Automatic knives

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by lead, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. lead

    lead Active Member

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    The last gun show here had alot of automatic knives(switchblades). I wound up buying a side opening knife with a belt clip. Since then I've looked into regulations around here( yes, I know that's stupid), and found out it's okay to own one for collection purposes, but I can't carry in public.
    How many of you have auto knives? Do you get to carry? Are there any real good collectibles out there that are worth looking for when the next gun show comes to town?
  2. pickenup

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    Can not carry them here either. As for what to collect, it is more a matter of personal taste, and your pocketbook. There are the $10-20 cheapies out there, up to ones that cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I usually stick to the Boker, and Buck types, although I do have others. ;)
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    i dont know if we are suppost to carry them here but i do
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    One of the few weapons you can't possess, buy or sell here in Indiana besides a sawed-off shotgun is a spring-assisted knife. If assisted openers accidentally turn up at a gun show table, it seems people are aware enough not to buy.

    I do remember having a toy switchblade made of tin when I was a kid; I think the blade pushed up inside the handle to appear that you were stabbing someone when you weren't.

    The only "real" switchblade I ever bought was a junky one, when I was in Tijuana, Mexico, many years ago.

    I hear the better switchblades, stilettos, etc., are made in Italy. I have seen these at gun shows, but failed to buy any. Personally, I do have one of the so-called spring assist or power assist folders by Kershaw and it is a pleasure to carry. But my favorite carry folder is still the big Cold Steel Voyager -- 4-1/8" blade with thumb stud and opens reliably with a slight flick of the wrist. Strong as an ox. I put an extra pocket clip on it for my lefthanded use and it goes everywhere with me, as does the scalpel-sharp Kershaw Blackout.
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  5. ameriskin

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    benchmade and microtechs are pretty much my favorite auto's. i carry microtech, and when i'm worried about losing it, i carry a clone. i always carry an auto with me. i prefer a double action with a hidden release, or a scale release. that way nobody knows what you're carrying ;)

    cody
  6. Voyager Al

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    Always carry an auto. Dont flash it, and ya wont lose it. Clones are fine...
  7. stash247

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    If you are doing the right thing, you will never have to talk to a cop, on business. His job is to put you in jail; yours, to see that he doesn't.
    An auto knife, in most places is permitted to serving military, and law enforcement, without restriction.
    a "don't ask, don't tell" policy works well, for all others.
    Just my .02.
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    FELONY!!! - worse than a loaded gun


    --Beagle
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    I bought a cheap stiletto type knife in Myrtle Beach this summer. I keep it in my toolbox at work because I don't want to lose my pistol permit for carrying it around. I use it to prepare my lunch though.
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    You can owen one here in Texas as long as you keep it at your house, just do not get caught carring it around.IT would mean JAIL TIME.
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    carry a boker toplock---comes in a pouch that goes on my belt--have never thought about the law---hummmmm maybe better go back to my hk with pocket clip
  12. navajo

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    New to the forum so my 2 cents isn't worth much.
    Been collecting for a while.
    Benchmade "autos" usually have the best customer support.
    Microtech seems a little pricey to me.

    Well made "user" autos, Mikov, Leveretto, Speed Hunter.

    Good letter opener, any name, current production Italian stiletto.

    Any of the custom makers are really good (so far).

    Having said all that, my EDC is a blaisong.
  13. lead

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    Welcome to the group Navajo!
    Your 2 cents is worth as much as anyone's.
    I'm still looking for autos from gun companies. I saw some Colts at one show but had spent all my money. There was none at the next show. Oh well.
  14. KyBlaster

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    Hey Lead, Go to BladeHQ.com

    By the way, I think it is crazy that lawmakers or police would be worried about automatic knifes. What real advantage does it give you? Considering some of the knives on the market today. They're just so cool.
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    We have another show this weekend. I'm hoping the guy with the Colt autos is there.
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    I'm new here too, but I'm a bit of a knife knut. So I kind of had to shake my head at this one. I guess it shows how well the media brain washing is working.

    Auto's are actually legal in CA with blades of 2".

    And most assisted openers (kershaw, buck, sog, camillus, etc) get by the auto designation because they don't have a 'button' to push to open them. Of course some jurisdictions add 'flipper' to the auto designation so it's good to know what's legal in your area.

    Legal or no, I've got several autos. They're just fun to play with.
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    Lead, you have a PM from me.-schofield45
  18. Light Coat

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    The federal law prohibiting carry of switchblades was an anti-mob/gang law. It was the preferred weapon of these people and an easy arrest for the police. The federal law supercedes all state statutes (all 50); making it illegal to carry one, period. The general interpretation of the law is to confiscate the item; this generally does not lead to an arrest. If you piss of a cop it is a felony arrest.

    The "on duty" law allows law enforcement and military "in the normal engagements of their duties"; pending supervisory approval, to carry spring assisted knives or gravity type knives.

    I used to carry the orange handled contract knife when I liked jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. I have a couple in my safe and that is where they stay. Don't wear pickle suits no more.

    Don't get caught! The laws allow the police to "lose" your prized knife even if they don't press charges.
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    It's a good thing, that hook is pretty undependable, I've snapped 2 in half just cutting several strands of jute that were twisted together...I'd muse the paracord is a lil' tougher. :D

    Neat little knives though

    Crpdeth
  20. Bill DeShivs

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    Posession of switchblades is not regulated by federal law, though in some states posession could be a felony.
    I have a few around here somewhere......
    Bill
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