Yeah, this one's still in the proto stage. There were some pics posted recently showing a version 2 proto. It was a little smaller than the original that was seen at the Blade Show, and has some Kraton handle inserts as well (still showed the same severe recurved blade, however). Reviews of version 2 were mixed as I remember, so it's likely we'll see a version 3 before too long. It's currently slated for production in 2001, but I'd imagine it'll be late 2001. Maybe Valmet can hop in here and give us some real insight.
[This message has been edited by Bronco (edited 12-27-2000).]
There's information there on most of the new MT stuff that hasn't even hit the magazines or other forums yet.
Amphibian and Tanto Socom Elite, click here
More on the Amphibian, click here
The new LUDT-2000 Proto, click here
The new Credit Card Knife, click here
The real upcoming MT fixed blade, click here
Everything else you always wanted to know about MT, but were afraid to ask, click here
[This message has been edited by John Hollister (edited 12-29-2000).]
I must say that I liked the first proto of the Amphibian better.
As far as the fixed blade, the second proto with the recurved blade was more to my liking than the third. The third one looks like nothing more than a scaled down Becker Magnum Camp.
Either way, I will have to have both when they come out.
The reason I ask is that is the Amphibian is still a fairly large folder in most peoples book (on par with an Emerson Commander) and I can tell you that you know not of what you speak with regard to it being "weak". That thing is built super strong. Lock strength was in the forefront of the design.
I am sure the Amphibian will be constructed with quality materials and the craftsmanship will be excellent because it is built by MT. I think a lot of people are let down because they have seen pics of the proto and expected something more like the proto.
Tanto Socom Elite looks awesome. Thanks for all the pics, John Hollister.