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Microtech Troodon Tactical Knife

I searched all over the internet until I found the brand. It was a Microtech Halo Knife. Microtech is a US based knife manufacturer with an obsession for quality. Just before plunking down around $300 for a Halo I came across another model: the Troodon.

The Troodon has a slightly smaller blade, but the real difference is in the mechanism. The Halo requires a button press to extend the blade, but to retract it one must use two hands to pull back part of the handle of the knife. It's hard to explain, but the important factor is that it can't be retracted with one hand. The Troodon uses a flick switch on the side of the knife. Pressing it forward causes the blade to extend straight out, but pulling it back causes it to snap back inside with a satisfying click noise. Here's a video:

Cool, huh? I ordered the black on black Troodon and couldn't possibly be happier with it. The fit and finish are all top notch and simply holding the knife gives the impression that it's perfectly built. It was harder than I expected to move the switch, but a bit of practice makes it easy. I haven't done much with it other than open packages, but boy does it open those packages with style.

Finding the best knife: Shun vs. Masahiro

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My wife loves to cook, and she’s always talking about how she wishes she had better knives.  So we decided to go out and find the very best knives we could for a budget not to exceed $500.

Now, if you think spending upwards of $500 on knives, this review probably isn’t for you.  For most of us, the standard knives we receive in a box set work well enough.  But for someone like my wife who cooks all the time, having a few really good knives makes a world of difference.  Personally, I don’t cook enough to even understand the difference in knives, so I set out to get educated as a first step.

I enlisted the help of my friend Haidar, an award-winning professional chef at Proof, an award-winning DC restaurant known for its cuisine.  In fact, Haidar recently won an Iron Chef-style “Capital Food Fight” competition hosted by Anthony Bourdain and cooking legend José Andrés.

In Haidar’s professional chef world, he uses knives are so good they are can be used to cut sushi, and are only sharpened on one side.

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