Monthly Archives: March 2008
I had heard through the forums that Microtech was going to move away from the knife business imminently and focus on their MSAR business. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I have always wanted a Microtech OTF auto and found (1) one left on a website for very reasonable pricing. And yet, this is now the most expensive knife in my collection.
There are many good things to say about this piece, its a technological accomplishment and the tolerances seem crazy tight. I am not a fan of carrying autos for lots of reasons, and I won’t carry this often, but it is really fun and a good looking instrument.
It’s amazing how light and sleek the Troodon is given that the spring which launches and retracts is STRONG and TIGHT. I was worried about accidental deployment… but rest assured there is almost no way to accidentally trigger this monster. It takes some mighty thumb exercise to activate the OTF. I am SURE that I can deploy a Spyderco faster simply for this reason. (time and practice could remedy that, but I’m talking about me, today.)
The window breaker is a nice looking and functional touch.
The blade is really the high-point for me, a beautiful wharncliffe with attractive cut outs. The edge came out-of-the-box scary sharp and needlepointed, a welcome surprise.
The clip is good and gets extra points for deep-pocket carry goodness, although the dino pic, while cool, may be a bit much.
So another limited-time carry for me but really nice addition to the House. Is it worth the money? Not sure, as I have nothing this expensive to compare. But if you want a best in class dual action OTF, you cant go wrong with the Troodon.
PS: Next time, a Spyderco! Promise!
I have started a new mini-blog about my P90X experience. I have been up and down with regard to my personal fitness for a couple years now, and decided to get serious. This has nothing to do with knives or pictures 🙂
I have always loved music, starting on the clarinet and saxophone in third grade. When I hit 17 I picked up a really cheap guitar and tried to teach myself some songs by Rush, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, and even some easier Van Halen riffs. This same story can probably be reiterated a hundred thousand times across America in the young male population.
Some of the problems with guitar ownership and dilettantism is the burden of wanting to own several models, several amps, the cash required, and the space considerations.
This is where Line6 enters with a very high tech solution (which is roundly denounced by purists, the same people who declared digital photography, the internet, and the automobile as passing fads and unworthy.) Line6 makes a series of guitars and amplifiers which have the ability to mathematically model dozens of different instruments and amp rigs.
So herein I post my first youtube video, not to show off my mad skillz as a guitarist, but to show how I am getting a very presentable 12-string sound out of an 6 string electric guitar with no visible pickups. Add to that I can change the body shape of said 12 string, or make it sound like a banjo, a sitar, a classic Las Paul, or what have you.
These are the kind of toys that keep me working and loving technology all the more. Age of wonders indeed.
PS the song is “Hope” written by Alex Lifeson of Rush from the Snakes and Arrows LP. I do recommend you hear it in original form 😉