Michbon
The LUDT was an early purchase from Josh at PVK..I had picked up a Combat Troodon as my first MT, and at the time Socoms were scarce, LUDTs had not seen production since 2009 and OTFs were in good supply so I asked if he had any personal MTs he could part with..this 04/2001 LUDT and a 2003 UMS were what he came up with ...the UDT has a small "drop" mark in front of the pivot, lots of snail trails and rub marks as well as a dull blade but no damage to the edge...it's a solid smooth hard opener with zero movement in the closed and open position...the 12/2001 Amphibian was my first Amphibian..from Arizona Custom Knives...I was happy to pay $220 for it , and even though I have (newly acquired) mint examples from the same run, this used, faded green model is the one I reach for every time...the smoothest non ball-bearing MT I have and it's not like it has any blade play either ..the boron carbide blade finish still has no blemishes....the 10/1998 Socom is a EBay purchase from a year ago, it was carried but not abused ..trails on front handle and a few small areas of lost anodizing on back towards the pivot..one cut mark on the blade...Socom generally have perfect detents and no discernible blade play....this one is no exception and for less than $300 I scored a plain edge M/A Model that I could really enjoy without any guilt ...in fact I'm still breaking it in....the Amphibian is perfection in that respect.....my favorite "not mint, close to mint or excellent condition" Microtechs
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mjswan
Josh Burbank - now there's a name I haven't heard in a while.  Josh hooked me up with my first real auto many moons ago.

"Psst.  Kid.  Yeah, you.  Wanna see something cool?"  [smile]  Thanks, Josh!

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Michbon
Mike, do you remember what model that first real auto was?....come to think of it I prob couldn't pin down what my first was...I know it wasn't a MT....too rich for my blood even when I got serious about collecting
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GZB
Michbon wrote:
Mike, do you remember what model that first real auto was?....come to think of it I prob couldn't pin down what my first was...I know it wasn't a MT....too rich for my blood even when I got serious about collecting


Remember my first Auto. My younger brother gave it to me the mid 90's.

A Benchmade Mel Pardue 3000. Pretty much like the one pictured below:
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mjswan

Michbon wrote:
Mike, do you remember what model that first real auto was?....come to think of it I prob couldn't pin down what my first was...I know it wasn't a MT....too rich for my blood even when I got serious about collecting


If memory serves, it was a Benchmade Reflex - followed closely by the Benchmade Mel Pardue in Greg's post above.  Like you, I was a few knives in before I discovered Microtech (and my bank account hasn't been the same since.  [smile])


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Michbon
The Mini Reflex was most likely mine ...I rarely see the older full size Reflex for sale, that's sweet..Greg, nice Pardue😉...it was Benchmade, SOGs, Daltons Spydercos as far as autos then I got a Troodon and a 2001 SCE Auto...all the brands I listed are superbly built tools ...Daltons are unique and the designs are countless...and they all run a close second to my appreciation of Microtech's design build and finish
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