ProTech Rockeye Auto Knife Review

Specs ProTech with a Les George Design

ProTech Knives is a family owned knife company that has been in the knife making industry since 1999. Ever since day one, this fine group has been producing knives that people everywhere enjoy. Les George began making knives in 1992 and a few short years later enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1997. Having traveled all around the world and his experience in the military has given him the knowledge needed for a good hard working knife. He knows what is helpful in most situations and what is useless. Together, with over many decades of experience, ProTech, and Les George have united to create the Rockeye automatic knife. This knife will blow you away, just wait and see.

 

ProTech Rockeye Auto
ProTech Rockeye Auto

Specs

One of the interesting things about the Rockeye is that it shares its name with a bomb used to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. It’s no coincidence that the Rockeye knife shares this powerful name. Listed below are the different specs for the knife.

  • Product Type: Automatic
  • Locking Mechanism: Plunge Lock
  • Overall Length: 8.38″
  • Weight:  4.53 oz.
  • Handle Length: 5.00”
  • Blade Length: 3.38″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.130″
  • Blade Steel: D2
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Finish: Various Available
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Handle Color: Various Available
  • Sheath Included: No
  • Lanyard Hole Included: Yes
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up
  • Made in the USA

 

Now if that didn’t do enough damage, let’s dive a little deeper into what this explosive knife is all about.

Hard Quick Auto

Automatic knives have always been a popular choice. They offer many advantages that typical folders, fixed blades, and even a spring assisted knives do not offer. One benefit to owning an auto is its deployment speed, especially with the Rockeye. Not only is it quick, but it can be fired off with one hand. The Rockeye is abnormally quick and like its explosive counterpart, it packs a hard punch. Its kickback recoil is almost comparable to that of a gun. It’s that hard of a kick.

An automatic knife is a better option because of the ease of opening the knife. Literally, by pressing the button, the blade will flash open in a blink of an eye. Until this little button is pressed on the handle, this blade is not going anywhere.

Having these features come in handy during many instances. Is a hand of yours in a bind or holding an object that is in need of cutting? An automatic knife can be opened instantly with one hand to perform its job. In many high-stress conditions, having a knife ready in a blink of an eye can preserve a life for one more day. It is different than a traditional knife and brings something new to the knife industry.

 

Blade

Steel

The steel you will find on the Rockeye is the extremely durable D2 blade steel. The steel was first developed around the time of World War II. D2 steel is a wear-resistant steel used for various rigorous tasks and can be found on cutting tools such as shears and planers. It contains 1.5% carbon and 11.0 – 12.0% chromium; additionally it is composed of 0.45% manganese, 0.030% max phosphorus, 0.030% max sulfur, 1.0% vanadium, 0.7% molybdenum, and 0.30% silicon. It is a popular knife steel due to its edge retention. One setback the steel has is that when it becomes dull, it is harder to sharpen. Due to its chromium and carbon content, it is often considered a semi-stainless steel. D2 is a high carbon tool steel. Compared to a steel like 1095 it is not nearly as tough but it is capable of holding an edge for a long time. D2 is also much more resistant to corrosion than 1095. Being a tool steel, this knife is able to accomplish heavy duty tasks.

Style

Your standard blade, the drop point, is the blade featured on the Rockeye. It is one of the more common blade shapes in use today. The unsharpened edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slowly curved manner. The large edge for cutting makes it perfect for slicing. Another advantage that the drop point has is its tip. The point on the blade is sharp and is thicker than other styles, thus allowing for a stronger tip. The point is also great when it comes to controlling the blade. The drop point is an all-around good blade to have equipped a knife and is popular on knives because of the controllable point and large slicing area.

Finish

Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) is a special finish. Like all other finishings on knives, the DLC is going to get scratched over time. But it will take a lot of time. DLC coatings can last years, depending on how thick the coating is. I’ve had several knives with a black blade. Like any other blade, with time, it began to look used. Personally, if a knife doesn’t look used, why have one? (It’s still important to take care of it.) It is a type of material that displays some of the typical properties of diamond. From a hardness point of view, it is said that DLC is harder than diamond. The way it looks is a matte black finish. Notable benefits of it are its coolness factor, and its low reflectivity. This coating can be helpful in stealth operations that require a tactical knife with low reflectivity. When someone needs protection from corrosion, a DLC coating has some advantages. If one tends to forget proper blade maintenance, the coating can resist corrosion for a longer time. It lowers friction, offers high wear resistance, and enhances hardness. The Rockeye DLC blade coating is not all about looks, it’s about performance. The benefits are obviously important when it comes to knives.

 

ProTech Rockeye Auto
ProTech Rockeye Auto

Handle

Material

The handle on the Rockeye is made of an aluminum alloy. Aluminum is a non-ferrous metal (meaning it does not contain or consist of iron) that is corrosive resistant. It is a very durable material for knife handles. It’s a low-density metal that provides a nice, solid feel to the knife without weighing the knife down. It is strong because of its high strength to weight ratio. Aluminum is often considered to be inferior titanium, which tends to be found on more premium knives. Though inferior to titanium, it is still an excellent handle material.

One downside to aluminum is that if you use your knife during cooler weather, you might find the handle to be slightly uncomfortable.  If left uncared for, aluminum will oxidize. This oxidation appears as white residue and pitting on the surface. Some other things to watch out for with an aluminum handle is that it is susceptible to scratches and dings if you are not careful. Though it may seem to have significant disadvantages, there are many good qualities to this material. The biggest advantages to aluminum are its strength, its light weight, its durability, and its resistance to corrosion.

Design

Though the only real texture on the handle of the Rockeye is a honeycomb hexagonal design, this isn’t some wimpy bug of a knife. The Rockwell’s texture provides a better grip and gives variety to the rest of the smooth handle. Only the front face of the handle has this texturing on it, and it only covers three-fourths of that side. The rest of the handle is smooth to the touch. When the blade is opened, there is a finger groove that adds extra grip. Not only that, but it serves as an extra bit of protection as well. Though not a part of the handle per say, there is jimping on the blade. This jimping extends well into the handle for additional gripping ability. Some other features of the knife include a lanyard hole for your convenience. The pocket clip, only equipped tip up on the backside of the handle, allows the carrier a near discrete carry while in a pocket.

 

Variations

There are many variations available for the Rockeye. Those variations include everything from blade edge, to handle finish. And from blade finish to a completely different knife product. It would be much simpler to go to the website to learn more about it. Go to BladeOps.com for more variation information.

 

Everyday Carry or Tactical Knife

The ProTech Rockeye is a viable tool for everyone. Whether it is for everyday tasks or for the tactical situation, the Rockeye is ready to blow.

Carry Depth

It is never comfortable to carry a large knife in your pocket every day. There is only a small limited size pocket space available. With that being said, the Rockeye is a great knife to carry around daily. The total length of the knife, when closed, is 5.00″ long. For those of you with smartphones, the Rockeye is about the same size as the average phone. If you have room in your pocket for your iPhone or Android device, you definitely have room for the Rockeye. If by some chance you have a small pocket, this knife will easily fit into another pocket; such as that on your backpack. There is no need to worry about the length of this knife.

Weight

Now the Rockeye is pretty dense for its size. Weighing in at 4.40 ounces, the Rockeye is sure to pack a serious punch. As a more heavy-duty knife, its weight is perfect just the way it is. If it were any heavier, then it would be uncomfortable to carry around. And if it were any lighter, the knife would not be able to make as big of an impact when used or it could go unnoticed while in a pocket and fly out unknowingly. I’d say that the perfect weight range for any everyday carry is 3.5 to 5 ounces. The Rockeye easily fits into that range.

Thickness and Width

As far as the thickness and the width go on the Rockeye, it is your average size knife (perhaps leaning towards the larger side). The thickness of the knife is just over half an inch, including the pocket clip. Without the pocket clip, the knife’s thickness would be half an inch. The width of the knife anywhere between an inch and a quarter and an inch and a half. The dimensions of the knife are pretty normal. It will not take up much pocket space although it is slightly thicker than the average smartphone (when in a protective case).

Tactical

If carrying the knife every day isn’t enough for you, there is no need to fret. The Rockeye can be used as a tactical knife. The term “Tactical Knife” often gets thrown around the industry for a variety of reasons. Whether it is a publicity tactic or an actual description of the knife’s purpose, there is a need for a filtering lens to see what the knife is really made for. In the case of the Rockeye, it has many tools equipped on it to make it useful for several different jobs. This is what makes a knife a tactical one.

A tactical knife is a knife with one or more features designed for use in extreme situations. A tactical knife is principally designed to be used as a utility tool, not as a weapon. Folding knives are rarely, if ever, designed primarily for fighting or combat. However, several military organizations have issued folding “utility” knives that were not intended to be used as weapons, but which had tactical features that appealed to military personnel as well as civilians. A knife with aggressive looks such as having a blackened blade and grips do not make a knife “tactical.”

 

Conclusion

This knife is the bomb. ProTech is always coming up with brilliant knives to arm people with. The ProTech Rockeye is a practical tool that you can use anytime and anywhere. Being capable of working as an everyday carry and as a tactical knife makes it great to use every day. The design and construction of this knife allow you to own a knife that is made to last you a lifetime. It will not let you down.

 

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Five Fantastic Automatic Knives

An automatic knife makes for the perfect every day carry knife, really one of the only drawbacks to carrying an automatic is how strict the laws are. Before purchasing an automatic knife, or a switchblade as they are commonly known, double check to guarantee what your state’s laws are. There are thousands of automatic knives on the market, making it hard to narrow down what knife you want to buy. Today I have compiled a list of some of the absolute best automatic knives on the market. I’ve chosen different styles of automatic knives from different popular brands to show and explain to you. Let’s begin.

 

The Pro-Tech Tactical Response 4:

 

ProTech TR 4.70
ProTech TR 4.70

The first knife that I have chosen to describe is the Pro-Tech Tactical Response 4. Something that is cool about the brand Pro-Tech is that they are a family owned business and they do specialize in switchblades. You know that you can trust an automatic knife from Pro-Tech. This blade is in their TR-4 series, which just means that it is the fourth generation for their tactical automatic knife series. The blade on this knife is a four-inch-long drop point. The Tactical Response 4 blade can come in many different variations, but one of the most popular is with a 154-CM stainless steel, which can come in different finishes. All of the different options come with a Diamond-like Carbon coating. This coating just works to help protect the blade from corroding, adding a ton of durability. The handle of this blade really sets this blade apart from the pack. The handle boasts many finger grooves which helps provide you with excellent grip. The pommel of this knife handle sports a steel glass breaker. When closed, this knife is only 5.25 inches long and it weighs 5.4 ounces, making this knife a perfect option for your EDC.

 

Advantages of the Pro-Tech Tactical Response 4:

 

  • The blade has a diamond-like carbon coating, adding durability.
  • The knife is only 5.25 inches long closed, perfect for storing in your pocket.
  • The blade of this handle can come in a variety of different options.
  • The handle features many finger grips, giving you fantastic grip.
  • The handle of this knife has a built in steel glass breaker.

 

Disadvantages of the Pro-Tech Tactical Response 4:

 

  • With the pearl insert on the push button, the stonewash finish, and the Damascus blade, some people consider this knife over the top.  Easy to fix by picking up a different TR4 model.

 

 

The Boker Kalashnikov:

 

Boker XL Kalashnikov Auto
Boker XL Kalashnikov Auto

This automatic knife is on the cheaper side of the spectrum, which is what sells many people. But, you do not sacrifice any of the quality for the cheaper cost; the Kalashnikov can stand up to the same tasks that the more expensive knives can. The blade of this knife is 3.25 inches made out of AUS-8 steel. The blade is finished with a plain edge. Something unique about this knife is that the deployment button is mounted flush with the rest of the handle, which helps prevent against an accidently deployment. Plus, the locking system on this knife is a little stiffer than most, which ensures a secure lock when the knife is open. The handle is made out of a powder coated aluminum with molded finger grips. The handle also has a lanyard hole built right into it, providing you with a secure spot to tie in your lanyard. The handle is one feature of this knife that sets it apart from the rest of the pack. This knife was designed to look like an AK-47 magazine and that is how it got its name; trust me, it works the name perfectly and definitely does it justice. Overall, the length of the knife is 7.5 inches long. Unfortunately, this knife is not made in the United States of America, which can be a deal breaker to some knife collectors and users.

 

Advantages of the Boker Kalashnikov:

 

  • This is a much cheaper option than most of the high quality automatic knives, but you do not lose any quality with the lower cost.
  • The deployment button is flush with the handle, so no accidental discharges can happen.
  • The locking system is stiffer, so the knife will remain securely locked in open position.
  • The molded finger grips set this knife apart from the pack.
  • Has a built in lanyard.

 

Disadvantages of the Boker Kalashnikov:

 

  • This knife is not made in the USA.

 

 

The Kershaw Launch 1:

 

Kershaw 7100 Launch 1 Knife
Kershaw 7100 Launch 1 Automatic Knife

Kershaw is one of the most popular knife companies and has been renowned for their quality knives and this specific one is definitely not the exception to their stellar track record. One thing that many people love about the Kershaw Launch 1 is that it is made in the United States, which supports US businesses and gives you the quality that you deserve. The blade is 3.375 inches long and made out of CPM-154. This blade has a Blackwash keeps the blade from reflecting light making it the perfect option for tactical situations, especially at night. The handle on this knife is made out of black aluminum. The aluminum keeps the weight off of this knife, helping you move it in quicker motions. The handle is also contoured to fit perfectly in your hand, giving you fantastic grip. This knife features a reversible pocket clip, making it an ambidextrous knife. The overall length of this knife is 8-inches, making it a perfect size for your everyday carry needs. The Kershaw Launch 1 sits at about average cost for an automatic knife.

 

Advantages of the Kershaw Launch 1:

 

  • The blade has a Blackwash coating, keeping the knife from reflecting light.
  • The handle is contoured to fit perfectly in your hand, giving you great grip.
  • The pocket clip on this knife is reversible, making this an ambidextrous knife.
  • This is a perfect size for an everyday carry knife.
  • Not an expensive option.
  • Made in the United States of America

 

Disadvantages of the Kershaw Launch 1:

 

  • Not the least expensive option.

 

 

The SOG-TAC Series

 

Exclusive Desert Tan SOG-TAC
Exclusive Desert Tan SOG-TAC

This knife is a cheaper option and a simpler option than some of the previous options we have discussed. But, just because it is simple, doesn’t mean that it isn’t super reliable. This is a bigger knife option, measuring in at 8 inches overall, with a 3.5-inch blade. The blade is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel, which has a drop point silhouette. The blade has been ground into a straight edge, which can be sharpened into a razor sharp edge. However, the knife has been known to lose the crazy sharp edge a little quicker than other knives. The handle is made out of aluminum which comes in black or red. The handle looks a little bare compared to previous options, but it can take a beating. Something unique about the handle is that the crosshair that sits in the middle glows in the dark, so you can find it easily no matter what the situation is like. For how big this knife is, the profile is actually pretty slim. The SOG-TAC features a special double lock to keep the blade securely locked into an open or closed position. For the low price, you really do get a lot out of this knife.

 

Advantages of the SOG-TAC:

 

  • The blade can be sharpened into a razor sharp edge.
  • The crosshair in the middle of the handle actually glows in the dark, so you can always find it.
  • The knife features a double lock, securing your knife in an open or closed position.
  • This is a cheap option.
  • This knife can take a beating.
  • Larger knife with a slim profile.

 

Disadvantages of the SOG-TAC:

 

  • This is a simple knife, with no extras built in.
  • The blade doesn’t always stay sharp for long periods of time.
  • You do lose a little bit of quality with the budget option.

 

 

The Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife:

 

Spyderco Autonomy Auto
Spyderco Autonomy Auto

This knife was first made for the United States Coast Guard. It is designed to be a rescue knife, and because it was made for the Coast Guard, it is designed to resist corrosion even in salt water. Because this knife was made for the rescue swimmers, Spyderco had to design the deploying button with the ability to open it one handed and with the user wearing heavy gloves. The button is an oversized button and the public version features a safety lock that prevents the user from an accidental opening. The original knife was made in orange G-10, but Spyderco designed the black version for the public. The steel that this blade is made out of is H-1 steel and this knife was actually the first American knife to use this type of steel. Another unique aspect about this knife is that it is a serrated edge, which is not commonly found on automatic knives. This serrated edge is perfect for sawing through thicker materials such as ropes. The blade on the Autonomy is 3.75 inches long and coated in a Diamond Like Carbon to reduce the reflective tendencies of knife blades. The handle features a G10 black handle that has deep finger grooves to help secure your grip. When Spyderco released the public version, they added an all-black pocket clip. In all honesty, this knife is one of my favorites. I love the history of it and I love how quality it is.

 

Advantages of the Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife:

 

  • Will not erode when wet, even in salt water.
  • Has an oversized firing button.
  • Features a safety lock to prevent an accidental opening.
  • Serrated edge is great for sawing through rope.
  • The Diamond Like Carbon coating reduces reflective tendencies.
  • The handle has deep finger grooves to help secure your grip in any situation.
  • Has an all-black pocket clip.
  • Made exclusively from rust proof materials.

 

Disadvantages of the Spyderco Autonomy Automatic Knife:

 

  • You can only get this knife in a full serrated blade, which some users dislike.

 

 

Conclusion:

There are plenty of fantastic automatic knives on the market today and each of them offer up a different purpose. Today I went over the six best automatic knives that you can buy and what makes them unique, what makes them a great option, and a couple of downfalls for each of the different options. Hopefully this list will help you when you are looking for a great automatic knife whether it is for your everyday carrying purposes or for something else. Just remember, automatic knife laws are strict, so make sure you know your local laws before purchasing any automatic knife.

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ProTech Desert Sand Tactical Response Auto Knife

ProTech Tactical Response 3.31
ProTech Tactical Response 3.31

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

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

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

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

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Blade: 154-CM Stainless Steel
  • Blade Length: 3.5″
  • Blade Thickness: .125″ thick
  • Blade Rockwell: 59RC
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle: T6-6061 Anodized Aluminum, Desert Sand
  • Open Overall Length: 8.0″
  • Closed Overall Length: 4.5″
  • Weight: 3.6 ounces
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     The super popular Boker Mini Kalashnikov Automatic Knife is now available with a CPM-S30V stainless steel blade exclusively from BladeOps.  For today only, we will have it on sale for a special introductory price.  Get yours before the price goes back up.

 

 

                                                     Why S30V?

 

“CPM S30V is a martensitic (hardened) powder-made (sintered) wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed by Dick Barber of Crucible Industries in collaboration with knifemaker Chris Reeve.  Its chemistry promotes the formation and even distribution of vanadium carbides which are harder and more effective at cutting than chromium carbides.  These vanadium carbides give the steel a very refined grain, further improving the sharpness and toughness. . . .  Its composition is as follows: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molebdenum 2.00%”

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Piranha Prowler Auto Knife Review — Video Review

The Piranha Prowler Auto Knife has proven itself to be a serious contender for best new automatic knife of the past 12 months.  Features fast action, solid construction and a no nonsense design that is perfect for every day carry.


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Microtech Mini UDT Automatic Knife Series

Microtech Mini U.D.T.
Microtech Mini U.D.T. side open automatic knife, model 155-1

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.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Overall Length: 5 5/8″
  • Blade Length: 2 3/8″
  • Handle Length: 3 1/4″
  • Weight: 1.3 ounces
  • Made in the USA
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