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- Last updated: 08/12/2016
Despite their overtly military names, these two knives are perhaps more at home with hunters than they might be with service personal. The reason being the Recon is a very useful, strong yet quite standard design of general purpose folding lock knife, which many of us find useful for a diverse range of tasks in the field. Alternatively, while the Special OPS fixed blade knife follows a now familiar survival-themed design, particularly due to the paracord bound, full tang handle – however it too has many characteristics a fixed blade needs to be of use to the hunter or outdoorsman.
First up is the Viper Recon, a sturdy and fist-filling folder with many features that are worthy of credit. Measuring 4 5/8” closed and 7 7/8” with the 3 ½” clip point stainless steel blade deployed it utilises dual thumbstuds for ease of one handed opening. The handle uses composite side plates similar to G10, which hold a strong, steel liner lock mechanism and a well-proportioned removable metal belt clip is affixed to the outer right hand side.
The strong, deep-set blade features a serrated edge thumb rise at the base of the spine and the handle is contoured to show a generously sized half guard, with a lanyard hole. The knife feels very comfortable and secure in the hold due to the nature of the side plates showing a series of raised ‘bars’ that have fine serrated outer faces for extra grip. In a sentence: just the type of easy to carry folder suited to virtually all hunter’s requirements.
Alternatively, the fixed blade, all stainless Steel construction of the Viper Special OPS Knife has an overall length of 8 ¼” with a fine edge, 4 ½”, drop point blade. The full tang build uses wrapped paracord instead of solid scales for the handle. This offers a secure surface for a 100% grip and if you need it, you can unwrap the cord, which can be used for a multitude of tasks in the field. Snares, binding etc and even in a true survival situation, where it would also be easy to make an impromptu hunting spear by lashing the bare knife to a stout pole.
A practical feature of the binding is that it extends back through a lanyard hole at the rear of the handle in such a fashion that it is also made into a useful hand lanyard. Those familiar with and who find these types of knife design of use will realise this makes accessing a length of paracord easy, and once enough has been ‘cut off’, the handle binding can quickly be reaffirmed and lanyard loop once again established. The blade is broad and deep, with a lengthy run of aggressive gimping on the rear of the spine and a forward finger choil is also integrated into the design, to give you a more secure grip. Both these knives come with belt mountable nylon pouches and will be of use for many hunting situations and outdoor activities.