Microtech Knives

Microtech Knives
Microtech Knives, Inc.
Type Privately held company
Industry knives[1]
Founded Vero Beach, FL (1994)
Headquarters Fletcher, NC
Key people Tony and Susan Marfione[2]
Products knives
Employees 25[3]
Website www.microtechknives.com

Microtech Knives, Inc. is a knife manufacturing company, famous for its automatic knives,[2] that was founded in Vero Beach, Florida in 1994 and operated there until relocating to Bradford, Pennsylvania in 2005 and to Fletcher, North Carolina in 2009. In 2007 the company began manufacturing an American made version of the Steyr AUG under the subsidiary name of Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR).[1]

a Microtech Hawk and OTF Scarab

The company has long promoted itself as stressing quality with regard to tight machining tolerances, to within one thousandth of an inch (0.001").[2][4] Microtech has designed knives for use by the US Military such as the HALO, UDT and Currahee models.[2][5] Custom knifemakers, such as Greg Lightfoot have remarked that these tolerances are what makes the factory knives so close to the custom design: "It has the same quality as a handmade custom."[6]

Although Microtech has produced many styles of blades such as kitchen knives, fishing knives, arrow heads, and balisong knives; Microtech is most famous for its tactical automatic knives, also known as switchblades.[7] The most popular designs among collectors are the "Out The Front" (OTF) and the "Double Action" (D/A) automatics.[8] Microtech along with Benchmade Knives was responsible for the resurgence in the popularity of tactical automatic knives in the 1990s.[8] These knives were seen more as a precision made tool utilizing powerful springs and high grade bushings as opposed to a cheap import.[8]

Microtech has collaborated with famous knifemakers such as Ernest Emerson, Bob Terzuola, Walter Brend, Greg Lightfoot, and Reese Weiland on exclusive designs.[6] Microtech Knives have been featured on the television series 24.[9]

Microtech Small Arms Research

Microtech Small Arms Research MSAR
Type Privately held company
Industry Firearms
Founded Vero Beach, FL (1994)
Headquarters Fletcher, NC
Key people Tony Marfione[2]
Products Firearms and firearms accessories
Employees 30[10]
Website www.msarinc.com

Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR) is a subsidiary of Microtech Knives which manufactures an American-made version of the Steyr AUG known as the MSAR STG-556.[1] Introduced at the 2007 SHOT Show, the MSAR STG-556 is an AUG A1 clone available in either civilian, semi-automatic only and military/LE, select-fire variants.[11] MSAR markets accessories for its rifles.


  1. ^ a b c Choat, Chris (March 2008), "Microtech's STG-556 An Exclusive First Look", Small Arms Review 11 (6): 43–50 
  2. ^ a b c d e Walker, Greg (1995), "Magnum Autos From Microtech", Fighting Knives Magazine 8 (3): 12–13, 32, 52. 
  3. ^ "Microtech Knives, Inc.". Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). http://www.bradfordpa.org/microtech_knives.html. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Microtech Knives - About Microtech". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. http://web.archive.org/web/20070213122820/http://www.microtechknives.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=30. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Microtech Knives: the Currahee", Shooting Industry, September 2007, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3197/is_9_52/ai_n20512796, retrieved 2008-02-06 
  6. ^ a b Hopkins, Cameron (September 2000), "These Hot Profit-Makers Are The Knife Industry's Best Kept Secret For Gun Dealers", Shooting Industry, http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3197/is_9_45/ai_65953087, retrieved 2008-02-06 
  7. ^ Rhea, David (2005), "Butterfly Knives: Flippin' and Flyin'", Blade Magazine 32 (9): 66–71 
  8. ^ a b c Karwan, Chuck (March 2005), "Microtech's X-Files: Fast & Furious", Tactical Knives Magazine 11 (2): 10–14 
  9. ^ Cerasini, Mark; Alfonsi, Alice (2003), 24: The House Special Subcommittee's Findings at CTU, Harper, pp. 224, ISBN 978-0060535506 
  10. ^ "Microtech Knives, Inc.". Bradford Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD). http://www.bradfordpa.org/microtech_knives.html. Retrieved 2007-06-22. 
  11. ^ "MSAR - Microtech Small Arms Research Inc.". Microtech Small Arms Research. http://www.msarinc.com/home.html. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 

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