Spring Assist - 'Out-The-Front' Schrade Extreme OTF Gray


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  • Closest legal knife to a switchblade
  • 3” titanium coated 4116 stainless blade
  • Blade ejects straight out from handle
  • Lightning fast - great for emergencies
  • Lightweight yet tough, no-slip Zytel handle
  • Safety switch prevents accidental discharge
  • Closed length: 4 3/5"; also includes pocket clip, glass breaker

First of its kind Spring Assist knife, this model features the highly sought after out-the-front action. This is a true new production technology spring assist knife, not an illegal stiletto automatic.

Fast action spring assist knives give you a tactical advantage when every second counts.

Product Specifications:

  • Custom design Zytel material handle.
  • First knife of its kind, there is no comparison.
  • Sharpened titanium nitride blade.
  • Features a locking safety.
  • Includes pocket / boot clip.
  • 7 1/2 in. overall opened, 3 in. blade.

How are Spring Assist different from a Gravity Knife or Switchblade Knife?

Gravity or Switch Blade knives feature a button, level, or other type of switch that releases a spring pressure to automatically open the blade. On a Spring Assist knife, there is no separate button or switch. Instead, you apply pressure to part of the blade to begin the opening process. This is usually a small bump of metal which sticks out under the knife, making it fast and comfortable to use. Once you press on that part of the blade, it automatically opens and locks into place. Since the action of opening the knife is started by pressing the blade metal, instead of a button or switch, it is considered to bypass the laws which ban Switch Blade knives.


Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 3.49 out of 5
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Customer Reviews

Nathan Moreno
Apr 13, 2018
(5 out of 5)
I bought another...

Hey Bud K, I like the knife. At work, I had been carrying it in my pocket all day and messed it up. It was full of tobacco, dirt and lint---so I washed it and dried it (OTF First Gen. Black) on top of the charbroiler. Needless to say, I had to buy another one, because the handle is not flame-resistant to 400°F. And direct and prolonged contact with degreaser will warp it. But, I like this knife a lot. I just got the Gray OTF. It doesn't matter if it can "punch a hole through a stop sign", as my friend suggested. I stabbed it through a Pet Taxi (no animals harmed), Rubber Maid trashcan and cut tow rope with it---so far. Great quality knife, sturdy enough for everyday work and also a good defense knife. I got lucky that it was on sale! Thanks Bud K!


Mark Blevins
Apr 06, 2018
(4 out of 5)
OK for the price

I have to admit when I opened it I thought, well there is money wasted. It's not a bad knife. Lightweight, some practice and you can open it with one hand. So as long as it holds together, I guess I will be satisfied.


Joel Estabrook
Jan 05, 2018
(5 out of 5)
First otf knife...thumbs up

Just received the knife today and I absolutely love it!...very sleek and sharp blade...one of my best buys off of Budk and totally recommend it


Mar 11, 2017
(5 out of 5)
first OTF knife, but great IMO

I don't understand the poor reviews. I don't have any other OTF knives, but this one performs exactly as advertised and I like it a lot. I've been carrying it every day for a month, using the pocket clip, and I haven't had any issues. I made a point to open and close it several times a day, to get used to it, and found the mechanism easy to manipulate. It might have loosened up a bit after a few hundred cycles. No complaints, and with a little bit of work I put a very nice edge on the blade.


john e brown
Oct 30, 2016
(5 out of 5)
great EDC

I love this knife, its easy to use razor sharp & light weight. you cant go wrong for the quality & price , its my new EDC.


Vicki Lindsay
Oct 22, 2016
(5 out of 5)
Love It

Despite the negative reviews here, I also looked up reviews elsewhere and found the knife reviewed better. I love this knife. It does take some practice for one handed operation. And yes, the handle is a plastic like material, however, it's also $20 and the material keeps the knife lighter. I love love the spring assisted opening and the side locking mechanism. I found it on other sites listed at a much higher price. Mine has functioned fine. So much so, that several of the guys I work with had me order them one as well. I'm amazed at people who complain about this knife. If you do not like upon receipt, send it back. It's really that simple. If it fails due to manufacturer defect, send it back. Again, you're not spending a lot on this knife so you need to bear that in mind. BUDK has excellent customer service. For me it was a great addition to my collection.


Doc Chambers
Jun 18, 2016
(5 out of 5)
Best knife ever

If properly trained with this cheap little knife you can grab it off the clip from your pocket hold it upside down to crack a skull with the glass breaker and pop the switch with your thumb to shoot the blade out of the bottom of your fist for split second stabbing. If needed that is. I have bought and lost five of these because I keep it clipped inside the small fifth pocket of my jeans witch allows me to pull it very fast and lose it in tall brush.


Shane Keelinghamm
May 02, 2016
(4 out of 5)

I would say it was worth what I paid for it and I thought i was getting a deal. says last price was 56$ and I paid around 20 for it. Was really tiny minus what the reviews said the blade was a bit shy of 3 inches when I measured it if that helps. I have a 6$ flick out knife that's bigger. Wasn't really sharp as I could rub my finder across the blade and not cut my finger. The knife has a spring that makes it similar to a switch blade which I liked. I wish the handle had a little more grip even though its current grip is fine. Overall was worth the buy for me.


shayne morgan
Aug 11, 2015
(5 out of 5)
Okay knife

The plastic is good but don't be extremely rough with it I fear it may break. But I like it for.everyday stuff opening sealed bag an such.


Jul 07, 2015
(5 out of 5)
great for the money

It may not be the best OTF knife mechanism made but for the price it has worked well for me and with over 100 knives it is my regular carry for the last year or so. I didnt want to spend $40 for a pocket knife as I tend to lose them, plus didn't know if I'd like an OTF or not so this was perfect and to my surprise it was well worth it. If you practice opening and closing it one handed you'll get used to it. Just keep away from the sharp side of the blade while retracting it, if you slip it will pop right back out. The little pivoting lever on the blade doesn't do much for locking the blade, you have to use the lock on the side or it will open and cut right through your pocket. Blade is what I'd expect from Schrade, easy to sharpen and holds a good edge.


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