Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife Review

Spyderco recently released the Autonomy automatic knife.  In production for several years, this knife has previously been available only to members of the US Coast Guard.

Spyderco Autonomy

Spyderco Autonomy auto knife, C165GSBBK

Several years ago, Spyderco was contracted to build an auto knife for the US Coast Guard rescue swimmers.  These swimmers have some pretty incredible standards of fitness that readies them for the wide variety of environments they operate within.  They must be able to do 50 shoulder width push-ups, 60 sit-ups, 5 pull-ups, 5 chin-ups, a 500 yard crawl swim in 12 minutes and a 25 yard underwater swim done 4 times as well as a buddy tow of 200 yards.  And to complement their incredible fitness, they need equipment that performs to the standards they operate at on a daily basis.

The Autonomy features an H-1 steel blade.  H-1 steel is nitrogen based and immune to saltwater corrosion–making it the perfect blade for Coast Guard rescue personnel.  The knife boasts a coil spring nested in a unique, removable shroud that allows for the spring to be serviced without taking the whole knife apart.

Built with open construction, the Autonomy is easy to clean and dry.  The black G-10 scales proffer a secure, solid grip even in the water.  And the firing button is designed so you can index easily even in the dark, when your hands are cold, or when you have gloves on them.  This ideal auto knife is perfect for those who operate in water environments.

The sheepsfoot style blade has full serrations which makes it perfect for cutting straps with minimal chance of cutting whatever is wound up in the strap or rope. In 2012, this knife won the “Most Innovative American Design” award at Blade Show.  Find it here on our website.
SPECIFICATIONS:

  • length overall 8.625″
  • blade length 3.75″
  • blade steel H-1
  • length closed 4.875″
  • cutting edge 3.625″
  • edge type fully serrated
  • blade style Sheepsfoot
  • weight 5.35 oz
  • blade thickness .11″
  • handle material Black G-10 with Stainless Steel Liners
  • Push Button Automatic
  • Pocket Clip Tip Up
  • Made in USA
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Knife Blade Steel Comparison Chart

Just worked up a small graph to compare different steels in three different areas including Edge Retention/Hardness, Corrosion Resistance and Sharpenability.  Let me know what you think or what steels you would like to see added to the chart.

Knife Steel Comparison Chart

Knife Steel Comparison Chart

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Kershaw Own It 4 Piece Set

Looking for a great deal–check out this 4 piece set from Kershaw.  Part of the Own It series, this Limited Edition offering includes four great items from Kershaw, all at an unbelievable price point.

In your set you get the 1304BW assist knife.  This knife opens smooth as silk with a tug on the flipper or a push on the dual thumb studs.  The tanto blade boasts a BlackWash finish that provides an extra layer of protection for the stainless steel blade as well as a fantastic look that doesn’t show wear and tear like many blade finishes.  The blade locks open with a sturdy framelock.  Comes with a tip down, deep carry pocket clip.

Kershaw Own It Set

Kershaw Own It Set

The kit also includes a fantastic LED flashlight that fits comfortable in your hand and can easily be attached to your go bag, your gear bag or anywhere else you want.  The kit has a handy pocket tool that can cut straps, open your favorite drink and even unscrew a stubborn flathead screw.  You also get a bead chain with a dog tag.

All in all, this is a fantastic set of tools for a deal of a price.

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ProTech Desert Sand Tactical Response Auto Knife

ProTech Tactical Response 3.31

ProTech Tactical Response 3.31

The ProTech TR3.31 boasts the new desert sand anodized handle that ProTech has been producing over the past few years.  I picked up one of these ProTech knives with a tanto point about two years ago with the Desert Sand anodize finish.  At the time, it was a limited run offering.

Since then, I have carried the knife for about 150 days of hard, daily use.  It has performed beyond my high expectations.  I have purchased several ProTech knives over the past decade and have been impressed by each one–so my expectations were high.  The anodized handle is comfortable to hold even for long periods of use.

The drop point blade snaps open fast with classic ProTech speed and quality.  The blade is 154CM stainless steel with a black finish.  It is built for heavy use and will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

If you are looking for a high quality auto knife that will perform exactly how a knife should–check out this fine offering from ProTech Knives.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade: 154-CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.5″
  • Blade Thickness: .125″ thick
  • Blade Rockwell: 59RC
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle: T6-6061 Anodized Aluminum, Desert Sand
  • Open Overall Length: 8.0″
  • Closed Overall Length: 4.5″
  • Weight: 3.6 ounces
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Microtech Makora II OTF Knife

The automatic out the front knife known as the Makora II from Microtech stands tall above the competition–and not just because it is the biggest OTF auto currently in production in the US.  The Makora II features stunning carbon fiber inlays on both sides of the handle and a long, narrow blade built for heavy use.

The current iteration is available in OD Green, Red and of course–traditional black anodized aluminum.  The blade is a whopping 4.45″ long and the knife measures 10.5″ long when open.  This fantastic knife has fast double action.

If you are looking for a serious OTF contender–check out the Microtech Makora II knife.  You can find them here on our website.

Microtech Makora II

Microtech Makora II OTF automatic knife

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall: 10.5″
  • Blade: 4.45″
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Blade Edge:Both Combo Edges
  • Handle Material: 6061 T6 Aircraft Aluminum,OD Green Anodized
  • Weight: 4.3 oz
  • Made in the USA.
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