"Neither. Get a Spyderco or ZT with better steel. (You can get AUS8 for 25 USD in a RAT1 or Utitlitac II and for that money those knives are awesome.)" ??? Maybe the guy doesn't have a budget for knives that will cost 2X or more??? OP, I had the older version of the AK and the newer version of the Recon1. Of the two the AK has a short blade that I couldn't warm up to and the Recon1's handle I didn't like. I'll throw in the Voyager for your consideration as it's arguably strong or stronger than the AK and Recon and has the nicer FFG blade. If you can get past the zytel-type handles it's a very nice knife especially for the price point.