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Knife Review: Microtech Red Exocet OTF Automatic Knife

Knife Review: Microtech Red Exocet OTF Automatic Knife

Posted by SD on Jan 3rd 2020

The Microtech Red Exocet OTF Automatic Knife

Microtech Knives, Inc. is a knife manufacturing company that is famous for its automatic knives. This company was founded in Vero Beach, Florida in 1994. It operated there until it relocated to Bradford, Pennsylvania in 2005 and then to Fletcher, North Carolina in 2009. It was in 2007 that the company began manufacturing in American-made version of the Steyr AUG under the subsidiary name of Microtech Small Arms Research.

The company has long promoted itself as stressing quality with regard to tight machining tolerances, to within on thousandth of an inch. Microtech has designed knives of ruse by the US Military such as the HALO, UDT, SOCOM, and Currahee models. Custom knife makers, such as Greg Lightfoot have remarked that these tolerances are what makes the factory knives so close the custom design: “It has the same quality as a handmade custom.”
And although Microtech has produced many styles of blades such as kitchen knives, fishing knives, arrow heads, and balisong knives; Microtech is most famous for its tactical automatic knives. Microtech along with Benchmade Knives was responsible for the resurgence in the popularity of tactical automatic knave sin the 1990s. These knives were seen more as a precision-made tool utilizing powerful springs and high-grade bushings as opposed to cheap import.

Microtech has collaborated with famous knife makers and designers such as Ernest Emerson, Bob Terzuola, Mick Strider, Walter Brend, Mike Turber, Greg Lightfoot, and Reese Weiland on exclusive designs.

For over 20 years, Microtech has been working to build a long-standing tradition of innovation and quality with each knife that leaves their facility. In a world of every changeling technology, they strive to ensure their customers have access to the latest advancements in knife making, while still continuing to maintain a humanized element throughout the manufacturing process. As the company continues to grow, their focus remains the same: to deliver revolutionary products that exceed the industry’s ever-increasing desire for groundbreaking ideas. They appreciated their customers or the years of loyalty and support and for motivating them to better themselves so that they may continue to rise above your expectations.

Today we will be discussing one of BladeOps newest arrivals, the Microtech Red Exocet OTF automatic knife.

The Blade:

The blade on the Exocet has been made out of CTS 204P stainless steel. This steel is made by Carpenter and is pretty similar to Crucible’s CPM-20CV steel. The CTS 204P steel has high amounts of Chromium, Molybdenum, Vanadium, and Tungsten. This means that the blade is going to be tough and strong, while remaining sharp throughout use.

Microtech Exocet, Red

When Carpenter is explaining this steel, they say, “The unique combination of wear resistance, toughness, polish ability and corrosion resistance makes CTS 204P an excellent candidate material for pelletizer, granulator and high-performance industrial and custom knives as well as food processing equipment.” The steel is designed to have high corrosion resistance, which helps reduce the amount of maintenance that is required with the Exocet. You will not have to worry too much about the steel rusting and a simple wipe down and occasional oil should be enough to keep it having its usual high quality.

The blade has been finished in a black and satin finish. The blade is mostly black. This portion of the blade is one of the safer portions, as there is a barrier in between the steel and the environment. This means that the black portions will have their life prolonged, as well as increased corrosion and wear resistance. Not only that, but the black finish does cut down on glares and reflections, since it is a matte finish. This portion of the blade won’t be as susceptible to scratches either.

The other finish is the satin finish. The satin finish outlines the blade as well as there being a thin portion of satin in the middle of the blade, also in a dagger style shape. The satin finish looks bright and clean against the black finish. The outline creates a unique look on the blade, that is both modern, yet still classy and somewhat edgy.

The satin finish is also low maintenance, because it does increase the corrosion resistance of the blade. This means that the combination of the two finishes work to create an edgy blade that is easy to take care of, what more could you ask for?

The blade has been carved into a wide dagger blade shape. This is going to be different than many other dagger blades, because the others are known for how fine they are. However, like a typical dagger blade shape, you are going to get the point. The point is the most crucial aspect of the dagger blade.

The entire blade is nearly perfectly symmetrical, with both sides of the blade rising and falling at the same points, which creates a tip that is perfectly in line with the center of the blade. While this normally creates an extremely fine tip, the Exocet has such a wide blade that you do not get as fine of a tip. You will be able to pierce, there is no doubt about it. But, since the rest of the blade is as wide as it is, you should not have to worry about the tip breaking. With the Exocet, you do not need to be as careful as you do with a regular dagger blade.

Another drawback to a typical dagger blade shape is that thee reis no belly. With the Exocet, you get a wider and more rounded side than normal, which does mean that you are going to have a slight belly. However, this portion is not designed specifically for slicing, so it is not going to excel. But you will be able to complete what you need to with it. The blade edges are plain edges.

The Handle:

The handle has been made out of 6061-T6 aluminum that has been anodized red.

Aluminum makes a great option for a knife handle material because of its various qualities. The aluminum is tough, corrosion resistant, and lightweight. In fact, aluminum is known as low-density metal. This means that it is does not have the weight that you would typically find on other materials that are as hefty as aluminum is. But, the lack of weight is not going to take away any of the toughness. A low-density metal is going to still provide you with the heft that you feel like you need to confidently rely on this Microtech. That being said, because this is a much smaller knife, you will definitely not have a heavy knife.

Aluminum is also incredibly corrosion resistant, which does mean that the knife is going to be as low maintenance as possible. This is not prone to rusting and really all of the maintenance that it requires is wiping the handle down and making sure that it is dry after each use. 6061-T6 aluminum is the aluminum alloy that has the highest yield resistance. This means that it is going to be the toughest, most durable, and most corrosion resistant alloy out of any aluminum handle.

Of course, aluminum does have a few disadvantages. The first is that it has high conductive properties. This means that in cold environments, the aluminum is going to feel even colder. In many environments, this actually does not affect the usage whatsoever. However, in extra-cold or tumultuous environments, you may want to keep in mind that the handle can feel bitter at some time. The other disadvantage is that aluminum is prone to getting scratched.

The handle on this has been anodized a bright red. Not only does the anodization process provide a sleek color, it also increases the toughness and durability of the aluminum. The anodization makes the handle stronger and even decreases the chance of it getting scratched—which is one of the biggest disadvantages when it comes to aluminum handles. The anodization process will effectively prolong the life of the handle.

The handle frame is extra wide. This means that you will be able to have a better hold on it as well as it serves you and keeping you safe as you go about your day. The frame is nearly completely rectangular, with a few random points of jimping that sit on various parts of the spine and the belly. Those sections of jimping will ensure that you have better hold, because it adds more texture to the handle. This is important because the 6061-T6 handle does not offer as much grip as is needed for certain situations.

The face of the handle does have a ridge that goes up the middle of length of the handle. Coming out of this ridge are thinner, diagonally angled ridges. These form triangular patches, but the most important part of this is that it works to add even more texture to the face of the handle.

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip on this Microtech doubles as a money clip, which does mean that it is nearly as wide as the handle itself. Not only is this an awesome bonus, but it will also work to keep the knife more secure in your pocket, because of how thick it is. This puppy is not going to be moving because of how wide and strong it really is. The clip is a black which matches the hardware on the Exocet. Like almost all OTF’s, the clip can only be attached for tip down carry, as it attaches to the end that the blade does not come out of.

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic out-the-front, or OTF, knife. The automatic characteristic does mean that it is not going to fall under a set of laws that do limit the legality of the knife. These laws span the US and automatic knives are not legal in many states, cities, or areas. It is your responsibility as the knife purchaser and user to know your local knife laws. BladeOps is not the responsible party.

The Exocet is an OTF knife, which means that there is a hole in one end of the handle that the blade will be deployed from. This differs from many pocketknives that have the blade fold out of the side of the handle. The trigger to deploy the blade is grey. It is slightly stepped, which will give you a bit better of a hold on it, while you are attempting to deploy the blade.

An out-the-front, or OTF that is automatic has a knife blade that travels within an internal track or channel. This is the same as a non-automatic OTF. However, the automatic main spring drive and button mechanisms enclosed require that the handle of an automatic OTF to be thicker and longer than a regular OTF.

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at a mere 1.98 inches long with a handle that measures in at 3.62 inches long. This means that the overall length of the entire knife is going to measure in at 5.6 inches long. This is a tiny knife, but it packs a punch, so you don’t have to be worried about it getting the job done. This knife weighs in at 3.1 ounces. This weight is nearly perfect. It isn’t going to weigh you down, so you can easily have this with you at all times. Plus, it has enough heft behind it that you can feel confident while you use it. This knife is not going to let you down. This Microtech is proudly made in the United States of America.


This out-the-front knife features a red anodized handle and a dagger style blade in a black and satin finish.

The new Microtech Exocet combines the portability of a sub-2" blade with the practicality of a money clip--making it perfect for daily carry. With an extra-wide frame, this knife will serve you well and keep you safe.

This new Exocet is currently in stock at BladeOps. Order one for you or for a great Christmas gift today by clicking here.