MTech Xtreme Fixed Sawback Tanto Knife | 11" Overall, Full Tang, G10 Handle, MTX8135
Black nylon belt sheath with a storage pouch
Mtech Xtreme Fixed Sawback Tanto Knife Specifications:
- 11 3/8" overall.
- 6 7/8" black finish 440C stainless tanto blade with extreme pointed tip, sawback, lashing slot and finger ring.
- Full tang. Grooved black G-10 handles with thumb ridge and finger choil.
- Extended tang with dual lanyard/lashing holes and striker pommel.
- Black nylon belt sheath with a storage pouch and black nylon leg ties.
I love this knife!6 October 2018I got this knife when EXTAC had a sale and for $70 it felt like a steal... This is a typical M-Tech blade - heavy, thick 440C blade and feels awesome in the hand. It's got a good length and the blade is very deep, with a flat handle and G-10 construction which sits nicely in the palm and allows quick twists and turns, presenting the blade at speed. The fingers sit nicely around the quillon area with a solid forefinger choil and ribbed thumb ridge which really held the knife in place - this naturally feels like a very comfy fighting knife. The lashing hole is a good touch for making it into a spear or for other survival situations, and although the long slot is unusual (and in my opinion needlessly introduces the risk of weakness to the blade) I can see how it could help the knife perform a number of survival tasks with some paracord and a bit of ingenuity... With that said, the blade is pretty thick and feels very solid, so it would take a lot to snap this baby. A nifty little recessed blade in the ricasso area is tucked up and makes for a good addition for cutting things like sticks with the help of hammer or log on the back of the spine - or for other cutting tasks where you don't want the knife to slip. The sawback though? Hmmmm. M-Tech - WHY 'O' WHY do you make your sawbacks so bl**dy weak? Sharper teeth on the back would have made all the difference and once again this is a missed opportunity. I do love sawbacks on longer knives as they are soooo useful - but it escapes me why a manufacturer wouldn't put decent teeth on if they are going to bother? I understand that there are drawing issues with sharp teeth and they can catch on the sheath (especially if it's fabric) which can delay draw time, but to have a serration like this is just frustrating... Whoever designed this blade cannot EVER have used it to saw anything other than a sheet of balsa wood or it would have gone back to the drawing board... Do it properly - or don't bother and leave sawing to a saw-back machete, folding saw or a survival wire saw. With that said, I like this blade overall. The slight recurve on the Tanto is awesome - so often a deep chiseled Tanto blade is not good with reverse cuts as the point is away from the target, but this shape changes the game. I really, really love this blade design and with a full tang its solid and reassuring... an added glass-breaker on the pommel is another clever touch. The steel at 440C is OK for the price, and the black anodised finish gives it a cool look and will help stave off rust that little bit longer and prevent reflections if needed in a tactical situation. It was provided pretty sharp but with the blade being fairly thick the edge has a deep V-angle and so will never be razor sharp unless you're on a grinder for a good while and smooth down that angle... Again, good for a camping or survival knife - but probably best as a fighting blade. The sheath is OK, nothing flash and has a pouch for a sharpening stone or small survival kit, magnesium flint scraper etc. A bizarre feature is the fabric clasp which folds over on itself with a stiff press-stud, but nothing that makes this bad in any way - just a little unusual... With all that said I took this knife camping and fishing the other week and used it in a number of situations and loved it. Highly recommended for something a bit different!