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A Safer Knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by ugaarguy, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    That's interesting info John. I stand corrected. I'll concede that the index finger would just get crushed rather cut under the high strain that would likely present if the lock was to fail.

    On the other hand, everyone wants to focus on lock failure, which I've already stated even I think is a remote possibility on quality knives*. My main point, for the hundredth time, is that the combination of rapid opening closing, with little to no change of grip, and without fingers ever crossing the path of the blade do lead to DA OTF autos being extremely safe. This is particularly true on unstable or unpredictable platforms.

    Let me spell it out further: We all know that a switch blade is no more dangerous than any other common pocket knife. I'm giving you reasons to present to anti-knife or knife-neutral folks to help counter the undeservedly vilified image of OTF auto opening knives. Side opening autos are an easier argument since they're easily compared to the now ubiquitous one hand manual opening folder.

    *Quality =/= Expensive. I tried out a few of the Spyderco Byrd lock backs, and I really like them. They sell for $20-$30 each depending on model, and still built to Spyderco's high standards.
  2. Blackhawk30

    Blackhawk30 Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Slip joints are the worst types of pocket knives.They have been surpassed by the modern lock blade.I've never cut myself with a lock blade while opening or closing one.
    The heavy spring pressure need to open and close slip joints causes fingers to slip and then the knife cuts you. I've broken nails whlie using the nail nick.
    Deathe to slip joints.
    Hail to easy opening lockblades.
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Oh, I agree that the fundamental design of an OTF is safest because it keeps the "piggies" out of the way.

    I do wish someone would make an attractive recreational utility OTF taking from the best designs of the current batch of OTF safety cutters.

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