Ok, so as many you of know I am not shy about the fact that I love OTF autos. I am also not shy about the fact that I love quality. Which is why I had to write about the cheap OTF Autos I saw the other day.
First of all, lets call a duck a duck and say what these knives are. They are Microtech knock-offs, plain and simple. They look and function like a Microtech, but are made overseas, and made with much inferior materials and quality. The handles, instead of being anodized aluminum, are made of stainless steel and are painted black. The blades are made of an unknown stainless and are also painted black. Also, they hardly ever come very sharp, and even if you use a good sharpener, they cannot retain an edge at all.
Now, I know this all sounds bad, and while I definitely would never recommend carrying one of these knives as an EDC, they are still interesting to me because of the fact that they are so inexpensive. Most people do not realize that a Microtech-like OTF has more moving parts and a more complex action than a lot of handguns. That is why they are so expensive. Most OTFs START at $200 and can go way up, so much so that you could pay thousands for a custom piece. Also, due to import laws, it is illegal to import automatic knives into the USA, which is why all the big brands make their autos in the USA even when they outsource other knives.
The other day, I saw a knock off selling online for $20. TWENTY DOLLARS. My guess is that people order these and get them and are sometimes unsatisfied with the quality, but what do you expect for $20? It has the same function as a knife that usually costs $200 or more, and while not amazing in the quality realm, this is a fun knife to own, and if you lose it, you aren't out much.
Like I said, I don't recommend these knives as an EDC, however, you have to realize you are paying for the technology. If the knife was not an OTF, it would be a total piece of junk, but considering that it is a functioning OTF, it is great as a novelty or a gift.
All that being said, if you can afford it, get a Microtech!