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Jul 25, 2016
What do you guys think of automatic knives? Do you own any?
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I both own and carry an auto as it is one of the few folders i can operate with my damaged fingers. Generally I rely on a fixed blade that is ALWAYS on my belt. (Thankfully, I don't live in any of America's police States.). For many disabled people it is the only option. They should be legal every where.
I have a couple fakes from dhgate that are surprisingly nice. A damascus benchmade knockoff otf (beautiful) and a trident and a halo v. I love the idea of an otf knife but I like the side open more because I think you get a better chance of a lockup if under duress. The real microtech I have used locks up every time but still you have to wonder if someday it wont extend fully. The AKC's like stilletos are good and the kershaw launch you linked. Even the real and expensive halo's have issues.
TLDR; otf's can be risky depending on manufacturer. Legit Microtech and Benchmades are awesome. Fakes are iffy.
Here is one of the cheaper fake OTF's I got. It has issues locking up sometimes but it's pretty.:
I had an old 4.5" Smith and Wesson automatic opener that was relieved from my possession maybe 6 years ago. I loved it, but they are not exactly legal here in CA.
I've collected automatic knives off and on since I was a kid. Every couple years the urge for new knives reappears and im again researching whats new out there. Id love to see Massdrop offer some autos. Show me some out the front double action knives Massdrop!
They are cool, but will eventually wear out, as will spring-loaded assisted opening knives. I'd rather have a knife without an expiration date. My 2 cents
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Just my experience, but I have to admit, they weren't custom autos by any means or assisted fippers for that matter. I wore a couple out within 2 weeks. My Marfione hasn't seen a lot of play and consistently fires like a bullet. Get what you pay for I guess. Good Luck TGM!
Playing with the assist on a Kershaw leek for hours at a time will wear it out pretty quick in my experience.
They aren't legal to carry in my state, and I don't trust most springs, but I have handled automatics that I like. The benchmade Casbah comes to mind and so do kershaw's line of automatics. They are pretty nice.
If I had enough expendable income to get a knife just for the house, it'd probably be a benchmade.
I have a Benchmade Auto Presidio and edc it very frequently. I'm an auto tech so the axis lock auto is very handy to open when 1 hand is busy holding something and closing us just as easy, just release the axis lock and fold against my leg or something. Also my wife got me a Heretic Auto Martyr that's just too pretty to edc.
I’ve had several don’t buy a chea one.
I think s spee assist is easier to manipulate and just as fast. And you can deploy blade from either hand.
I own a lightning otf, a boker plus strike, and a schrade extreme and I'm always looking for new auto that are affordable.
I'm not a LEO, so blade length limit here is <2". Usually I want a longer blade. I also find autos (and AO) annoying to close. They're also thick in the handle, which bugs me when the knife is in my pocket. Sometimes I look at them, but whenever I handle one it always seems like something I'll never carry.
I own 2 Microtechs: LUDT & UTX-85. When it comes to automatic knives Microtech is the only company I will buy from. They can’t be touched in quality or design.
Had a Benchmade auto years ago. Aluminum frame. No lock-out feature. The knife was really slippery and the deployment spring was so strong, I had to be careful the knife didn't jump out of my hand. Didn't care for the feel of it. Sold it to my (then) brother-in-law and never bought another. Flippers are nearly as fast and much more controllable.
I actually really liked the super heavy clack of my auto. Made it feel substantial and very sturdy.
Had quite a few Microtechs. Very good and very reliable autos, expensive but they are probably the best of the bunch.
I've owned a Boker AK-47 and a Kershaw Launch. The Boker has been a tank, the Kershaw is finicky on lockup when lint or other small pocket debris find their way into the action. Another endorsement is that there is a wide range of AK-47 blades types and steel, you really can't go wrong for the price.
Kershaw Launch 1 is my work knife of choice. Has been for approximately 2 years now. It's not my favorite knife, but it is great while wearing gloves. Which is where autos really shine. That and the cool factor.
My only auto is the launch 6 and it's amazing. I love that I can access my blade fast and consistently with the press of a button. On downside is they draw huge amounts of attention when opened in most environments... I find myself opening it by blocking the blade with my hand and opening it manually.... Other than that, they are great for quick access!
First thought on auto knives is all bans on them need to be repealed. Now for more of my thoughts on them as tools I think they are as good as any folder in the end typically assuming adequate quality levels. I don't currently own any but plan to get some like the Kershaw Launch and I think it was the 5 I was most interested in for a budget friendly entry into auto knives.
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