Pro-Tech Newport Knife Review

Pro-Tech is a family owned company that has been designing and producing high quality, American made knives for over 17 years now. This company was founded by Dave Wattenberg. Something unique about Pro-Tech that sets them apart from many of the knife companies is that they strive to keep their batches small, producing around 12,000 knives each year. A reason for keeping these knife batches small is that they have time to hand fit and finish each knife to a level that would be nearly impossible to find if you were purchasing a fully factory knife. Pro-Tech chooses the highest and most current technology for their manufacturing. They also only use the highest quality of materials, so that each of your knives is going to last a while and get the job done. When you purchase a Pro-Tech knife, you can be sure that you are purchasing a masterpiece that will last years with you.

Pro-Tech knives have been expertly designed for U.S. Military members, police departments, and even the secret service. This company has collaborated with many famous knife makers including Ernest Emerson and Walter Brend. Some of Pro-Tech’s most popular knife models include the Godfather, the Godson, and the Runt J4. Today we are going to talk about the Pro-Tech Newport; what makes it unique, what makes it such a great knife, and why you should be interested in purchasing it.

Pro-Tech Newport
Pro-Tech Newport

The Blade:

The blade on the Newport is made out of CPM S35VN steel. This steel was made by Crucible and Chris Reeve. This steel has been designed specifically for knives and it is a little bit more superior than the already fantastic S30V. So how do they make a great steel even better? For starters, they started by using a much finer grain structure. Crucible also added a small amount of niobium, which is where the N in the name comes from. By adding this material to the steel, the toughness of the steel is enhanced as well as the ability to sharpen your blade. This type of steel has the perfect balance between edge retention, hardness, and toughness. The material already had vanadium carbides added to it, which is where the V in the name comes from. The vanadium carbides help aid in achieving crazy hardness to this steel. S30V steel was one of the best steel options you could get, but one of the biggest complaints was that it was tricky to sharpen. Now, with the S35VN steel, there are almost no flaws to this steel. You can get the Newport’s blade with two finishes. The first finish is a black Diamond Like Coating. This coating adds strength, protection, and a non-glare surface. Because of the DLC, your knife blade will require less maintenance than it would have originally. The second finish that you can get on your blade is a stonewash finish. A stonewash finish is when the blade is tumbled around with abrasive materials, such as pebbles.  There are some definite benefits to having this coating such as it easily hides scratches and it has a less reflective surface than it previously would. A big bonus is that a stonewash finish hides fingerprints better than other finishes do. This means less polishing and maintenance.

The blade shape that this knife sports is the spear point. This shape is similar to a needle-point blade, because it is great for stabbing or piercing. However, on a spear point, the tip is stronger and it contains a little bit of a belly that helps aid in slicing. But, you aren’t going to be able to do all of your slicing tasks with a spear point blade; if you are looking solely for a blade that is for slicing, you should be searching for a drop point or even a clip point shape blade. The spear point shape is created by two edges that rise and fall equally creating a point that lines up at exactly the middle of the blade. The tip on a spear point blade is strong, durable, and will last for long periods of time. This shape of blade has a very controllable tip, so you will be able to do detail work if needed. A spear point blade is a fantastic option for someone who is looking for a balance between slicing and stabbing. However, because it can do both of these well, it is not going do either of them fantastically. You do get a balance, but if you are looking for a blade that excels at stabbing or a knife that excels at slicing, you are going to want to look elsewhere.

 

The Handle:

You can get the Newport in a couple of different handle materials. The first option that you have is a carbon fiber handle. Carbon fiber is a material that has been built by strands off carbon being woven together tightly and then set in a resin. This material is very lightweight but is still extremely strong. But, while it is strong, it is definitely not indestructible because it is a brittle material. These carbon strands have been woven together in one direction, so it is crazy strong going that direction, but prone to breaking when it is stressed in other directions. If this handle hits a hard object, it is prone to cracking. Unfortunately, this material is also expensive because it does take a lot of time and labor to make. One characteristic that draws many people to a carbon fiber handle is how it reflects light. The light helps to make the weave pattern very visible, so you can get different looks depending on how the material was woven.

Another handle material option is a G10 with Super Grip. G10 is a similar material to Carbon Fiber. However, it is cheaper because it is not as labor intensive. G10 is made by taking layers of fiberglass cloth and soaking them in resin. It is then compressed and baked under pressure. The resulting material is hard, strong, tough, and very lightweight. G10 is considered the toughest fiberglass resin laminate, however, it is going to be more brittle because of this. To add texture to the handle, the producer will add checkering or other patterns. Because it is made by layers of fiberglass, you can switch up the colors of each layer and achieve a look that cannot be creating with any of the other knife handle materials. On the Newport, they added Super Grip, which is just a strip of extra grippy material where the palm of your hand is going to lie.

Lastly, your third option is anodized aluminum. When an aluminum is anodized, it helps add hardness and protection to the material. Aluminum is great because it feels and looks hefty and solid, but it is a very light material, so you aren’t weighed down. This is a very durable material that is extremely resistant to corrosion. However, it is going to feel cold to hold, so if you live in a cold area, this might not be the best handle material for you. Aluminum is also a slippery material, so if it is not properly texturized, you will not have a secure grip on your handle. And, even when it is properly texturized, you won’t have as solid of a grip as you would with other materials. But, this is a comfortable material to hold, so you can work with it for long periods of time without your hands hurting. Another drawback to choosing this handle material is that it is most susceptible to scratches. While your handle will still work properly, it won’t look as great. The aluminum handle comes with a carbon fiber inlay.

 

The Pocket Clip:

This knife comes with a deep carry pocket clip. This is a right handed pocket clip. It has only been drilled to carry right handed, which is a drawback, because it is not reversible. This is only a tip up pocket clip. With a deep carry pocket, you can be sure that your knife is secure and snug in your pocket. With a deep carry pocket clip, it is also easier to conceal your knife. Some people complain that with a deep carry pocket clip, it takes longer to draw your knife out of your pocket. However, this is just milliseconds longer and I would not be turned off because of this.

 

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, or a switchblade. This style of opening mechanism is not legal in all states and areas, so like always, make sure that you know your local knife laws before purchasing and especially before carrying your knife. An automatic knife is a style of knife that has a folding blade contained in the handle. This knife is opened automatically by a button on the handle, when it is pushed. There is a spring inside of the handle that is fully extended when opened. The Newport knife also features a plunge lock.

 

The Specs:

The overall length of this knife is 7.1 inches long. The blade measures up at an even 3 inches long with a thickness of .10 inches and a width of .84 inches. When the blade is shut, the knife measures at 4.1 inches long. The handle is .92 inches long at its widest spot and .39 inches thick. This knife weighs 2.93 ounces.

 

Pros of the Pro-Tech Newport:

  • S35VN steel is truly one of the most superior steels that you can find. It was designed specifically for knives by Crucible and gives you everything that you could want from a steel.
  • You can choose from either a DLC or a Stonewash finish.
  • The Spear Point blade shape gives you a great balance between slicing and stabbing.
  • The spear point blade shape is similar to needle point, except the tip is strong, durable, and can endure long periods of use.
  • You have a few different handle material options.
  • If you choose a Carbon Fiber handle, you are getting strength and durability.
  • If you choose a Carbon Fiber handle, you get a cool aesthetic to it, because the light reflects to show off the woven pattern.
  • If you choose a G10 handle, you get many similar characteristics to Carbon Fiber, except for a cheaper price.
  • If you choose an aluminum handle, you are getting a comfortable grip and great strength.
  • Comes with a deep carry pocket clip.
  • This is an automatic knife, so it will open quickly and efficiently.

 

Cons of the Pro-Tech Newport:

  • Because the Spear Point shape is good at stabbing and slicing, it does not excel at either of those tasks.
  • Carbon Fiber is prone to breaking, especially if you hit it against a hard object.
  • G10 is a very brittle material.
  • The aluminum handle option will be colder than the previous two and more slippery.
  • The pocket clip is not reversible.
  • Automatic knives, or switchblades are not legal in all states and areas, so this knife might be illegal for you to have.

 

 

The Conclusion:

Pro-Tech has been known for designing and making fantastic knives. They can give each knife special attention because they keep their knife batches much smaller than other companies choose to. Because of this, you will be sure that your knife was carefully looked over and tended to, hand finishing it to a perfect state. Pro-Tech knives will last years while you have them with you through it all. Any of their knives will be a great addition to your collection, and the Newport is no exception.

With superior steel and two different options for your finish, you are going to get everything you could want. The spear point blade shape gives you the best of both worlds between stabbing and slicing, so you can’t go wrong with the blade shape here. Plus, Pro-Tech gives you three different handle materials to choose from, so you have lots to choose from and to give you the best knife that you could imagine. Pro-Tech has been known for creating masterpieces and the Newport is definitely one of them.

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.)