X-42 Recondo Rainbow


In 1966, the MACV Recondo School was established to train Special Forces Units in long-range recon tactics and commando operations. Graduates of the school were capable of performing many duties including infiltrating into enemy-controlled territory for long periods of time without being resupplied. These highly skilled graduates were called Recondos and they exemplified courage and confidence. Thirty-four years later, the spirit of this school and its graduates is carried on in the X-42 Recondo which proudly bears the name. The X-42 Recondo combines SOG technology with state-of-the-art materials for a truly extreme configuration designed to meet the many challenges of todays world.

A SOG evolution in blade design, the X-42 Recondo features wicked grind lines that focus power on the edge and tip of the intensely sharp blade. The balance, feel and quickness of this knife are extraordinary. The Recondo’s glass-reinforced Zytel handle is designed to provide maximum gripping, the ability to index quickly in low-light, as well as to move fluidly from front to reverse gripping positions.

These remarkable tactical advantages are combined with the most ultimate steel, BG-42 stainless. Used for years to make high-speed ball bearings and jet engine parts, it is exceptionally strong, corrosion resistant, and SOG tempers it to an outstanding Rockwell Hardness of 60. Due to its high cost, difficulty to manufacture and special cryogenic heat treating, BG-42 had not found its way into a production knife. We are the first production knife company to offer this incredible steel at an affordable price.

Rarity Note: This “Rainbow” X-42 Recondo model was never sold by SOG and is the only one known to exist today.


Name: X-42 Recondo Rainbow
Model #: N/A
Blade Shape: Tanto
Edge Type: Partial Serrated
Overall Length: 10.5"
Blade Length: 5.3"
Blade Thickness: 0160"
Weight: 6.3 oz.
HRC: 60
Steel: BG-42
Finish: Rainbow TiNi
Handle Material: Zytel
Sheath Material: N/A
Country Manufactured: USA
Item Price:   

X-42 Recondo Rainbow

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