What's up with MTN Forged? OTF MT clones?

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I was perusing Amazon and these MTN Forged knives came up. They have some decent reviews and might be good companion purchase alongside a microtech that will spend most of it's time as a safe queen. Thoughts, experience, etc?

Not sure if links can be posted, don't want to push my luck since these will likely be hot button-ish as is. No opinion from me, just saw these and was
genuinely curious to hear what bladeforumers would have to say.
 

Comeuppance

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It’s not exactly morally ambiguous, since you would be financially supporting the practice of design theft. Granted, MT themselves have dabbled in a little design theft of their own, but, I don’t think that takes the sin off of it.

OTFs are toys. Buy the MT to keep in a safe, and I suggest carrying a practical folding knife for use. I’ve carried real and fake MT OTFs and the reality is that, beyond the Wolverine *skinkt* factor, they’re pretty limited in their uses vs a normal folding knife. Also, if you want one for SD reasons, it doesn’t look great in an evidence bag regardless of the facts.
 
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Saying "You shouldn't buy a clone because the quality is not good." or asking "Should I buy a clone if the quality is good?" are both entirely missing the fundamental, moral point.

(Same is true with "The person who buys a cheap clone is going to buy a real one anyway, so nobody gets hurt." argument.)

Clones are theft. And that is why you shouldn't buy them.
 

evilgreg

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Saying "You shouldn't buy a clone because the quality is not good." or asking "Should I buy a clone if the quality is good?" are both entirely missing the fundamental, moral point.

(Same is true with "The person who buys a cheap clone is going to buy a real one anyway, so nobody gets hurt." argument.)

Clones are theft. And that is why you shouldn't buy them.

No argument, but I have to point out that this would all be an argument for not buying a real Microtech either (as they've made clones themselves).
 
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No argument, but I have to point out that this would all be an argument for not buying a real Microtech either (as they've made clones themselves).

And a valid argument that is. :thumbsup: If one is going to hold that against a, for example, Ganzo, then one should also hold it against Microtech.

In my opinion. I know some feel differently.

But to me, I'm into knives, I respect and have chatted with many good folks who make them, and there are a lot of choices. So why choose a brand or maker with "moral baggage"?
 

chiral.grolim

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I was perusing Amazon and these MTN Forged knives came up. They have some decent reviews and might be good companion purchase alongside a microtech that will spend most of it's time as a safe queen. Thoughts, experience, etc?

Why should the Microtech be a safe-queen? Is it a custom version? If you want to buy an OTF to use, then buy one from a reputable maker. Microtech's OTFs are original, and they are good knives that can be used and used hard. Unlicensed clones are a sin against knife innovation and should never be condoned or bought or used. Get the Microtech or some other knife and enjoy it, forget the clones.
 
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OTFs are toys.
No they aren't. At least not for me and a few folks I know. I find them especially helpful when up on a ladder and you only have one hand to make a quick cut (because the other hand is holding on). Much easier and safer than my oho knives.

I'll disagree that OTF's aren't good for anything any other pocket knife is. I use one quite a bit around the ranch everything from cutting bales open to cutting rope and other normal stuff.
Exactly. Convenience is king. An otf offers this.
 
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