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Little ray
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I am considering a Microtech OTF. I think the Ultratech is as big as I'd like, but also would consider the UTX-85. I would carry it in a pocket, and would prefer not to have to use a pocket clip. The Ultratech seems at the size limit for that. The UTX-70 seems toy-like.

Do these make useful carrying knives? How do they carry - there is a fair amount of handle in these for a given blade length?

Other considerations? Other brands to consider?

And photos are always fun.

Thanks.




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Posts: 44461 | Location: Texas | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have an ultratech that I have carried for years. One of the things I like the most about it is how slender it is. If you were to remove the clip, it disappear well in the pocket.

I find my to be more useful nowadays, as I often have a one-year-old in my arms or otherwise clinging to me and the double action is great for when you only have one hand available.

If I were in the position to buy another one, there are probably only two things I would change:
1) I would get a single edge blade. I have the double edge, and it sure looks cool, but it's just not that useful.
2) I would probably get a Benchmade (or one of their HK branded ones). They are very similar to the ultratech, but with much better customer service (anecdotally, at least) and no @$&! proprietary screws! Thankfully I have not had any problems with my microtech, but I would much rather work on a knife that is made so I CAN work on it than deal with one that is made to keep you from messing with it.

For what you are looking for, I think an ultratech or BM equivalent would do nicely.



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Here are some quick photos with a BM 710 and mini barrage for reference. The ultratech does have a long handle, but without the clips it is slimmer than both Benchmades. It is also lighter than the 710.

https://i.imgur.com/iIvnZaP.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/Wik1Wmg.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/O4ukk26.jpg

The grid in the background is 1". I lined up the base of each knife (ignoring the glass breaker on the ultratech) the photo just makes them look out of alignment.



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Here’s a comparison photo of the line up if it helps any. I have an Ultratech coming for Christmas. Big Grin



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I will say the Ultratech is very light and disappears in the pocket. I would recommend it, so far I have had no issues with mine.
 
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Thanks, all.




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I have an Ultratech and a Scarab as well as the UDT.
That said, when I carry an OTF, it's one of the Benchmade-HK's.
Only because I don't mind beating on them.




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Originally posted by agony:
I have an Ultratech and a Scarab as well as the UDT.
That said, when I carry an OTF, it's one of the Benchmade-HK's.
Only because I don't mind beating on them.


Is that because you are preserving them, or think they can't stand a little beating?




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because they're too pretty to use. And I don't have the tool to service them. The HK's are easy to take apart.




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I bought the OD Green UTX-85 first. It is a great size for pocket carry. I then got the Ultratech HellHound because...well, look at that frickin blade. I then had to have a Combat Troodon. Then the Combat Troodon Bounty Hunter was released. The day after I received the Bounty Hunter, a Friend offered to sell me the Spartan. I have Benchmades, ZTs and Spydercos too, but they sit in the drawer now.

 
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I love the Ultratech, Utx-85, and the Utx-70 all for carry depending what I wear. 85 is prolly the sweet spot though a full size is easy to carry as well.

 
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Thanks for all the help.

Now, who has these in stock? I can find some Ultratechs in stock, although the supply isn't huge.

And I think the only UTX-85s I have seen anyone have in stock are the super-deluxe $800 versions.

Does anyone have a decent selection?

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Grand Prairie Knives seems to have a bunch.


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pvk Vegas has some i think or at least they did. Blade HQ may be sold out.
 
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St. Cloud Knives just got UTX-85s in.

http://www.stcloudknives.com/p...?dealer=%20microtech
 
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Thanks, akaSigFreak. I placed an order with St. Cloud. I found out from Microtech that they didn't produced any UTX-85s for a few weeks, but started a run, so the dealers should be getting some in the next week or two.




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pvk Vegas has some i think or at least they did. Blade HQ may be sold out.
 
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