Josh N
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Michbon
I didn’t realize the Dirac was issued in 2 sizes..
Great collection, what’s the story in the busted UDT?😮🥺😢
Love the Mini UDT...still a glaring absence from my collection 
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Josh N
Thanks! You have a very, very beautiful collection as well.

Yeah, those are actually the Dirac and the Dirac Delta proof runs, and a Delta prototype... 

The broken one is a ‘95 ludt.  It is the first Microtech I ever purchased back in 1996, and is also where my addiction all started... I carried and used it for about 20 years before I accidentally dropped it off a 32’ extension ladder 🥺😢.  Must have replaced the spring 4 or 5 times over the years... 

I’m actually going to be reunited with 3 more of my babies in the next few days... My first Ultratech, a Damascus LUDT, and a Currahee....  I had to trade them during some hard times, and have finally made arrangements to reacquire them. 

I received this little beauty yesterday from PVK. Signature series Socom Alpha Mini. Probably the best sized fixed blade MT has ever produced for every day carry, in my humble opinion...

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Josh N
And here they are... well, 2 of them...
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Nepa Dean
I believe the ludt is damsteel not Damascus.
Great looking knives,thanks for showing them.
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Michbon
Ty Josh, I’m a little jealous that you had Microtech on ur radar back in ‘96..I have a 1997 LUDT and would love a 95 and 96 ...not to mention the 94mini UDT...but of course 🧐
That Alpha Mini is a nice size indeed, it reminds me of  some of my favorite fixed blades that I always seem to reach for...
The early LUDT chassis is slim and sharp, but you can’t beat a 2001 “4 slot” LUDT...I believe they’re considered to be the third generation because the mini UDT is the first the large LUDT  being the second Generation...and sterile AND in Damasteel (I believe Nepa Dean is correct) to boot....that’s a beauty.
Just curious Josh, how reliable has the 2003 Ultratech been? I’m looking for one with a Boron Carbide finish blade...they’re a little boxy compared to recent models but it’s a classic and I should have one in my collection..
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Josh N
Unfortunately, being on my radar didn’t give me the foresight to keep either of my ‘95 LUDT’s in pristine condition (see photos)... 66E3CB07-EA05-425D-8B6C-38038161CD64.jpeg  39EFDC3E-EBC1-4376-8623-BBB5522115DE.jpeg  It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that I began to recognize the collectibility of Microtech knives. 

To to answer your question, in my opinion, the older Ultratech’s are just as reliable, if not more so, than the newer ones. I believe this mainly because they’ve already stood the test of time, not to mention that mine is just as fast as a brand new one (check out the video clip). 
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And yes, the LUDT pictured earlier is Damasteel. I was just using the word Damascus generically to describe the pattern. A thousand pardons 🙏🤭, I’ll try to be as specific as possible in the future...

Anyway, happy hunting!
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Chief
The only Gen III LUDTs produced were customs for Travis at Red Canyon, 10 Brend mirrors (second up from bottom), 30 satin Tony M (top), and 30 Tony satin chisels (not pictured).  Gen I knife from 1997 on bottom.  Gen II was defined by the removal of the kraton inserts (second and third knife from top) and additional ridges around the handle.  Gen III returned the inserts, kept the ridges, and had polished screws / buttons.  Guess you could call the dimpled LUDTs Gen IV.  Not gospel, but how we referred to them around here. 

[LUDTs]
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DWScheel
favorite LUDT's... love to add a blued raindrop someday
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vector
Some HAWKs
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Nepa Dean
Love the middle hawk,thanks for sharing them with us..
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Chief
@DWScheel Forgot about the gen III LUDT tacticals with the dagger logo as you have in your pic.  I own the extra tritium button from that run, considered putting it in one of my other Gen IIIs but don't want to take them apart.
CMSgt USAF 1975 - 2000
USAF taught me to nuke millions of innocent people ... got damn good at it too.  It forged me into a warrior and no one hates war like a warrior.
http://www.johnferguson.net
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aicdan2000
vector wrote:
Some HAWKs
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Is the bottom one an h/p prototype? I love the new hawks! Might be the first new MT I buy in years.
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vector
Yes, it is the Prototype #008
the HAWK on top ist one of 96- (54+)) Reese Weiland Ground Walter Brend Satin Finish Blade STERILE MT Handle HAWK ~ 3-4 / 2000.
the Claw Logo is one of (100) Damascus HAWKS done in 2002.
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DWScheel
Chief wrote:
@DWScheel Forgot about the gen III LUDT tacticals with the dagger logo as you have in your pic.  I own the extra tritium button from that run, considered putting it in one of my other Gen IIIs but don't want to take them apart.
 

The tritium is very very dim in my LUDT but I agree with not taking apart, would be bummed if I dinged any HW. 
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