Automatic Knives

Written by Sierra Rein
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Automatic knives are basically blades which can be instantly opened or revealed at the flick of the wrist or the push of a button. Most people know these kind of knives as "switchblade" knives. However, there is more to these automatic blades than images invoked from "West Side Story."

The blade of an automatic knife can appear either through a parabolic motion or straight out from the handle. Some folding automatic knives allow for full manual control of the blade's extraction in addition to a single button movement. It is important to understand the mechanisms involved with your automatic knife before utilizing it; otherwise, you may cut yourself while opening it.

Most automatic knives are meant to help a person with one busy hand in opening the blade with the other. However, many survivalists and hunters enjoy having the ability to reveal a hidden blade in a moment of emergency. An automatic knife allows someone to whip out a defensive weapon without having to remove one's eyes from a possible wild animal or assailant.

How and Where to Find Automatic Knives

Most combat or military knife source will have plenty of shopping options to choose from. There are a number of online knife stores as well. However, most companies hold strict age restrictions, mostly above 18 or 21 years of age, in order to prevent adolescents from buying dangerous knives and blades.


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