The MA-1 Tactical Folder blade is razor-sharp. Our blade is made from the best steel available, PM Elmax Superclean stainless - the definitive choice when it comes to edge holding, toughness, and stain resistance.
Manufactured in Sweden, Elmax Superclean is a superior steel. Elmax Superclean holds an edge longer - it has smaller carbides making it less susceptible to chipping than CPM S30V
and it also has more Chromium (18% Cr vs. 14% Cr). <more on materials in specifications>.
Besides the expense, the only disadvantage to using elite stainless steels like Elmax Superclean, is that the blades are difficult to sharpen - but not our knife. The MA-1 featuring our revolutionary Integral Folding Knife
Sharpener and HollowFlat Blade (patents pending) completely eliminates this problem, making the MA-1 blade a breeze to maintain that razor sharpness. Even under the worst
circumstances - on a rolling boat in the high seas or in a truck bumping and bouncing off-road on a dark rainy night - you will always be able to sharpen or steel the MA-1 with professional results.
If you consider the blade of a knife to be its heart, then the handle is its protective carapace. All MA-1 handles are constructed in two precisely 3-D machined finger-joined parts attached by six stainless
steel screws plus a pivot point, resulting in an extremely stiff and solid design.
The MA-1/T handle is made of Titanium, one of the most expensive and exciting
metals ever used in the knife industry, having the strength of steel without the added weight. The MA-1/A handle is made of High-Strength Special Aluminum and is hard anodized for added durability.
Gutjahr GmbH of Germany, with its experience and tradition of continuously pursuing cutting edge technology, made it possible to bring the sophisticated
design of the MA-1 into production. The exchangeable, dual surface Diamond Sharpening/Steeling element for the Integral Folding Knife Sharpener is manufactured exclusively for the Miltner Adams Company
in the U.S.A. by DMT®, the world leader in diamond sharpening.
Sharpening on Demand - The MA-1 is the first knife to feature our revolutionary Integral Folding Knife Sharpener and HollowFlat Blade (patents pending).
All the sharpening and steeling takes place inside the handle only when you decide to do so - SHARPENING ON DEMAND. Requires no separate pieces and no guides, and no need to maintain a precise angle.
In fact, it requires no special skills at all.
The built-in, four-sided Diamond Sharpening/Steeling element has two sides diamond plated (Coarse and Ultra-Fine diamond grits) for sharpening and two plain steel sides for steeling.
As shown in the picture on the right, the Sharpening/Steeling element only needs to be removed when changing sides to different grits or to plain steel.<see how it works>
No matter the situation, no matter the experience level, you can sharpen or steel the HollowFlat Blade, even single-handedly!
Ergonomic considerations - The pistol-style grip handle fits comfortably and securely in your hand in either a forward or reverse grip. And, despite its generous
size, the MA-1 fits just as comfortably in your front pocket and is also comparatively lightweight.
Form follows function - In addition to being lightweight and durable, an exceptional knife must give the user the ability to do whatever needs to be done. From chopping wood to forcing a locked door open...if the only tool available is your MA-1 Tactical Folder, with its strong steel blade
and solid construction, the MA-1 is up to the task. Not that we recommend it, but in an emergency, itŐs nice to know you can.