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    Out The Front (OTF) knives

    This thread is for discussing everything about OTF’s. Let’s see your knives, and talk about functionality, reliability, tradeoffs relative to conventional folders / fixed blades, and the best uses for them.
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    Out The Front (OTF) knives

    My motivation for an OTF was for support side carry in a Clinch Pick role. Here’s a size comparison (from right): Microtech UTX-85, Spyderco P’Kal, Clinch Pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clusterfrack View Post
    My motivation for an OTF was for support side carry in a Clinch Pick role. Here’s a size comparison (from right): Microtech UTX-85, Spyderco P’Kal, Clinch Pick.
    Have you sliced your thumb trying to retract the blade? I want a UTX-85 pretty bad but right now, the only ones available are D/E and the idea of placing my thumb that close to the blade gives me the heebie jeebies.

    ETA: What blade steel did you get?

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    I’ve had zero problems with it so far. I really don’t worry about cutting myself—in fact, it seems less of an issue to close an OTF than many folders. Being able to have a D/E seems like a big advantage of the OTF.

    My knife came with m390, which I like a lot.
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    "You don’t really graduate from certain problems or certain things… like you always have to work on trigger control and pulling the trigger straight. " --Ben Stoeger 1/24/2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clusterfrack View Post
    My motivation for an OTF was for support side carry in a Clinch Pick role. Here’s a size comparison (from right): Microtech UTX-85, Spyderco P’Kal, Clinch Pick.

    I have those exact same three knives, except my Microtech is red. I have discovered it's really useful for opening things one handed, and that it's like a fidget spinner for adults. The problem is I don't know how useful it actually is for opening people. I need to get a trainer and do EWO
    I shot the PX4 before it was cool.

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    Out The Front (OTF) knives

    Quote Originally Posted by jetfire View Post
    ... I need to get a trainer and do EWO
    Is there a trainer? That would be really useful.

    I've done well with a support side waved folder in training, so I expect the OTF would be no worse, unless something fouled the blade as it opened. I like that you can operate it from any body position. The wave openers are a challenge from guard or similar positions.
    Last edited by Clusterfrack; 05-06-2020 at 12:56 PM.
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    "You don’t really graduate from certain problems or certain things… like you always have to work on trigger control and pulling the trigger straight. " --Ben Stoeger 1/24/2018

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    I didn't even think to look if they made a trainer, which apparently they do not. However! This company: https://ravencresttactical.com/produ...vo-otf-knives/ makes cheap Micrcotech knock-offs, and they also sell a training blade for it: https://ravencresttactical.com/shop/...raining-blade/

    So if you're willing to spend $150 to get a trainer, you can. And also not worry about breaking it during EWO
    I shot the PX4 before it was cool.

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    Haven’t poked anyone with it yet.



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    I looked at the Ravens Crest copy just now, but $100 for a Chinese knife with a zinc alloy handle seems steep.
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    I saw my first OTF in a souk in Amman, Jordan when I was a kid. I’ve never gotten over that initial hit of "how cool is that!”

    Pros: Cool AF; relatively safe for fingers; DE in a folder; fun
    Cons: Heavy AF; chunky; complex; harder to maintain; blade wobble; expensive at every quality/price point

    They’re the Bisley Blackhawk .44 special of the cutlery world: if you want one of these boat anchors for a super cool adult fidget spinner, then by all means... but there are way better options for edc.

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