i like my infidel alot.... but never had a microtech
If price was not a variable which would you prefer? Why?
i like my infidel alot.... but never had a microtech
Ultratech. Price was no issue when I bought my first. Held both, played with both. The infidel feels like pushing on a sponge and doesn't have the solid snap that the UT does. It almost feels like a cheapy Chinese import compared to the it. Of course it's not that bad but you get the drift. Also, once deployed, you have to turn the infidel in your hand to use. The ut is in the right position for use with the button being on the spine.
The only downside is the customer service of benchmade is stellar with less than desirable at microtech. However, if you use a good dealer, they should be able to help you in taht department. I use the hollow grind for them due to his ability to repair some problems in house and outstanding customer service.
I have both but if I could only have one, it would be an Ultratech. The handle (size, shape, texture, and weight) on the Infidel is what makes me like it less.
FYI, the Combat Troodon is more inline with the size and price of the Infidel, but I'd still choose it over the Infidel, too.
Ive held an infidel before and wasn't impressed by its action. It just kind of slides open, doesn't really fire out.
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I would really like the troodon if it was a touch larger. I still may replace my recently departed (guy just had to have it and hadn't done his homework) with a DE UT with a DE troodon. That cash is gonna fund a sebenza for. Ow and I'll replace it later this year when Hollow Grind gets some more UT's in stock. I'll decide then lol
Love those BM's. But, IMO the Infidel doesn't compare to the MT. I've had my Infidel for a couple years, but recently handled the MT at my LGS = No comparison. The MT fires with authority and the release and lock-up mechanisms on the MT feel so much more positive; don't know why, but it really does.
Apples and Oranges. MT are much more satisfying, but for me the side slider allows for easier transition to use. Kind of a draw, fire, scooch. No rotation required. Get a cheap version of each first.
The Ultratech is more reliable, and has less blade play.
For ergonomics I prefer the Infidel
The best UT by far is the 2001. I (wife and I) have a pair.
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I never owned either but I have got to hold and open both of them and for me I like where the trigger is for the ultra tech since when I did carry knives I carried two knives one edc knife in left pocket for left hand use and a larger folder in the right like the cold steel espada. But I do like the the handle for the infidel better
To chime in on my own question I'd prefer to have both. The infidel is large but it's deep carry clip and lack of glass breaker make it a more comfortable carry. The UT is a more practical EDC size but the glass breaker is extremely uncomfortable when having to make entry into the pocket.
There is a reply above that mentioned having to turning the infidel after deployment to a user position. I agree but rebuttle with this: I found with right front pocket carry I would have to rotate the UT before triggering the blade. Same issue. Just different time.
So now I have the infidel. But I really hope to add the UT to my collection.
Yeah the glass breaker is an ouchie but easy to remedy. The hollow grind will have some silver ones within the month.
As far as turning the UT when carried from right front pocket, I dunno what your doing butane comes out in he right position to deploy without any grip change. We must use different removal grips.
My thumb grabs center of knife and index pinches at pocket clip. Svt do you open flippers with thumb or index? Just a curiosity of style differences. No matter what knife I grab my thumb ends up in the same spot. So I have to open flippers with index.
And yes when I acquire my next and hopefully not last UT I will be replacing the GB. I already have a screw cut to fit.
I wish they'd make them with out GB's. Not sure why they are necessary. Windows and yes car windows are very easy to break if you hit the right spot. I'm a fire fighter so I break car windows for a living.
The plug screw would do well to break glass also. The "glass breaker" is really called that to not upset the sensitive folk that think inanimate objects can be bad, especially if the name is bad (skull crusher).
Ive never had a flipper knife. Closest was a Kershaw leek (still have) and I open it with thumb stud. I guess after many years of spydercos, when I reach, my thumb runs into pocket for the hole. In the ase of he UT, it kind of naturally fell to reaching down the spine and fell naturally to the UT switch. Think hats one reason I fell so farin love at first fondle. Lol
Neither, go for a Scarab DE.
Kidding, Ultratech. I have one that I just purchased from one of our very own dealers and it's fantastic. It's extremely solid and the single edge version is very friendly looking compared to the serrated DE verisons. Also, the price was perfect.
HK epdimemic (made by BM) seems to address a lot of the issues that the Tumult had, and appears to have more 'snap' to it than the Infidel........ so if you want something a bit Ultratech like, but prefer BMs track record on customer service, it might be an option.
Short answer is no. They require, last I checked, that you include a signed affidavit that you are law enforcement. However, a reputable dealer, of which we have a few here such as the hollow grind or blade hq, can send it back to you after the dealer repairs it. It's an extra step, and a little more time out of your pocket, but it works. The only knife I've had to have repaired, the hollow grind handled it in house and had it back to me wuthine a week and a half from it leaving my doorstep, all expenses paid by them.
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