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Second-generation OTF 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.
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.
Overall this is a decent knife. Had to oil it and work the blade and lock to loosen it up a little. The release to return the blade is a bit difficult to operate due the small size, but is workable. Have to use my thumb nail to allow the return to work in bringing the blade back in. Again, overall it is a good knife. Just keep the lock secured so it doesn't accidentally open. Gave one to a friend who really likes it too.
The reviews that say this has an all metal grip are incorrect, it is made of Zytel, the same material used for the frame of the Smith & Wesson M&P. I repeat NOT METAL.
O.K. now that I have that out of the way, this is a great knife. It comes moderately sharp, could definitely use a pass over your fine or higher grade whetstones.The action is the same every time. Hard to close one-handed but it is possible. Very easy to open but makes a good deal of noise. The clip is too close to the handle to make for a good boot knife, not to mention the frame is too wide. However it is a great pocket or belt knife.
- Very well constructed
- Very easy to open
- Blade holds a edge well
- Its an S&W
- It gets the job done
- Hard to close one handed if you don't have enough thumb strength or range of motion
- Not very ascetically pleasing
- if you are looking for a new knife get this, its a real beauty. The pros massively outweigh the cons.
- Move the secondary safety(the one one the bump you press) to the side in order to close the knife.
- If the primary safety is reapplied when the blade is out the blade is locked in place.
excelent quality and quite durable.the all metal grip ads good weight
Hard to figure out at first, you need to push down on the little button above the trigger to close it. Good weight and an ok glass breaker. Hard spring, you need to have a strong thumb to close the knife with one hand though, overall great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here's the straight deal:
The action is great, feels just like the old-school switchblades! It has good weight to it because the handle is solid metal with no rubber or plastic parts. The blade is only edged on one side. The side with the serration is a false edge except for the serration. The flat part of the blade with the writing on it rubs the opening during open/close causing light blade wear and the logo to come off. This does NOT effect the edge, just the cosmetic. Opening is a one handed procedure but closing is two. I am split in my opinion, it's a great tactical but a poor aesthetic. Get this if you need "the job done".
I bought this knife a couple weeks back.
Wicked knife indeed. Blade comes out so fast it almost has a kick to it.
Razor sharp, you can shave with it right out of the box.
Ended up selling mine to a guy at the bar for 50 bucks, so I had to buy another one.
Overall 10 out of 10
Bad ass knife!
Very nice! handle is a little bigger than pictured but all in all always happy with S&W. OTF action is siiiiiiick too.