Everything You Need to Know About Microtech 

Imagine you’re walking down a dark street at night. You’re heading back to your car from a party and you’re in a bad part of town. You hear footsteps behind you and look back to see a man in a hoodie following you. All the signs are there—he’s probably up to no good. You want to be ready, just in case. 

So, you reach for your Microtech


Microtech’s Story – Where are Microtech Knives Made? 

To answer that question, let’s go back to the beginning and learn a thing or two about Microtech knives. Microtech’s first prototypes were created by Anthony and Susan Marfione in 1993 in Vero Beach, Florida. The next year, the first official Microtech products were being manufactured. In 2005, thanks to Hurricane Katrina, they moved their facility to Bradford, Pennsylvania, then expanded into what is now their primary facility near Asheville, North Carolina, in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. North Carolina is where Microtech knives are manufactured today. Their unprecedented growth was fueled by passion and validated by countless awards from knife shows, driving the demand for their products. Microtech’s story is the story of the American dream—a dream that continues to persist in the waking world. 

Are Microtech Knives Good? – Real American Quality 

Microtech UTX-85 II, made in the USA.

Just because a product is popular doesn’t mean it’s good, but a Microtech knife is the embodiment of the idiom “put your money where your mouth is.” 

So, the short answer is, yes, Microtech knives are good.  

The slightly less short answer is, yes, or why would John Wick be using them? Check out the second film and you might recognize a few Microtech OTF automatic knives: the UTX-70 and Cypher are some examples. 

The longer answer is also yes, just with this explanation: Microtech knives are machined with near-perfect tolerances, and their quality control ensures only the knives that are flawless find their way into the hands of customers. They use premium materials for their blades and handles and offer time- and user-tested designs that are ergonomic, attractive, and tough. Microtech knives are also made in the United States of America. We recommend checking out our Best Microtech Knives guide if you want to read more about great Microtech knives. 

What Kind of Steel Does Microtech Use? 

Microtech only uses the best steel for their knives: Super steels like Bohler M390, ELMAX, and CTS 204P. These three steel types constitute the blades of nearly every one of their knives. Microtech does not commit to a specific steel type for a given model; rather, they constantly switch in the best options from what they have available. The three steel types mentioned above are essentially identical in composition and performance, so regardless of the stamp on your knife’s blade, you can cut confidently, knowing your edge will cut like a chainsaw and hold up to wear. 

Microtech’s Most Popular Knives – Models to Recognize 

Microtech Double-Action OTF Automatic Knives 

The Microtech Ultratech, since its debut in 1999, has become Microtech’s most popular model—and for good reason! It is an accessible pocket knife with a secure pocket clip, Microtech’s superb, hard-hitting double-action, and countless handle color, blade finish, and blade shape options. It is so beloved that Microtech offers smaller versions in the UTX-85 (85% smaller) and UTX-70 (70% smaller).   

The Microtech Hera is one of Microtech’s more recent OTF models, featuring a distinct ball titanium pocket clip, smooth-operating thumbs slide, and blade detailing. Currently, it is available in a double-edge dagger style or drop point style. The Hera feels like a luxury knife, with premium everything and arguably the best action of any Microtech OTF knife. 

No Microtech OTF list would be complete without the Microtech Combat Troodon. This massive feat of cutlery ingenuity made the whole knife industry turn its head at its drop, and still does today. It’s a larger version of the popular Troodon model with powerful opening and closing and nearly four inches of razor-sharp blade. You can find the Combat Troodon in almost as many variations as the Ultratech. 

Microtech Automatic Knives 

Microtech LUDT automatic knife.

When Microtech started in 1984, its flagship knife was the UDT (Underwater Demolition Team). Now Microtech offers the LUDT (Large Underwater Demolition Team). It gets its name by having powerful out-the-side push-button automatic opening action that fires the blade even underwater, allowing diving teams to use it effectively. 

Microtech Socom Elite automatic knife.

One of the most recognizable Microtech automatic knives is the Socom Elite. This folder has a massive four-inch blade with a thick spine that’s coupled with a lightweight aluminum handle. It comes in two variations: push-button automatic and thumb stud manual. This makes it one of the few manual Microtech folding knives. 

Microtech Fixed Blade Knives 

Microtech Arbiter fixed blade.

The most recognizable of Microtech’s fixed blade knives is likely the Microtech Arbiter. This hulking beast of a cutting machine is the embodiment of mean in all the ways you want a serious tactical knife to be. It has a full tang (you’d expect nothing less), a finger choil for blade control, and a sharpened spine near the tip. 

The Socom also makes an appearance here as the Socom Alpha fixed blade knife. It comes in two different sizes to meet your tactical and outdoor needs. 

Many of Microtech’s fixed blade knives are collaborations with popular knife designers and craftsman. Take the Iconic and SBD for example: The Iconic is the result of Microtech and Bastinelli Creations teaming up to craft a truly effective karambit, and the SBD is a wide, eye-catching double-edged dagger knife designed by Sebastijan Berenji of Borka Blades and realized by Microtech’s superb manufacturing team. 

What is Microtech’s Warranty? 

Microtech extends a limited lifetime warranty on all their knives. When you buy a Microtech, you buy a knife made to exceed your expectations in quality and performance. Their knives are made to be used and shouldn’t fail: their warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship, ensuring that the knife functions for the span of its lifetime. Wear and tear, accidents, loss, and theft are not covered by their warranty.  

Why Do You Reach for Your Microtech? 

That brings us back to the top, and the question of “why?” Why do you reach for your Microtech knife? Because Microtech is a company dedicated to making the very best cutlery from the very best materials. Because they maintain their reputation for crafting knives users can bet their lives on. Because when you reach for your Microtech, you’re reaching for the manifest momentum of decades of high-quality products and universal praise condensed in your pocket. 

In short, because Microtech knives aren’t just good, they are excellent.