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MTECH XTREME USA MX-8027A TACTICAL FOLDING KNIFE 5" CLOSED
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- 5-Inch Closed
- 3.75" Black 440 Stainless Steel Blade with Net Treatment Pattern
- Metal fence graphic in blade; melt in the grip
- Includes Pocket Clip
- 5 inches long closed; blade measures 3.75 inches
- 8.75 inches overall; 440 stainless steel blade
- Includes pocket clip and easy release for a quick-flip open
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The MTech USA Xtreme Folding Tactical Knife (model MX-8027A) features a black net pattern straight edge blade and a black aluminum handle, with a 5-inch closed length. This tactical folding knife offers easy one-handed deployment via its quick-opening thumb stud. Once open, the blade locks securely into place with the use of its liner lock. This stylish knife features a 440 stainless steel blade with a net pattern on it. Grade 440 stainless steel contains more carbon, giving it excellent hardness and edge retention. The aluminum handle has cut-outs along the handle scales for a unique look. It also has a lanyard hole on eh end, enabling you to attach extra cordage or hang it around your neck. It comes complete with a pocket clip for easy and safe carry. MTech USA Xtreme offers a variety of both tactical fixed blade and folding knives that are made with thicker and higher grade materials such as 440A and 440C stainless steel blades.
The Mtech Extreme Tactical Folding Knife is a designer, collector's knife built for all-purpose utility, ideal for camping and outdoors use. Measuring 8.75 inches overall, the knife has a sharp, 3.75-inch blade forged of high-quality 440 stainless steel that folds into a precisely cut handgrip with a melt. The jet-black blade features a stylish metal fence design and the well-proportioned handgrip offers a secure hold and stealth look. Measuring five inches long when closed, the knife fits perfectly in a pocket or you can use the belt clip to keep the knife at your side.
- Blade length: 3.75 inches
- Overall length: 8.75
- Closed length: 5 inches
- Blade construction: 440 stainless steel
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In general, I judge a pocket knife based on three main criteria: handle comfort and build, pivoting/folding action, and the blade.
First off, when opening the package and examining the knife, I noticed that it mentions the word USA no fewer than three times on the Knife and box. That said, upon closer inspection, you notice it says it is "designed" in the USA, but is made in China in tiny print. I find that to be a funny (and somewhat misleading) marketing tactic. However, I'm not one that believes in the "made in USA" = quality hype, so this had little affect on me other than wondering what other misleading things they might take liberties with.
Luckily, outside of this misleading marketing tactic, the knife itself was packaged decently and looked well made. You could tell immediately that this wasn't a $5 gas station or novelty store knife, but one made with function in mind. The first thing you notice is build quality and heft. Everything seems to be well machined, put together, etc., however, it is much heavier than similarly designed counterparts from bigger namebrand companies like S&W and Gerber. I think this is because in order to save costs, they used heavier steel and also didn't use aluminum in the handle frame, but steel here as well. That said, while it feels heavier than I prefer, it does give the knife a feeling of durability. The design itself is almost identical to a S&W knife I had lost, except slightly longer and black. I'm not sure how well the color will hold up but it does feel like it will hold up. I will update with use and wear. While similar to the S&W, I immediately noticed that the machining wasn't quite as nice as the S&W. It's not that the handle looked cheap, but you could obviously tell the limitations of the machining equipment used by MTech and its inability to make contoured handle pieces out of metal. The S&W has subtle metal curvature that gives it a smoother and more ergonomic grip without adding wood/rubber/plastic grip inserts. Everything on the MTech is very angular and not quite as form fitting for the grip as the near identical S&W design. I doubt this is a design choice and more of a manufacturing limitation. That said, while this doesn't give it quite the same level of quality and ergonomic feel as the S&W, it looks decent and I suspect most won't care about minor things like this in a sub $10 knife. The real downside here might be the weight. If you plan on having this inside your pocket, it might be a little heavy. The clip is sturdy and overall, the initial impression is a nice durable knife, just heavy.
When opening the knife, there is zero blade play. It doesn't feel too loose or too tight and opens cleanly and snaps closed and open very securely. This is very important in this kind of product for safety and durability and an important judging criteria for me. I will see if this stands the test of time, but as of right now, the blade action is perfect. The one and only negative here is the standard push-type plate thumb unlocking piece to unlock the blade and close it. I am not referring to the thumb assist on the spine to open the blade, but the one inside the grip to close the knife. It is slightly too thin and hard to get to with one hand/thumb. The reason is most likely to prevent accidentally releasing the blade lock while gripping the knife. However, it needs to be about a millimeter more pronounced to be a little easier to use with one hand.
Finally, the blade. In the pictures, you will notice the blade has some sort of combo net and stripe print on it that they refer to some sort of beneficial blade treatment. I somehow doubt it has any significant functional purpose and is more for show. I almost didn't purchase the knife because of this "gimmicky" print that is often reserved IMO for novelty store trinket knives. While I like subtle design efforts, for the most part, I want my pocket knife to be functional, not a GI Joe knockoff. I'm not in the Marines, nor am I some tactical expert that specializes in hand to hand knife wielding combat. Sure, if I need it in a pinch for protection, that is certainly one of many possible uses, but I don't necessarily want that as the theme of my pocket knife (I would imagine boys/men from teenagers to early twenties mike like this print). It even perpetuates this gimmicky effort by having the words "Extreme" on the blade (very small) and alludes to some sort of Marine coordinated design effort on the box. However, despite all of this, the blade came sharp, well designed, and looks like it will fulfill its main objective, to cut, quite well. Also, while the pattern seems more pronounced in the pictures, it is more subtle in real life. So despite initial reservations, the blade seems to be well made.
In general, the knife had good build, great blade action, and a good blade. For the price, the only real con is the weight, but otherwise, for $5-8, this blade is a very good buy. It's obviously not a top tier knife (thus the four stars), but then again, you aren't paying for that. I feel like you get all of the functional qualities and durability out of better namebrand knives, just without some of the small/subtle differences upgrading to a more premium brand might give you such as slightly better machining, forged steel, and aluminum. If none of that matters and you just want a reliable sharp pocket knife, then don't hesitate.
That's all this knife needs to be a decent knife in my opinion. MTECH dropped the ball on some simple but crucial points here. They really shouldn't be selling this knife at all regardless of the price, to anyone due to the safety misses in the construction of this knife. I will put a bit of effort into this knife because a few simple fixes will make this a safe and usable knife if used properly. If you aren't willing to fix this knife as soon as you receive it, then please don't buy this knife. IT IS AN UNSAFE TOOL.
The actual blade was very sharp which is a good thing. The handle was nice as well, it was very pleasing to see.