers. As such, they appear to be compliance with 18 U.S. Code § 1716 which prohibits the same with the exception of certain buyers. Instead, they ship via UPS Ground - Signature Required. Based upon this, not only does shipping take forever, although they do ship out fast, but you’re faced with having to sit around wasting your day waiting for UPS to deliver. It would be nice to see Northwest ship automatics UPS 3rd Day Select with no signature required. Have the buyer sign a disclaimer when buying that they accept the delivery risk. I know of no other on-line knife dealers that require a signature unless you pay extra for the feature.
Overall, a good buying experience with some needed process improvements and a great knife. That said, I would order again from Northwest Knives.