MTech MT-20-30

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Bushcraft-kelso, May 14, 2018.

  1. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    Hello fellow Bushcrafters!
    I received a new test subject in the mail today.. IMG_20180514_173828.jpg got this lil dude to try out some small neck knife/ psk size options. This was $8.27 to the door.
    Specs. As follow
    Full tang
    Drop point blade
    4 3/4" oal
    2" blade
    2.8mm blade thickness
    Blade is undefined "stainless"
    Removable G10 Handles
    Lanyard hole
    Kydex sheath w/necklace
    First impressions..
    Good looking knife!
    Sheath also is quality in appearance. Retention is good takes a little pull to get out. Has no play.. crisp click when lock in place.
    Knife it's self.. not very sharp out of the box, grind is uneven at the point.. handle is tight no play. Feels good in the hand. Not bad around the neck either.
    Now.. let's see how it does out of the box.. IMG_20180514_180314.jpg it made good curls.. I know it don't look like it.. but I had a hard time just getting those... because.. IMG_20180514_180104.jpg my friggin helper loves eating them... As fast as I can carve them... IMG_20180514_175318.jpg while looking for some dead standing I wanted to try this lil dude on a sappling, these sweetgum trees are everywhere and will be removed one way or another. Today it's a test subject.. IMG_20180514_175501.jpg cut it down by batoning with a thumb sized stick I cut to try splitwood processing with. Didn't take long giving the size of my baton, larger stick would have made faster work.
    IMG_20180514_180407.jpg went for hardwood right out of the gate.. the top stick was the one I used to baton the sweetgum with. Also used it on this. IMG_20180514_181006.jpg like a boss! More functional than I originally thought. Even with scales rubbing down one side and beating only the point, it still done alotta bueno IMO.
    After I processed the wood, the handle still had no play which was surprising, but probably because I wasn't beating it through a 3 1/2" O.D. piece of maple or cherry with a beater of similar size. I think "as is" this is a very capable blade for $8.27..
    This lil dude took a fair amount of abuse for it's size. Used within reason (common sense) I think this knife will make a excellent psk/neck kit knife. I'm gonna put on a lanyard and re-profile the edge a little and put a good edge on it and try the same tests again and see how it fairs. I'll keep y'all posted. All in all.. worth the money I think, and not too bad on the eye.. or the pocket..
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2018
    bgf, Paul Foreman, Crowe and 15 others like this.
  2. central joe

    central joe Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2012
    Messages:
    5,941
    Likes Received:
    33,182
    Location:
    upstate south carolina
    Good review of a nice little knife young fellar. joe
     
    fatcat55 and Bushcraft-kelso like this.
  3. Gman1051

    Gman1051 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2017
    Messages:
    224
    Likes Received:
    752
    Location:
    Hewitt, Texas
    I have that same exact knife. I put a pinkie lanyard on it to help hold onto it.
     
    fatcat55 and Bushcraft-kelso like this.
  4. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    Update!
    Had some time at lunch so I took this dude to the stone and got the edge right. It's sharp as frig now... 1526403451942-1233012192.jpg I drilled out a fire steel and added it, 2 ranger bands and some 550 to the sheath. Also put a 90° edge on the drop so she blows sparks just fine now. Think it's time for more tests..
     
  5. Lichen

    Lichen Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,685
    Likes Received:
    7,083
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    How can you afford that?
     
  6. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  7. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    Also drilling firesteels is interesting!
     
    Midwest.Bushlore, fatcat55 and Broke like this.
  8. JasonJ

    JasonJ Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    1,259
    Likes Received:
    2,865
    Location:
    Bay City, MI
    If you don't have Amazon Prime and need something to bump you up to get free shipping, this is a good option to toss in the cart. That's how I got mine. Now my 6yr old wants his own, which is fine, because it's a great size for him and his hands and to learn to safely use a knife.
     
    fatcat55 and Bushcraft-kelso like this.
  9. Keyser Söze

    Keyser Söze Usual Suspecto Lifetime Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2008
    Messages:
    16,060
    Likes Received:
    16,077
    Location:
    Narnia
    he sells sweet-gum feather-stick goat milk at the local farmers market !!
     
  10. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    ** poison oak flavored sweet gum feather stick and goats milk
     
  11. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    Update
    I had been working on the blade a little trying to get it exactly like I wanted it. I modified the tip some as well as the spine a little more today and tried some finer tasks with it IMG_20180516_172356.jpg Longer curls with hardwood IMG_20180516_172829.jpg short tight ones with hardwood did best. I'm liking this lil guy!
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2018
  12. fatcat55

    fatcat55 Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2012
    Messages:
    694
    Likes Received:
    1,964
    Location:
    Texas
    I am impressed by this inexpensive knife. Never would have thought it would perform this well. Based on your results I have a newfound respect for MTech-at least this model!

    Thanks for the report.

    Edited because on 3rd reread I finally saw "undefined 'stainless'" as blade material.
     
    JasonJ and Bushcraft-kelso like this.
  13. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    @fatcat55 all it said was "stainless steel" so I wasn't sure what to say about the steel
     
    fatcat55 likes this.
  14. Lichen

    Lichen Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,685
    Likes Received:
    7,083
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Well, as long as you're not selling your body.
     
    Keyser Söze and Bushcraft-kelso like this.
  15. Bushcraft-kelso

    Bushcraft-kelso Am are Hobbyist Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2018
    Messages:
    1,059
    Likes Received:
    6,879
    Location:
    Ephesus, Ga
    I wouldn't be able to afford that knife if I was doing that!
     
  16. JasonJ

    JasonJ Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    1,259
    Likes Received:
    2,865
    Location:
    Bay City, MI
    Mtech has perhaps 2 or 3 other models that are not half bad at all, especially for the roughly $15 or less price. The MT20-35 is supposed to be pretty great for what it is as well.

    https://www.amazon.com/USA-MT-20-35...8&qid=1526647566&sr=8-19&keywords=mtech+knife


    I'm kinda wanting to try out the MX-8035, it looks like a very useful size and shape.

    https://www.amazon.com/USA-MX-8035-...8&qid=1526647590&sr=8-36&keywords=mtech+knife
    If unspecified stainless, I always assume 440A. Can get crazy good sharp, just won't hold it long. If you can get 440C, that's certainly the better of the 440 series to pick from.. but not all Chinese made blades will go that route. Some Elk Ridge knives are 440C though, and they do well.
     
    Bushcraft-kelso likes this.

Share This Page