Masters of Defense Harkins Triton
In Quantum of Solace a Masters of Defense (MOD) Harkins Triton Out-The-Front automatic knife can be seen. The knife is used by a bad guy attacking Bond.
The MOD Harkins Triton represents the ultimate synthesis of the out-the-front automatic knife and the double-edged dagger. Based on custom knife maker J.A. Harkins' award-winning design, the Triton mechanism provides safe, reliable spring-powered opening and closing with an incredibly secure blade lock-up. Constructed of Milspec-anodized aircraft aluminum, its precision machined handle includes a spring-steel pocket clip and wingwalk inserts for a secure grip. The 154CM stainless steel blade features a double-edged dagger grind and a black tungsten coating for extreme corrosion resistance. These features and this knife's advanced operating mechanism make the Triton the true definition of the "state of the art" in front-opening automatic knives.
The Harkins Triton has a robust opening mechanism and is built for heavy use. The 3.75 inch, 154CM blade rapidly slides out from the top of the handle with the side actuating lever and just as easily slides back into the handle with the opposite movement of the lever in the reverse direction. The sliding switch has been engineered for safety & security to prevent unintentional openings. A steel pocket clip is included with each knife.
Blade length: 3.6 inches
Overall length: 8.45 inches
Blade Thickness: 0.125"
Blade material: Black tungsten coated 154CM stainless steel
Blade type: Plain-edged dagger profile
Action: Double-action out-the-front automatic
Handle Material: Milspec-anodized aircraft aluminum
History of the Triton design by J.A. Harkins
Jeffrey Harkins, a custom knife designer, started prototyping the Triton in the fall of 2000 to fill a void in the custom knife market. It took 4 solid months of part making to come up with a viable product and the knife continued to evolve for the next year or so. This was the first double action out the fronts (OTF) made that had a consistent and solid lock-up. It is comprised of 47 individual parts and is more like a little sewing machine than a switchblade. In 2004 Masters of Defense (MOD) purchased the rights to the design of the knife and initiated 2 patents on the knife, while Harkins maintained the right to make higher end versions of the Triton. MOD produce 4 versions of the knife, all with the same handle, the only difference is the blade shape and the option of serrated on not. The standard as well as the custom knives have grown to be popular ever since.
The Triton has been used in 2 movies and one TV show before: they were used by Robin Williams in August Rush, and Sean Bean in the The Hitcher. It also appeared on Monk in 2007.
The knife has been discontinued and will be succeeded by the new Triton II.
NOTE: Automatic versions are restricted to Military / Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Technician personnel ONLY.
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