Automatic knives

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

  1. Meplat

    Meplat New Member

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    KyBlaster, I'm in your corner completely on this one. It's just more "feel good" legislation to demonize something that has no technical advantages over any good thumb opening fully legal (at least here) to carry knive. Should be a matter of choice. They (automatic knives) dang sure can't cut you any deeper, or stick you any worse than any other blade, and are no faster than a Beretta (one which goes EVERYWHERE with me), Boker, or any other thumb operated one hander. Same goes for butterfly knives for that matter. The only thing that might make them more dangerous to anyone is when someone wants to threateningly flash one (butterfly) and winds up cutting his own thumb off in the process. Then again, criminals without opposable thumbs would be a good thing, wouldn't it??
  2. Bill DeShivs

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  3. White Hawk

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    A friend of mine is a collector who deals almost exclusively in vintage knives. He has some autos that are 100 years old! Most are 50-60 years old. They range from the big Italians to the little double-blade pocket knives. They're all expensive ($200 - $5,000), and many of them are works of art, they're so beautiful. As I said, he's a collector. He doesn't even carry a normal pocketknife in his daily life. He says the trading of knives is dangerous in itself. Ebay has banned the sale of them, for example.

    The odd thing is, I remember those switchblade combs that were popular when I was a kid. You've probably seen them too, they looked like the Italian stilletos. The ironic part is that I never see those combs anymore.
  4. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth New Member

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    I dont think so...

    LOL, those were fun, we used to take the comb out and "Install" a blade when we were kids...Worked pretty good if you could find a thin, lightweight blade, otherwise it opened real slow, the remedy to that was to hold the knife down beside your leg and let gravety help out. :D

    Crpdeth
  5. KyBlaster

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    I have a Benchmade Auto I carry dailey. In KY Automatic Knives are covered by your CCW. :D
  6. southernshooter

    southernshooter New Member

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    Their fun but they will get you in trouble around here.
    I think if I was gonna risk jail time I would rather have a illegal machine gun
  7. stash247

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    Texas has a 'shall issue' concealed carry law, which, under our penal code, allows a licensee to carry in all but Hospitals(?), Schools, (inside the physical plant, or buildings), Public Buildings, like courthouses, etc, and Businesses deriving more than 51% of their income from alcohol sold for 'on premise' consumption; Yet San Antonio, Tx, will arrest you for possession of a 'Lock Blade Knife', auto, or otherwise!
    What fool would bring a knife to a gunfight???
    The ones in the Legislature, in Austin, I guess.
    Lemme close with an even funnier situation: A good friend of mine, then, in his 35th year as an USAF reservist, is/was a Flight Engineer on the C-5 aircraft, a skill so critical they would not, once he was activated, after 911, retire from; "Stoploss", they call it, was on his way to Bumfu**istan, or some such, and landed in Travis AFB, for 'crew rest'. Upon entering the terminal, he, and the rest of the crew, presented their flight orders, weapons cards, etc. He was relieved of a 2" long 'Swiss Army Knife' ("We cannot allow knives in the terminal...") but, allowed to proceed with a loaded 15 round Beretta pistol, and two fully loaded mags, without question!
    I picked the place I'm at, based, in large part, on the rationality of their law; YOU should, too!
  8. Ursus

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    The poor auto knife!! I'm not quite sure if it deserves the bad image it has.
  9. Bill DeShivs

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    The auto knife was demonized by Hollywood and the press in the middle 1950s. The federal government, knowing they had no jurisdiction over the states, banned import and interstate commerce-the only areas they had any jurisdiction over.
    Bill
  10. AngusY

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    Big Jake Knife

    Hello all
    I have a tough question
    in the opening sequence of John Wayne's Big Jake, Bad men are about to lynch a sheep hearder , Jacob Mcandles confronts them and makes them cut him down , providing the knife to do so, it is an automatic, Is there a repro of that knife?
    Thanks
  11. aandabooks

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    You do realize that this thread is over 5 years old?

    Welcome to the forum!!!
  12. jstgsn

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    I would imagine this thread will last longer than five years, it's an interesting topic. For those of you who would like to carry an automatic but appear legal take a look at the Smith and Wesson mini auto. It can be opened normally, but has a hidden release for auto. Here is a link to it with a video. As they say, it can be hard to open until you get used to it. Then it's like hot butter.
    http://www.bladehq.com/item--Smith-Wesson-Baby-SWAT--2667

    And for the price, get a couple. Very handy little knife when your hands are full.
  13. MH2008

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    I own probably about 5 autos, all open from the side. It is illegal to walk around here in WA with one unless you are disabled just like using a crossbow during bow season.
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    just got two more this week.
    a custom from a guy in Oklahoma, and my latest microtech.
    both double action out the fronts

    automatic's are also illegal to carry on public byways and double edge blades of any type knife are forbidden here in the communist occupied territories of Massachusetts

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  15. Bill DeShivs

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    Tennessee just legalized autos.
    Correction- it didn't pass.
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  16. ampaterry

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    The old push-button switchblades were illegal in IL MANY years ago.
    My dad, who was missing his right arm, had obtained a special permit to carry one, since opening a conventional pocketknife was extremely difficult.

    I would guess that if you are on good terms with your Dr., and express difficulty opening your knife due to arthritus, etc., they might be able to help you with this -
  17. ka64

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    Trigger assisted knives are legal in many states that outlawed switch blades due to the loopholes in the laws. Make sure you know the diference
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  18. nmckenzie

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    There's been a similar story floating around SE Alaska for a few years now, and since those in a position to refute it haven't, I suspect it may contain a grain of truth. When boarding an aircraft in Juneau a uniformed Alaska State Police officer was told he'd have to surrender some sort of bladed instrument (depending on who's telling the story it's anything from a nail clipper to a Bowie knife), but was allowed to proceed with his holstered sidearm. Given the TSA mindset I wouldn't be surprised.
  19. Fatstrat

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    Re: Big Jake Knife

    And as far as we saw, he let the bad guy keep it.
    I have a couple of S&W "Tactical" automatic knives. Small ones. I don't carry them. I still carry the same Buck 122 that I have for nearly 20 years. I don't even know why I bought them. They are currently stored in a box of about 50 other pocket knives I have no use for.
  20. patrol

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    When the hell are people going to learn that making items for protection against the law only assures the crooks are the only one's with what they need to harm people?
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