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Why Don't You Carry Switchblade.....or do you?

Discussion in 'Knives, Tactical Gear, and Survival' started by Reinz, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. Reinz

    Reinz Active Member

    Sep 5, 2014
    East TX
    Ever since I was 4 years old I have had a knife in my pocket every day, even at school, all levels.

    I'm from a generation that never considered carrying a pocket knife threatening.

    The rage in the 70's was the Buck lockback folder which carried over into the 80's. In the 90's one hand openers exploded and are today's norm.
    Spring assist knives from the late 90's are still cool, but common.

    The obvious next step are the switchblades, once taboo, but finally legal in Texas. However, I don't know anyone that carries one everyday.

    A lot of gun and knife guys have always had at least one on the desk for opening mail and fidgeting with when on boring business calls. Or someone will bring one to a shoot to show off, then put it in the safe when he gets home.

    Are we just conditioned since they have been illegal for so long?

    I love them. I have about a dozen that range from ok quality to very nice. But I don't carry one.

    I reckon for me, it's a safety and speed issue. That is, fear that it may open while I'm carrying, which means I need to use the safety if available. That means a slow draw/activation. Thus, I'm much faster with a one hander and have piece of mind that it will stay closed while carrying.

    How bout you?

  2. smittyb

    smittyb Well-Known

    Nov 12, 2009
    Cut N Shoot
    Because the Emerson Flipper is faster?
  3. Darkpriest667

    Darkpriest667 Well-Known

    Jan 13, 2017
    Fort Worth
    Well unassisted opening still opens to the side... The problem with a switchblade, and i've personally seen this happen, is that if something activates the button in your pocket you're gonna have a bad day. With auto assist it just folds out and you feel it and you can retrieve it... That's why I don't carry one and autos are way too expensive.
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  4. texasnurse

    texasnurse Well-Known

    Jul 30, 2016
    Assisted and Hand Folders Lock open better than autos

    Sent with my IPhone with electronics and fuzzy logic...
  5. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    OTS, not OTF.
  6. satx78247

    satx78247 TGT Addict

    Jun 23, 2014
    Personally, I've NOT seen a switchblade that's any better quality than the SA paramedic's Gerber (which easily opens with one hand) that I already own & thus haven't acquired one.

    Anyone know of a HIGH-QUALITY SW that is available for a somewhat reasonable price??

    Btw, I'm one of the "early crop" of baby boomers (late-1946 model) and most every guy of my generation carries a pocketknife and/or sheath knife routinely.
    Most of my friends, who aren't boomers, don't carry a blade & often want to borrow mine for various daily tasks.

    yours, satx
  7. sucker76

    sucker76 Don't let the username fool you

    Nov 15, 2015
    Lake Jackson
    I have an Italian stiletto with olive wood scales and I love it. My daily carry Gerber unassisted lock back is frankly easier to carry. It's thinner and has a clip that keeps it in the same place on my pocket. I'm not sure about through the center switchblades but mine has a sliding safety the blocks the button mechanism. The safety makes it A LOT slower to open.
  8. Kar98

    Kar98 TGT Addict

    Aug 8, 2016
    I had a switchblade or two back in the day, the kind where the blade shoots straight out of the handle, but they were of such flimsy, shoddy construction, neither of them lasted a month. I don't think I ever even managed to go and cut anything with it.
  9. satx78247

    satx78247 TGT Addict

    Jun 23, 2014

    My experience exactly. - I don't buy junk.
    (Years ago, I took a SB off a street thug in NOLA & after trying to sharpen it, I pitched it into the trash. = JUNK.)

    yours, satx
  10. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    When I was very young, maybe 5-6, we were in Mexico and I happened to see one of those stiletto switchblades.
    Of course I wanted it, but I was told no, obviously it would have been very illegal.
    Anyways, short story long, when we got back to Kingsville, my mom walked into my room and gave it to me.
    I'm sure she said don't take it out of the house, or something like that.

    Just one of those memories that sometimes comes out.

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