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Auto Knives - Meh
« on: January 12, 2022, 04:52:04 PM »

So I finally got around to buying myself one of them there auto knives that Americans who live in America* can have. This one:

https://www.smkw.com/sog-tac-au-black-tanto-auto

So the knife itself is nice - good craftsmanship, good design for a lefty, lightweight. It has all the features I like in a knife. The auto-mechanism though, is, meh. I guess the mechanism on this knife, from the reviews is a good one. I was just a bit underwhelmed when I started using the auto opener.

Honestly, I can open my assisted ZT 350 folder about as fast as this one. Part of that could be the mechanism needing to break in. It's pretty...no, really stiff right now. It only showed up an hour ago, so maybe a couple hundred rounds of opening it will slick up the mechanism a bit.

I'm glad I got it to add to my collection and just to be able to say I have another thing I'm allowed to have here in America that I couldn't own before, but again... so far, meh.


*Yes, I could have bought an auto knife back in CA, but I wasn't going to pay $150 for a one inch blade.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2022, 05:00:56 PM »

I have a 1970s vintage Boker 712 with red bone scales that I love.

They have been discontinued years ago and a used replacement is close to $350-400, I'm scared I'll lose it so it stays in the safe. I only paid $100 for this one 15 years ago.

Apparently, there are new ones made in China, I need to see if they are the same fit and quality as the old German ones.

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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2022, 05:02:20 PM »

I like the kershaw launch line of automatics, but haven't found much else that that works well for me.
My EDC is a Launch 2, it's pretty small, VERY light and the pushbutton release is very convenient.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2022, 05:54:31 PM »

I'm with you Ben.  I can get an assisted that works just as well in my hands for a lot less money.  The only auto I ha e any interest in is one of the out-the-front double edge blades, and they are priced out of my "I want it because it's cool" budget.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2022, 05:58:36 PM »

I'm with you Ben.  I can get an assisted that works just as well in my hands for a lot less money.  The only auto I ha e any interest in is one of the out-the-front double edge blades, and they are priced out of my "I want it because it's cool" budget.

Yeah, I was looking at the out the front ones, but $300+ is a little pricey for me.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2022, 06:10:25 PM »

I picked up one of these last year. The gun store was selling a good bit below the MSRP listed on the website.

https://cobratecknives.com/collections/ctk-1-collection/products/medium-ctk-1-carbon-fiber

Well made, good fit and finish but a little too big and heavy for everyday carry for my taste.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2022, 06:26:00 PM »

We can't have them in Washington unless you are military or a full-time paid cop, firefighter or EMS person, and then only on actual duty.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2022, 07:37:05 PM »

I have a CRTK Hissatsu folder that I absolutely love. It's assisted-opening but fast enough for all practical purposes. One oft-overlooked feature that is important to me is not just can it be opened one handed, but also put away one handed? The Hissatsu can.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2022, 07:40:23 PM »

I have a big ass Benchmade Adamas but I also find the assisted openers to be really no different and sometimes more convenient than an auto knife. Probably my favorite knife of all was a Kershaw Blur but those for some reason always disappeared on me and I lost two of them. I typically carry a cheap Chinese assisted opener nowadays anyway for the use and abuse of work.

I need to try a good quality out the front type auto.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2022, 07:52:39 PM »

IMO, the ones that deploy straight out the end are better to me.  They open easier.  Makes a lot of sense for casual knife use.  However, they don't have as sturdy of a blade as a fixed blade knife if you are doing serious knife work. 

However, I am not carrying one of those these days.  The cheaper ones I have gotten all seem to end up with bent clips.  I haven't wanted to spend the money to get one of the Microtech models.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2022, 10:47:37 PM »

I've been meaning to get an auto-opener, just because any non-garbage mechanism will probably open the blade more reliably than I will. Even if I can open a manual knife more quickly, there's also a good chance I'll flub it, or drop it.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2022, 02:27:48 AM »

With my SOG Twitch II, I simply can't justify an auto. It's fast, easy, light, and well built, all I can personally ask for. Had it a WHILE now. The action "gums up" after a lot of use but a quick hand scrub, dry, and lube has it right back to 100%. Like guns, they do need maintenance.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2022, 08:01:47 AM »

I've been meaning to get an auto-opener, just because any non-garbage mechanism will probably open the blade more reliably than I will. Even if I can open a manual knife more quickly, there's also a good chance I'll flub it, or drop it.

I'll agree with that when it comes to thumb studs, whether assisted or non-assisted. I fumble with those on some of my knives myself. Some assisted knives - my ZT350 EDC is an example - have a "flipper switch" that you activate with your index finger. That has always been fast and sure for me.

I spent some time yesterday evening getting accustomed to the auto, and the switch did seem to break in a bit after probably over 100 openings. At this point I will reassess my first statement and say that I can open it at least as fast as a thumb stud knife, with less chance of slipping on the switch than on a thumb stud. I still seem to be as fast or faster with the flipper switch on the ZT though.
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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2022, 09:09:37 AM »

I have a gerber w SV30 steel. When I got it I took it apart and polished the contact surfaces and itís good. I agree a good assisted or bearing pivot is just as fast but since I can carry a fixed blade I usually do.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2022, 09:17:47 AM »

I've never really seen the need for an auto knife.

I have one or two assist opening knives, but I generally don't carry a pocket knife anymore, and when I do, it's the lock back I got from my parents for my 13th birthday.
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2022, 09:56:58 AM »

I have a knife on me about 90% of the time, and it is usually a multi-tool.
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2022, 10:27:08 AM »

I carry a knife near 100% of the time especially since I can't carry at work.  It is usually a folder.  Currently a nice SOG folder, but I have a few others that are nice.  The other one I carry might be a WE Knife.  My biggest issue with knives is I end up mangling the clips occasionally if the clip catches on something.

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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2022, 11:02:27 AM »

On the extremely rare occasion I manage to forget my knife I feel naked and exposed without one.
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2022, 11:06:14 AM »

About the only time I have been without a knife probably since I was six years old has been on planes and certain buildings in DC. Knives were still allowed in school when I was a young buck. IIRC, my high school had its first stabbing a year after I graduated and that was that for knives. I carried a Buck 110 all through high school.

It seems like I have always had a need for a knife nearly every day for as long as I can remember, even if only to open a package.
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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2022, 11:11:51 AM »

On the extremely rare occasion I manage to forget my knife I feel naked and exposed without one.

As do I.

Because if I donít have a knife on me it probably because Iíve forgotten my pants.
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2022, 11:12:45 AM »

As do I.

Because if I donít have a knife on me it probably because Iíve forgotten my pants.

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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2022, 07:15:03 AM »

I've lost my Kershaw Rake again... It is probably around here somewhere.
 
I had a different Kershaw that I really liked, but I think that Jenny's kid scarfed it...  I like the Kershaw "back of the blade, push me" gizmo for the assisted open...
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2022, 07:51:33 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2022, 08:20:26 AM »

I got eight side switchers from a Russian-owned dollar store for under the table gifts for sympatico friends.  At the time, switcheroos were illegal in Colorado, but apparently the Russian owners had no understanding of the term "interstate commerce," so I assumed they were flown into Stapleton directly from Russia.

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I kept three of them, still use two, but found out they were no good with stress applied from the handle.  One went "pop" and no longer locked up.  The other two are still in casual service around the house.  Very convenient, especially with my limited strength and Perdlike coordination.

I immediately got two pop out the front switchblades when they became legal and kept a small one in my pocket, but found it got jammed from pocket lint.  I now carry a small manual one which seems to be immune from lint and dimes getting stuck in it.  The big one is in general service around the house, mainly in opening armor-plated packs of batteries and other small merchandise packages.

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Re: Auto Knives - Meh
« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2022, 03:57:08 PM »

When they removed "automatic knives" from the prohibited weapon list in TX I got a couple. A Boker "Kalashnikov" (packed in a box resembling an AK magazine) was pretty cheap, but reasonably functional - AUS8 blade, good clip, but the action was kind of rough. After disassembly I took the stud, chucked it in a lathe, and polished it up some, along with the contact surfaces on the blade, so it works pretty well. It's in my pocket right now.

A (much) more expensive ProTech auto knife has 154CM steel and a much smoother action, though the clip is way too tight. BUT - upon reading the literature packed with the knife - I found out it has NO warranty. None. At least from my viewpoint. The caveats and such in the written materials specify proof of working for the government must be provided before any warranty work is done - so if you're not a government employee - no warranty for you. Eff 'em.
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