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On The Edge

A Vero Beach entrepreneur makes high-quality knives and talks about life.

Microtech owner Anthony (Tony) Marfione in his manufacturing facility in Vero Beach.

Microtech owner Anthony (Tony) Marfione in his manufacturing facility in Vero Beach.

A sheriff’s deputy came into the Microtech office the other day and asked to have his knife resharpened. The lifetime guarantee applied, of course. What was out of the ordinary, though, is that the deputy recounted how the knife had just saved a woman’s life. She had been trapped in her vehicle underwater in a canal. The quick-thinking deputy broke the car window and then sliced the seat belt with a couple of swift moves with his UMS Microtech knife. Jeff Stiles, a spokesman for Microtech, the small but growing knife manufacturer off Oslo Road, describes the event as a perfect use for the product’s unique one-handed operation. The Uniform Military Service folding model is designed for this and similar emergencies.

“We don’t sell switchblades to street gangs,” says founder, owner and designer Tony Marfione. The knives are sold primarily to the U.S. military, EMTs, fire fighters and law enforcement personnel — with badges and valid IDs.

 Read the entire article in the April 2003 issue