A Week with a Microtech Ultratech

Molon Labe Ultratech
Molon Labe Ultratech from Microtech

Microtech has always fascinated me with their automatic knives. Especially their Out the Fronts. With that being said, I recently picked up a new Ultratech. The Ultratech, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the most popular knives offered by Microtech. It has always had a generally positive reputation. But I had to test it out for myself to see. This is what I have found with the Ultratech.


Day 1- Today I made the purchase of the Ultratech. The specific one I got was the new Molon Labe Ultratech. The design of this knife is what really pushed me to purchase it. With a Spartan helmet on the front handle and the Greek letters spelling Molon Labe were huge factors of getting this knife. Plus, it’s a convenient automatic knife. It can be used with only one hand. It was a great choice.

One of the first things I wanted to do with the knife was to show my family how awesome it is. They are always excited to see new fun “toys” that I bring home. When I showed it to them, they were in awe. I was right there with them. Every time either I or one of my family members fired off the knife, I got more excited to own the knife. I didn’t do much cutting that day, but it was good to carry with me.


Day 2- This was my first full day carrying the knife. My biggest observation from today was how unnoticeable the knife was in my pocket. My phone and other items were able to fit in my pocket with my knife, and there was room to spare. The one thing that I did keep on noticing was the glass breaker that was found on the butt of the knife. The pointed metal end would prick me if I wasn’t careful. Other than that, the Ultratech was great to have equipped. Today required me to use my knife quite a bit. Working around the house doing some chores needed a knife for some projects. Having a knife ready in the blink of an eye was a huge help when I had so much to get done. Though it didn’t save a ton of time, it was still more than having to use a folder, scissors, or some other cutting tool.


Day 3- On this day I found another disadvantage of the knife. I was at worship today and saw a loose string on my pants. Out of habit I pulled out my knife and cut it off. The people around me seemed to not like that. You see, the knife has a loud snap when opening. This could be good in a lot of cases (such as intimidation when in a self-defense situation) but at church, it wasn’t such a good thing. If this kind of situation doesn’t apply to you, then it isn’t a problem at all. Where I could see it being a problem is at the office or at a library. Some of those quite places where people don’t expect a loud snap out of the middle of nowhere.


Day 4- Mondays tend to be awful. The weekend has just ended and now it’s time to get back to reality. One of the good things about today is that I still own a Ultratech. Although it didn’t see too much usage, it was fun to show around the office.


Day 5- My knife came in handy all throughout the day, especially when working in the kitchen. Although the knife wasn’t used in food preparation, it was helpful in pre-preparation. Cutting was a breeze when it came time to open up boxes and packaged food. The Ultratech cut through the cardboard with ease, as well as the plastic that was sealing up my food. Dinner was on the table a whole lot quicker. If you’re still using scissors to open up your food, you might want to invest in a knife, especially a quick auto like the Ultratech. It was so simple to use. Literally, it is as easy as flipping a switch. Being able to use an Out the Front knife with one hand makes cutting simple and quick.


Day 6- There wasn’t much use for my knife today. It was just running around doing errands and working. I have been better at not poking myself with the glass breaker on the end of the knife. My grip on the knife has adjusted to fit even better. I think that over time that the knife will continue to feel more secure as my muscle memory in my hand improves. The Ultratech hasn’t given me any problems when it came to pocket real estate. There have been many pairs of pants worn over the past few days. Each one has been able to hold my knife and all the other items I keep in my pocket. With its discreet look, the knife hides well inside my pocket. No one has pointed it out or acted strangely since I have been carrying it. It makes for a great everyday carry knife in that department.


Day 7- Well, today is the last day of my one-week trial of owning a Microtech Ultratech. It has been a great choice in a knife. My overall biggest concern about purchasing the knife was the price. The Ultratech is not cheap. Not in its price, but it also isn’t a cheap knife. From already owning it a week, I know that this knife will last me a long time. At this time, I can confidently say that purchasing this knife was well worth the cost. Although in a week (as you have read) the knife hasn’t seen a lot of use, I am confident that it will be able to handle any cutting task that might come up. Who knows, the knife could be a lifesaver someday. Only time will tell.


Now that you have read into a little bit of my experience with my Ultratech, it is your turn to get one. Only then will you truly know what it is like to own a knife like this one. There is a vast variety of Ultratech knives to choose from. All you need to do is go to BladeOps.com to learn more.

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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.



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.



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.


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.


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.



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.

Friday Update–Microtech Knives in Stock

Quick update–We just received several dozen Microtech knives back in stock.  If you’ve been looking for a specific Microtech, just in are several variations of the Tanto Ultratech, several variations of the Dual Edge Ultratech, and even a few of the UTX-70’s. Grab them while you can–they will move fast.


Microtech Ultratech Out The Front Knives

Just in, several dozen different Microtech Ultratech knives including the 122-1, 122-4 as well as six variations with purple handles and three with blue handles.  Check out one of the best-selling out the front knives of all time and get yours quick–the demand on these is huge and they will move fast.

If you have never had the chance to see an Ultratech in action, check out our most recent video about them on our YouTube channel.

These are fantastic knives built with quality components. If you love knives, you will love the Ultratech.


**A quick note about Microtech knives.  If you have ever wondered what the numbers mean, the first set of three numbers in the product code refer to the knife and general blade style.  For instance, a Microtech 122 always refers to an Ultratech with a dual edge blade.  The 123 will always refer to an Ultratech with a tanto blade.  The second set of numbers typically runs from 1 through 12.  This refers to the blade finish and blade edge style.  For example:

-1  Black DLC finish, plain edge

-2  Black DLC finish, combo edge

-3  Black DLC finish, fully serrated edge (on a dual edge blade one edge is fully serrated the other is standard–plain)

-4  Satin, plain

-5  Satin, Combo

-6  Satin, Fully Serrated

-7  Bead Blast, Plain

-8  Bead Blast, Combo

-9  Bead Blast, Fully Serrated

-10  Stonewash, Plain

-11 Stonewash, Combo

-12  Stonewash, Fully Serrated.

So if you are looking for a dual edge Ultratech with a bead blast edge and partially serrated edges (combo) you want a Microtech 122-8.  On the other hand, if you were looking for a Daytona with a dual edge blade with a bead blast finish and a standard edge–you would want the 126-7.

Microtech Semi Custom Ultratech and Scarab Knives

Semi Custom Ultratech
Semi Custom Ultratech

Every once in a while, Microtech does a small run of semi custom knives that are meant to be sold as a set.  Just in, the newest addition from Microtech.  An extremely limited number of Ultratech and Scarab OTF knives were produced with stainless steel Damascus blades and carbon fiber top covers.  They also have blued titanium hardware.  If you buy the pair, you will get matching serial numbers.  These knives are incredible.  Check them out on our website and get your order in fast, because they are going to be gone soon.