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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Okiecruffler, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    My brother was in town this week and as usual had a new knife to show me. They're almost always benchmades and usually autos. Got me to thinking. My CRKT with a carson flipper is pretty much as fast to open as his auto. What is the advantage of the auto. I know why he carries one, just so he can carry an auto, but is their any real advantage?
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    These days it hard to tell. Back when it was backspring folders and switchblades the switchblade was obviously the quickest.

    Then along comes thumb holes and thumb studs and speed of opening became a goal for some makers. Then Blackie Collins and Ken Onion come up with the assisted opener (Ken did it because he was making switchs and the Honolulu LE irritated him when they warned him about switchblade laws, while Blackie did it because he just invents things) and the race is truly on for ease/speed of opening.
  3. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    no advantage for me, spring/ auto/ switchblades are illegal in VA, so I take out the spring and basicly make them a folder you open by pressing the button and flip the blade. Its fast and locks up tight with the original mechanism
  4. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    Well, they're definately quicker than the old Barlow flip. (Anyone remember how to do that one?) I've never owned one, do the springs wear out after time? The ones my brother totes around are very nice knives, but when you can get the same model, sans auto, for so much less I'm not sure I see the advantage. I'm just starting to look into the various mechanisms of opening, some are pretty interesting.
  5. The Tourist

    The Tourist member

    Switchblades derive from before our Southern Struggle for Indepence as a tool for women and seamstresses who needed to hold a stitch in place while snipping the rest of the thread. The knife could be opened with one hand.

    I am of the portion of the generation that saw the last of students living "The West Side Story" existence as a young teenage boy. I wore a "team jacket" in those days, and I kept my hands in the side slash pocket. To the world I was just another teenager keeping his hands warm. In reality, I had my right hand wrapped around a real-deal six-inch Sicilian switchblade.

    Obviously, this was a braggadocio among wound up hormonal boys. But having said that, it was a comfort, and who knows how many fights it spared me from bullies who knew the cost.

    Today, we have one-hand openers with studs, holes and discs that allow the thumb to easily rotate the blade to lock open. We have assisted folders, although I believe the end is coming for those items in court test cases. From the beginning, an assisted folder was built simply on semantics, and in truth a torsion bar is a spring.

    There are some real and determining factors in the use of one-hand folding knives. I use these ideals every day.

    Let's face it, LEOs are going to be a part of my life, deal with it, get over it. A tone-deaf cop with bifocals is never going to miss 700 pounds of loud chrome screaming past his squad car. So, I wave to LEOs, I get to know them. I approach them when they are parked by a curb and ask them questions. (Most recently regarding the death of one of their sons.)

    Many could be potential clients.

    Another aspect is gray hair. Not a career move many of you might choose, but it pertains to the severity of the encounter. I once showed a police officer some samples of automatic knives while I was pulled over for a speeding ticket. Last year I walked over to the home of a new young LEO neighbor, and showed him three automatic knives in his foyer.

    My point is that I appear friendly and break down barriers at every opportunity.

    Does it work? Well, I have Stage II pipes on a 2004 Dyna, and I've never gotten a ticket for noise. In fact, I've never been pulled over. I once waved to cop as I passed him.

    It's the man, not the metal, always has been. And in the end, a switchblade is metal.
  6. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    Well now don't get me wrong. While I personally don't see any need for an auto, I've long desired a Sicilian knife. Not to carry mind you, just to play with while watching The Outsiders. Some knives are legend, not always for laudable reasons.
    When I first started looking at the assisted openers I too figured that their days were numbered. It's only a matter of time before the wording of the law is changed to rein them in.
  7. The Tourist

    The Tourist member

    ...and how much would you pay for this knife, little boy? Would you consider yourself a wealthy man...
  8. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    And that is the rub ain't it. While I have found many paki copies that were within my budget, the real deal (as so often in life) is priced beyond my grasp. If only I were the one who wrote orders instead of executed them. But one day, oh yes, one day...

    And I was going to respond to your "little boy" jest the way my father taught me, but it would have been most deliciously low road and more than a bit of bragging.:evil:
  9. The Tourist

    The Tourist member

    You're corresponding with a tinker who is a biker (and knowing the chance for tall tales is quite high, if not assured) and you try to pass off an even bigger fib?

    Yikes, I was born, but not yesterday.

    Besides, you can get a nice six-inch Sicilian stiletto with real horn and brass bolsters for about 150 bucks. Now granted, I paid nine dollars for mine in 1967...
  10. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    O.K. now I know were all getting old when we talk about buying 9 dollar knives in 67, and wearing team jackets, and west side story. not to mention gray hair, but to stay on thread okie stay with your carson flipper, by the way when I went into the army in 66 I took a stiletto and a Edge brand Bowie with me Still have the bowie lost the stiletto in the nam
  11. Timthinker

    Timthinker Well-Known Member

    Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest. That sums up my view on the appeal of autos. Today, consumers can purchase one-handed openers that have all the advantages of automatics minus their dubious legal status. Now, an automatic is a "fun" knife to possess, but I really do not see any practical advantage to one after the "Spyderco revolution" in one-handed openers.

  12. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    Hey, I'm a shooter, hunter, fisherman, writer, hillbilly, not to mention Okie. What makes you think I would tell a fib?:D

    What I do is an artform.:neener:
  13. The Tourist

    The Tourist member

    Bikerdoc, I have some old stilettos, think of them as old photos.

    Their real value is not the knife they are today, but for the feelings they evoke from times in our youth.

    Why did I build Black Betty to look, sound and handle like my 1971 Super Glide? Why, because that was a great time in my life. Sure, a Gold Wing might get me to Sturgis and back without tightening a bolt, but the "yawn factor" would certainly destroy the vacation.

    BTW, thanks for your service. I have been a free man my entire life. I appreciate the work of others. Welcome home.
  14. jparham

    jparham Well-Known Member

    I don't suppose stilletos are going to evoke any feelings from youth...but I want one. Cause they look cool and because I read the Fleming James Bond novels. There is a reason I've wanted a 6" Ti-Lite for a long time- the automatic stilleto is a symbol of power, almost- the original weapon of gangsters and a symbol of rebellion, kind of like baggy pants, 2x two large shirts, bling, and the Glock .40 are today, except the stilleto (along with the rest of the greaser gear) is, as Obi Wan would say,

    "An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age."
  15. Eleven Mike

    Eleven Mike Well-Known Member

    A cheap Sicilian style switchblade makes a great letter opener. :)

    Tourist, do you ever mention to your LE buddies that an automatic knife is of more use for a defender, than for an attacker?
  16. The Tourist

    The Tourist member

    Alas, if that was the only misconception about knives we'd all be pretty lucky. For something as simple as a device that's pointy on one end and a handle on the other, I hear more BS and urban legends on knives than about any other consumer product.

    I must hear the "knife to a gunfight" joke at least once a month. And as you can guess, it's by a guy who's never seen a serious wound. Truth be told, within contact distances of your average townie, I'll pick the knife everytime--assuming I'm the one who sharpened it.

    There's a lot of misundersandings and plain misinformation on alloys and HT. Unless you live in a rain forest, I'd choose vanadium and molybdenum over chromium every time. If offered a chance, I'd choose a Japanese laminate over anything.

    The true tragedy of steel is that there are samples of swords in museums made of metal we do not know how to reproduce now. Lots of info has been lost to history.

    In the end, it's the man not the metal. Jerry Vancook with boy scout pocketknife is the most dangerous man in the room.
  17. Okiecruffler

    Okiecruffler Well-Known Member

    Steel isn't strong boy, flesh is stronger. What is steel compared to the hand that wields it? Look at the strength in your body, the desire in your heart, I gave you this! Such a waste. Contemplate this on the tree of woe.

    Everything I needed to know about life I learnt from Conan movies.
  18. LawofThirds

    LawofThirds Well-Known Member

    I'm waist deep in this stuff just listening and I think I should invest in a shovel.

    To the original poster: Automatics are alluring because they're taboo. Even if they're taboo for outdated and completely made up reasons. Honestly, I've never seen an automatic open faster than a fixed blade or even any of the "assisted" openers. They just do it with a cool "shnick" and a button push.
  19. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    That thinking doesn't help KnifeRights and AKTI, and even the individual manufacturers, in their fight to keep bureaucrats and politicians from making first this style and than that restricted or illegal. Matter of fact, I'll toss the old "If you ain't a member of the NRA then don't complain when they come for..." down. If you're reading this and you're not a member of AKTI and/or KnifeRights, why not?
  20. The Tourist

    The Tourist member

    I don't think anyone is jumping ship, but we cannot afford to ignore the big white bear in the middle of the room. The lefties will sooner or later do a full court press on our knives. Look at England.

    In California you can be arrested, prosecuted, fined and jailed for an auto over two inches in length.

    However, I can go out into the middle of the street in my town, and shriek at the top of my lungs, "I'm carrying a huge switchblade!" and most folks will simply tell me to keep the noise down. Nobody really cares here. Is that fair? Are people in California held to a higher standard?

    Of course, we all know their issues on the subject of pistols, rifles, exhaust systems and now assisted opening knives. But the day is rapidly coming where Kershaw openers will be universally illegal, and we better prepare now.

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