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Need recommendations on a knife that will wrist flick open and closed

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Grizfire, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Grizfire

    Grizfire Well-Known Member

    I was handling a friends Benchmade with the axis lock and really like how you can just unlock the blade and flick it open, then repeat to close, making it a one-handed knife for both opening and closing.

    Can anyone recommend other knives with this similar function. I looked at some reviews on You Tube of Boker's top-locks, but it appears once you unlock the blade, it is too stiff to just flick open?

    I'm looking in the 100$-200$ range and a quality steal on the softer side.
  2. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

  3. Sevenfaces

    Sevenfaces Well-Known Member

    MOD Blackhawk knives are pretty good, I own an automatic ATFK which I've had for years and years, if those are illegal, they have the "open assist" ones you can flick open.
  4. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock Well-Known Member

    Your best bet is to walk into a Specialty Knife Store and see what works for you. Gun shops also are known to be great sources of knives.

    You don't need a knife necessarily for one handed operation to close. Most importantly opening one handed for utility and for defense a priority. Most knifes can be opened one handed with the proper technique. One handed closure just takes practice.

    You did not mention the blade type, size and what your use will be. Great general purpose knives can be found by Kershaw, Gerber, and SOG.

    Automatic knives are great but expensive and are the ultimate one handed operation tool. Benchmade makes the Infidel, an out the front, but also makes folders.

    Lastly, there are other knives that have one handed operation that are less conventional but effective nonetheless:



  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    SOG and Cold Steel make similar locks that will let you do the same as the Benchmade Axis.

    I'm obligated to caution you against such a practice, though. It is very easy to get "bounce" of the blade on opening like that and you might end up with it bouncing back and biting your fingers as you slide them into place for a solid grip.
  6. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Nothing wrong with Benchmade, good knives ......but -

    Just a tought, but you may want to look at Spyderco, (Native, Delica, Endura.)

    Or Kershaw A/o Blur in s30 v

    You just might want 6 or 10 or 40 once you get the bug. :)
  7. Ole Coot

    Ole Coot Well-Known Member

    I carry a SOG Flash II behind my belt buckle(either hand access), I own others but this is light, fast and works for me.
  8. CaliCoastie

    CaliCoastie Well-Known Member

    I love sog knives. now that thats out of the way my carry knife of choice is the sog X-ray vision, the old model with ast-34 steel. the new ones have vg-10 steel. it has a lock similar to the axis lock and works very well for opening and closing one handed. it has a tanto poing and 1/3 seration that i find very handy for work, they make a sog visionary 2 with the same lock and handle(the handles fit my hands very well, i have big hands and these are full size knives). best of luck, hit up a knife shop and find one that fits you.
  9. Grizfire

    Grizfire Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the responses everyone. This should give me plenty of material to chew on.
  10. CoastieShep

    CoastieShep Well-Known Member

    The 550hg is the one I carry every day, everywhere I go.
    Wrist flick open, closed comes in very handy sometimes. Stays sharp, feels great in my hand. Got tired of cheap knives like gerber and kershaw with their softer blades. Got tired of sharpening them all the time.
  11. sniper5

    sniper5 Well-Known Member

    That whole wrist flick thing is pretty much old school with the newer assisted openers. Looks showy, but more practical to just push on the stud and have the blade open and lock.

    Bought a Blur about 4 years ago, stopped having to do the wrist gymnastics and haven't looked back.
  12. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    agree 100% sniper5.

    The people I see who have to do the dramatic wrist flip each time they open their folder , are usually the same type who will constantly drop the slide on an empty chamber :)
  13. zignal_zero

    zignal_zero Well-Known Member

    i completely understand your desire for the ability to CLOSE the knife with the same one handed ease as required to open it. i'm sure there are other options, but the two i use (i also like ez close knives) are a Benchmade 710 and a Bradley Kimura (balisong). of course, both of these are what i consider secondary knives because i almost always have a fixed blade on me that resheaths just as easy as it draws (kind of the same thing lol)
  14. Topcat

    Topcat Well-Known Member

    Heck I always used to carry a Buck 110 and got so I could flick that open with one hand. I agree though that that is now old school (and yes it does have some danger to it.) Why not get something like a Spyderco that will sure cost you less than 100-200 dollars and do what you want?
  15. IlikeSA

    IlikeSA Well-Known Member

    I have a Gerber that I wrist flicked open a lot over a two year time and one day the thumb studs that stop the blade from going to far sheared off. I was able to get it off and replaced it with a nut and short screw, which I then filed down to make it the right size. That said, I don't wrist flick anymore.
  16. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Spydercos start in the low $30 range, and go up. In their compression and ball locks, a Spyderco blade will probably fail before the lock gives. I have a Manix II that is a great knife, and an incredible value.

  17. nevermas

    nevermas Well-Known Member

    Highly recommend the Manix here as well.

    Perhaps you could also consider Spyderco's line of Waved Endura and Delica.

    It is a patented design of Emerson knives where the hook on the knife hooks onto the edge of your pockets and opens as soon as you take them out of your pocket.

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