Wilson Combat OTF Automatic Knives

Wilson Combat is a well known 1911 manufacturer who has recently been in the spotlight with the Wilson Combat AR9 9mm AR-15. Since 2000 Bill Wilson has been offering knives under one brand or another and recently Wilson Combat teamed back up with Hogue. This collaboration has resulted in a couple of new, automatic, out-the-front (OTF) knives they are calling the Wilson Combat / Hogue Knives X-TAC OTF Automatic.

Also called sliding knives or telescoping knives OTF knives have traditionally been synonymous with gravity knives such as the Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer. More recently OTF automatic knives have been made popular by both the high-end tactical versions or the cheap no-name automatics found on the tables of gun shows and online.

Hogue has manufactured Allen Elishewitz designed knives since 2012 and that same year Wilson teamed up with Hogue to offer the Elishewitz designed Star Light folding knife. The new Wilson Combat-Hogue WCX Out the Front Automatic is also designed by Allen Elishewitz. The new knife is a double-action design with a black anodized aluminum handle and a stonewashed, 3.5″, CPM-154 stainless steel blade in tanto or clip point with a removable deep carry pocket clip.

OTF Auto knives are not exactly known for durability, but Wilson Combat claims that the new X-TAC OTF auto is the first heavy duty, hard use OTF automatic knife.

The Wilson Combat / Hogue X-TAC OTF Automatic, 3.5″ Tanto Blade can be purchased directly from Wilson Combat here.

Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at scott@thefirearmspodcast.com


  • DanGoodShot

    Yet another TFB product push without a stated price…. Come on. You know that should be the bottom line man.

    • civilianaf

      Its too much, yet people will buy it none the less.

      • DanGoodShot

        I did check out the price. ANY knife with a 4.5 inch or less blade priced over $120 is just ridiculous. That stupid thing is 3x the price.

        • civilianaf

          More power to WC for getting people to buy it at that price. I mean I’m not going to, but apparently there are lots of people with lots of money out there, who want a bird logo on their stuff, and are willing to pay a premium for it.

        • pun&gun

          Most folders don’t start getting good until about that price. Even knives from reputable companies like Spyderco will often have wiggly lockups or offcenter blades at that price point. Most people who are into knives as a hobby find the critical point for cost/value around $400 to $500, judging by where the highest-end production knives and midtech options sit. Beyond that, you’re going into custom territory, and the value proposition drops off sharply.
          And fixed blades almost always cost less than an equivalent folder. There’s much more complexity in fit and machining when you’re dealing with a pivot and locking mechanism as opposed to a sharpened bar of steel.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          And that is why its pointless discussing knives on a firearm blog. Same people who’ll dump 2 grand into their rifle have a conniption over a $300 knife.
          Besides, I’ve never seen a decent OTF for under $300

  • Spencerhut

    $365 from a name you have grown to trust in knives over the last five minutes . . . Yuppie knife.

    • Reef Blastbody

      Actually a rebranded OTF from a well known manufacturer with a Wilson Combat logo and a price premium.

      • Kirk Newsted

        Rebranded from whom?

        • Reef Blastbody

          Hogue. You can actually see the laser etch on the blade on Wilson Combat’s page. Check BladeHQ dot com and search for Hogue OTF

    • Haulin’ Oats

      You can bring your $365 knife, I’ll bring my $150 Hipoint. Lets see who wins.

  • M-dasher

    only available for LEO/MIL/ FIRE/ EMT………….and people from Arkansas……….

    • Reef Blastbody

      And Texas, and Michigan, and a number of other states where they’re pushing back against this nonsense.

      • m-dasher

        well auto knives are legal in most states to own….and some states to carry….i was referring to WC notice on who theyll ship to

  • USMC03Vet

    1/10th the price of a regular Wilson Combat product? Not sure If apocalypse or not…..

  • john huscio

    Well they aren’t stealing any marketshare from microtech and that’s what I’ll get whenever I’ve got an extra $350 laying around……. OTFs are legal in michigan again and we’re on the cusp of constitutional carry….. happy days.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Next problem is that a vast majority of OTFs are daggers

  • pun&gun

    I’ll hold off on an OTF DA automatic until someone puts the Hawk Deadlock mechanism into production. Shouldn’t have to accept blade play as a fact of life in a 300-500 dollar knife.

    • Reef Blastbody

      Oh hell f**king yes. I just got a Hawk MUDD, and it’s a fantastic knife. They DID a collab with Zero Tolerance on the MUDD sealed bearing system, so maybe there’s hope that Gavin and Gayle will do one with the Deadlock mechanism. I’d be down for a Zero Tolerance OTF that locks up as solidly as a fixed blade. 😀

      • pun&gun

        I was sad to see that collab disappear so quickly. Given KAI’s little feud with Microtech, I’m surprised they haven’t already jumped in with a Hawk collaboration to make a DA OTF at a competitive price point. They’d sell out almost instantly.

    • Edeco

      Exactly, would want one as a toy but 200+ for something that will feel cheesy, nty.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    All too often when a reputable high quality company starts stamping their name on products that they did not make that are not what they are known for selling, the brand becomes the item being sold and no longer the product. This trend is often accompanied by corners being cut on their main product. Please dont do this Wilson. I like you even if I cant afford you.

  • Reef Blastbody

    Assuming that the machining and materials are on par with the likes of Benchmade or Microtech, that’s surprisingly in line with the market of OTF automatics.

    The Wilson Combat OTF pretty much goes head to head with the Microtech Combat Troodon, both are >3.5″ double action OTFs, and the Microtech has the higher MSRP, ~$450-475 depending on blade style and finish. Not counting the Marfione Custom variants that start @ $1K

    • pun&gun

      Microtech’s lost a great deal of consumer respect lately, thanks to their feud with KAI and their lawsuit toward the guy behind EverydayCommentary. It’s a good time for other companies to come cut a slice out of their pie.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I’ll stick with Microtech OTFs. They are the best made ones even though they have some of the worst customer service.

      • Mikey

        I wanted the blade changed on an Combat Troodon and was told it would be $100 for the blade I wanted. I sent it in and they changed the blade for free under warranty. I had it back in half the time they estimated. The knife is over 5 years old. This was last month. Guess their customer service got better.

  • Reef Blastbody

    And if that last one gets black-holed, just go to BladeHQ or GPKnives and search for “Hogue OTF”

  • Bradley

    Not a bad steel at all, but I’m not buying something at that price without better.

    • Reef Blastbody

      It’s a rebranded Hogue Tanto OTF. BladeHQ and others have the same thing with different machining on the body and no WC logo for ~$70 less.

  • valorius

    Are the knives $1000?

    • alex archuleta

      Unit Price: $364.95

  • alex archuleta

    Unit Price: $364.95

    You can get a Microtech OTF for less.

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    • Reef Blastbody

      >You can get a Microtech OTF for less.

      Eh. This one,size/spec wise compares to the Combat Troodon, which runs ~$450 or more depending on blade style, finish, etc.

      • alex archuleta

        I picked up a micro tech ultra tech (blade length 3.4in)for $260. Granted it’s a bit smaller but paying almost $200 for a blade that’s 0.1in longer doesn’t seem worth it. Wilsons blade is 3.5in. To each their own! That’s the best thing I love about this country. I’m just saying, for anyone that has an OTF microtech, specifically the ultra tech, I feel like it was a good buy:)

        • pun&gun

          There’s more to it than blade length. The Scarab and the Ultratech are pretty similarly sized, but the Scarab is more expensive. Among other things, it’s got more blade per unit length of handle, and I think the firing mechanism is a bit stronger on the Scarabs, too. The Ultratechs are Microtech’s idea of a “budget” offering.

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  • Fritz609

    If I was gonna pay $300 for the Hogue version, I’d rather spend the extra $70 for the waaayyy better looking Wilson combat version. Hands down. Now, would I pay more than $200 for either one? Hell No.