BLUETYPEII
Hello, 

I’m new to this site and kinda new to Microtech.

I’ve owned an Ultratech for about 3 years but, it’s been a safe queen the entire time. I think it’s about time the Ultratech comes out of the safe at least for SD use.

 I also ordered a UTX-85 today with the intention of using it for EDC. Very excited about it.

That brings me to the question of: which Microtech is next? Combat Troodon or Socom Elite? If you suggest the Socom Elite, auto or manual and why?

I would really appreciate some feedback from this forum. Thanks in advance.
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Josh N
What a hard question... I’d say that since you already have a couple OTF’s, then go with the manual Socom Elite. It might be my favorite everyday work knife ever. The the ball bearings make the action unbelievably smooth. The tip down carry also makes deployment extremely fast because your fingers are right were they need to be right out of your pocket. Lastly, They make a signature series version with a spear point, but I prefer the standard clip point. I have both manual and auto socom’s but definitely prefer the manual... this is just my opinion, hope it helps.
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Michbon
Here here....m/a Socom Elite And maybe go find a 2001 LUDT 
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BLUETYPEII
Why a 2001?
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mrtman
2001 is the right era, but the LUDT is the wrong knife.

Find a 2001-2002 Microtech Ultratech in new/near-new condition, snag it and EDC it like any other knife.  See for yourself the incredible craftsmanship and clean, classy design of the original.  I still believe it's Marfione's "iPhone 5"/"66 Shelby GT"/"Rolex Submariner"/etc.

One of the worst things a tinkerer can do is get it right the first time.

Alternative suggestion: Find an Ultratech Element.
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DWScheel
if you would like a solid EDC I recommend a side opener... OTF are more fun than practical. I enjoy them all but if I'm going to grab a knife I'll use use.. it's a LUDT or Socom. That said, if you get a mini Socom get a manual, IMO. Regarding the 2001 comment. I think he was hinting at vintage MT knives being better than more recent ones and I agree. I prefer smaller knives, if I'm going for an OTF it will be a regular TRoodon. If a side-opener it will be a mini UDT, MUDT, LUDT and mini or full Socom. I recommend a manual Socom if going for a newer build. Here's a pic for fun, it's a mini and full size manual Socom
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Michbon
David is right, manual action over Auto is wise...and many new Microtech fans (much like I was) can’t see the forest for the OTFs.....or something 🤔...
The 2001 LUDT happens to be a favorite of mine and one other first Microtech Knives I purchased and a snappy solid opener...
But truth be told, my heart belongs to the manual models....Socoms, Amphibians, Kestrels, Vectors ...
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DWScheel
Now you have to tell us what you're getting or have gotten... we are emotionally invested. 
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BLUETYPEII
Well since you’re asking I think I will be getting a SOCOM Elite Manual... now I just have to decide blade shape, finish and handle color maybe satin finish and OD green, blue or tan. 

What blade shape do you all prefer?
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Josh N
Clip point, stonewashed...

I find stonewashed is by far the best finish for a knife you plan on using. It hides wear the best.
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BLUETYPEII
I’m sure stonewashed is great. Out of all the finishes I like satin and apocalyptic the best. I’ll probably just get satin because corrosion resistance is very important to me, a satin finish should help slightly with this.
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BLUETYPEII
Josh N wrote:
Clip point, stonewashed...

I find stonewashed is by far the best finish for a knife you plan on using. It hides wear the best.


As far as showing wear... if stonewashed is good wouldn’t an apocalyptic finish be better? 
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Josh N

Not really, the apocalyptic finish actually scratches and wears relatively easily, and it’s pretty noticeable because the scratches contrast with the finish (Socom Alpha photos with AP finish attached). They do look ‘beat up” right out of the box though... Also, without knowing the process MT uses to achieve the AP finish, I can only speculate on its corrosion resistance. It almost looks like it’s bead blasted or even painted, then tumbled. If that’s the case, then the bead blast would make it somewhat more susceptible to corrosion because of the rougher texture of the steel.

 

Honestly though, whatever you decide, you really don’t have to worry much about corrosion with the 204p, M390, Elmax, or most any steel Microtech uses unless you really neglect it.

 

Anyway, they’re all great, just get the one you like most...

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Michbon
Clip/Stonewash/Black...
but that Merlot or dark burgundy color is nice...
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