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Auto knives vs Spyderco

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  1. sgt127

    sgt127 Member

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    I own some truly outstanding auto knives and a bunch of Spydercos.

    I made an important discovery.

    A: Autos are a lot of fun to play with.

    B: I can open a Spyderco faster and close it faster than an auto.

    By the time I pull the auto out, properly orient it in my hand, flip the safety and press the button...

    The Spyderco is already open and cutting the string, opening the package etc.

    It’s also a lot easier to swipe the Spyderco against my thigh and close it than the auto.

    I’ll just accept the fact that the autos are simply more fun to play with...
     
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  2. armoredman

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    Yes. I can flip open my Benchmade Resistor faster and more positively than my Benchmade Auto Stryker...but the automatic IS fun to play with. Very true.
     
  3. JShirley

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    Yes I've preferred my Spydercos for years. I've even had a Spyderco made automatic.
     
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    Get one of Butch Vallotton's double action Spydies and you'll have the best of both. :D
     
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    I have a Benchmade OTF opener. I can't open or close a Spyderco faster than that knife.
     
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  6. edwardware

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    Pocket-to-Cut, I'm far faster with my Endura than anyone who hasn't been using an auto long enough to build muscle memory. An experienced user will probably be faster (with a well-designed auto), but there just isn't that much time to be shaved off. I can have the blade in the work in slightly over a second.
     
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  7. Lateck

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    It depends on the auto.
    My autos fit my hands and the buttons are right where they need to be.
    My Spydercos are good too but my autos are faster to open and close. But as edwardware said, it's muscle memory.
     
  8. Yo Mama

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    Emerson wave is the fastest of all folder deployment.....but speed is rarely the point to me in a purchase.

    Autos can do things manuals can't, and vise versa. A collection should have some of both.
     
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  9. Jesse Heywood

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    Whatever you carry, it comes down to practice, practice, practice. :thumbup:
     
  10. edwardware

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    My Endura had the Emerson hook, and I ground it off. I found that the three varieties of pants I wear all caught the hook slightly differently, and I couldn't find a consistent draw stroke for all three pants.

    Consistency is key to speed and reliability.
     
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  11. CZ9shooter

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    Recently, I got the itch to try out an auto. So I got on one of the Facebook EDC groups I am involved in and scored a like new Kershaw Launch for 60 bucks.

    It was neat to play with at first. I carried it around for week or two, but I ended up hating it. Back on the FB group I go and traded it for a lightly used full size Grip.

    I don't know, the action felt "mechanical" to me. I guess I am used to the effortlessly smooth flow (opening AND closing) of a PM2. Or even an Axis lock or some of the ball bearing flippers.

    I like my knives manual. Kinda like a sports car I guess. I would never by an automatic Corvette. Sure, it may easier, and even a bit faster too, but the experience is not nearly as satisfying.

    I buy fancy knives because I take pride in owning and using nice stuff. Not because I need to open a package or cut up my young daughters food for her 1/4 of a second faster than I could before.
     
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  12. Yo Mama

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    Emerson on a Spydie is different than on an Emerson. The models with bearings especially fly out.
     
  13. CZ9shooter

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    Consistency? I own exactly four pairs of jeans. Carpenter type. All the exact same make and model. I have a couple pairs of dress pants too, but they almost never get worn. Like less than once a year.

    I began making this standardization a priority shortly after choosing to carry a firearm on a regular basis. I wanted my holster to ride comfortably in exactly the same way every day. As a side effect, all my other EDC items stay in a very familiar place as well.
     
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  14. greyling22

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    I'm way faster with a Benchmade 940 using the axis lock than I am with anything else. After that, flippers. Then thumbstubs and Spyderco. Then autos.
     
  15. bikerdoc

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    I own both. Prefer Spyderco.
     
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