Molon Labe Pro-Tech TR-3 Spartan Auto Knife Review

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a family owned knife company that has been building high quality American Made knives since 1999. Each Pro-Tech knife is a blend of the finest materials available and a commitment to craftsmanship. Their knives are built with the most current high tech manufacturing processes that include CNC Machining, Wire EDM< Laser Cutting, and more. The high tech components are assembled and hand fit by dedicated and caring craftsmen right in their factory.

One of the things that makes Pro-Tech unique is that they manufacture small batches of knives so that they can take the time to individually hand fit and finish each knife to a level rarely seen in a factory knife.

Their production knife models offer the best design, function, and value that you can come by. Their custom art knives are unique pieces of art. Each of their custom, limited-edition knives is a showpiece of heirloom quality. They say, “No matter which of our knives you choose, we are confident that you will be very satisfied with your purchase. Our selection of knives is ever changing. New designs from collaboration partners, new variations of classic designs, inlay materials, Damascus blade choices, etc. Be sure to check with your favorite Pro-Tech dealer to see what the latest offerings look like. And thank you for your interest in our fine knives.”

Today we will be discussing the Pro-Tech Molon Labe Automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on the Molon Labe is made out of 154CM stainless steel. This is a high end steel that is made by Crucible Industries. Crucible Industries is known for making high quality knife steel as well as being based out of the United States. When they made this steel, they made it as an upgraded version of 440C. To upgrade 440C steel, they added Molybdenum to the matrix. The Molybdenum helps to achieve superior edge holding when being compared to the other steel as well as maintaining its levels of high corrosion resistance. This last characteristic is a little bit surprising because it does have less Chromium than 440C steel. Overall, this steel does have a decent toughness that is good enough for most uses. While this isn’t a super steel, it is a high end steel, so it is going to do more than just get the job done. Like I previously mentioned, this steel does hold an edge well. And, when it comes to sharpening, it is not going to be too difficult if you have the right equipment.

The blade has been finished with a DLC, which stands for a Diamond-Like Coating. This is the highest quality finish that you are going to find on a knife. Generally, it is applied through a PVD process, which means that it is going to be incredibly even across the blade. There will be no ridges, grooves, or runs of this coating, which allows the user to cut more smoothly. Some of the other characteristics of a DLC coating is that it is going to give high hardness to the blade, increase the corrosion resistance by a significant amount, and not wear down like other blade coatings would. Plus, because it is a deep black color, the user does not have to worry about the blade giving off too many reflections or glares. In fact, the blade probably won’t give off any when it is coated with this.

Molon Labe Pro-Tech TR-3 Spartan Auto Knife
Molon Labe Pro-Tech TR-3 Spartan Auto Knife

The blade on the Molon Labe has been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade shape is extremely popular in today’s cutlery industry. This is due to how tough and versatile the blade really is. The blade shape is formed by having the spine of the blade run from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slowly curving manner. This slow curve creates a lowered, or dropped, point, which is where the blade shape got its name. Not only is this how the shape was named, it also gives the user more control over their cuts. This means that you are going to be able to perform fine detail work with this knife with ease. It also means that you should be able to get the cleanest cuts possible, because there is a smaller chance that you slip. While the point is lowered, it is also broad. The broadness of this tip is what sets the drop point and the clip point apart from each other. The drop point is going to offer the user more strength, because it is less likely to chip or snap. That being said, it is also going to cut down on your ability to pierce or stab because it is not fine like the clip point is. While the drop points broad tip offers so much strength and is one of the biggest advantages of the drop point, it also is its biggest weakness because it does take away your ability to pierce or stab. Lastly, the large belly is what makes the drop point such a versatile knife. The larger the belly, the easier it is to slice. And the easier it is to slice, the more tasks you will be able to perform with this knife and the quicker you will be able to complete those tasks.

The combination of the 154CM steel, the DLC finish, and the drop point blade shape create a blade that is a force to be reckoned with.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 Aluminum. Aluminum is a low-density metal that is commonly used in knife making—usually just in the knife handles because it is a softer metal. Although it is a softer metal, it is extremely corrosion resistant which limits the amount of maintenance this handle is going to need.

The most common type of aluminum alloy that is used in knife making is the 6061-T6 alloy. All this name means is that the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. This aluminum alloy has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys. This alloy is also often used in aircraft, so it is commonly referred to as “aircraft aluminum.” This name is more of a marketing ploy than anything else, because it is not any more useful or tough just because it is used in aircraft.

Aluminum is cheaper to machine and produce than Titanium, which is often considered aluminums older brother. Aluminum is also lighter, weaker, and less resistant to wear than Titanium. And while these characteristics usually make it an inferior metal to Titanium, all of them become an advantage when the knife is more complex, and require a large amount of CNC machining, such as with this automatic knife. This is because it is cheaper to produce and the material is going to cost less.

This aluminum handle has been anodized black. According to thebalance.com, “Anodizing is a method increasing the corrosion resistance of a metal part by forming a layer of oxide on its surface. The part that is being treated forms the anode electrode of an electrical circuit. Anodizing increases resistance to corrosion and wear, and provides better adhesion for paint primers and glues than bare metal does.” They go on to explain how the process happens. “The process of creating this protective oxide coating is achieved electrolytically. The metal part to be treated-generally aluminum-is first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution hydrogen is released from the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the part being treated.”

The spine of the handle goes straight towards the butt of the handle form the blade with two rows of jimping at the beginning and the end to help with grip. The belly of the handle is the same—it goes straight form the blade to the butt, only interrupted by an average sized finger groove. The groove will give a more comfortable grip for long periods of use.


The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for only tip up carry and only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a drawback because it does not create an ambidextrous knife. Every user is not going to be able to use it as comfortably as other users. This pocket clip is also not a deep carry clip, so it is not going to sit as low in your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This limited edition knife is an automatic knife. An automatic knife is also known as a switchblade. This is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade that is contained in the handle. The knife is opened automatically by a button on the handle. This knife includes a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened positon. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed position.

While automatic knives are definitely more efficient, because they can be brought into play much quicker and are easier to open than a manual knife, they are also more legally challenging than a manual knife. This is because there are a strict set of laws that surround an automatic knife. These laws make automatic knives illegal in many areas, cities, and states. Always know your local knife laws before purchasing, carrying, or using an automatic knife. BladeOps is not responsible for any of the consequences.

Automatic knives are also a little more complicated to clean and maintain because there are a lot of moving parts as well as little parts on the inside. Some of the more important and also more finicky parts are the hinge and the spring. If the spring on this knife wears down, the automatic operation is not going to work. The hinge is also a very important part to keep oiled and dried so that it does not break down. To keep this knife in good condition, make sure that the inside and all the mechanism’s parts are cleaned and dried after each use of this knife.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long with a handle that measures in at 4.5 inches long. When the knife is opened, it measures in at an overall length of 8 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.9 ounces. This is a good weigh for a knife that you are going to have with you at all times. It will give you the weight that you need to take on your daily chores, but it won’t weigh you down when you aren’t using it. The Molon Labe was made in the United States of America, so you can feel proud to use this knife.

This is also a limited edition run with only 100 units. You can pick yours up today at BladeOps and be one of only 100 people to own this fantastic knife.

 

Conclusion:
             Join the legion of Sparta with this exclusive Tactical Response 3 model from Pro-Tech. Strong enough to fall into the phalanx, this Greek legend sports “Molon Labe” on the presentation side of the blade–which translates to “come and take them” and the Spartan helmet stare fear right in the face. This side open auto model opens with incredible speed and showcases a rock-solid lockup and the multiple jimping locations and pronounced finger groove promotes increased traction with any style grip. This limited model features a solid black anodized aircraft aluminum-grade handle complete with a Bruce Shaw designed Spartan helmet inlay, all-black hardware, a drop point style blade in a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) black finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. You can pick up this knife today at BladeOps.

 

Pro-Tech 2205 Calmigo Automatic Knife Review

 

Pro-Tech 2205 Calmigo Automatic Knife
Pro-Tech 2205 Calmigo Automatic Knife

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a family owned knife company that has been building high quality American Made knives since 1999.

Each Pro-Tech knife is a blend of the finest materials available and a commitment to craftsmanship. Their knives are built with the most current high tech manufacturing processes that include CNC Machining, Wire EDM, Laser Cutting, and more. The thigh tech components are assembled and hand fit by dedicated and caring craftsmen right in their factory.

They manufactured small batches of knives so that they take time the time to individually hand fit and finish each knife to a level rarely seen in a factory knife.

Their production knife models offer the best design, function and value of any knife on the market today. Their custom art knives are unique pieces of art. Each of their custom, limited-edition knives is a showpiece of heirloom quality. No matter which of their knives you choose, they are condiment that you will be very satisfied with your purchase.

Their selection of knives is ever changing. They are always rotating their inventory with new designs from collaboration partners, new variations of classic designs, inlay materials, and Damascus blade choices.

This company produces about 12,000 knives per year and its most famous models are the Godfather, Godson, and the Runt J4. Pro-Tech has designed models for the U.S. Military and several police departments, including the secret service and US Marshall’s Service.

Pro-Tech has collaborated with famous knife makers such as Ernest Emerson, Walter Brend, and Allen Elishewitz on various designs.

Today we will be talking about the Pro-Tech 2205 Calmigo automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 154CM Stainless Steel. This is a relatively hard steel that is considered to be an upgraded version of 440C through the addition of Molybdenum. This achieves superior edge holding compared to 440C while retaining similar excellent levels of corrosion resistance despite having less Chromium. It has decent toughness good enough for most uses and holds an edge well. When you have the right equipment, this steel is not too hard to sharpen.

The blade has been finished with a black coating. There are a few purposes to coating a blade. The first is to prevent corrosion. A well-made coating can greatly reduce maintenance time on this blade, which may come in handy in the field. Plus, a coating eliminates shiny surfaces, which is a necessity if you are on a mission. Lastly, a coating can reduce drag during a cut. But, coatings do have they drawbacks. The biggest one is that sooner or later, the coating will come off. Once the coating is gone, the blade is going to rust, drag, glean and look beat up. Plus, sometimes when they are intact, the coating may create a “wire edge”, which reduces cutting ability and it can make the sharpening more difficult.

The blade on this Pro-Tech knife has been carved into a drop point style knife. This is a fantastic all-purpose blade style that also happens to be the most popular blade shape that is in use in the cutlery industry at this point in time. The most common place that you will come across this blade shape is on a Bowie knife, but you will also find it on almost any other style of knife as well. This is one of the most versatile blade shapes around because of how it is formed. The back, or unsharpened, edge of the knife runs straight for the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, which creates a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. The controllable tip is ideal for tip work or carving, among the other tasks that require extreme precision. The strength is what makes this blade shape a great option for knives that are going to undergo tactical and survival knives. And although you might not be using this specific knife for tactical or survival situations, you do know that it is capable, which means that it is good enough for whatever you may throw at it. One of the other reasons that makes this blade style such a versatile option is the large belly that is perfect for slicing. One of the only disadvantages of the drop point blade style is its relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the clip point. The clip point and the drop point knives are very similar because they both have lowered tips as well as being versatile and popular. The biggest difference is the tip. The clip point has a finer and thinner tip that makes it excel at stabbing or piercing. The drop point has a broader tip, so although you do lose out on most of your stabbing capabilities, you do have the strength that will stand up to heavy use.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. It is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. The most common type of aluminum used today is T6-6061 alloy, which has tremendous tensile strength. In fact, this alloy has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of al aluminum alloys.

Aluminum alloy is cheaper to machine and produce than titanium, and is lighter, weaker, and less resistant to wear. For the most part, Aluminum is an inferior metal to Titanium aside from its lightness. However, when producing complex knives that require a large amount of CNC machining, such as the case with this knife, aluminum is much cheaper to produce and the material costs less.

The handle has been anodized black. The anodization process is the process of creating a protective oxide coating that is achieved electrolytically. The aluminum handle is first submerged in an electrolytic solution bath along with a cathode. When a current is passed through the acid solution, hydrogen is released from the cathode and oxygen forms on the surface of an anode. This results in a metal oxide film growing on the surface of the part being treated. The anodization process not only adds a sleek black color, it also adds hardness, protection, and increases the durability, corrosion resistance, and overall, the life of the knife handle.

The handle is a very simple shape, mostly rectangular, with a few curves to make it a little more comfortable. On the spine of the handle, there is a row of jimping which helps add control and grip to the handle overall. On the bottom of the handle, there is a finger groove. The finger groove is a little further down than you would normally find, but it will still help add comfort to your grip. Other than the finger groove, the bottom of the handle is completely straight. The butt of the handle is rounded. On the face of the handle is a safety switch as well as a firing button.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is black, and deep carry. This means that not only will your knife rest more securely in your pocket, you will also be able to conceal the blade more easily. The clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The clip is kept in place by two small, black screws that match the rest of the hardware on this all-black knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, or switchblade, as it is often called. Automatic knives have a strict set of laws surrounding them which means that they are not legal in all states, cities, or areas. BladeOps is not responsible for legal issues, it is your responsibility as the user to know your local knife laws. And although this name states that it is a “Cali-legal auto knife” this is just a term that refers to the blade length that must be at or below the 2-inch mark while utilizing an automatic function and is by no means legal advice or a legal definition.

A switchblade is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. Most switchblade designs incorporate a locking blade, in which eh blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened position. The blade is unlocked by m annually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allows it to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

Some of the key advantages to an automatic knife is that you can bring it into paly more quickly than a regular folding knife. Automatic knives can also open quickly and efficiently. However, automatic knives have so many moving parts inside of them, they are more prone to breaking than other styles of knives. One of the other disadvantages is that an automatic knife will not be legal in all states, cities, or areas, so it may not be legal to own, carry, or use in your town. Lastly, when cleaning this knife, you will have to make sure that all the inner workings are dry so that they don’t rust.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 1.99 inches long with a handle that measures in at 3.5 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened measures in at 5.49 inches long. This Pro-Tech knife weighs in at 2.1 ounces. This knife is made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Pro-Tech Calmigo:

  • The blade has a relatively hard steel.
  • The steel has high corrosion resistance.
  • The steel has high capabilities of maintaining its edge.
  • With the right steel, this steel is not too hard to sharpen.
  • The coating finish prevents corrosion or rusting.
  • The coating finish reduces drag.
  • The coating reduces all glares and reflections, which is ideal if you are in a tactical situation.
  • The drop point blade shape is versatile and all purpose.
  • The drop point blade shape features a large belly that is ideal for slicing.
  • The drop point blade shape has broad tip that is perfect for those heavier tasks.
  • The aluminum handle is light-weight, but still has the heft behind it.
  • The aluminum handle is durable and corrosion resistant.
  • The anodization process increasing the life of the handle.
  • The handle has some jimping on it to increase your control over your cuts.
  • Automatic knives open quickly and efficiently.

 

The Cons of the Pro-Tech Calmigo:

  • The coating is going to scratch off after long periods of use or heavy use.
  • The drop point blade shape does not have many stabbing or piercing capabilities.
  • Aluminum is prone to scratching and denting.
  • Automatic knives are not legal in all states, cities, or areas, so it might not be legal for you to own, carry, or use this knife in your town.
  • Automatic knives’ maintenance is trickier than a regular folding knife, and much trickier than a fixed blade.

 

 

Conclusion:

The new Calmigo series is another “Cali-Legal” automatic knife line released by Pro-Tech this year. This side open auto model opens with incredible speed and showcases a rock-solid lockup despite its pint-sized frame and offers a contoured design with a slight finger groove for maximum control. Each Calmigo sports a front-facing slide safety as well as a recessed firing button for top-notch security. This model, the 2205, features a black aircraft grade aluminum handle, a drop point style blade in a black finish and the deep carry pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Again, “Cali-Legal” is a term that refers to the blade length that must be at or below the 2” mark while utilizing an automatic function and is by no means legal advice or a legal definition. Pick up this phenomenal Pro-Tech knife today at BladeOps.

 

Pro-Tech 700CF Godson Knife Review

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a family owned knife company that has been building high quality American Made knives since 1999. Each of their knives is a blend of the finest materials available, mixed with their commitment to craftsmanship. Their knives are always built with the most current high tech manufacturing process that includes: CNC Machining, Wire EDM, and Laser Cutting. The high tech components are assembled and hand fit by dedicated and caring craftsmen right in their factory. Yes, that does mean that they are all made in the United States of America!

One of the unique aspects about Pro-Tech is that they manufacture small batches of knives so that they can take the time to individually hand fit and finish each knife to a level that you are rarely going to find in a factory knife. Their production knife models offer the best design, function, and value of any knife that you are going to find on the market today. They even have custom art knives that are individual pieces of art. Each of their custom, limited-edition knives is a showpiece of heirloom quality. But, no matter which of their knives that you choose to purchase, they, and we, are confident that you will be very satisfied with your purchase.

Their collection of knives is always changing. They are always working on new designs form collaboration partners, new variations of classic designs, new inlay materials, Damascus blade choices, and many more.

Today, we will be going over the new Pro-Tech Godson knife. This is the highly anticipated smaller version of Pro-Tech’s popular Godfather automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

This durable blade has been carved out of the high in carbon 154CM stainless steel. Although powder steels are the steel styles that are usually chosen for nicer knives, 154CM stainless steel is widely used in the high end knives that you are drawn to. This type of steel has a base that is very similar to 440C, however, the manufacturer has chosen to add molybdenum to the steel matrix. This added molybdenum is what gives this type of steel it’s superior edge holding ability, while also having great levels of corrosion resistance. The Godson’s blade can be hardened to a Rockwell RC level of 60-61 and has good toughness levels. This steel is made by Crucible, which is an American manufacture, and is very chip resistant, which makes it ideal for various cutting applications. As a total bonus, it is pretty easy to sharpen as well. As a second bonus, it is less expensive than steels that are going to provide you with very similar qualities. 154CM stainless steel provides this knife with a good balance between all three attributes that you are searching for in a knife blade: being relatively hard, tough, and equally corrosion resistant. Because the Godson’s blade has been made with 154CM steel, you will be ready for whatever life throws your way.

The Godfather and Godson knives are known to be classic looking knives. They have intricate details that set them apart from the boring, cliché knives that you come across all the time. To give you a truly classic and traditional look, the blade has a satin finish. This finish is the most popular blade finish used today, but for good reason. This finish is created by repeatedly sanding the blade in one direction with an increasing level of abrasive (usually a sandpaper). This shows off the fine lien sin the knife as well as showcasing the bevels. This finish is right in the middle of luster and matte, but does cut down on reflections slightly. This blade finish won’t go out of style and won’t disappoint.

The Godson’s blade has been carved into a spear-point, or stiletto, blade design. This means that one of its main purposes behind the design is that it is built for thrust cuts and stabbing. There really isn’t a secret behind where this blade style got its name from. The spear point blade shape is easily identified by its symmetrical double edges meeting at a center point. This design was originally found on spears, but is now often found on daggers and throwing knives. Although this blade shape is very similar to the needle-point blade, because they are both often used for piercing, the needle-point blade has a very sharp but weak point while the spear point blade shape has a strong point that is still fine and sharp enough for piercing. The spear point blade shape also features a lowered point which makes this knife easily controlled and very useful for fine tip work. Although the main purpose behind the design is the tip, spear point blades are actually a great hybrid knife. They do contain a small belly that can be used for some cutting and slicing applications. On the flip side, this belly is relatively small, especially when you are comparing it to a drop or clip point blade shape that has been designed specifically for its bely. This Godson blade is equipped with a razor sharp flat grind, a false edge, and a needle-like tip, so there is no doubt that this knife is going to be able to deliver. This entire blade was designed to penetrate. The tip on this blade really does set the Godson apart from other spear pointed knives, because the tip is extra pointy, which gives you extra capabilities on stabbing, piercing, and even cutting.

This satin blade does sport a plain edge. The plain edge is pretty straightforward. It is a single edge with no teeth, or serrations. The plain edge has been known to excel when it comes to push cuts such as skinning, slicing, or peeling. Since this knife is primarily designed to pierce the plain edge does come in handy, because you can get a finer and sharper edge than you would have been able to on a serrated blade. And plain edges are more equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks, providing you with clean cuts as opposed to the ragged, choppy edges that are procured with a serrated blade.

Pro-Tech 700CF Godson Knife
Pro-Tech 700CF Godson Knife

The Handle:

The handle, which pays respect to the classic Italian stiletto style, is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material and provides a solid feel without giving you any extra weight. This is because it is categorized as a low density metal. The most common type of aluminum used today is the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, which has tremendous tensile strength. When the aluminum is properly texturized, it can give you a secure grip; however, when it is not properly texturized, it is going to be extremely slippery. To combat the slipperiness and give you a little boost with your grip, the Godson has a carbon fiber inlay that is perfectly texturized to give you all the grip that you could need. Unfortunately, aluminum can be very susceptible to scratches and dings. To add a little bit of strength, toughness, and durability to the aluminum portions of this knife, it has been anodized to a dark gray. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion resistant, anodic oxide finish. This anodic oxide is not applied to the surface like paint or plating, but is fully integrated with the underlying aluminum substrate, so it cannot chip or peel.

The inlay is made out of carbon fiber which is a material made up of thin strands of carbon that have been tightly woven then set in resin. This material is crazy strong, yet still lightweight, so it is the perfect match up with the aluminum. Although, while it is crazy strong, it is far from indestructible, because all of the fibers have been woven in a single direction. When the material gets stressed in any other direction, it is going to start to break apart. And because it is brittle, it can crack if it is subjected to sharp impacts. The carbon fiber inlay has been woven to form a checkered pattern, which will give you a very solid grip on it.

The handle is squared, but still nicely bevel to reduce any hard edge. The carbon fiber inlay adds a stylish and unique flair to the knife. If you are not a fan of the carbon fiber inlay, there are other versions of the Godson that have different, more unique inlays.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This handle is secured to the handle tightly will three, small, silver screws. The clip has been anodized black and is almost a deep carry clip, which means that it will be secured nicely in your pocket. With this clip, you will experience very little shifting or moving. The knife will fit in your pocket with the spine of the folded blade against eh edge of the pocket, which means that even if the release button was pressed, the blade would be secured by your pocket seam, and it won’t pop open in your pocket. This comes in handy because there is no safety on the Godson. The safety would probably ruin the minimalistic design of the Godson, and not many people report problems with the knife deploying in your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

The Godson is an automatic knife, just like the Godfather. Because it is an automatic knife, you need to be very aware of your local knife laws. Automatic knives have a strict set of laws that surround them and they are not legal in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility to know the laws and consequences before purchasing and carrying the Godson.

Automatic knives are also known as a switchblade. They are a type of knife with a sliding blade that is contained in the handle. This knife is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. The button on the Godson matches the rest of the hardware and is a sheen silver.

When you press the release button on the Godson, the blade pops open with a good amount of force and speed and locks solidly into place. Really there is zero play between the handle and the blade when the handle is fully deployed. When the knife is closed, the blade is nice and centered in the middle of the handle. This is a solidly built knife with perfect mechanics.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.15 inches long, with the handle measuring in at 4.41 inches long. The overall length of this knife is 7.56 inches long. This sturdy, but lightweight knife weighs in at 3 ounces. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Godson series by Pro-Tech is one of many automatic knife models they offer that blends the finest materials available with a supreme commitment to craftsmanship. Each small hand-crafted batch is built with the most modern high-tech manufacturing practices from the standard production models to their highly sought-after custom knives. This side open auto model opens with incredible speed and showcases a rock-solid lockup and the design of the handle and blade shape pays respects to the classic Italian stiletto style but with a modern twist. The knife features a coil spring action that is very strong and a lockup that won’t let you down. This smaller model, the 700CF, features a grey anodized aircraft aluminum handle coupled with carbon fiber inlays, a spear point blade in a satin finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle.

Like father, like son, the Godson has two main purposes: as a self-defense knife and as an urban, everyday carry blade. Pro-Tech issues a limited lifetime warranty for the Godson, which includes replacement parts and labor if your knife ever encounters an issue. Pick up your Pro-tech 700CF Godson automatic knife today at BladeOps.

 

Pro-Tech Limited 24USA-2 Vintage Flag Strider Automatic Knife Review

Pro-Tech Limited 24USA-2 Vintage Flag Strider Automatic Knife
Pro-Tech Limited 24USA-2 Vintage Flag Strider Automatic Knife

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a family owned knife company that has been building high quality American Made knives since 1999. This company is based in Santa Fe Springs, California and is famous for their automatic knives. This company was founded by Dave Wattenberg.

Each Pro-Tech knife is a blend of the finest materials available and a commitment to craftsmanship. Their knives are built with the most current high tech manufacturing processes that include: CNC Machining, Wire EDM, Laser Cutting, and more. The high tech components are assembled and hand fit by dedicated and caring craftsmen right in their factory.

They manufacture small batches of their knives so that they can take the time to individually hand fit and finish each knife to a level rarely seen in a factory knife. The company produces about 12,000 knives per year and its most famous models are the Godfather, Godson, and the Runt J4.

Their production knife models offer the best design, function, and value of any knife on the market today. Their custom art knives are unique pieces of art. Each of their custom, limited-edition knives is a showpiece of heirloom quality. No matter which of their knives you choose, they are confident that you will be very satisfied with your purchase.

Their selection of knives is ever changing. New designs form collaboration partners, new variations of classic designs, inlay materials, and Damascus blade choices. Pro-Tech has collaborated with famous knife makers such as Ernest Emerson, Walter Brend, and Allen Elishewitz on various knife designs. Pro-Tech has designed models for the U.S. Military and several police departments, including the secret service and US Marshall’s Service.

Be sure to check with us at BladeOps to see what the lasts Pro-Tech knives look like.

Today we will be going in depth about the Pro-Tech Limited 24USA-2 Vintage Flag Strider, which is an automatic knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this Pro-Tech knife is made out of 154CM Stainless Steel. This is a high-end steel that is considered an upgraded version of 440C through the addition of Molybdenum. It is the Molybdenum that achieves superior edge holding compared to 440C while also retain similar excellent levels of corrosion resistance despite having less Chromium. The corrosion resistance levels are high. This steel is a relatively hard steel that has decent toughness good enough for most uses and holds an edge well. This steel is also not too hard to sharpen if you have the correct materials.

The blade has been finished with a bead blasted finish. This finish is created by using abrasive glass bead that are blasted at the metal at a high pressure. This results in an even grey finish. A blasted finish reduces reflections and glares due to its even matte surface. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasions make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even with a 154CM Stainless Steel, can rust overnight if it is left in a very humid environment. All this means is that you are going to have to keep up on your maintenance at all times.

The blade on this knife has been carved into a drop point blade shape. The drop point blade shape is one of the most popular blade shapes on the market today. Not only is it popular, it is also tough and versatile. This blade shape can be found on most knife types, but is extremely popular on hunting knives. The shape is formed by having the spine of the knife run straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner. The belly of the knife curves upward to form a lowered point. The lowered point makes the tip of the knife more easily controlled, which is ideal if you are performing fine tip work. The tip on this blade style is also a broad tip, which is where the signature strength of this blade style comes from. Because of the broadness, this knife is capable of tactical or survival tasks. One of the reasons that this blade is so versatile is the large belly that this knife boasts. The belly allows you to slice easily, which is what makes this Vintage Flag Strider such a great option for your everyday carry knife.

The blade does have a plain edge, which is going to give you cleaner cuts than a serrated edge would. The plain edge is also what allows you to sharpen this blade with ease and get a very fine edge on the knife. The plain edge is going to excel at push cuts, which are when you push the edge under the material and push forward. Some example of this include skinning, slicing, and peeling.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 7075-T6 Aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material for knife handles. This material is a low density metal that provides for a nice, hefty feel to the knife without actually weighing the knife down. This is ideal for a knife that you will have with you at all times, because it is not going to weigh you down, but you are still going to have the heft that you need to take on a wide variety of tasks. When an aluminum knife handle is properly texturized, you can have a very secure grip that is comfortable enough to use for extended use. However, aluminum also has high conductive properties, which means that if you are using this knife in cold weather, it will probably be uncomfortable to use.

The handle is the most unique part of this knife. It has been anodized to look like a vintage American Flag. Aluminum is most suited to anodizing, so this is an ideal finish for this knife. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. The anodization process increases the strength, durability, and corrosion resistance of this Pro-Tech knife handle, as well as adding a very unique look.

The spine of the handle sports a short row of jimping that increases your control over your slices. There is a wide finger groove that makes this a comfortable knife to use for long periods of time. The butt of the handle is angled and has a row of jimping across it. The bottom of the blade is flared to also add extra control to your cuts and slices. The butt also features a lanyard hole. The portion of the handle that is closest to the blade is dark blue with stars. The bottom portion is the red and white stripes.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This is a custom titanium pocket clip. Titanium is a lightweight metal alloy that offers the best corrosion resistance of any metal. This material is also sturdy but still “springy,” which is why it makes a good pocket clip material. The clip has been finished with a dark bead blast finish, matching the blade. The clip slightly tapers, but does have a rounded shape to it. The clip is kept in place by one big screw that matches the other hardware on this limited edition knife.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, or switchblade. Because this is an automatic knife, you do need to be aware that it falls under a strict set of laws in the United States. This means that this Pro-Tech knife is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility, as the user, to know your local knife laws. BladeOps does not take responsibility.

An automatic knife is a type of knife with a folding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button on the handle is activated. The firing button on this knife is recessed to avoid accidentally deploying the blade. Most switchblade designs incorporate a locking blade, in which the blade is locked against closure when the spring extends the blade to the fully opened positon. The blade is unlocked by manually operating a mechanism that unlocks the blade and allow sit to be folded and locked in the closed positon.

Because it is an automatic knife, you can expect it to open smoothly and efficiently. You can bring an automatic knife into play much quicker than a regular folding knife, because of how quickly you can open it. However, you do have to be aware that because of all the inner mechanisms, the maintenance on this knife is going to be a little bit trickier. You have to make sure that the inside parts are completely clean and dry after each use to avoid rusting or breaking.

 

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.5 inches long, with a handle that measures in at 4.75 inches long. When the limited edition Strider is opened, it measures in at 8.25 inches long. This knife weighs in at 4.95 inches long. This knife was made in the United States of America.

 

The Pros of the Pro-Tech Limited Vintage Flag Strider Automatic Knife:

  • The blade steel is a high end steel.
  • Because of the Molybdenum in the steel, the blade holds an edge for long periods of time.
  • The blade has high corrosion resistance properties.
  • The steel is easy to sharpen.
  • The bead blasted finish is even and cuts down on glares and reflections.
  • The drop point blade has a strong point that is both sharp and controllable.
  • The drop point blade has plenty of cutting edge that is perfect for slicing.
  • The aluminum handle is strong.
  • The aluminum handle is lightweight, but still hefty.
  • The aluminum handle is durable.
  • The aluminum handle is extremely resistant to corrosion.
  • The automatic opening mechanism allows you to bring this knife into play quickly and efficiently.
  • This knife is made in the United States of America, so you can be proud to own, carry, and use this American flag knife.

 

The Cons of the Pro-Tech Limited Vintage Flag Strider Automatic Knife:

  • Because of the micro abrasions that come from the blasted finish, the steel can rust overnight in humid conditions.
  • The drop point blade does not have as sharp of a tip as a clip point blade shape.
  • The drop point blade is to as capable for piercing as many other blade shapes.
  • The aluminum has high conductive properties, which does mean that it can be cold to hold.
  • The aluminum handle is slippery.
  • The aluminum handle is prone to scratches and dings.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, this Strider will not be legal in all states, cities, or areas.
  • The maintenance on this automatic knife is increased because of all the inner mechanisms.
  • Automatic knives are more likely to break than a fixed blade.

 

Conclusion:

This Pro-Tech Strider SnG automatic knife blends classic Strider design elements with the incredible Pro-Tech manufacturing system to create an auto knife you will never want to put down. This particular model sports a smooth contoured design, a recessed firing button and a flared base to promote extra control. The stainless steel blades deploy lightning-fast and includes etchings of both Pro-Tech and Strider logos. This limited model features an anodized aluminum handle with a vintage American flag graphic, a mosaic pin push button, a drop point style blade in a dark blasted finish and the custom titanium pocket clip is statically designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. Pick up this phenomenal automatic knife today at BladeOps.

 

(Due to the overwhelming success of the American Flag graphic models created for 2017 SHOT Show, BladeOps teamed up with Pro-Tech to create a secondary run exclusively for us. While Pro-Tech will bring some models to 2017 Blade show, BladeOps will remain as the only dealer with these limited models available for sale.)

 

Pro-Tech Strider PT Automatic Knife

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a knife company that has been around since 1999. They are a family owned company who designs and produces high quality American Made knives. Pro-Tech strives to use only the finest materials that are available and use the newest high tech manufacturing processes. Because of this, you know that your knife is innovative, modern, and will last you a lifetime. To keep quality of their knives high and customer satisfaction higher, they manufacture their knives in small batches, around 12,000 each year. By keeping their batches smaller, they can take the time to hand fit and finish each individual knife, creating a level of quality that is hard to come by on factory made knives.

Pro-Tech has collaborated with high end knife makers and have also produced knives for the U.S. Military and a couple of police departments. Some of their most well-known knives are the Runt J4 and the Godson. Pro-Tech recently came out with a brand new knife that I’m sure will be just as big of a hit. They named this new knife the Dark Blue Strider.

 

The Blade:

ProTech PT Strider Auto Knife
ProTech PT Strider Auto Knife

The blade on this knife is made out of the high end stainless steel 154CM. This steel is made by Crucible, who produces ground breaking and high quality steels. To create this type of steel, Crucible took the regular 440C steel and added Molybdenum. This extra Molybdenum helps the steel have fantastic edge retention and great levels of corrosion resistance. This steel is relatively easy to sharpen, when you have the correct equipment. This steel is tough enough to get the job done. 154 CM stainless steel has many similar qualities to S30V, although slightly inferior, for a much more inexpensive cost. You have a couple of options when it comes to the knife finishes. There is a black finish, a stonewash finish, or a bead blasted finish. The bead blasted finish is created by shooting small ceramic or glass beads at the blade with a high pressure system. This creates a more matte finish, reducing reflections and glares. However, it does create micro abrasions in the surface, so your blade will be more prone to rusting or corroding. This finish gives you a gray look to it. The stonewash finish is created by tumbling the blade around with pebbles. This finish easily hides scratches and reduces glares and reflections. This finish is the most silver out of all of them.

The shape of this blade is the versatile drop point blade. This shape of blade is perfect for an everyday, all-purpose knife. This is a durable shape that can really stand up to any task. This shape of blade gets its name because the unsharpened edge of the blade runs from the handle to the tip in a slow curve. Because of this curve, it creates a lowered, or dropped, point. There are a handful of advantages to having the tip on your knife lowered, one of them being that you will have more control over your blade with a lowered tip. Hunters especially love the drop point shape because it allows them to do precision work without piercing the organs while they are skinning their game. Another one of the advantages to having the tip of your blade lowered is that it adds strength to the tip. The tip is on the broader side of things, especially compared to a clip point, but because of the broadness, it is much more durable than that of a clip point. Because of the strength behind the point, this shape is great for tactical and survival knives. One of the characteristics of the drop point blade shape that makes it so versatile is that it sports a large belly area. This belly allows your blade to excel at slicing. With all of the benefits of a drop point blade, it can seem like there are no disadvantages to it. This is almost true, except for with a broad tip, this blade is not going to be able to pierce or stab as well as a clip point would. This shape of knife is great for every situation, whether it is the expected or unexpected.

This knife has two options for the edge. The stonewash and bead blasted versions are both plain edged. Plain edged blades are going to be easier to sharpen, because they do not have the teeth that a serrated edge does. The plain edge excels at shaving, peeling, and skinning. When people prefer a serrated blade, it is usually because serrations can cut through harder and tougher materials. However, when a plain edge blade is sharp enough, it can also cut through those hard and tough materials. There are two options for the black finish: a plain edge and a combo edge. The combo edge is popular because it gives you the best of both worlds; you get the plain edge for the easier tasks and the serrated portion for the trickier tasks that are presented to you.

On the unsharpened edge of the blade, near the handle, there is a series of thick jimping. Jimping is the notches down the spine of the blade that help to provide grip on your knife.

 

The Handle:

The handle on the Pro-Tech Strider is made out of T6-6061 aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material. One of the biggest advantages about aluminum is that it provides you with the hefty feel that many knife lovers long for, without actually weighing you down. This is because aluminum is a low density metal that is very lightweight. This version of aluminum, the T6-6061 allow, has incredible strength behind it. This allow is also the most common type of aluminum used today. Aluminum is very strong and very resistant to corrosion. There are a few drawbacks to aluminum though. One, aluminum is a cold material. If you work in a cold environment or live in an area that experiences winter, this knife is going to bite into your hand. Another drawback is that aluminum is a slicker material. Pro-Tech, to avoid having no grip on the handle, has added jimping in a few places. It also has a deep finger groove to provide you with extra grip. The last drawback to aluminum is that it is prone to scratches and dings. To combat the accumulation of scratches on the Dark Blue Strider, Pro-Tech has anodized the aluminum. There are many benefits to the anodization process. This process adds strength and durability to the knife. The most obvious benefit of this process though is that it adds color to the aluminum. Pro-Tech has anodized the Strider to a dark blue.

One of the most defining aspects about the Strider’s handle is the shape of it. The handle has a slow, triangular shape to it, wider at the butt than it is at the top. The butt of this handle has an angled portion with jimping on it. This slightly flared butt will provide you will better grip and better control over your knife.

 

The Pocket Clip and Hardware:

Both the pocket clip and all of the hardware on the Dark Blue Strider is black, matching the black versions of the blade and contrasting with the stonewashed blade. This pocket clip is sturdy. The pocket clip can carry your knife tip up and only on the traditional side of the handle. With the black hardware and black blade, this knife has an elegantly modern look to it. The only exception to the black hardware is the bead blasted version of the Dark Blue Strider. This version has gray hardware to match the blade.

 

The Mechanism:

The Dark Blue Strider is an automatic, or switchblade, knife. Like always, automatic knives have pretty strict laws behind them that vary depending on where you live. Make sure you know your local knife laws before purchasing this knife and especially before carrying or using this knife. A switchblade knife works by pressing a button to automatically open the blade. There is a spring encompassed in the handle of the blade that has significant pressure on it when it is in the closed position. When the button is pressed on the Strider, the spring is released, popping the blade out of the handle. A black thumb stud on the blade stops the blade when it opens all the way. The blade is locked into place. When you want to close this knife, you press the button again, which unlocks it, and push the blade back into the closed position.

 

The Specs:

The overall length of the Dark Blue Strider is 6.4 inches; this knife is on the smaller end of the spectrum. The closed length of this knife is 3.65 inches long, which will fit comfortably, securely, and well concealed in your pocket because of the small size. The blade length on this knife is 2.75 inches long, big enough to get the job done, but again, everything about the Strider is big things in small packages. This knife weighs 2.5 ounces.

 

Pros of the Dark Blue Strider:

  • The steel of the blade has great edge retention and corrosion resistant properties.
  • The steel offers only slightly inferior qualities to S30V, but for a much lower price tag.
  • The steel is easy to sharpen.
  • The steel is tough enough to get the job done.
  • The drop point blade shape is the most versatile out of the blade shapes.
  • The lowered point gives the user better control and extra strength.
  • The belly on the drop point blade shape gives you plenty of room to slice.
  • The plain edge is easy sharpen and excels at shaving, peeing, and skinning.
  • The combo edge allows you to cut the thicker and tougher materials.
  • You have the option of three different finishes, all with their own pros and cons.
  • Pro-Tech has added jimping to the blade to give the user better grip and control.
  • The aluminum handle is strong and tough.
  • The aluminum has been anodized to add a dark blue color.
  • The aluminum is lightweight, but still provides you with a hefty feel behind it.
  • Aluminum is very resistant to corrosion.
  • The slightly flared handle gives the user more control over their cuts.
  • The pocket clip and hardware are black to match the blade; giving you a very aesthetically pleasing look.
  • The automatic mechanism will open quickly and efficiently.

 

Cons of the Dark Blue Strider:

  • The pocket clip has only been fitted for traditional carry, so it is not ambidextrous friendly.
  • The pocket clip only allows the knife to be carried tip up.

 

Conclusion:

Pro-Tech has released many knives that are huge hits in the knife communities. This company chooses to keep their knife batches low so that they can give each individual knife the attention that it deserves. Pro-Tech hand fits and finishes every single knife to provide the user with a quality that is hard to find in factory made knives.

The Dark Blue Strider is the newest of their masterpieces. They started with a tough steel to get the job done and gave the user three different options for the finishes. The blade shape is the most versatile of them all: the beloved drop point. The user also has the option to decide between getting a plain or combo edged blade. The handle as a unique shape to it, giving you the most control. The durable aluminum handle has a modern dark blue color to it. With the Pro-Tech Dark Blue Strider, they gave you a perfect auto knife in a small package. You are not going to want to put this knife down.

 

ProTech Dark Angel OTF Knife Review

The Pro-Tech Dark Angel OTF Knife

 

ProTech Dark Angel
ProTech Dark Angel OTF Knife

Pro-Tech is a family owned company based out of Sante Fe Springs California. Pro-Tech has made its name by producing fantastic automatic knives. They have been building these high quality knives for over 17 years now. This company was founded by Dave Wattenberg in 2001. Since then they have collaborated with knife makers such as Ernest Emerson, Walter Brend, and Allen Elishewitz. Some of the most famous and most popular knives that Pro-Tech has made have been the Godfather, Godson, and the Runt J4.

The company’s mission is to produce high quality knives made out of the finest materials that they can get ahold of. Pro-Tech makes smaller batches of knives than most companies so that they can hand fit and finish each knife to produce higher quality knives than you could find if it was factory made. Because of these smaller batches, they make around 12,000 knives a year.

The fantastic knife that Pro-Tech has developed that we are going to discuss today is the Pro-Tech Dark Angel Out-The-Front knife.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of 154CM steel. 154CM is a high end stainless steel that has been made by Crucible. This is a relatively hard steel. 154CM steel is considered to be an upgrade from 440C steel, because 154CM steel has Molybdenum is added. Because of the added Molybdenum, this type of steel can hold a fantastic edge while it also holds on to its corrosion resistance properties. However, even though this type of steel is a stainless steel, it will rust if it is left in wet or damp environments. To prevent this happening to your knife blade, especially if you live in a humid environment, you should always remember to keep your blade clean and oil it often. You shouldn’t be turned off from this steel just because it might rust—any stainless steel will rust if left in damp environments and neglected. You just need a little extra maintenance with 154CM stainless steel. This steel is also fairly easy to sharpen.  This steel type has pretty good toughness; it has high enough levels of toughness to stand up to most tasks—including the heavier duty tasks that you will throw at this blade. This steel is found commonly in quality pocket knives. In fact, Emerson Knife Company uses this type of steel exclusively. This type of steel maintains lots of good, durable properties, but it is less expensive than a premium steel such as S30V. This steel has a good balance between being hard, tough, and resistant to corrosion. This specific knife design comes in a variety of different blade colors, some being: black, silver, and even a custom Damascus blade. All of these knives have plain edges.

The shape of this blade is a dagger style. This style of knife has also been known as a needle point blade. This shape of blade is a double-edge blade designed to be able to thrust and stab. The blade comes to a very thin, sharp point, providing you with maximum ability to pierce into your target. However, because it has such a fine point, the tip is more prone to breaking, especially if you are stabbing a hard target. The double edge means that instead of a normal knife only being sharpened on one edge and having the back, or spine, unsharpened; this blade does not have an unsharpened side. Both edges on this blade have been sharpened. Because it is able to cut on both sides, this blade shape is a fantastic option for a self-defense weapon. Especially if you are in tight quarters. One disadvantage to having a dagger style blade is that it has no belly and the edges get thick quicker than most styles of knives. These two characteristics make it a poor choice if you want to slice anything. In the center of this blade, there is a thin cut out. This cut out cuts down on weight that the blade would have had otherwise. This blade cut out also offers a unique look that you won’t find on many knives.

 

The Handle:

The handle on this knife is made out of 6061T6 hard anodized aluminum. A hard anodized aluminum creates an oxidation layer on the aluminum that can make your handle up to 30% harder than some stainless steels. When an aluminum is anodized, it provides the aluminum with color. This knife comes in a variety of different colors. Some of your options are silver—with two finishes: satin and stonewash, black, desert sand, or dark desert sand. Anodizing the aluminum also offers extra harness and protection. This is the most common form of finishing aluminum and it makes your aluminum handle very durable. Because aluminum has such a low density for a metal, it offers you a heftier feel without the added weight. Aluminum can be slippery, especially in wet environments, unless properly texturized. When it is properly texturized, your grip on it will be reasonable, but still not fantastic. Another drawback to having an aluminum handle is that it is going to feel so cold in a cold environment and can start to feel very uncomfortable in your hand. Other than feeling cold, aluminum is a comfortable material that is easy to use, even for long periods of time. Aluminum is very resistant to corrosion. However, it can be easy to scratch the surface or ding it up a bit. The handle will still work perfectly after this, but it won’t look as aesthetically pleasing. If you are going for a truly superb handle material, you might want to check out aluminums brother, titanium.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is newly designed from Pro-Tech. This is a customized part of this knife. This clip actually folds over itself helping allow a deep “hidden” in the pocket look. The benefit of a deep carry pocket clip is that it is not going to slip out of your pocket. With a deep carry clip, you know that your knife is safe and secure in your pocket. This specific pocket clip allows you to conceal your knife better than other pocket clips.

 

The Mechanism:

The Pro-Tech Dark Angel is an automatic out-the-front knife. Like always, automatic knives are not legal in all states or areas. Before you purchase and/or carry this knife, make sure you know your local knife carrying laws. An out the front knife is a unique style of automatic knife. Instead of the blade folding or flipping out of the side of the handle, there is a hole in one end of the handle where the blade pops out of. The blade of an OTF knife travels on an internal channel, at the bottom of this channel, there is a spring that launches the blade out, when the button or trigger is pushed. This is only a single action OTF automatic knife. This means that to deploy the knife, you push the button and the blade will pop out, but to put the blade back in, it takes a little more work. To close this knife, you push the button down and at the same time, you slide the charging bar back along the side. Because there is more of a mechanism that has to lay inside of an automatic OTF knife, the handle has to be thicker or longer than a manual OTF knife.

 

The Sheath:

This knife comes with a nylon sheath. Nylon is a very common material used for knife sheaths. This is a relatively inexpensive material, especially compared to kydex or leather sheaths. However, you do get what you pay for. And while nylon is a cheaper material, it will be more prone to wearing out quicker than these two previous materials. Nylon also has the tendency to stretch out over time, and while the sheath will still work adequately at that point, your knife won’t be held as securely or snugly. However, I shouldn’t be focusing on the negative. There are many fantastic characteristics that nylon sheaths have. For starters, nylon is resistant to rot and mildew. They are not as vulnerable to water as a leather sheath would be. This means that your sheath will need a lot less maintenance than other sheath materials would need. Plus, nylon is not easily scuffed or torn. Another big bonus about nylon sheaths is that the nylon is relatively quiet. If you are trying to be stealthy or conceal yourself, nylon won’t give you away. Nylon is not as silent as leather would be, but it’s not loud, especially when compared to a plastic or kydex sheath. This nylon sheath will get the job done for you and last quite a while.

 

The Specs:

The Pro-Tech Dark Angel’s blade is 3.75 inches long with a blade thickness of .125 inches. When this knife is open, it measures at 8.9 inches long. When this knife is closed, it measures up at 4.5 inches long. This knife weighs in at 3.4 ounces. This size and weight are the perfect size and weight for an everyday carry knife.

 

Pros of the Pro-Tech Dark Angel:

  • The steel is a high end stainless steel.
  • Holds a fantastic edge and is still easy to sharpen.
  • The blade has high corrosion resistance abilities.
  • The blade has high toughness that can take on even the heavier tasks.
  • This steel has good properties and is still cheaper than S30V or other premium knives.
  • The blade comes in multiple different colors.
  • Has a very fine tip, perfect for stabbing.
  • Both edges are sharpened, so it is a perfect weapon for self-defense.
  • Anodized to add color, hardness, and protection.
  • Aluminum handle is durable, but not with the added weight.
  • Aluminum is very corrosion resistant.
  • Aluminum is a very comfortable material to hold.
  • Pocket clip is custom, deep carry.
  • Automatic knife, so it will deploy very quickly.
  • Included nylon sheath has many fantastic properties for a lower cost.

 

Cons of the Pro-Tech Dark Angel:

  • The dagger style has a fine point; it is prone to breaking if used incorrectly.
  • Aluminum handles will feel extremely cold in cold environments.
  • Aluminum can be very slippery, especially when not texturized properly.
  • Automatic knives are not legal in all states or areas, so you have to be careful when purchasing and carrying this knife.
  • Nylon sheaths will not last forever; they will break down eventually.

 

Conclusion:

Pro-Tech is a unique company. They have a hybrid of mass producing knives and building each one custom. They make their knives in small batches, only around 12,000 knives a year. They keep them small so that they have the ability to hand finish each and every knife. They use the highest quality materials to produce the highest quality knives that you can stumble across. Each one has taken time, and care, and they are truly remarkable. Pro-Tech has been around for over 17 years and they have been producing fantastic knives ever since. They have collaborated with knife makers such as Ernest Emerson and Walter Brend. Pro-Tech knows what they are doing when they design, build, and finish all of their knives.

The Dark Angel has been no exception. They started out with a high quality steel that can take on almost any task that you throw at it. This steel can get a fine point and they enhanced this by giving the blade a dagger style shape to it. By giving the knife this shape, they have created an excellent self-defense weapon. They designed a custom pocket clip to top the whole automatic knife off. And with this fantastic knife comes a great nylon sheath. This is a remarkable knife that has been exceptionally produced. The Pro-Tech Dark Angel would be a fantastic addition to your knife collection and it would make a perfect everyday carry knife for you.

ProTech Tactical Response 2 Automatic Knife Review

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC is a family owned company that was established in 1999. Pro-Tech strives to make high quality American made knives. Pro-Tech chooses only the best materials that are available and they have a commitment to craftsmanship. Pro-Tech uses the most current high tech manufacturing process that are around to produce an exceptional knife that tis going to last through the years. To keep quality high and satisfaction levels higher, they actually produce their knives in small batches (around 12,000 knives a year) so that they can take the time to individually hand fit and finish each knife. Because they give each knife special attention, you get a level of quality that isn’t normally found on factory knives. Pro-Tech has worked with knife makers such as Ernest Emerson, Walter Brend, and Allen Elishewitz to produce some of the most innovative knives today. Some of Pro-Tech’s most popular knives are the Godson and Godfather. Pro-Tech has designed models for the U.S. Military and several police departments over the years. One of their popular knives is the Tactical Response 2 Auto Knife, which is what we will be discussing today.

Exclusive ProTech TR2 Auto
Exclusive ProTech TR2 Auto

 

 

The Blade:

 

The blade on the Tactical Response 2 is carved out of 154 CM stainless steel. This is a high end stainless steel that is produced by Crucible. Essentially, they took 440C steel and added Molybdenum to upgrade the quality of it. Because of the added Molybdenum, the steel has fantastic ability to hold an edge while maintain excellent levels of corrosion resistance. This is a relatively hard steel that has decent toughness—enough toughness to complete most of your tasks without worry. This steel is not difficult to sharpen, if you have the correct machinery or equipment. 154 CM stainless steel has fair corrosion resistance abilities, but, you will need to make sure to oil your knife periodically. This steel gives you many of the same qualities that S30V steel does, just at a slightly lower level, for a cheaper cost. All in all, this is a good steel. It is not the best steel around, but it will get the job done. It has a good balance between being hard, tough, and corrosion resistant. There are two different options of blade finishes. One blade is the traditional silver and has been bead blasted. The other option is a black blade that has a Diamond Like Coating on it. A bead blast finish is where the manufacturer uses glass or ceramic beads and blasts them at the blade at a high pressure. This process will result in a very even, gray finish. Some pros to having a bead blast finish is that the reflection and glare will be diminished, because it produces a matte finish. However, because the beads create micro-abrasions in the surface of the knife, your blade is going to be more prone to rusting or corroding. If you choose the bead blasted blade, just be aware that you are going to have to put more maintenance into the blade. The second option is the black Diamond Like Coating. This option will also reduce the reflection and glare, because it is dark and matte. The DLC also reduces wear and corrosion, because the blade is literally coated in a material. However, coatings will also be scratched off if you are constantly performing heavy duty tasks with it. Also, the harder the coating, the more expensive it is going to cost. And since a DLC is one of the hardest coatings on the market, the cost of your knife will go up.

The Tactical Response 2 sports a spear point blade shape. This style of blade is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both of the edges on the blade rise and fall equally to create a point that is directly center in the blade. This shape of blade is very similar to a needle point blade, but it does have a few advantages over the needle point shape. First, the point on the spear point is stronger, so you won’t have to be as concerned over your tip snapping. Second, the spear point blade shape does sport a small belly that will help you when you are slicing. Another advantage to a spear point blade shape is that there is a lowered tip, which provides you with greater control over your blade helping you perform detail or delicate work with the tip. The spear point blade shape is an excellent balance between piercing and slicing. With this style of knife, you really get the best of both worlds: the tip is sharp enough to stab or pierce things and strong enough for you not to worry about it, and the belly is big enough to allow you to slice things, without getting in the way of your other tasks. This is a great hybrid type blade that is going to be versatile and functional.

There are two different options for the blades edge. You can either get a plain edge or a combo edge, meaning that half of it is serrated and half of it is plain. A plain edge grind will give you better control and accuracy while also providing you with cleaner cuts. With a plain edge, it is easier to skin, peel, or shave. Another benefit to having a plain edge is that they are easier to sharpen. On the other hand, serrations are going to be able to perform the harder cutting tasks. Serrations excel at cutting through rope or wood, because the serrations will bite through it. Before deciding, I would figure out what you want your knife to accomplish and then figure out which edge will give you the best benefits. Another thing to consider is that some people love serrations while some people hate them. Getting a combo edge really just comes down to personal preference.

 

 

The Handle:

 

The handle on the Tactical Response 2 is made out of T6-6061 aluminum. Aluminum is a very durable material, especially for knife handles. It has some definite benefits, one being that it is a very lightweight knife, but feels hefty. Many people prefer the heftiness behind it to support them during the heavy duty tasks, and aluminum will give you that. Aluminum is also very resistant to corrosion, cutting down on maintenance time. Unfortunately, aluminum has its drawbacks. One is that it is a cold material; aluminum can actually feel like it is biting into your hand when it gets really cold outside. The second one is that it is prone to scratches and dings. The last one is that aluminum is slippery unless properly texturized. Pro-Tech combats the slickness by adding several areas of engraving. These areas of engraving provide you with fantastic gripping power, so you won’t have to worry about your knife slipping right in the middle of using it. The ergonomics on this handle are also perfect. The curves of the handle fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. There are a few different colors of handles on the Tactical Response 2. The most common color is a simple black handle. But, you can also get your handle in grey.

 

 

The Pocket Clip:

 

This knife comes with a convenient pocket clip to keep your knife secure in your pocket. The pocket clip matches the handle, so it will either be black or grey. This clip is held in place by three screws that have been drilled into the handle. This pocket clip has been designed to carry your knife tip up.

 

 

The Mechanism:

 

The Tactical Response 2 is an automatic knife, or a switchblade. Keep in mind that automatic knives have strict laws in most areas. Make sure you know your local laws before purchasing or carrying this knife. This knife has a button that you push in to activate the opening mechanism. The blade is contained inside of the handle and when you push the button, it will open automatically. To close the knife, you hold down the button and then push on the back, or unsharpened edge, on the knife and then click it into place.

 

 

The Specs:

 

The blade on the Tactical Response 2 is 3 inches long and 0.120 inches thick. When the blade is opened, it measures at 7.5 inches long, with a closed length of 4.5 inches. The handle has a thickness of 0.44 inches. This knife weighs 3.4 ounces.

 

 

The Pros of the Tactical Response 2:

 

  • The steel is a high end stainless steel.
  • The steel has a great balance between toughness, hardness, and corrosion resistance.
  • The steel has two different options for finishes.
  • The bead blasted finish creates a matte look, cutting down on reflection and glare.
  • The bead blasted finish helps scratches to appear not as obvious.
  • The DLC is hard and helps add corrosion resistance to the blade.
  • The DLC also cuts down on reflection and glare.
  • Can get a black or a grey blade.
  • The steel is not difficult to sharpen.
  • The spear point shape has a great balance between being able to pierce and being able to slice.
  • You have the option to choose a plain edge blade or a combo edge blade.
  • The aluminum handle is durable, strong, and very resistant to corrosion.
  • The aluminum handle gives you the feel of a heavier knife without actually being a heavier knife.
  • You can get the handle in black or grey.
  • The ergonomics of the handle help it to fit perfectly in your hand.
  • Pro-Tech has engraved areas on the handle to provide you with great grip.
  • Pocket clip is sturdy and reliable.
  • This is an automatic knife, so it will open quickly and efficiently.

 

 

The Cons of the Tactical Response 2:

 

  • The steel choice is decent at all of its properties, but doesn’t really excel at any of its properties.
  • The spear point blade shape has a great balance between piercing and slicing, but doesn’t excel at either.
  • The pocket clip is not reversible and can only carry your knife tip up.
  • This is an automatic knife, so it is not going to be legal in all areas or states.
ProTech TR2 Auto Knife
ProTech TR2 Auto Knife

 

Conclusion:

 

Pro-Tech is an exceptional knife company that gives each and every knife special attention by hand fitting and finishing the knife. They have collaborated with many top notch knife makers and have produced knives for the military and a few different police departments. When you purchase a Pro-Tech knife, you can be sure that it is going to be a high quality knife that has some of the finest materials and newest technology used to create it. Pro-Tech did just that when they designed and produced the Tactical Response 2.

They started out with a good, high end steel. When the blade on a knife is made out of a good steel, the knife is going to be able to complete most tasks. This steel is hard, tough, has fair resistance to corrosion, and maintains an edge well. They provide the user with two different finishes to give you the blade that you want. This knife has been designed to be an all-purpose knife, so they provided you with a fantastically shaped blade. Pro-Tech chose to use a spear point blade because it can pierce and stab and also slice things. You can really do it all with a spear point blade. To complement a great blade, they needed a great handle to go with it, so they chose to use aluminum. This is a lightweight, yet durable material that is very resistant to corrosion. This knife fits perfectly in your hand and gives you exceptional grip. This knife really is a must for your collection or to carry for everyday use.

ProTech TR-5 Tactical Response 5 Assist Knife Review

TR-5: Tactical Response 5

The Tactical Response 5 is Pro-Tech’s first Spring Assist knife. You wouldn’t know that with how quick the knife launches out. This spring assisted knife has the power and speed of an automatic knife. As of January 2016, it is the newest of the Tactical Response folder family which features the new Titanium Assist mechanism designed by Matthew Lerch. The TR-5 is a smaller version of the popular Tactical Response TR-4.

The TR-5 Story
Pro-Tech is a family owned company. Established in 1999, they have been creating and developing high-quality knives that are made here in the United States. Recently I inquired of Pro-Tech’s President, Dave Wattenberg, about the new Tactical Response. This is what Dave had to say,

“A few years ago I was chatting with my good friend and custom knife maker Matthew Lerch at the blade show—he had an idea for a spring assist mechanism that would combine the ‘snap—and quick action’ of our cool spring with a spring assist mechanism. After a few years of tinkering – we were able to engineer the mechanism into this new smaller version of the TR-4 (the new TR-5).”

Rumor also has it that following this conversation, the idea for this new spring assist mechanism was developed in a matter of minutes where many ideas take a greater amount of time to come up with. Whether or not this is true, we have this amazing knife with us today to enjoy.

Matthew Lerch
Matthew Lerch is the mastermind behind the new Tactical Response TR-5. He was initially trained in the watchmaking industry and as a jeweler but later moved into manufacturing and tool making. Aside from the mechanics of the TR-5, Matthew has a few patents under his name for knife mechanisms such as the Fire Safe. He has also been honored with some prestigious awards, including the Buster Warenski award. Matthew views knives and knife making as something more than a tool and a process. He sees them as functional pieces of art. Of Matthew Lerch, Dave Wattenberg, said about him, “Matt Lerch is really one of my favorite knife makers—he’s a mechanical genius.”

Specs
Below is an overview of the different specifications of the Tactical Response 5. Many of the things listed will be covered later on, but here is a simple glance at what the TR-5 has to offer.

  • Product Type: Spring Assist
  • Overall Length: 7.66″
  • Weight: 3.5 oz.
  • Handle Length: 4.36”
  • Blade Length: 3.30″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″
  • Blade Material: 154-CM
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Stonewash
  • Handle Material: Anodized 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Glass Breaker and Lanyard Hole Included
  • Made in the USA

One thing that can be pointed out here is the handle. At a first glance, it doesn’t look too special. But at a closer examination of it proves otherwise. The black anodized aluminum handle is smooth to the touch and feels great when holding it. When deployed, the knife has comfortable finger gripping that serves for an easier hold, as was as a more secure hold. The handle is accented with a glass breaker and lanyard hole to give flair to the rest of the knife. The overall look of the knife looks great and pleases the aesthetic eye.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The Tactical Response 5 is the newest knife in the Tactical Response Series. It is an alternative to the older Tactical Response models. It is smaller in every way but still performs just as well.

TR-5 TR-4 TR-3
Overall Length 7.66″ 9.25″ 8.00″
Blade Length 3.30″ 4.00″ 3.50″
Handle Length 4.36″ 5.25″ 4.50″
Weight 3.5 oz. 5.4 oz. 3.6 oz.
Product Type Spring Assist Auto Auto
Steel 154-CM CPM-D2 154-CM

All of the knives in the Tactical Response line are phenomenal knives. Each has their own unique properties to them. They are all quick and sharp right out of the box. The TR-5 allows more people to carry Pro-Tech with the same speed as an auto but still be classified as a spring assisted knife.

New Mechanics
The Tactical Response 5 features new mechanics that make allow the assisted folder to compete with automatic knives. It is difficult to even begin describing how this thing works. It is absolutely flawless. Here is my best shot. Most, if not all spring assisted knives to have either a thumb stud, or a thumb hole, or some other device that a thumb can move which allows the blade to partly open before a spring takes over and launches it into its “on” position. Other spring assisted knives may include a flipper on the back of the handle that will flip the blade open. A typical spring assist knife has a variety of mechanisms that make the knife work. They more or less have a common theme among them all. A normal spring assist knife has a spring or tension bar that acts as the main part that moves everything else around. There is tension all around inside these knives. They help flip the knife open, but they also help keep the knife closed. Thus, there needs to be some sort of manual force to overcome the resistance the spring gives off to open the knife.

The new mechanics that are featured in the TR-5 are unique and different in many different ways. The first major difference is that the Tactical Response 5 does not have a traditional spring or tension bar. The TR-5 utilizes Pro-Tech’s high-quality springs that are found in their snappy automatic knives. And rather than having a typical tension bar that runs the length of the handle, there is a bar that is in the shape of a half circle on both sides of the handle, on the inside, that is connected by a metal peg. This half circle bar functions similar to your standard spring bar. It provides the same amount of pressure when opening and closing the blade. It is difficult to describe how it all works, but the most important thing to know is that this knife is sweet. The new mechanics make it quick, if not faster than many automatic knives in the industry.

In that inquiry with Dave, he was able to help me out in describing how the knife operates. This is what he had to say,

“The mechanism he (Matthew Lerch) invented is really very simple and one of the really strong points is that there are only a few parts.

“The parts, however, have to be extremely precise. Two wire EDM (Electrical Discharge Machine) cut titanium springs are installed on the inside of the frame—they hold a dowel pin across the inside of the handle, there’s a notch in the blade that this pin locks into. Since our coil spring is strong it takes a strong detent to keep it closed in the locked position.

“As you open the knife with the thumb stud, at the moment you push past where the pin locks into the blade our Superior Coil Spring Action takes over! And of course, our proven button lock works to lock the blade into the open position.

“Since there are only a few (albeit very precision) parts—the mechanism is very sturdy, even more so than some spring assist mechanisms on the market.”

Hopefully between both of our descriptions, the mechanics of the knife works make more sense. The bottom line is that the TR-5 is quick, it is dependable, and it is awesome.

Steel

The steel used in making the drop point blade on the TR-5 is the sturdy 154CM. 154CM is a favorable steel when it comes to knives. It is a high-end stainless steel made in America by Crucible Industries. It is a newer stainless steel that is just as good as or better than 440c stainless steel. The Rockwell test for this steel is around HRC 58-61. 154CM is popular in survival and tactical knives because of its corrosion resistance. It may be exposed to salt water and other corrosive material for long periods of time. This steel is comparatively cheaper than other high-quality steels such as BG-42 and S30V. Having this steel on any knife, especially the TR-5, makes it an even better knife.

Blade Finish

A stonewash finish is fairly new in the knife community. The process begins when a blade is rolled and tumbled with pebbles and an acid of sorts, then smoothed. In theory, it can hide scratches or other abrasions to the blade. This is a favorable characteristic that many knife owners desire. Because of the tumbling process to create this finish, it looks as if there are already hundreds of markings on it. Yet, the markings are done in a natural way to form a work of art. Similar to a snowflake, no two stonewashes are the same. The finish has a different look to it. The stonewash finish on the Tactical Response 5 almost has a satin finish to it. Direct light reflects off the blade. Because of the style of the finish, there need not be any concern about scratches or other markings to the blade. The knife can be used for its intended purpose of cutting and doing any other type of work. Some suggest that because of the process, a stonewashed knife can become more resistant to rust as well. The acid oxidation it goes through in the process enhances a blade’s rust resistance with a stable oxide barrier between the steel and its surrounding. Another benefit of stonewashing a blade is their low maintenance and their ability to preserve their original look over time.

Tactical or Every day Carry

“The size, shape, mechanism of the TR-5 spring assist really make it a perfect knife for every day carry. I started carrying one myself in January and just can’t seem to swap it out for any other knife from my pocket!” –Dave Wattenberg

The Tactical Response is a highly functional knife. It works great as either an everyday carry knife or as a tactical knife. For some, a tactical knife and an everyday carry is the same thing. Either way, there are several key characteristics to consider before purchasing a knife. The designed purpose, the ergonomics of the knife and its size, the materials used to make the knife, and the blade design and style, are all factors in choosing a great knife.

Designed Purpose:

Some knives are created for those in the armed forces to help them out with their problems they encounter while other knives are created for a more day to day type of carry that can be of use in self-defense or other menial tasks. As the name of the knife suggests, the TR-5 is a tactical response to the need for a decent knife in the industry.

Ergonomics and Size:

A knife that is built with the highest quality of material would be utterly useless if it does not feel right when holding it. When a knife feels secure in your hand, you can feel secure as well. The TR-5’s size is great for an everyday carry or a tactical knife. It is small enough to carry, yet big enough to do some damage.

Materials:

Any knife, no matter its purpose, is going to be going through a major beating. Because of this, it needs to be built out of a strong, high-quality material. This includes both the blade steel and the handle material. The handle on the Tactical Response is made of an aluminum alloy. This is perfect for the knife to help it be lightweight and durable at the same time. And of course, the steel is made of a high-quality material.

Blade Design and Style:

The blade for a tactical or an everyday carry should be an all-around useful tool to tackle all sorts of tasks. The blade can make or break any knife. A good versatile blade is a drop point. And that’s just what the TR-5 has equipped on it. With this blade, the TR-5 is useful for any number of tasks.

Conclusion

“I’m very pleased to produce a knife with my friend Matt Lerch’s design and very proud of the product that it’s become.” These were some of the closing remarks that Dave had with me when discussing this knife. Truly, this knife is remarkable. It shares the best of both worlds when it comes to automatic knives and spring assisted knives. Along with Dave, I would highly recommend picking up the Tactical Response 5. You will not be disappointed with it. The TR-5 awaits your response.

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

ProTech Tactical Response 3 Auto Knife

ProTech TR3 Auto Knife
ProTech TR3 Auto Knife

If you haven’t had the chance to hold a ProTech Tactical Response knife, find a way to make it happen.  This knife design continues to be one of the most popular ProTech knives on our shelves for one specific reason–it is spectacular.

You can find a TR3 with various handle inlays, or you can pick it up with just a basic, no nonsense anodized aluminum layout with no inlay.  The handle is 4.5″ long and the most prominent feature is the finger groove that makes it, in my mind, such an excellent knife.  The finger groove is a 1 1/8″ long and about 3/8″ deep in the middle.  The smooth, gentle curve of the finger groove allows your forefinger to sit comfortable.  It also indexes the rest of your hand so that your grip is solid and secure.  Your thumb naturally sits on the spine where some wide jimping and a very shallow depression sit that allow your thumb to control the blade with confidence.  There is additional jimping on both the top and bottom edge close to the butt of the handle.  Across the face of the non-inlaid model, run four channels that give the knife visual texture and even more grip points.  All told, one reason this knife is so great is because the handle gives your hand a solid, secure grip while allowing you full blade control.

The blade is 154CM stainless steel and is available in various finishes and even with a combo edge in some of the variations.  A classic clip point style blade, it excels at slicing tasks.  The blade snaps out extremely fast–just like every ProTech auto.  Push the inset button and the blade is ready for action.  Lock up is tight.

The knife has a tip up, removable pocket clip.  You can find the ProTech Tactical Response knives here on our website.  Let me know what you think of yours down below.