Jeff Harkins SS Triton OTF
Without a doubt, this is the finest automatic OTF knife I have ever had the pleasure to behold. This precision crafted automatic knife is perfectly made, and oozes quality. Jeff Harkins is truly a magnificent custom automatic knife maker.
I’m not familiar with Jeff Harkins’ spring mechanism on the Triton, but unlike the Microtech peice, this one does not stop when met with resistance… it will keep peircing through! Microtechs when fired against a cloth or something will stop firing and require the blade to be manually pulled out and locked in, while the Triton will keep peircing through the cloth.
The double-edged dagger blade is perfectly ground, which is not easy to do. The hand-rubbed satin finish goes so well with the hand-rubbed finish of the handle, and the plunge portion of the grind blends into the handle opening. The handle is assembled with black machine torx screws, positioned very carefully on the backside of the knife handle.
As you can see in the third photograph, the beveling around the coffin-shaped handle is immaculate. The firing button on the Triton is a bit on the stiffer side, so it does take quite a bit of a push to fire the knife and retract it, but it is understandable given the strength of the spring that is firing the blade. The knife overall is quite heavy as well, since it entirely stainless steel.
Overall, the production quality of this knife is very similar to the Scott Cook Lochsa, and in fact has similar styling. However, the precision machining and parts that goes into the complex dual action automatic mechanism are far more sophisticated than a simple frame-lock folder, even one as unique as the one-peice Lochsa. The Jeff Harkins Triton is the most satisfying OTF automatic knife that I have ever handled.
Blade Length: 3.6″
Overall Length: 8.5″
Handle Material: 416 Stainless Steel
Blade Material: ATS-34