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Microtech reviews?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Korean Hog, May 14, 2017.

  1. Final Option

    Final Option Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    I carry a MT Scarab daily and use it as a regular folder just have to keep the blade clean, you do not want tape, blood, or dirt in the innards of the knife. As another member gzb has stated over in the auto section a periodic flushing with lighter fluid and compressed air keeps things working just fine.
    For heavier tasks I really like the Benchmade Adams Auto.
  2. Emre

    Emre Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I've got a couple of micrtotechs from the late-'90s/early-'00s. My Lightfoot LCC may still be by favorite all-around folder. Perfect balance of size, weight, ergonomics, and cutting geometry. Smooth action; almost flawless fit-and-finish. The old SOCOM was also pretty nice.

    I haven't owned any of their newer models, but I'd be surprised if their QC took such a nose-dive in the last 15-20 years.
  3. RevDevil


    Nov 9, 2009
    Read the post directly above yours.
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  4. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder

    Aug 12, 2005
    That would be great blade design if you were a Roman legionnaire the size of a GI Joe doll. :D
  5. highestpoint

    highestpoint Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    I've wanted several of their models but can't buy with their reputation. I do know people that have never had an issue with theirs
  6. Chariotz4

    Chariotz4 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 5, 2016
  7. Jacob Gaines

    Jacob Gaines

    Jul 31, 2018
    This is a little late but beware of microtech. Love their knives, but they screwed me and will others when it comes to warranty. Sent them a Halo V for repairs since the handles needed to be replaced due to blade wiggle and wear. Their warranty specifically States that for an additional cost, repairs can be made. They also suggest sending them a note on what needs to be done to your knife. Well, I did ALL of this. They received my knife on 6/2 and I didn't receive it until 7/17. That's absolutely ridiculous. They never emailed at all to let me know when my knife was going to be done, and what work was done to it. I emailed them twice and got no response. But oh, of course, weeks before I sent my knife in, they would respond to my emails in 24 hours every time how coincidental. So out of nowhere, my knife gets delivered on a random day I had no idea what was going on. Now comes the best part! I open up the package to find out nothing was done to my handles, the blade still had wiggle to it, and they spent a whopping 20 minutes time on it! 45 F***ing days go by and they spent 20 minutes work on it. I Could have had it back in 3 days for f sake. They sharpened it (which I didn't ask) they replaced the charging handle ( which I didn't ask) and replaced the mainspring (once again, no asking). EVERY SCREW WAS LOOSE. The handles shifted so bad upon discharging. I had to go online and purchase a tool to fix it! They made hundreds of these knives and couldn't fix a simple customer. Sent them an email basically saying you can't be serious but kept it polite. Told them I would be surprised if I heard anything back. NOPE, NOTHING! JOKE COMPANY. Just like any company or major corp in greedy 2018 America, they don't give a rats ass about anyone but their green and their self. Spend $600 on a fcking knife, and they don't even bother fixing it correctly nor responding...WOW!
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  8. Comeuppance

    Comeuppance Fixed Blade EDC Emisssary

    Jan 12, 2013
    I’ve only owned a handful of microtechs:
    - 2 Killswitches
    - Whaleshark
    - 2 DOCs
    - Ultratech
    - Makora
    - Combat Troodon
    - Mini Matrix

    All were pretty good, but one DOC had the worst detent stiffness ever. It was absolutely painful to flip and the clip was the infamous “FU clip” that digs into your hands.

    Overall, I find their products to be of decent quality but of terrible price. I’m glad to see them moving farther from using all proprietary hardware. Their warranty work is legendarily unreliable, though, which makes the prices seem even worse.

    I steer clear of them these days. Too many superior options in price, quality, and service. The next OTF I buy will probably be a G&G Hawk Deadlock.
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  9. SW-EDC

    SW-EDC Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    I'm putting my $ towards a Guardian Tactical Recon.
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  10. mtngunr


    Apr 10, 2005
    Am quite happy with my UltraTechs and LUDTs. Really nice steel with current M390 and excellent blade geometry. Of VERY late, my dealer reported he sent one in thru company, and sent one in by lonesome, and received both back in two weeks.

    Personally, I would say buy only from authorized dealer who has your back, let THEM send it in, if required.

    I have zero issues with them, company or knives, and especially knives. Excellent materials and workmanship. They are far smaller than folk like Benchmade, and small outfits do small runs, you will soon have a parts orphan, whether Pro-Tech, Hinderer, Micro-Tech, whatever, and they do not have anything like a 20 man warranty repair team standing by to do your bidding. This is the price of buying boutique. If folk cannot handle that, they need to stick mainline.

    PS- as someone last MOS in aviation, very much prefer their hardware to some of what else is out there...very attractive finished look, makes for locking pivots, and functionally has no recesses to get stripped, or filled with crud and THEN stripped because of partial tool seating.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2018
  11. brandoak


    Aug 1, 2015
    I EDCed Microtech OTF's for an entire 4 years. One UTX70 and two Ultratech's.
    Microtech makes the absolute finest OTF's, generally speaking. Microtechs fit, finish and artistic designs are amazing. Anyone who has EDCed an MT-OTF for any length of time probably knows the intricacies of the internal operations by heart and also has the special bit drivers to preform surgery on them. The futuristic appeal had me hanging on to the bitter end with the delusion of OTF-EDC. I could write a book about my year long struggle with MT's customer service and how they completely lost my UTX during warranty without compensation, but I wont. My other Ultratechs met there end with warranty issues that I wasn't about to revisit. Keeping them insanely clean is the only hope you have in enjoying one daily. FTF/FTR (failure to fire/failure to retract) can happen if there is simply to much pocket lint inside, a few grains of sand, or a tiny piece of unnoticed tape left on the blade from cutting open a box will halt its operation until you open it up and remove it. Although I was accustom to changing out broken springs or changing gate tabs ect. nothing but warranty work or replacement will fix worn aluminum. These knives are not meant for stabbing anything,(They use to add this warning in the box literature) trust me I learned the hard way by lightly stabbing a picnic table.:oops: The aluminum pocket that the open gate tab sits in deforms causing malfunction. These are light duty slicing knives at best, IF you keep them clean. Probably the best made toy ever produced, but a reliable pocket knife.. it is not.
  12. mtngunr


    Apr 10, 2005
    no argument with above post as to OTF reliability...a drop of mineral oil by its lonesome on all four sides of blade will slow it down enough to not lock either direction. I flush then with a small dribble of Zippo fluid which thins, flushes, lubes all innards.

    I never carry an OTF as only knife, but carry as an automatically closing most convenient knife EVER to operate (and with great utility blade shape in the single-edge), and wipe blade reasonably clean on pants or shirt before stowing.

    I disagree entirely on delicate locking, and several available videos show full power stabs, and unlike most locks, would be a very tough propostion to close knife with any emergency stab shy of hammering butt, as steel lock tabs only engaged further in blade...and hardly any folder would i ever trust past hopefully not closing during that one emergency, and would be replaced as untrustworthy if it and I made it thru that emergency. NO folder lock is as good as new after a full powered stab.

    And seriously, folk, look at the blade and handle size on an Ultra Tech, before criticising stabbing performance. We are talking something the size of a Case Trapper, but with much stouter blade, for cryin' out loud.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2018
  13. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    I only owned the LUDT and it was an excellent knife. It came razor sharp out of the box, and fired extremely hard.
  14. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    The dubious morals of certain folks at the company aside, why would anybody prefer a OTF over a side opener?
    Im asking not disputing.
  15. Final Option

    Final Option Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2012
    Leaving out the knife politics and overall strength component, OTF requires no side room for the blade to deploy. I own several OTF’s and side openers and just enjoy and use them within their design limits.
  16. snapshot2017


    Jan 28, 2017
    I have two Microtech OTF knives a ULTRATech also a Combat Troodom and a side opening LUDT auto with M390 steel blade.
    These knives are designed for quick one handed opening, when you really are in need to defend your life.

    There not a general cut cardboard or cutting up tree branch's for use in a fire knives.

    I have a nice Kershaw 1550ST that i use for general cutting daily use.

    I think the Microtech Sparten you bought will serve you well.
  17. snapshot2017


    Jan 28, 2017
    I have been carrying my Microtech LUDT side opening auto and like it somewhat better then my two OTF Microtechs.
  18. barrabas74


    Jul 27, 2005
    I have several Ultratechs: Zombie, Stormtrooper, Black edc. Like them all, wish they werent so pricey but it seems thats the market. I also just bought a Socom Elite in m390 and overall I have been happy with the products. They cut, there normally S235v or around there and I havent had an issue with any of mine. Not a fanboy by any means, own way more CRK and upper end folders. I just like some of there designs and bought them and used them. To each there own.
  19. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    OTFs have inherent wiggle, so the knife was doing what it was supposed to do. Hard to see the handles wearing away so not sure what you meant by the handles wearing, past a manufacturer defect I wouldn't expect them to replace those. Their wait time is well know, and not bad compared to most gun companies. They did replace parts that while you didn't ask to you also didn't tell them not to (standard to want springs replaced). They always answer the phone when I call them, which is somewhat often because I buy a lot from them. I'd call them instead of email.
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  20. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    In my experience, side opening autos and otfs both have a place in the collection, but the otfs are more reliable for me and much easier to manipulate deployment. Side openers can bounce off the stop pin failing to lock, which is really bad if closed accidentally on your fingers, where as if an otf fails to deploy your fingers are not in the path. Also with side opening autos, you must choose safety or not safety, for me I prefer no safety but that means more chance even remote it can open in my pocket. OTFs have relaxed springs until deployed, meaning in your pocket it's safer than a side opener with no safety.

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