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The Autos

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by Hiram, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Hiram

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    Kershaw Launch 2 (USA). Very solid lock up, pretty fast action, and came razor sharp. Just a good solid lock blade I feel like I could depend on.

    Microtech Ultratech (USA). Very fast action, a little wobbly (all OTFs are by their nature), feels very solid in the hand. Most OTFs feel like toys to me but this actually feels usable as a knife. This also came razor sharp. Now that I have a Microtech, I see what all the fuss is about. Definitely a huge step above the usual.

    Benchmade Mini-Infidel (USA). Sort of slow action, wobblier than the Microtech by quite a bit, feels flimsy, came pretty damn dull from the factory. These Benchmade Infidels are pretty popular where I live. I can't really see why. They cost more than the Microtech and are basically gimmicky letter openers with fat, cheap feeling handles, whereas the Microtechs (which aren't cheap either) sort of set bar for OTFs and would probably actually be usable for SD, cutting seat belts or even making feather sticks. I still wonder why I bought this one. I doubt I was drunk but that's the only real explanation I can come up with.

    Hubertus (Germany). Pretty quick, solid, came pretty dull but that was remedied. I love the Old World style of these with the stag scales and lever style release. Definitely not a weapon. Just a handy one hander oozing Teutonic Black Forest, lederhosen, funny hats practicality.

    Stiletto (Italy {allegedly}). Altogether pretty much about as crappy as it looks....although, after better than two decades of playing with the thing it still snaps out strong. Not sure if the pic shows it, but unlike the really cheap and nasty ones, this one has screws through the bolster, not pins. That is a nice touch. Makes it possible to adjust the tension just right for a smooth action without any blade play. Came dull and was damn near impossible to put an edge on. I have no idea what the blade is made from but it is HARD.
     
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    Just to show the machining on the switch on the Microtech. That pretty much is emblematic of the over-all attention to detail and quality control. Very nice.
     
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    Very nice. Do autos (especially OTFs) offer any real pract advantage over an assisted opener such as the Kershaw blur?
     
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    Oh, I doubt it. Maybe over the Blur. I find the thumb stud type to be a little fiddly. I think the "flipper type", like the Leek, are much easier for me. In fact, with the flipper there is usually no need for the assist to the opening. Even the ones I've played with that don't have a spring snap open pretty easily. The OTFs; I think the only real advantage is, since the blade fires out the front, you can have your hand completely around the grip and still fire the blade out or in. Realistically, even as nice as the Microtech is, it's still a gimmick (maybe a usable one, but still). I think if I could only have one auto, it'd probably be the Kershaw. If I could only have one, either full-auto or assisted, well, I'd probably go with the Leek I don't yet have. I don't think it's any slower to work the flipper than it is to push a button. In either case you've got to get your fingers out of the way before you activate the blade.
     
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    Every one of those is illegal in the UK. Given our recent propensity for stabbing it's probably just as well. Nice engineering!
    My brother had one of the Italian side-openers many years ago and it was fun and helpful to him (occasionally) as a fireman for use when wearing gloves at a time when assisted openers were not around.
     
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    Nice knives Hiram, I have an Italian made stiletto like your bottom one but I've deactivated the spring, it's very old poss 1980's, I thought I'd lost it but my nephew currently has it on loan.

    Does anyone know if the amendments to the definition of flick knife have been passed through parliament and are statue now?

    There were proposals that spring assists and perhaps thumb studs were going to fall into this new 'totally banned' automatic knife category, I've checked but can not find the nitty gritty except that knives cannot be posted mail order now (or will come in soon) and those stupid horrid zombie knives that were marketed towards thugs have been outlawed - incidentally I've seen a few online retailers still selling these mail order! :facepalm: bloody fools.
     
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