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Knife Review: Pro-Tech Purple Newport Automatic Knife

Knife Review: Pro-Tech Purple Newport Automatic Knife

Posted by SD on Dec 3rd 2019

The Pro-Tech Purple Newport Automatic Knife

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 are 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 talking about the Pro-Tech Purple Newport automatic knife, which is a new arrival at BladeOps.

The Blade:

The blade on the Newport is made out of CPM-S35VN steel. This steel is made by Crucible Industries, which is a renowned steel manufacturer. This steel was one of their previous steels that had been upgraded.

Crucible originally created S30V steel, which became an incredibly popular steel in the higher end knife industry. This steel was known as having the perfect balance between edge retention, hardness, and toughness, which is a complicated balance to achieve. This steel was also incredibly corrosion resistant, which left it being lower maintenance.

However, there was one major problem with this steel: it was hard to sharpen. Really, really hard. Crucible was not okay with this flaw in the steel and with the second go-around, they were determined to change it.

To create the CPM-S35VN steel, they started with a finer steel structure. They also added trace amounts of Niobium. Both of these new properties assisted in making the steel easier to sharpen. Now, even more beginner of sharpeners could manage it. Plus, the new steel kept all of the same high qualities that CPM-S30V steel had. Really, with how good the original steel was, you cannot go wrong with this newer steel.

This steel has also undergone Crucible’s CPM process, which they describe when they say, “The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grindability, and toughness compared to steels produced by conventional processes.” Essentially, the CPM process enhances all of the good qualities that the steel already has. It is going to be easier to sharpen and more reliable.

The blade on the Newport has been finished with a stonewashed finish. This finish is going to add to the low-maintenance qualities of this Pro-Tech. To create this finish, the steel is tumbled with small ceramic pebbles to rough it up. This adds some texture and some textured look to it. The steel is removed, smoothed out, and then polished. This means that the blade itself is smooth, but it looks textured. This textured appearance is going to hide the scratches and smudges that accumulate over time, reducing the time that is going to be needed for maintenance.

Also, the stonewashed finish does cut down on many of the reflections and glares that you would normally have to deal with. This means that if you are using this knife in the field, you won’t have to worry about the “mirror” giving away your position.

The blade has been carved into a spear point blade shape. The spear point blade shape is known to be a little bit of a hybrid shape. This is because it sports a lot of different characteristics from a variety of different blade shapes.

The first thing that you should know is that the spear point has a very fine tip. This tip is sharp and thin, similar to the clip point’s tip. This means that you will be able to pierce easily and well with the Pro-Tech Newport. That being said, just like the clip point, the tip is going to be prone to breaking. This is due to how fine the tip actually is. When you are using it on harder targets, definitely be aware of this and proceed cautiously.

The next major advantage that the knife sports is that it does have a lowered point. This is not as lowered as you would find on a drop point, but it does drop enough that it will give you better control. This means that with the spear point, you can easily perform fine detail work.

The last advantage is that it does have a large belly. Now, if you were to compare this belly with the drop point or the clip point, it would seem miniscule. But the belly is there. It allows you to do some slicing.

All in all, the spear point is known as a hybrid shaped blade of ra couple of reasons. It works to give you a little bit of everything, instead of excelling at one thing. This does mean that you will be better equipped to take on a wider variety of tasks, but it also means that you are not going to excel at a single one of those tasks.

The Handle:

The handle on this knife has been made out of 6061-T6 aluminum that has been anodized purple. Aluminum is a popular handle material in the cutlery industry, because it is lightweight and pretty durable. Aluminum is known as a 

ProTech Newport Auto with Purple Handle

low-density metal, which means that it is not going to weigh down the knife. That being said, it is going to provide you with the heft that you need to take on your regular tasks.

Aluminum has a high conduction property, which does mean that in colder environments, this is going to be a colder knife to hold. Also, aluminum does not offer the most grip and texture, which does mean that the handle can be rather slippery in some situations.

Aluminum is tough though—it is going to be able to take on quite a variety of tasks without you having to question it.

This alloy of aluminum is 6061 and it has been T6 processed. This specific alloy of aluminum has the highest yield resistance of any alloy. This means that out of the aluminum handles, this alloy is going to be the toughest strongest, and most durable.

The handle has then been anodized a grape-juice purple. Not only does this add a sleek appearance to the handle of the Newport, but it also enhances all of the good qualities that the aluminum already has. The thing about anodization is that it actually chemically changes the surface of the handle. This means that unlike a coating it cannot peel off. That being said, the surface can still be scratched, which would reveal the original aluminum layers underneath it. The anodization process also cuts down on glares and reflections, which creates a unique, matte look to it.

The shape of the handle is super simple which seems to the be the aesthetic of this knife. The spine has a slight curve to it that angles down toward the butt of the knife. The butt of the Newport is tapered and rounded, so it doesn’t look as extreme. The belly of the knife si nearly just as simple, with there being a super elongated and shallow finger guard. The handle then bulges out ever-so-slightly to help with the ergonomics and make this a more comfortable knife to hold. That being said, the shape of the handle partnered with the aluminum material is not going to offer much texture at all. In fact, this handle may be rather slippery, which does mean that it is not going to be ideal in all environments or for all tasks.

This version of the Newport also does not sport a lanyard hole, which is a disadvantage.

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip is a deep carry clip designed for tip up carry only on the traditional side of the handle. The clip is a brighter silver which matches the hardware on this knife. It also looks clean and crisp against the purple handle. It is slightly skeletonized at the top, so you can see the two screws that keep it in place. This also helps to cut down on some weight, although not much. The deep carry aspect of the pocket clip will ensure that you can move about your day without worrying about whether or not it is going to stay secure inside of your pocket—it will.

The Mechanism:

This is an automatic knife, which does mean that it is not going to be legal in all states, cities, or areas of the United States. Automatic knives fall under a strict set of laws in the United States. Because of this, it is your responsibility as the purchaser and then as the user to know your local knife laws before purchasing or carrying this knife. BladeOps is not the responsible party.

This is a push button automatic, which means that all you have to do to deploy the blade is push a small button that sits on the front of the handle. The button on the Newport is a bright silver that does match the rest of the hardware on this knife.

There are plenty of advantages to having an automatic knife, but the biggest one is that you will be able to bring it into play quickly and easily. When it comes to crunch time, you do not want to be fumbling with your knife. This will ensure that all you have to do is push down the button and the blade will swing open, lock into place, and be ready for use.

The biggest disadvantage to an automatic knife (other than the legality issues) is that it is a little bit harder to maintain. You have to be more concerned with the innards than you do with any other pocketknife. This is because if pieces of the inside begin to break down, the automatic mechanism may also begin to break down. To take best care of this knife, make sure that the inside is always clean and dry. Occasionally, you may need to take apart your knife to deep-clean the insides, but if you are on top of the rest, you won’t need to do this part.

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at three inches, with the handle measuring in at 4.125 inches long. This means that when the blade is deployed, the overall knife is going to measure in at 7.125 inches long. The Newport weighs in at 3 ounces, which is right in the sweet spot for an Everyday Carry knife. The perfect balance of weight is somewhere between 3 and 5 ounces, because it provides you with enough heft to feel confident in using it, while it also does not weigh you down. This Pro-Tech was proudly made in the United States of America.


This automatic knife features a purple anodized aluminum handle, a drop point style blade in a stonewash finish and the pocket clip is designed for tip up carry only.

The sleek and lightweight Pro-Tech Newport was the winner of the 2013 Blade Magazine Investor/Collector Knife of The Year award and sports an elongated blade shape for plenty of cutting real estate.

This new arrival at BladeOps is currently in stock. To order yours today, click here.