Jul 25, 2016

What do you guys think of automatic knives? Do you own any?


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I own several autos. I lost use of my left hand in the early 70s, and so shipping is not a problem. The Severtech kicks out hard and fast with a great blade, the spydercos are a joy, my daltons are fun, the Kershaws work great. I don't have any trouble with any of my autos. I do wish they ere legal everywhere.
I have 3.
Cool Factor: Max
legality factor: Nah
I have a red Piranha DNA and it's pretty cool.
For me, flippers are way more practical than an automatic; a good flipper can open as quick as an auto, but is much easier to close one-handed, as there is no spring to resist you in closing it. I use to have a Kershaw launch 3 and one handed closing is possible with some practice. More than half my collection are flipper knives, the rest are axis lock. Further reason why auto knife laws are so stupid though: many non-autos can open as fast, and it is ofter easier to deploy a flipper tab on a knife than to find and push the often small auto button.

The disadvantage of an auto is that there is constant stress on a spring, waiting to be released, which is just one more thing to wear out. Additionally, a poorly desinged button or knife with no safety would be like putting a revolver in your pocket with the hammer cocked back in addition to it having a hair-trigger.

The Kershaw I had didn't have a safety, but had a somehat stiff button that was recessed into the frame (so it wouldn't get pressed by accident as easily). I just didn't like the fact that I couldn't do a slow controlled opening; snappy fast was its only speed. Cool but not practical (for me).
Pro-Tech makes really great autos with premium steel and 100% USA made. They also make several Commifornia legal autos too. They run slightly more than the Kershaw launch, but are made way better, have nice touches like carbon fiber and mother of pearl button inlays, and the tempering on them is top notch.
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!
Do you have anything by Piranha? How do you feel they stack up vs other decent autos?
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.
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Glory hogging
ok hater. I was tired n thought Jorpet was a typo of my name. For this I apologize
I'm here now! Lol. Thanks!
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.