While famous for their OTF auto knives like the Ultratech, Microtech has also made some spectacular side open automatics knives. For instance, the UDT series are side open automatics that are built for heavy use–specifically although not exclusively for combat zones.
Currently in production, the Microtech Mini U.D.T. is the smallest side open you will find from them. It has an aluminum handle with a rubberized inlay. A solid, fast opening auto–the Mini is especially a favorite among those who like to EDC an automatic knife but don’t want to carry a beast. With a closed length of 3 1/4″, the Mini UDT is perfect for pocket carry. It doesn’t have a pocket clip–so you can carry it old school style in the bottom of your pocket or you can do what I do with mine–run a lanyard with a skull bead on the end through the lanyard hole and hang the bead out the edge of my pocket. That way, the knife is easily accessed. It works almost just like a pocket clip.
U.D.T. stands for Underwater Demolition Team. The current crop of Mini UDT knives have ELMAX blade steel. Elmax is a powder metallurgy stainless steel that many consider to be superior to S30V. It is extremely tough and holds an edge very well. If you haven’t checked out one of Microtech’s fantastic Mini UDT’s–you can find them here.
- Overall Length: 5 5/8″
- Blade Length: 2 3/8″
- Handle Length: 3 1/4″
- Weight: 1.3 ounces
- Made in the USA