Do you say ‘switchblade’ or ‘automatic knife’?
Sounds like a George Carlin question. Switchblade is warm and fuzzy. Automatic is hard and cold.
To me, this is what I consider a switchblade. It’s a classic Italian stiletto. It clicks open with a menacing double click.
This is not an expensive one; I couldn’t find a maker’s mark. The blade is stamped “rust free” so I assume it’s stainless steel and is too dull to even cleanly open envelopes. I remember when knives came relatively dull and you put the kind of edge you wanted. But I don’t want to sharpen it and alter the ‘factory edge’. It has the classic release button which allows a leaf spring to fire the knife open, a slide safety and a horn handle. I got it as part of an estate I purchased and kept it because the knife was unlocked by depressing a tab on the knife’s butt.
But say automatic to me and I got to go with Pro-Tech knives.
From Knife Magazine Contributor Frank Karl’s personal blog, One Man, So many Knives.View Linked Article