AUTOMATIC KNIVES FOR SALE
AUTOMATIC KNIVES FOR SALE.
Autos can typically be divided into two main categories. Side-Opening or Folding Automatics are, put simply, folding knives with an automatic mechanism built-in, and Out-the-front (OTF) Automatics that feature a sliding blade that extends from and retracts back into the handle.
With a side opener, the blade is under tension when in the closed position and is typically activated by pressing a button.
This releases the blade and allows the loaded spring to open the knife. Most often, that button also functions as the lock release when you close the blade as well.
Since most side-openers are single action, the blade must be closed manually much like a traditional folding knife.
Most OTFs are activated with a sliding switch and are double-action in nature, meaning the blade can extend and retract by sliding the switch.
Unlike a side-opener, when the blade of a double-action OTF is at rest it is not under tension.
The spring is “loaded” gradually as you slide the switch forward or backward, eventually crossing over the point in its travel where the spring is released and allows the blade to move to its locked position.
Single-action OTFs are rarer today and operate a little differently. The blade will be under tension when it is closed and typically opens with the press of a button. Closing the blade and resetting the spring will be achieved manually with some type of charging handle.
Top 10 Best Automatic Knives
- Best Stiletto: Pro-Tech Godfather
- Best EDC Auto: Kershaw Launch 1
- Best Old School Auto: Buck 110
- Best Combat Auto: Gerber 06
- Best Rescue Auto: Benchmade Triage
- Best Side-Switch OTF: Microtech Combat Troodon
- Best Cover-Switch OTF: Benchmade Infidel
- Best Lightweight OTF: Hogue Compound
- Best CA-Compliant OTF: Microtech Exocet
- Best CA-Compliant Folding Auto: Hogue A01 Microswitch
From collectors to avid outdoorsmen (and women), day laborers or simply those who like having a versatile tool ready at hand, spring assisted blades have skyrocketed in popularity.
Also known as assisted-opening knives, these blades are revered for their fast and reliable deployment while reducing the risk of human error and injury.
Many of us have been there, with even the most well-practiced knife-wielder experiencing a misfire from time to time with manual flipper knives.
The same cannot be said for spring assisted openers. Short of catastrophic mechanical failure (a rarity), these blades deploy with unparalleled reliability.
To some people, weight is no issue in a knife. They will happily EDC a large half-pound folder made of steel because they love the design or appreciate the heft.
For others, even just a few extra ounces can feel like extra pounds when they’re carrying it around all day every day.
If you’re a weight watcher, then you’re in luck. We’ve been working on posts about knives within certain weight limits. The first post from a few months back dealt with knives that weighed under an ounce.
This post focuses on the best knives weighing under 2 ounces (more specifically 1-2 ounces).
We’re kicking things off with the newest model on this list: the CRKT CEO Flipper. The CEO has been an unexpected hit the past few years thanks to its simple design that blends into the background.
Designer Richard Rogers improved on the design by adding a flipper for even easier access. Although it’s on this list, it’s actually pretty long with a 3.35-inch blade. It’s just very, very slim.
California legal automatic knives are becoming increasingly popular, and the most popular in this category is the Kershaw Launch 4.
Although the knife is small with a 1.9-inch automatic blade, it makes an excellent EDC.
At a weight of 1.8 ounces, it’s a great little auto.