Learn about the materials, design process, and manufacturing of MICROTECH® KNIVES
It all began with a sketch on a piece of paper over 25 years ago. Our process of concept and design starts with several initial mockups before final approval. After drawing concepts are rendered, 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.
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.
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. This is the Microtech® steel of choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.