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Sometimes you just want a knife that scares people at the very site of it. Something that looks menacing just lying there. There a so many knives that fit that description that we wanted to narrow down our choices. As preppers, getting a good item at a low cost is always important. The really narrowed down the field to just a few. Keeping the first part in mind, we settled on the MTECH USA xtreme MX-8054 Tactical Fixed Blade Knife. We think you will agree that there is just something about the looks of this knife that scream “OWN ME!”

But being menacing looking without the bite to back it up is all but useless. Kinda like the guard dog yapping away behind the fence as you approach who runs away yipping, tail tucked between its legs if you take one step too close and too fast. Does the Mtech USA Xtreme MX-8054 have the bite to back up its bark? Lets find out.

MTECH USA XTREME Knife ReviewLets start with the specs

  • 11″ overall. 6″ black finish 440 stainless fighter blade with sawback.
  • Full tang ( Made up of 1 slab of steel)
  • Extended tang with lanyard slot and lanyard hole.
  • Grooved black G-10 fingergroove handles.
  • Black nylon belt sheath with front utility pocket, leg strap and black cord lanyard.



Is there more to this than menacing looks?

The quick answer, yes! We need to set one thing straight from the beginning. This is much more a tactical knife than a survival knife. As you know, most knives are able to serve more than one function and this does also.

The blade is a full tang, 440 stainless, single piece of steel with a tanto point . I saw a few reviews saying it didn’t come out of the box sharp. Well, mine did. The factory edge was actually quite sharp. That being said, a knife rarely comes out of the box sharp enough for me so off to the bench for some stone work it went. The blade holds a edge very well and has 4 different cutting surfaces as labeled in the picture. You can actually use each of these for different purposes. The blade also has three different hole location for attaching a lanyard. It also has saw teeth on the back. I have yet to find a knife shorter than a machete where these are actually useful, but they do add to the intimidating looks.

The Handle is made from G-10, and is attached to the blade with barrel bolts. So what is G-10 you ask? G10 laminate grades are produced by inserting continuous glass woven fabric impregnated with an epoxy resin binder while forming the sheet under high pressure. G10 exhibits superior mechanical and dimensional stability and doesn’t shrink. Temperature ratings of 180 degrees C. The grooved surface provides good grip. The handle has deep finger groves cut into it that match the grooves cut into the handle of the blade. These fit my hand like a glove and provide an excellent feel and makes the knife feel very secure. The foremost finger groove is extended and comes down below the blade. I like this for Three reasons. 1. It is all but impossible to have your hand slip off the handle on up the blade. (We all know where there is a will, there is a way, and you can not fix stupid) 2. It protects you hand during a chopping motion. 3. the front side of it is smooth and rounded and can be used as a lever or fulcrum for fine work.

MTECH USA XTREME Knife ReviewThe design of the blade and handle allow for two comfortable holding positions while using the knife. One with you thumb place right on top of the handle like the #1 in the first picture. This gives you good control and extra leverage when chopping or prying. The second  is with you thumb located over the blade like in the #2 position in the picture. This is a comfortable grip for finer work and allows greater control. MTECH has cut little notches into the blade at both of these locations to give your thumb a secure feel. The shape of both of these perches was like they took a blueprint of my thumb and cut the knife to fit.

The sheath is made from ballistic nylon. Ballistic nylon is a thick, tough, synthetic nylon fabric used for a variety of applications. Ballistic nylon was originally developed by the DuPont corporation as a material for flak jackets to be worn by World War II airmen. The sheath comes with a hard plastic insert to keep the blade from cutting through it. The blade is held securely into the sheath by an adjustable button strap. The sheath has a large belt loop at the top and an adjustable leg strap that can be mounted to any of the three molle straps which are sown into the back. It also comes with a good length of nylon cord that weaves in and out of it which is then barrel wrapped on itself. The first thing I would do it ditch the nylon cord for some 550 paracord so that you know what you are working with. You can never have enough cordage on your person. The sheath also has a good sized pocket on the front that is held closed with a velcro strap. It is big enough for your fire starter and more.


MTECH USA XTREME Knife As far as a knife for the woods is concerned, there is nothing the MTECH USA Xtreme excels at, there is also nothing it doesn’t. It did everything I asked it to do. It chopped, battened, dug, did fine work, made fine feathers for fire starting, and cut well. I said earlier that the handle fit my hands like a glove. I know we don’t all have the same size hands and could see the deep grooves in the handle not being to everyone’s liking. Especially when called on for survival work. There are better knives on the market for these functions, but it was able to do them all. Its also not the reason we purchase the knife. At the beginning of the article we said we wanted something that looked intimidating, and was low cost. It serves both of those with flying colors. The fact that it is also very functional is an added bonus. It great when the guard dog has the bite to back up his bark, and the MTECH USA Xtreme does just that. All for under $35!


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  1. Rosa McClellan

    Great review! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Robert Wisniewski

    Very interesting

  3. Joe Silva

    This does look like a very well made knife one that could be very useful in the field or attached to your work Gear. Regardless if you go out into the jungle (mountains etc.) you should always have a knife with you regardless of how long you think you’ll be out.

  4. kevin

    the knife it self looks good I have bought several knives with these nylon sheaths and these sheaths SUCK they tear apart the cloth itself doesn’t hold up to much pressure the stitching falls apart what good is a knife if the sheath if there is no way to carry it

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