A very quick word, that I’ll probably add too sometime soon, to present one of my latest acquisitions: the Vespa “Combat Troodon” inspired OTF (Out-of-The-Front) double action automatic knife.
It’s a large automatic, with a blade of about 10cm in S35Vn, a body in CNC milled aluminium (very nicely anodised, in my case in orange, but it can also be purchased in blue, red or black)
The fit and finish are really impressive, all parts match and align very very neatly. The mechanism works strong and well. It’s a double action meaning that one push forward of the button deploys the blade, one pull backward on the button retracts it.
Everything is impressively well done. The only two “problems” I could find are: first when retracting the blade you get a very noisy “ziiiing” from the spring. It’s the same on all DA automatics and easily solved by putting a blob of grease (I used silicone grease) on the spring, at its middle point. The second problem is a bit of blade play both up-and-down and side-to-side. From what I understand, these are necessary for a double action OTF (I’ve seen similar or even worse blade play amplitude on the few Microtech I’ve handled, can’t say anything on higher end / custom pieces). This play doesn’t prevent you from using the knife for many things, including cutting hard stuff (wood, dried sausages… ) but it feels a bit weird when you’re used to framelocks where most good quality knives have no blade play whatsoever.
the whole package is rather impressive, the knife coming in a high quality pouch, with a Vespa branded polishing cloth and (take good note, Microtech) a replacement spring and the three pronged tool for tightening/opening the screws.
All in all, a very very impressive example of Chinese workmanship. If one is willing to accept the rather unwieldy size and the slight blade play that are integral to this style of knives, this is a must. It compares well and sometimes favourably to its Microtech inspiration, at only a something between one third and one fourth of the price!