I never paid attention to Cold Steel until about 6-7 years ago I was in my local store and handled the Lawman and the Recon 1. Wasn't t crazy about the black blades then, but the ergonomics and apparent strength were so good, I ended up getting one of both a week or two later.In all honesty, I have never seen one in real life.
But, on paper it strikes me as one of Cold Steel’s best designs. I just wish I could find one locally just to pick up and handle. Our local CS dealer never has it in stock.
They upgraded the G10 scales like a year ago. The scales are now smoother than the ones on my Spyderco Manix 2 XL.I hated mine out of the box. G10 is mega rough, the roughest folding knife handle I've ever felt and it rips up your pants thanks to the super tight pocket clip. It's not just a tight pocket clip, it's unresaonably tight to the point where it feels like a manufacturing error. But it's not, all CS knives have really tight clips in my experience. After bending out the clip with pliers and sandpapering the scales under the clip it works fine.
I think I'd rather have a Code 4 overall.