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OTF (out the front) Tactical knives are a staple of Military and other special forces and when it comes to performance, you need a fast opening hard use knife. Enter the Microtech Combat Troodon (Troh-o-don), a beast of an automatic OTF knife. The Combat Troodon is one of many double action (automatic deploy and retract) OTF’s in the Microtech Knives lineup.
Named after the Troodon Dinosaur, the Combat Troodon is a larger version of Micotech’s flagship knife, the Troodon which is greek for “wounding tooth.” Microtech’s internal “out the front technology” is really a thing of beauty and when you feel the power of this blade shoot out, you can’t help but agree. It fires hard and retracts with great force.
John Wick 2 Movie
The Combat Troodon made its movie debut in the 2017 action film John Wick 2 starring the great Keanu Reeves. A double edge Combat was used in the film and we expect a John Wick Limited Edition model to hit the market in Summer 2017.
The Combat Troodon is 25% larger (5.75″) than its smaller sibling Troodon (4.25″) and is listed by Microtech as a close quarter combat OTF knife. While both are a preference of mine, the larger Combat Troodon is definitely a larger ready for action automatic. The Troodon is more pocket friendly for EDC use and easier to conceal.
The 5.75″ handle is made of anodized aluminum and comes in an array of colors that include black, red, purple as well as camo flavors like urban, tan and green.and an urban camo to name a few.
The aluminum handle contains finger grooves for a better grip and I must admit that even though it is aluminum, it feels more to me like a rubber compound. It is not slick at all. I love the feel of the Combat and the Troodon. The Combat is a beast of an OTF auto but it really feels slim in the hand and not too big.
New for 2017 is a smooth handle on the combat troodon which gives it a another cool look and feel. There will be smooth and grooved handles this year in a mixed bag of options including the white storm trooper model.
The end of the Troodon handle features a good size solid glass breaker for emergency situations. The thumb slide is mounted on the side of the handle not the front like the Benchmade Infidel. When pressing the slide forward to open, it fires extremely hard, which I love. The blade shoots out like a canon and I believe there is not much this knife couldn’t penetrate upon deployment, though I didn’t try.
To close the Microtech Combat Troodon I had to use two thumbs to “auto retract” the blade, thats how hard it locks up. I imagine someone with larger, stronger hands would have no problem disengaging the blade with one hand. It was tough for me but I would guess that gets a little better with time.
The blade on the Combat Troodon measures 3.8″ and comes in a variety of styles including
- Double Edge (Dagger)
- Single Edge (Drop point)
The finishes range from black DLC and camo flavors, to the standard Satin, Stonewash, Bead Blast and Apoalyptic (a dark stonewash).
Most of the blades steels on the combats are Elmax. Occasionally there is M390 thrown in but Microtech uses Elmax steel 90% of the time in their knvies.
The blade edges come plain, full serrated (top edge full serrated, bottom edge plain), partially serrated and new for 2017 a double full serrated (see above photo).
Overall I love this knife and could EDC it however it is a tad big for my pocket preference. The Combat Troodon could easily handle anything you threw at it and I highly recommend it for those in the Military or looking to add to their OTF tactical knife collection. It makes for a great EDC and raises your coolness factor ten fold 🙂
- Overall Length: 9.5″
- Blade Length: 3.8″
- Closed Length: 5.75″
- Blade Steel: Elmax
- Blade Style: Drop point, DE, Tanto, Bowie
- Handle: Anodized Aluminum: Various Colors
- Weight: 5.8 oz.
- Pocket Clip: Right-Left Hand, Tip-Down
- Opener: OTF Auto, Double Action Manual Thumb slide
- Made in: USA
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