I can't seen to find much that's very recent on the knife? and any "end uses" out there care to comment on there experiences? good or bad? Thanks troops.
Did you look on Bladeforums?
There are several threads there about them.
I had the auto variant before it was blatantly stolen by my supply sgt who took it (and all of our knives/multitools) for safekeeping while we flew commercial to deploy, then went, "What knife? You never gave me any knife."
Honestly, it was pretty unremarkable for that price range. Definitely a quality knife, just nothing that really stood out. I did like the grippy panels, but it was overly large for my tastes. Ended up acquiring an Auto Styker that was smaller and sleeker to carry.
I've got one dated '97 or '98. Army buddy found it in a pawn shop outside Ft. Gordon & picked it up for me knowing I'm a knife-nut.
Even as old as it is you can tell it's a quality knife. Flips open with a nice "thwack!", and the lock-up is still tight with no play. One of the pocket-clip screws is stripped & it's been used, but I still like it. I contemplate sending it to a knife-maker I know to clean it up & fix the stripped screw issue.
Re: The new ones. Quality still looks good, though the price tag is high for what you get. If you got the coin & want the knife, it will be worth it to you. Keep in mind that the newer ones use a proprietary screw to Microtech & their reputation for customer service is not good.
I had one, carried it in Bosnia on my second deployment there. Well built, sharp as hell. No complaints. Was dated 2/97, with serial number 007, which I thought was coo .