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Old 11-01-2019, 01:56 PM   #1
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My New Blade

Gun guys are also knife guys, we all know that. My knife collection just grew a notch with the addition of my first "OTF" auto. That of course stands for "Out the Front". All my other auto's are 'flippers', or side-openers. This little beastie is awesome!

The leader in USA-made OTF's is clearly Microtech. This model comes with all color/material scales and blade types from bayonet, spear point, drop point, stiletto, etc. This one is designed for LE, Military and EMT's with a seat belt cutter along with a glass breaker.

Alongside one of my EDC's, a Ultra CDP-II in 9mm for size comparison:



The double action on this puppy is truly awesome, it opens and closes with authority. The engineering beauty of this USA made design, is that the springs are at rest either open or closed, they only come under tension when firing open or closed. Nice.



The glass breaker was redesigned from a titanium point, to the same but with a carbide bearing in the tip to make it more carry friendly, and not tear up your pants. Nice to have, hope I never have to use it for the intended purpose.



All in all, a nice EDC that very well could save a life. It will go well with my other auto's...Gerber, Benchmade, Boker, Huburtus...you get the idea. These come from the factory 'scalpel or wicked sharp' too.

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An interesting tidbit of knife news is that this model of Microtech was used in the recent movie "John Wick 3" with the stiletto point blade option. I don't recommend throwing them like in the movie though.....

Also in the works are some custom G10 grips for my Micro 9 to match my two EDC Ultra's, one of which is shown above. More on that later. Enjoy the knife porn!
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Not only beautiful but functional as well. Sweet.
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I never owned an OTF. The reasoning was good then, for that early era of the original OTFs had some 'wobble' in the handle and after it was deployed.

The knife Rick posted is a modern rendition, and they are great, reliable cutting tools. I'm a tad jealous as my side opening automatics cost me between 40 and 75 dollars.

...if my wife saw I had purchased an OTF only one day after she got her new whiz-bang Ford Escape...
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Originally Posted by Rick in Oregon View Post
Gun guys are also knife guys, we all know that. My knife collection just grew a notch with the addition of my first "OTF" auto.

Very cool. Years ago, I bagged a couple cheap OTF's from The Edge Company. They ranged from "ok" to "pos." The problem was they were shoddily built imports. I've always wondered what a well-built OTF would be like. I'd wager that Microtech makes nice hardware, but I'm more than reluctant to throw down that kind of green. Please let us know your impressions as you become familiar with the knife.
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That’s a nice gun/knife combo. Excellent choice Rick.
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:45 AM   #7
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Please let us know your impressions as you become familiar with the knife.
Will do, Rusty. It's only been a week so far, but after carrying and using it for daily chores, I'm quite impressed with both the materials and build quality. Minimal extended blade movement, about the same as my Gerber Covert auto, and it's large enough to be a "real knife". And did I mention "wicked sharp" from the factory?

True, the price of admission is a bit steep, but I wanted to own at least one World Class OTF, and this Microtech Ultratech really delivers.

A look at the backside of the blade:



Microtech also makes two models that are 70% and 85% of the full size blade shown. Humm, something else to consider?

(A very sharp eye may notice the previously unnoticed hound-dog hair in the last pic.....oops, how could that possibly have happened? )
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