The Drop: Microtech LUDT Automatic Knife

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It’s a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

When it comes to EDC tactical auto knives, Microtech is at the top of most EDC enthusiasts’ lists because of their decades of experience. Their LUDT (Large-Water Demolition Team) automatic knife is a reissue of designer Anthony Marfione’s best and most enduring knife designs (the UDT) from 1995, and the upgrades they have made since then still make it a strong choice today. Microtech upgraded the partially-serrated drop-point blade with Böhler M390 steel, which features better edge retention than the steels available decades ago. The blade design is also improved, with a notched thumb ramp and a smooth crowned spine for better control.

The Tri-Angle button lock offers more security than the original, but the speedy spring-loaded automatic folder opening embedded into the tapered 6061-T6 aluminum handle remains. For everyday carry convenience, there’s a lanyard hole at the back of the aluminum handle, and the pocket clip supports tip-up right-handed storage. And while it’s not a strictly modern deep carry pocket clip, the LUDT of today conceals better than the original, which required a dedicated belt holster despite being a folding knife and not a fixed blade.

What we like: The throwback design of the latest LUDT brings a revered classic tactical knife into the modern day with improved blade steel and ergonomics that make it a solid choice if you’re looking to EDC a folding automatic knife today.

What to watch out for: Like with all automatic knives, do your research and check your local laws and rules to ensure you’re allowed to add one to your EDC.

Final verdict: Whether upgrading from your trusty original Microtech knife or adding this sleek new updated tactical auto folder to the mix, the new Microtech LUDT is worth looking at and purchasing today.

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