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    Another knife question

    Does anyone have any experience with OTF (out the front) knives? I might grab one of them just because. I found one for about 130 dollars that has good reviews, but I don't know anything about them and I thought they were illegal, but they are not. The one I looked at was like this.





    Don't really know if I'll get it but I'm just thinking about it. The cheaper ones are likely all cheap junk and this is about all I could justify spending on one. They claim a lifetime warranty also.
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    i have a couple,,more novelty than anything else...none of them have a spring strong enough to pierce a cardboard box, or tee shirt...but the're fun to use as letter openers etc.

    they would not be my first choice for a knife...btw, you can file down the "stop" so they shoot out the front like in the movies...

    but like everything in movies,,its greatly exaggerated..

    automatics/switchblades are even legal in california with 3" blades and under...

    i used a "double action" switch for years [double meaning you can use the hidden release or the thumb stud to open] as an electrician, still have 2...great knives, if you didnt know how to operate it, you would think it was just a reg. knife...[no button] you had to ever so slightly move the scale to release the spring blade...


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    Yeah they are commonly referred to as ‘auto’ knives. Most places they are legal to own but not legal to carry. You’ll have to check with your local laws to see if they will even ship it to you.

    Yes the cheap ones are junk and more then that dangerous, but some of the mid priced ones are solid. You can find a good one in the $80 range but just make sure it’s from a reputable knife maker.

    As far as owning them and using them, the gimmick soon wears off. Any good solid folder is just as good if not better.

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    remember laura croft, tomb raider?

    she used a otf knife in that movie and they sold kits from the mfg. at bladeplay for $16..
    the kits required nothing more than assembly, no machining etc..pretty easy and showed you how they worked...it even told you what to file to let the blade fly...
    i got one, its as good as any...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rutabaga View Post
    i have a couple,,more novelty than anything else...none of them have a spring strong enough to pierce a cardboard box, or tee shirt...but the're fun to use as letter openers etc.

    they would not be my first choice for a knife...btw, you can file down the "stop" so they shoot out the front like in the movies...

    but like everything in movies,,its greatly exaggerated..

    automatics/switchblades are even legal in california with 3" blades and under...

    i used a "double action" switch for years [double meaning you can use the hidden release or the thumb stud to open] as an electrician, still have 2...great knives, if you didnt know how to operate it, you would think it was just a reg. knife...[no button] you had to ever so slightly move the scale to release the spring blade...


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    The reason I wouldn't mind having one is ease of use. From what I can tell none of them will pierce anything as it opens and the auto function is mostly for speed. I have had moments where I could not quite get my folder open with one hand, and while I don't plan on getting in any knife fights and carry a gun for the unthinkable, you just never know what is going to happen. Besides, Dirty Harry used one defensively!

    And what's more, right after I get it I could sit here popping it open and closed and drive my wife bonkers!
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    You'd be surprised, most of them are junk, particularly that cheap ass Chinese model you've posted. OTF knives are as a rule, extremely fragile and unreliable, that said there are some very good ones out there, alas few of them originate in China. The very best production OTF's are produced by Benchmade and they will set you back the price of a new Glock pistol, Microtech makes a decent one to, but at absolutely ridiculous mark-up, and they rarely come through for you on warranty work, or take months to hear back from! Benchmade is a different story, they are very good when it comes to standing by their stuff, that said Microtech makes the best OTF on the market in the HALO series, which are very large and very reliable. The reason they are so good is because they are single action fire only, you must manually reset the blade after firing it. Because of that, the lock up is much more secure vs the lock-up's on double action OTF blades. My advice, save yourself the money and spring for a Cold Steel 4-Max or its smaller brother the AD10, you can buy the 4-max off of amazon for $250.00 and the AD10 for around $150.00, either one of them is massively better then any Microtech or Benchmade OTF at any price...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Death-Ninja View Post
    You'd be surprised, most of them are junk, particularly that cheap ass Chinese model you've posted. OTF knives are as a rule, extremely fragile and unreliable, that said there are some very good ones out there, alas few of them originate in China. The very best production OTF's are produced by Benchmade and they will set you back the price of a new Glock pistol, Microtech makes a decent one to, but at absolutely ridiculous mark-up, and they rarely come through for you on warranty work, or take months to hear back from! Benchmade is a different story, they are very good when it comes to standing by their stuff, that said Microtech makes the best OTF on the market in the HALO series, which are very large and very reliable. The reason they are so good is because they are single action fire only, you must manually reset the blade after firing it. Because of that, the lock up is much more secure vs the lock-up's on double action OTF blades. My advice, save yourself the money and spring for a Cold Steel 4-Max or its smaller brother the AD10, you can buy the 4-max off of amazon for $250.00 and the AD10 for around $150.00, either one of them is massively better then any Microtech or Benchmade OTF at any price...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader View Post
    Yeah they are commonly referred to as ‘auto’ knives. Most places they are legal to own but not legal to carry. You’ll have to check with your local laws to see if they will even ship it to you.

    Yes the cheap ones are junk and more then that dangerous, but some of the mid priced ones are solid. You can find a good one in the $80 range but just make sure it’s from a reputable knife maker.

    As far as owning them and using them, the gimmick soon wears off. Any good solid folder is just as good if not better.
    This legal issue is very confusing, lets say it's legal to carry in town X. But, you might be driving through many towns. So some of the towns you drive through is legal and some towns you'e driving through it's not legal.

    The other knife thread gave me the idea to search for certain knifes. I found this, don't know if the quality is good.

    I noticed this knife, there are vids...https://www.budk.com/Schrade-OTF-Ass...-Blasted-24613


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