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Auto OTF knife

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

  1. Rebel

    Rebel Loaded Pockets

    Jul 30, 2015
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    It is not a valid comparison in the sense they're totally different designs, it's just a comparison in the sense of how useful two knives of similar size are. To me, OTF autos are pretty much single-purpose knives. I think they're interesting and cool and all that, but they're just not as useful as a strong locking folder. So what I meant was if you are going to carry a good knife and you want to pick one that is broadly useful, not only as a self-defense tool like an OTF auto, and which is nearly as fast to deploy, then I think the Military is a great option. Great balance, many choices of steels, big aftermarket selection of handles, a strong lock that makes the knife very easy to open and close one handed, and a thicker and stronger blade than most OTFs.

    My autos stay in the drawer but I EDC a Military. In the back pocket of my suit!

    If I derailed the topic I apologize. I was just trying to suggest a more useful alternative to Garza, and I think he was ok with it.
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  2. jag-engr
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    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
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    Apr 6, 2007
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    Personally, if I wanted a quick opening knife, I'd go with a waved Spyderco. They open as you pull them out of your pocket and have the security of a more traditional lock-up. They also have the advantage of being far cheaper that a good auto.

    To test the effectiveness of the wave opener, simply install a ziptie through the hole of a Syderco blade, pull it tight, clip the tag, and position the stub so that it sticks out perpendicular to the spine. If this description is unclear, do a Google Image search for the term "ziptie wave".

    There are also waved Kershaw and Emerson knives (Emerson having developed the wave), but both those companies pair the wave function with a liner or frame lock knife, which is not very lefty-friendly, if that is a consideration.