MSG-3.5 Mirror Polished
Original price $2,995.00
Blade Length 3.5
Overall Length 8.25
Closed Length 4.75
Weight (oz) 5.71
Source Previously owned
Knife Type Tip Up Carry, Tip Up Clip
Blade Material M390
Blade Details Drop Point, Spear Point
Handle Material Metallic, Stones & Minerals
About the Maker
Marfione Custom Knives
Anthony (Tony) Marfione founded MicroTech Knives in 1994. In addition to running MicroTech, Tony also makes custom models and custom versions of various Microtech production styles, which he markets through Marfione Custom Knives, L.L.C. These knives not only offer the quality of MicroTech, but are limited and have the custom refinements designed and applied by Tony. Such pieces are highly sought after by collectors and are destined to appreciate in value due to their unique features and limited quantities.
Beginning in 1994, out of an apartment and later a storage shed in Vero Beach, Florida, Microtech Knives was created. More than 20 years later, now headquartered in Western North Carolina, Microtech Knives operates with that same mission at the forefront of everything we do. Throughout the evolution of growth and change, our goal is to maintain the highest standards of quality possible. Microtech utilizes exclusively American-Made manufacturing, materials and labor. Every component we use is developed within the United States and more than 95% of all our components are manufactured in-house, by us directly. Because we use only the best quality materials, and to ensure our commitment to excellence, every Microtech knife is backed by our Lifetime Warranty. Every knife produced in our facility is sharpened by hand. Rigorous testing, research and development ensure that we meet impeccably close tolerances and extremely high standards of quality. We aim to continuously evolve and push the boundaries of expectation, delivering products that set the standard for precision cutlery. From all of us at the Microtech family, we thank each of our customers, as well as those who serve us and our country through the United States military, law enforcement and first responder services. Designed for exactly that reason, our Service Personnel Program aims to provide the best possible tools to those who rely on them the most. It’s because of your commitment to uncompromising quality that we are able to pursue our mission of creating the world’s best cutting tools.
In 1988, he began making specialized knives for use by the military. This turned out to be fortunate turn of events, both for Mick and for the knife using world at large. Mick’s approach was to not get burdened by the weight of past designs. He started with a tabula rasa, a clean slate, informed only by his own experiences and knowledge of what a soldier needed in a knife. The knives he made didn’t look like the hunter-inspired knives seen in most PXs; instead they were almost brutish in their functionality: beefy, solid, and with unbreakable ¼” stock full tangs. These knives were the first indication of his innovative approach: in addition to their utilitarian design, the knives carried a subdued finish and subdued sheaths. No one carrying a Strider knife was going to be spotted because of sunlight glinting off of polished steel or a glossy leather sheath. Soldiers, policemen, and other men going into harm’s way couldn’t buy them fast enough. Mick sampled some good ideas, but made them great. For instance, he was not the first to wrap a knife handle with paracord, but he was the first to do it in a way that was tough enough for sustained infantry use. His knife line grew over the following years to include different varieties of fixed blades, all distinctive and many with specialized uses. But constant in all of them was a disregard for convention, and a desire to try new ideas. An example of this was the Ajax – it featured a very wide blade surface clearly designed to inflict damage. It drew on the weapons carried by Roman legionnaires, yet was modern and usable in the 21stCentury battlefield. Mick also worked on his technical skills, always striving to become better at the physical craft. At the 2002 Blade Show, a group of the best tactical knifemakers in the country decided to compete with each other to produce the most innovative and interesting fixed “battle blade” at the show. Mick’s entry, an incredible integral knife made out of ½” titanium stock with a zippered composite blade, gorgeous handles, and integral guard was the unanimous winner, and effectively retired the competition.