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Auto OTF knife

Discussion in 'Knives' started by garza, May 26, 2018.

  1. garza

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    my son is asking for an auto out the front knife. It is legal for him to carry in our state. He has been carrying my Buck 110 auto but he wants a smaller pocket carry OTF.

    Any suggestions for under $200? I personally do not like the OTF style and prefer a side opening auto.
     
  2. Six String

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    I have these 2 autos, Microtech Troodon OTF and Benchmade something or other. Both are very well built knives, IMO. The Troodon would be over your budget but it’s a very solid knife that has worked flawlessly for several years now. The Benchmade would be well under your budget and is also a very solid knife. I think OTFs are more “finicky”, or so I’ve heard.

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  3. Moshe ben David

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    For an economical side opening auto knife, how about the Boker Kalashnikov? Or the Boker Plus Strike? Both come in a variety of handle colors; variety of blade styles; variety of steel; coated and uncoated blades. Street pricing around $40 -- see Blade HQ as one example. (I'm a customer, not an employee.)

    I have a Kalashnikov; fires open; came nicely sharp.

    Plenty of reviews on YouTube etc to look at.

    L'chaim!

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  4. Lateck

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    I have 2 OTF's and I am a little skeptical as to the value of their usage, small thin blades and their track system. 1 is a Microtech Ultratech which is around $270 and a clone by Bear and Sons around $200.
    As others have said, side winders are superior for usage (my opinion) of which I have 5 or so.
    Lateck,
     
  5. ThaMac

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    What’s the story? Showing off, or actual usage? No judgement here.


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  6. garza

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    Probably a little of both. September 2017 that style became legal for him to conceal carry.
     
  7. ThaMac

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    Good double action OTFs don’t come cheap. An Ultratech would set you back about 250+. Problem is, you want something reliable. A shame if you brag and the blade fails.

    IMHO the 200 price point is not ideal. Rather grab a cheap AKC for fifty bucks (be aware of the size) or save up a little more until you got the money for an Ultratech.


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  8. garza

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    I may have to spend more for the gift. I have a side opening auto and have had absolutely no issues. I have do some beautiful butterfly knifes which are also legal to carry.

    Several sites offer options for neck carry for both OTF and side opening.
     
  9. ThaMac

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    Not my business and I don’t wanna cross a line here. But if he wants an OTF, that’s what the heart wants. And then he wants a double action, for he show.

    There are some cheap options out there. But if it should last, you might wanna bite the bullet and go Ultratech. Check some of the popular sites, you maybe in luck and they have a sale.


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  10. garza

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    I would never give me son a cheaply made knife that could cause an injury which an OTF knife is more than capable of with a malfunction. If he had wanted a side opening auto, there are several good options for less money. He is currently carrying my Buck 110 auto.
    I have purchased knifes which were more expensive because I wanted the knife for my collection given the design or material. The Buck 110 auto was purchased because I still have my Buck 110 from 1982. I will probably just up the my price point so he can keep the knife 36 years like my original Buck 110.
     
  11. Yablanowitz

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    If he really has his heart set on one, you might as well buy a cheap one. I've handled quite a few, including some expensive name brands like Benchmade and Microtech, and they have all had enough slop in the blade to move them from "serious knife" to "fun toy" on my list. My cheap Lightning OTF is as solid as the Benchmade Infidels that I've handled.
     
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    The novelties will pass or the knife will fails, which ever come first. Buy cheap and have a hard use folder as back up.
     
  13. ThaMac

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    Its interesting to read the different approaches.


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  14. Rebel

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    I have a Microtech and they are really beautiful knives. But a Spyderco Military opens quick enough one-handed and has a much stronger blade and more usable grip. I am no expert but to my view the autos are really not any quicker than a good thumbhole knife and they might be finer finished or more interesting but they're just not as functional. OTF autos seem really like a niche for stuff most of us don't want to ever have to get into. A side-opener can be functional as well as cool but again I am just more comfortable with less mechanism and more simplicity.
     
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    Around a year later...

    I was thinking Kershaw has some pretty nice side-openers. They all seem to be 154CM which is a nice steel. Blade lengths are good, practical lengths. They seem to be about 100 Euros over here, I guess you could probably get one for around 100 bucks since they're made in America (as far as I know, anyway). Look at the Launch 7. Looks like a real practical knife for an auto.

    OTOH back to our previous discussion, I think the Spyderco Military is about the best folding knife ever invented. It is so balanced and so well designed and built there is about nothing to improve on. The only thing you have to do is choose which steel (and maybe which handle option).
     
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    If you check bladeforums.com they have an auto buy/sell/trade forum so you might find a bargain there. You get what you pay for so cheap price=cheap knife. Personally I follow the buy once cry once philosophy.
     
  17. Lateck

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    @Rebel a year later I have changed my mind on OTFs. I love them even more. I have added 2 more UTXs. I have played with some cheaper ones and most are just cheap.
    One main reason OTF D/As are great are when you use gloves. I figured that out over the winter.

    But I agree don't buy a cheap OTF. And to the long ago OP's post, $200 is the starting point for an OTF.... :(
     
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  18. yo mama

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    Otf have become my main EDC over the last 2 years. Ive had a few side openers and from good companies bounce off stop pins and fail to lock, so failures can happen with both but otf you have no fingers in the way. They carry so thin and light but are capable of most major cutting and can take alot. In fact look up Microtech test by bladehq on YouTube.

    That said, only cheap otf thats decent is the Lightning. 40ish bucks of China zinc. There are others but price wise nothing till you jump to a Microtech. They are absolutely worth it but costly. The 85 is a little closer to your price range but still a tad over.
     
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  19. Rebel

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    Guys, buy what you want. I was talking to Garza not you ;)

    Anyway, I call :censored: on the Kershaw bashing and knife-snobbism. It's an American-made knife with good steel. It's a side-opener so it can be cheaper than an OTF and it's probably a lot more useful since it should be stronger. I will bet money if you actually use it hard it will outlast most if not all OTFs. I do have Microtech and Benchmade autos and sure the Microtech is "better" than a Kershaw in the sense they have blades from exotic stuff like CTS-204p (like a Military I have), Elmax, etc. But the OTFs are not real practical, like I said they're a specialty knife for situations we would prefer to avoid.

    I'll take any of my Spyderco Militarys over any auto, with or without gloves or any hard use.
     
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  20. yo mama

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    Kershaw autos are known to bounce and had many issues over the years.

    If you know how an otf works, the only way you would be able to defeat the small bar that works as a lock is to break through the handles. Its strong, like really strong.

    In the end a spyderco military is a different knife entirely than an otf so I'm just not seeing a valid comparison.