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Review: Microtech UTX-85 & Giveaway!

The Microtech UTX-85 S/E OTF Dual Action Auto

The Microtech UTX-85 S/E OTF Dual Action Auto

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The first thing you notice about the UTX-85 is that they have def­i­nite­ly put more design work into it. It sports a famil­iar over­all aes­thet­ic that we all know and love from Microtech, but seems a lit­tle more refined. The round­ed edges are the most dra­mat­ic dif­fer­nce. Again, I am a fan of the more squared edges on the Ultra­t­e­ch, but then again I also grind my Glock grips into a near per­fect rec­tan­gle, so what do I know.

The 6061-T6 alu­minum body has a great tex­ture to it. Microtech has almost found a way to make some­thing out of met­al “soft” feel­ing. The round­ed edges con­form to your hand very well and you don’t find your­self grasp­ing it so much as it becom­ing a nat­ur­al exten­sion with­in your hand. It feels more like a pre­ci­sion instru­ment, a scalpel than a hunk of met­al you grab onto for dear life. Let’s call it refined.

The next thing you will like­ly notice it the new style thumb actu­a­tor that was intro­duced in the UT-10 pro­to­type. It has an X in the top of the stepped pyra­mid denot­ing the X in UTX and is actu­al­ly one of the eas­i­est actu­a­tors I have ever found on a Microtech. The UTX-85 is good for all day open-close action and you’re not going to get a sore or stiff thumb from it.

Speak­ing of the action, it is smooth. Smooth like Bar­ry White talkin’ your Mom­ma out of her dress smooth. More­over, it is crisp. The deft­ness of the action seats the blade in place with author­i­ty. If you don’t know how an OTF auto works, here is a good video that show the inner work­ings.

The blade play is min­i­mal for an OTF (Out The Front) auto. If you have been around OTF knives before you know there is no way around it. It is the nature of the design. There isn’t enough mate­r­i­al left in the han­dle to tru­ly elim­i­nate the play, but Microtech’s insane tol­er­ances have almost mit­i­gat­ed the blade play entire­ly.

The blade itself is 3 3/16″ over­all and made from Elmax steel. See our pre­vi­ous post about Elmax here. It is a drop point design with a sin­gle groove and our mod­els have the bead blast­ed fin­ish. The sin­gle edge is very sharp out of the box, but if you have a leather strop handy, give it a quick once over. Paper will be trem­bling in fear on your desk.

You notice that the glass break­er is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent too. It sports a ball bear­ing in the end instead of the nor­mal point of death that would catch your fin­ger tips or palm at just the right angle to make you cuss out loud in church.

The tip down pock­et clip is stain­less steel and has the born-on date, both of ours being August of 2016 and the ser­i­al num­ber. There isn’t the cool claw logo on it, but rather the more sub­dued oval Microtech logo. I don’t know about you guys, but I always say the more claw the bet­ter.

Oth­er notable new­ness is the design of the machine screws hold­ing the body togeth­er. Torx would be awe­some so we could crack it open and we don’t have the right tool to do so, but it is very sim­i­lar to this UT6:

Opened Microtech UT6. Photo from

Opened Microtech UT6. Pho­to from

Because I’m always look­ing out for you, here is a video as well:

Detailed Specs

  • Over­all Length: 7.625″
  • Blade Length: 3.125″
  • Blade Thick­ness: 0.13″
  • Blade Mate­r­i­al: Elmax
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Fin­ish: Bead Blast
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Han­dle Length: 4.50″
  • Han­dle Thick­ness: 0.44″
  • Han­dle Mate­r­i­al: Alu­minum
  • Col­or: Black
  • Weight: 3.00 oz.
  • User: Right Hand
  • Pock­et Clip: Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Dou­ble-Action OTF Auto­mat­ic
  • Open­er: Thumb Slide
  • Brand: Microtech
  • Mod­el: UTX-85
  • Mod­el Num­ber: 231–7
  • Coun­try of Ori­gin: USA
  • Best Use: Col­lec­tion, Tac­ti­cal
  • Prod­uct Type: Knife


The Microtech UTX-85 is damn near per­fect any way you look at it. The qual­i­ty is there for sure. This is a fan­tas­tic EDC knife and won’t get in your way dur­ing the day (or night). It is a rock sol­id per­former and one of the best we have seen come out of Microtech in a good while.

Add The Microtech UTX-85 to your EDC and you'll be very, very happy you did.

Add The Microtech UTX-85 to your EDC and you’ll be very, very hap­py you did.


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Editor’s Rating

Dura­bil­i­ty 9.4
Com­fort 9.9
Mate­ri­als 9.9
Fin­ish 10.0
Afford­abil­i­ty 8.2
Microtech UTX-85 S/E Drop Point Sin­gle Edge Bead Blast Knife Mod­el 231–7
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