history

For over 20 years, Microtech® has been working to build a long-standing tradition of innovation and quality with each knife that leaves our facility. In a world of ever-changing technology, we strive to ensure our customers have access to the latest advancements in knife making, while still continuing to maintain a humanized element throughout the manufacturing process. As the company continues to grow, our focus remains the same: deliver revolutionary products that exceed the industry’s ever-increasing desire for groundbreaking ideas. Thank you to our customers, for the years of loyalty and support, and for motivating us to better ourselves so that we may continue to rise above your expectations.Some memorable moments include:

1994:

  • The very first knife prototypes were created in Anthony and Susan Marfione’s apartment
  • The release of the UDT marked the official beginning of Microtech. The company began renting a building in Vero Beach, Florida, which quickly expanded to nearby empty buildings as the demand for a larger facility became apparent.

1995:

  • 1995 brought the release of the HALO, which has become a prominent line through Microtech’s history and earned the cover spot of the 1995 edition of Fighting Knives magazine.

1999:

  • The Ultratech, the most popular Microtech ever, first hit production.
  • Microtech also earned Blade Magazine’s Manufacturing Quality Award for the second year in a row.

2000:

  • Microtech released the company’s first balisong knife, the Tachyon, which was later followed by the Tachyon II and the Metalmark in 2012.
  • The Lightfoot Compact Combat was awarded Blade Magazine’s Knife Collaboration of the Year.
  • Anthony Marfione was also featured in “Le Chasseur à L’arc” for the uniquely designed Tomahawk.

2004:

  • The MTX2 was awarded American Made Knife of the year by Blade Magazine.
  • Originally designed for U.S. Special Forces Boat Team 20, the initial run of the Currahee was limited, with the first few placed in the hands of those best suited to test the knife, the United States Special Forces.

2005:

  • In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Microtech relocated from Vero Beach, Florida to their current factory in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
  • The MTX 2 is featured on the cover of the January edition of Tactical Knives.

2007:

  • Microtech’s sister company, Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR) engineered the original STG-5.56, becoming the first knife company to establish a firearms division.

2011:

  • Microtech’s Select Fire won Most Innovative American Design at Blade Show 2011.

2012:

  • The Socom Delta was awarded American Made Knife of the Year at Blade Show.
  • Two legends met as Anthony Marfione entered into a collaboration with Mick Strider to create the DOC.
  • Microtech also launched the Siphon, their first high end pen.

2013:

  • MSAR introduces the new line of XM Series magazines.
  • Microtech brought home Collaboration of the Year and Most Innovative American Design from Blade Show for the DOC and DOC KillSwitch.

2014:

  • Microtech opened a second facility in Mills River, North Carolina to expand production capabilities.
  • The company celebrated their 20th anniversary with the launch of new packaging, a new Blade Show booth, and an anniversary coffee table book.
  • The Anax, the industry’s first billet handle with separate lock tab and integral lanyard mount was released in June.

2015:

  • 2015 featured significant collaborations with Heretic Knives, Sean Marfione, Koji Hara, Borka Blades, and Munroe Knives.
  • The Ultratech underwent a major aesthetic revamp, with the introduction of the new tri-grip handle and thumb slide.
  • The Arbiter was introduced as production model for the first time.
  • The Siphon underwent some re-engineering and was re-released as the Siphon II. The new elongated model accepts Fisher Space cartridges, features a low-profile pocket clip separate from the lever mechanism, and has a rubberized grip.
  • The Tachyon III was introduced, bring a whole new level of mechanics and visual appeal to the balisong industry.
  • 2015 also saw the introduction of the Thin Blue Line law enforcement special Ultratech.

2016:

  • Production prototypes of the SBK and kitchen knife collaborations with Borka Blades were released at Blade Show.