Everyone knows Microtech Knives makes fantastic out the front automatic knives. The Ultratech still stands as one of the greatest OTF knives on the market–and who doesn’t love the feel of a Combat Troodon in your hand. But if you didn’t already know it, Microtech also makes some stellar fixed blade combat knives.
The Currahee is a full tang fixed blade designed for US Special Forces. This knife has undergone some serious field tests and has come through with flying colors. The name Currahee comes from the Cherokee and means, “Stands Alone”.
Different in style and design from many combat knives, this knife attempts to fill the role of serious utility knife in combat zones. What do you really want a knife to do for you if you are deployed into a bad situation? You want to be able to cut, hack and chop whatever you need to–and you want your knife to stand up to some serious abuse. In reality, most combat troops will never use a knife in actual combat. In fact, most of them will tell you that if it comes down to a knife fight, something has gone awry. But, every single person who has worked in a combat zone will tell you that what they most need is a tool they can depend on to cut and chop and hack things.
The Currahee fits the bill. The blade is currently (February 2014) being produced with Bohler ELMAX steel. If you are looking at purchasing a Currahee, just make sure you know which steel it was made with–Microtech does change blade steels from time to time on their knives. They always use high quality steels–but if you are expecting one type of steel and suddenly realize you have a different steel you may be disappointed. The blade is 4.48″ long and 3/16″ thick. This incredibly thick blade is one of the things that really makes the Currahee stand out. It gives it the strength and durability to withstand serious use and abuse. Available as a single edge drop point or a tanto point–I would pick up the tanto given the choice. A tanto point gives the user a more durable tip that can better make heavy piercing cuts.
The Currahee handle is well shaped composite that has one major finger groove and two additional, shallow finger grooves. The top end of the handle–the front quillon–juts out and creates a more than adequate finger guard to keep your hand from slipping up onto the blade when making thrust cuts. Heavy jimping on the spine gives your thumb extra grip and control when making fine cuts.
If you are looking for a heavy duty knife that will perform in combat and survival situations–check out the Microtech Currahee.
- Blade Length: 4.48”
- Blade Thickness: 3/16″
- Handle Thickness: .75”
- Overall Length: 10”
- Sheath: Ballistic Nylon
- Weight: 9.88 oz.