OUR PROCESS

Learn about the materials, design process, and manufacturing of MICROTECH® KNIVES

DESIGN

It all began with a sketch on a piece of paper over 25 years ago. Our process of concept anddesign starts with several initial mockups before final approval. After drawing concepts arerendered, our engineering department creates precise 3D models with flawless specifications.The engineering team works hard to assure production of our knives runs as smooth as possible.

materials

Our pride runs deep in the materials we choose to deliver a perfect knife. Over the years we have used various top-shelf materials for our Core, Signature Series and Custom products.We never sacrifice quality for cost. We use nothing but the highest-rated premium metals, carbon fiber, aluminum, plastics and other project-specific materials.

CARPENTER
CTS-204P

American-made CTS-204P is the close equivalent to Bohler M390. CTS-204P is an ultra-premium steel manufactured in Pennsylvania. We carefully chose this steel to complete our mission of producing a 100% American-made masterpiece for the majority of our knives.

EDGE RETENTION
90%
EASE OF SHARPENING
28%
POLISHABILITY
90%
TOUGHNESS
60%
CORROSION RESISTANCE
70%

CARPENTER
CTS-204P

American-made CTS-204P is the close equivalent to Bohler M390. CTS-204P is an ultra-premium steel manufactured in Pennsylvania. We carefully chose this steel to complete our mission of producing a 100% American-made masterpiece for the majority of our knives.

EDGE RETENTION
90%
EASE OF SHARPENING
28%
POLISHABILITY
90%
TOUGHNESS
60%
CORROSION RESISTANCE
70%

BOHLER
M390

Bohler M390 is widely revered as being the best all-around knife steel, which has led top companies to widely utilize it in higher-end knives. M390 exhibits excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and durability. Microtech® frequently uses this steel in models such as the Combat Troodon and Scarab II, among others.

EDGE RETENTION
90%
EASE OF SHARPENING
20%
POLISHABILITY
90%
TOUGHNESS
60%
CORROSION
60%

ELMAX

Elmax is a well-rounded, premier steel and fits our blade needs perfectly. Excellent strength and durability are balanced with exceptional sharpening ability and corrosion resistance. 

EDGE RETENTION
90%
EASE OF SHARPENING
40%
POLISHABILITY
90%
TOUGHNESS
60%
CORROSION
50%

Carpenter
CTS-XHP

Carpenter CTS-XHP is a well-rounded and versatile powder metallurgy steel. Equally suited as an EDC folder or a fixed blade, this blade steel is easy to sharpen, corrosion-resistant, and mixes edge retention with sufficient durability. Microtech® uses this steel in blade applications when needed.

EDGE RETENTION
80%
EASE OF SHARPENING
50%
POLISHABILITY
90%
TOUGHNESS
50%
CORROSION
70%

CREATION

After the materials are selected, we begin the creation process. After machining and multiple secondary operations, each knife is built by hand. Day by day, we improve our methods and make sure each product leaves the factory with the very best quality. Moving forward, we are strengthening our quality control to maintain or exceed our already high standards.