Microtech Socom Delta not a Ti Sub-framelock

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  1. HousiN

    HousiN

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    So I just received my Red Socom Delta tanto in the mail and am very disappointed. The Sub framelock is stainless steel, not titanium. The insert is also stainless (which makes sense). What is also weird is the back spacer is Ti. Is microtech being cheap? My red doc was the same. I thought Microtech only used premium materials. Again, very disappointed.
     
  2. d2k5000

    d2k5000 Basic Member Basic Member

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    Nov 3, 2012
    I just looked at microtech's website, and they seem to indicate that both the backspacer and lockbar are steel. Seems like they are being pretty open about what they use. If you just looked at materials, I agree you are paying a premium for design, fit and finish, and the brand. That being said, my g10 delta is one of my favorite knives.
     
  3. HousiN

    HousiN

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    I understand but why put a stainless steel insert if the sub framelock is already stainless steel?
     
  4. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    That would be a good question for them. They do not have any corporate representation here, and every answer is most likely pure conjecture.
     
  5. Yester5

    Yester5

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    For lock adjustment?
     
  6. korn_2956

    korn_2956

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    or because that's what consumers want even if they don't need it
     
  7. HousiN

    HousiN

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    I think most would want Ti instead of Stainless. The first DOCs were Ti then they switched to ss on the colored models. I think they are cuting corners, probably has something to do with profit margins. And yes, I know I answered my own question.
     
  8. korn_2956

    korn_2956

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    I was referring to the lockbar insert that is ss
     
  9. HousiN

    HousiN

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    I've tried but no answer
     
  10. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    I've read tat the steel used for the back strap and the liner is a high quality stainless that is more durable than the 300 series stainless and and cleaner than some of the 400 series stainless some companies use for liners and such. ON paper it could potentially serve as a super budget steel.
     
  11. Leftytwogunz

    Leftytwogunz

    Apr 30, 2013
    I think lock bar inserts are silly and unnecessary.

    Got a second zt 0301 that has one on it and I hate it.
     
  12. bigmark408

    bigmark408 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    IIRC, the component on their customs are beta Ti so maybe it's a tooling issue. What's wrong with SS ? Possibly it because the insert is a replaceable component so why not keep it standardized.

    Just guesses here , I don't see why SS would make it inferior.
     
  13. HousiN

    HousiN

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    Feb 3, 2012
    So you'd be fine if your current Ti framelocks were SS framelocks? SS framelocks are on budget knives.
     
  14. HousiN

    HousiN

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    The back strap is Titanium.
     
  15. fetzer85

    fetzer85

    Oct 17, 2012
    I think the point is that there's nothing wrong with the knife and you are apparently disappointed that you overlooked some details. Maybe you should return it.
     
  16. HousiN

    HousiN

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    Nope, disappointed that Titanium wasn't used.
     
  17. shqxk

    shqxk

    Mar 26, 2012
    The steel insert will lead lock slip problem soon.
     
  18. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
  19. bigmark408

    bigmark408 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    The key word is "Ti Framelock" , if you desire one buy it. 👍🏻

    I have no problem with the Socom Delta production configuration.
     
  20. crom

    crom Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 29, 2007
    I usually research a purchase like that thoroughly. I even know what the washers are made of. Was this an impulse buy?
     
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