Joker’s Wild Grey Cupid Clone OTF Automatic Knife Review

Joker’s Wild Grey Cupid Clone OTF Automatic Knife
Joker’s Wild Grey Cupid Clone OTF Automatic Knife

 

The Blade:

The blade on this version of the Joker’s Wild Cupid Clone is made out of 440 stainless steel. When it comes to 440 stainless steel, there is actually three different members of the family: A, B, or C. 440C is a high quality steel, so if the knife is made out of this steel, it is likely that the manufacturer specifies that it is made out of this steel. If it has not been specified, you can assume that it is either A or B. 440 is a medium carbon, martensitic stainless steel that is very corrosion resistant, while also being tough. This steel can be hardened to about RC58. A and B are not considered premium knife steels, but they still have some very good properties for cutlery use. They take a fine enough edge that if it has been treated properly, it will even be able to cut the hairs off your arms. These two versions of 440 steel are often only used in production knives. 440A is tougher and more corrosion resistant than 440B. 440B is inferior to 440C in edge retention and edge sharpness, though like A, it is not as good a choice as a premium steel. 440B is more ductile than 440C and less brittle. Both A and B are easy to machine and easy to sharpen well, which makes it ideal for when the manufacturer needs a cheaper blade steel for production purposes. One of the biggest advantages to these steels is that they are inexpensive and you still get a pretty quality steel. While this steel will not stand up to super-steels or be able to take on crazy amounts of force, they will be able to get you through your day-to-day tasks.

The blade on this version of the Joker’s Wild Grey Cupid Clone has been bead blast finished. This finish is created by using abrasive glass beads that are blasted at the steel with a high pressure, which results in an even gray finish. A blasted finish reduces reflection and glare due to its even matte surface. The blasting creates an increased surface area and micro abrasion make the steel more prone to rust and corrosion. A blasted blade, even from stainless steel, can rust overnight if left in a very humid environment. This means that you will need to make sure that your blade is dry before pulling it back into the handle. You will also need to oil your blade often if you are using the knife often.

The blade is a dagger style blade shape. The dagger style blade is also known as the needle-point blade. Both of the names for this blade style are perfect, because this style of blade is all about the point. The blade style has a double-edge blade, with the sole purpose being to pierce and stab. The blade is made up of 2 symmetrically sharpened blades that taper to a very thin sharp point, which pierces easily into soft targets. The two sharp edges reduce the profile of the knife and let it cut in on both sides equally. These characteristics make it a great option for your self-defense weapon, even, or especially, if you are in close combat situations. Just like any blade shape, the dagger style blade does have its disadvantages. First, the blade is created to be all about the point, so the edges are straight, meaning the knife has no belly. Because of this, it is not good for slicing or slashing. Second, because the tip is sharp and thin it does have the tendency to break, especially when it is used on harder targets. While this blade design is not going to be your all-purpose knife, it will be fantastic if you ever need to use it for self-defense or any other situation that requires piercing.

Each edge of the blade has been sharpened into a combination edge. This is where the upper two thirds of the blade (near the tip) are plain edged, and the lower third (near the handle) is serrated. The reasoning behind the combination edge is that the user gets the best of both worlds. They can use the plain edged section when they need cleaner cuts or need to perform fine detail work. The user can then use the serrated portions of the blade to saw through your tougher materials. And for those of you who are planning to use this knife for self-defense, the different edges will inflict more damage. The biggest complaint when it comes to combination edges is that you don’t get enough of either portion, so instead of getting the best of both worlds, you get the worst of each. When it comes to the combo edge, it really comes down to personal opinion.

The Handle:

The handle is made out of anodized aluminum. Because aluminum is a very low-density metal used in knife making, it keeps the weight of the overall knife down without taking away any of your heft. This is a major advantage because you feel like you have weight to back you up, but you don’t have to lug a heavy knife with you at all times. Aluminum is also a very corrosion resistant metal, which means that it is not going to easily rust; Maintenance time is reduced because of that characteristic. Most knives use a type of aluminum alloy called T6-60161, which means the type of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 tempered. T6-6061 aluminum has one of the highest yield and tensile strengths of all aluminum alloys. T6-6061 is often found in aircraft, which is why it has been nicknamed “aircraft aluminum.” This nickname is a little bit of a marketing ploy; while it is a quality aluminum, it is not as quality as that nickname makes it out to be. Aluminum 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, because producing an automatic knife is complex and requires a large amount of CNC machining, like with this knife, aluminum is much cheaper to produce and manufacturer the knife.

The handle on this knife has been anodized dark grey, which adds extra durability, resistance to wear and corrosion, and generally prolongs the life of the blade. According to anodizing.org, anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminum is especially suited to anodizing, which is why it is often anodized on knives. Anodizing is accomplished by immersing the aluminum into an acid electrolyte bath and passing an electric current though the medium. A cathode is mounted to the inside of the anodizing tank; the aluminum acts as an anode, so that oxygen ions are released form the electrolyte to combine with the aluminum atoms at the surface of the part being anodized.

The handle on this knife is mostly rectangular, although the top of the handle is arrow-head shaped, and the bottom of the handle does flare out so that you can get a better grip on the knife. To assist with texture, grooves have been carved into the face of the palm.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this knife is designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle. This means that the knife is not ambidextrous. The clip is sliver, which contrasts elegantly with the black handle. TI is kept in place by two silver screws that match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

 

The Mechanism:

The Joker’s Wild Grey Cupid Clone is an automatic OTF knife. An Out-the-Front, or OTF knife is style of pocket knife with a blade that opens and closes through a hole in one end of the handle. This is different than your typical pocket knife, which has a blade that is stored in the handle and folds in and out of the side. Within the OTF category you can find manual or automatic, this knife is an automatic.

An automatic OTF knife blade travels within an internal track or channel in the same manner as a manual slider or gravity knife. But the automatic main spring drive and button mechanism enclose within requires a switchblade handle to be thicker or longer than a similar size gravity of sliding knife. Because this is an automatic knife, you do need to be aware that it falls under the strict automatic laws in the United States. It is your job, at the user, to know your local knife laws.

You can then further divide automatic OTF knives into two separate categories: double action, or single action. This knife is a single action, which means that the knife does deeply automatically, but it must be manually cocked or retracted to close.

 

The Specs:

The blade on the Joker’s Wild Cupid Clone measures in at 3.3 inches long. The handle on this OTF knife measures in at 5.1 inches long. The overall length of this knife when it is opened measures in at 8.4 inches long. This is a lightweight knife, because of the steel and the aluminum, so it only weighs in at 4 ounces.

 

The Pros of the Wild Grey Cupid Clone:

  • The blade steel is inexpensive, but still gives you enough grit to get your day-to-day jobs done.
  • The blade steel is very corrosion and stain resistant.
  • The blade is easy to sharpen because of the softness of the steel.
  • The bead blasted finish creates an even finish that reduces glares and reflections.
  • The dagger point style blade is going to excel at piercing.
  • You can perform fine detail work with the plain edge.
  • You can use the plain edge to achieve cleaner cuts.
  • You can saw through the thicker materials with the serrated portions of the blade.
  • When it comes to self-defense, the changing edges will inflict maximum damage.
  • Lightweight knife means you can have it with you at all times and not be weighed down.
  • Not an ambidextrous knife.
  • The aluminum handle is going to be strong.
  • The aluminum handle is light, keeping the overall weight of the knife down.
  • The aluminum handle is very durable and corrosion resistant.
  • The anodized aluminum is stronger, tougher, more durable, and more resistant to corrosion.

 

The Cons of the Wild Grey Cupid Clone:

  • Because the blade is softer steel, you will have to sharpen it often.
  • The blade does not have high wear resistance.
  • Because of the blasted finish, the blade can rust overnight, so maintenance is required and required often.
  • Because the tip is so sharp and thin, it will break if used on harder objects.
  • The blade does not have a belly, which is why it cannot be used for multiple purposes.
  • Some people feel like the two separate blade edges means that you cannot fully utilize either portion.
  • The aluminum handle is susceptible to scratches and dings.
  • The aluminum handle can feel pretty cold to hold.
  • Because it is an automatic knife, this knife is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States.

 

Conclusion:

The Joker’s Wild Cupid Clone automatic knife is a single-action out the front knife that closely resembles that of the Dalton Cupid model which The Joker was seen wielding in the iconic Batman movie. A single action out the front knife by definition means that the blade is automatically deployed with the push of a button and then is manually retracted with a lever feature–in this case found on the side of the handle. This wildly popular knife showcases amazing construction and a lockup that is as solid as knives even 10 times the price. This model features a grey handle, a dagger style blade that is partly serrated on both sides and a pocket clip that is designed for tip down carry only. Pick up this knife at BladeOps.

 

Microtech Tri-Grip Ultratech Review

Microtech has always been held as a great name in the knife industry. Established in 1994 near Vero Beach, Florida, Microtech has been a powerhouse in the industry. Their mission, “To make the best possible knives.” Anthony Marfione, the founder of Microtech, has an objective to ensure that each customer will receive the best quality knife. Constantly creating durable, quality knives, Microtech has made many knives that will get any job done. Recently, in 2015, the Microtech Ultratech underwent a major upgrade to become what it is today. Initially released in 1999, this knife has been one of the most popular knives offered by Microtech. The Microtech Ultratech is a wonderful knife, and I cannot wait to share all about it.

 

Specs

Before going into the specific details of the Ultratech, listed below is a general overview of what the Ultratech has to offer.

  • Product Type: Automatic Double-Action Out The Front
  • Overall Length: 8.30″
  • Weight: 3.30 oz.
  • Handle Length: 4.84″
  • Blade Length: 3.46″
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125″
  • Blade Material: ELMAX
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Style: Duel Edge Dagger
  • Blade Finish: Black
  • Handle Material: Aluminum
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Sheath Included: No
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Down
  • Glass Breaker Included
  • Made in the USA

 

Now for the details of the knife.

 

Blade Steel

The Microtech Ultratech blade is made up of the stainless steel ELMAX made by Bohler-Uddenholm. This is a fairly new steel here in the United States. After arriving in 2009, this steel has grown to be a popular steel that is used by many different companies. A comparable steel to ELMAX would be S30V. Both are powder-made stainless steels. When these two go up against each other, S30V falls short of what ELMAX is capable of doing. With its carbon and chromium composition, it is better able to resist corrosion while being able to hold a good edge as well as being able to sharpen easier. Even when compared to the improved version of S30V, S35VN stainless steel, it still holds superior to it. This steel is a phenomenal steel when compared to any other steel. Most of Microtech’s blades are made of ELMAX. They find it to provide the best balance between corrosion resistance and edge retention. It is a high chromium, vanadium, and molybdenum alloyed steel with the following characteristics: high wear resistance, high compressive strength, corrosion resistant, good dimensional stability.

 

Handle

One of the main things that stick out on the Ultratech is the new textured handle scales. The Tri-Grip was introduced in 2015 and many have fallen in love with it. This new grip is both practical and pleasing to the eye. The texture is comprised of offsetting little triangular pieces with tiny gaps in between them. Holding the Ultratech with the Tri-Grip reassures me that the knife will not fall out of my hand. The other changes that came along in 2015 include changes with the thumb slide, the edges of the handle, the hardware, and the glass breaker (we will talk more about the glass breaker later).  The thumb slide now features an “X” pattern to improve the gripping ability when firing off the knife. Now instead of the three-holed screws on the older Ultratech, the screws are now similar looking to the Tri-Grip triangular pattern. Lastly, the knife features several sections of jimping on the handle for an even more improved grip on the handle.

 

Automatic Out The Front

Automatic knives are a popular choice of knife to purchase and use. They offer many advantages that a typical folder, fixed blade, or even a spring assisted knife do not offer. One benefit to owning an auto is its deployment speed. Some may argue that a spring assisted knife is just as fast as an automatic knife. This is true in many cases, but what makes an automatic knife a better option is the easiness factor to it. With the press of a button or a flick of a switch, the blade will flash open in a blink of an eye. Not only is it quick, but it can be fired off with one hand. Plus, firing off an auto is fun to do. These features come in handy during many circumstances. If one of your hands in a bind or holding an object in need of cutting, an auto can be opened right away with one hand and do its job. Emergency response teams, law enforcement, and military personnel are all constantly faced with tribulation that requires the use of a decent knife. In many high-stress situations, having a knife ready in a blink of an eye using only one hand can help someone else live for one more day. They are different than a traditional knife and bring a new element to the knife industry.

The Microtech Ultratech is an Out the Front (OTF) knife, which has several advantages to it. A practical and safety advantage of owning an OTF is that the blade cannot close on your own fingers. You do not have to interact with the blade while closing it up. Besides that, they can be closed by switching the slide the other direction. Another benefit to using this type of knife is being able to keep the same solid grip from opening the knife to closing it. This is extremely useful if you are cutting something while holding it in one hand. You will not have to set either the object being cut, or the knife down. One of the last advantages of owning an Out the Front is being able to properly operate the knife with gloves on. Some other auto knives have more concealed buttons or other opening mechanisms that make it difficult to open with a glove on. There aren’t too many knives like an Out the Front.

The action on the automatic Ultratech is smooth and quick. There are many different OTF autos on the market that barely meet the standards and characteristics of an OTF knife. All OTF autos have some form of blade movement from side to side. The blades are not as solidly locked into place like a spring assist or typical automatic knife. But with the Ultratech, there is the minimal amount of play. It has a solid lockup for a more secure feel. Microtech has always been known for their quality automatic OTF knives.

 

Blade Style

The dagger blade on the Ultratech is double-edged and is best used for stabbing or thrusting. It has two sharp edges which allows the knife cut in on both sides. The main use for dagger blades is in self-defense close combat situations. However, it is not the strongest of blades and can break against hard surfaces. An advantage of the dagger blade style is that it is thin and has a sharp point which provides a piercing ability. Some disadvantages of the dagger are that its tip is fragile, and there is no real “belly” on the blade for slicing.

 

Glass Breaker

Many knives do not include a glass breaker. This sets this knife apart from many other knives, making it more special. It is just another tool in your pocket for your convenience. It may not be used every day like the blade, but there are those situations that arise that need this feature. Situations such as: helping someone trapped in a car, a fire in a home or office building, or escaping from a locked vehicle, would benefit from a glass breaker. Some argue that the blade will suffice in breaking glass. This isn’t always the case. Glass breakers are thick, and pack a punch to penetrate the glass.

The old glass breaker on the Ultratech was a fine pointed tip. Now the tip on the newer model is broader and has a ball bearing for the tip. Having a broader tip is said to be better when breaking glass.

 

Field Test

To help demonstrate to you as a potential owner of this awesome Ultratech, there were a series of tests that this knife underwent to demonstrate its power and usefulness as a tool. Some common things that are cut using a knife are paper, cardboard, paracord, and plastic.

Paper, being generally thin, was cut easily with the Ultratech. It was smooth as butter, as they say. The paper was in shreds when I was done. However, the test continued by stacking multiple layers of paper on top of another to be cut. Even then the paper was cut easily. Letters won’t stand a chance up against the Ultratech.

Up next was the cardboard test. The Ultratech faced a little more opposition when trying to cut the cardboard. See, the blade style makes the knife a great penetrating tool, but not so much a slicing tool. The knife was easily able to penetrate the cardboard, but when it came to slicing it, it had a more difficult time. But it still cut well. The cuts were clean and it got the job done.

Paracord was next to test the ability of the Ultratech. Normally serrated edges cut rope and paracord much easier than a plain edge. But the Ultratech has a razor sharp edge that was able to cut through the paracord easily. I foresee no problems using the Ultratech to cut through anything similar to rope or paracord.

The last test is cutting plastic. There are all sorts of plastic materials that get cut daily. You have tape that is sealing up your package containing your new knife. There is the bothersome oyster packaging that is impossible to open without a knife. And you have your typical food packages that are sealed in a plastic container or bag. The Ultratech has no problem when it comes to cutting these different plastics. The easiest, of course, was cutting through the tape. The most difficult to cut through was the oyster packaging. It was very similar to the cardboard test. It penetrated well, but it took more effort to slice through the rest of the thicker plastic.

From the tests conducted, the Ultratech is able to cut through many materials with ease. It is ready to face any obstacle that comes when carrying the knife every day.

 

Everyday Carry

When looking to get a new knife, there are a few items to look at to confirm it will be a good everyday carry. Those items include the following: its carry depth, its weight, its thickness and width, and its appearance.

Carry Depth

The Ultratech is comfortable to carry, both in your hand and in your pocket. When closed, the knife is close to 5 inches long. A typically comfortable carry knife is anywhere between three and a half to 5 inches long when closed. The Ultratech barely fits within that range. The biggest things I ask myself are will the knife fit in my pant pocket, and will it fall out of my pocket? The Ultratech is deep enough that it shouldn’t fall out of your pocket.

Weight

One of the more important aspects to consider when choosing an everyday carry is its weight. It is the worst feeling to have to carry heavy objects in your pocket, no matter what it is. A good knife weight ranges anywhere from as little as 3.0 ounces to 5.0 ounces. The Ultratech fits right into the beginning of this range. It weighs 3.30 ounces. It is quite small for its size. When holding it, it feels decently well.

Thickness and Width

When carrying a knife around all the time in your pocket, there is a limited amount of space available in your pocket. A good everyday carry knife should be comfortable to carry and easy to handle. The Ultratech is an inch wide at its thickest point. This knife is very thin in term of width. Its thickness, however, is thicker than many other knives.  We’re talking over half an inch thick. In theory, the Ultratech won’t take up too much pocket real-estate.

Appearance

I wouldn’t worry too much about how it looks. Sure it’s got to look tough, but what really matters is if it will do the job. But really, though, it looks impressive. You and others will love to look at, and use the Ultratech.

 

Conclusion

The Ultratech is one of the most popular knives out there. And for good reason too. The knife is solid, and it is intended to work hard. The new and improved Ultratech will for sure impress. You will not be disappointed with this knife. I love this Microtech knife. Grab yours today.

Lighting OTF Is Back In Stock

Lightning OTF Knife
Lightning OTF Knife

The Lightning out the front knife is back in stock.  To celebrate we are offering it for just $33 for a very limited time.  No coupon necessary.  Just come and get yours before they are all gone.  You can find it here on our website.

The blade opens and retracts with the slide button.  Built with a sturdy handle, these great knives are incredibly tough and durable.  Our friend across the street runs a convenience store.  He has been using his Lightning for over two years with no issues.  About every four months he brings it over to get sharpened.  He uses it for everything you can imagine–and then some.  This is the high quality Taiwanese version.  You will definitely be pleased with this great OTF knife.  Get a few while you are at it because at this price, they may never be seen again.