Automatic knives, also known as switchblades, open automatically with the press of a button or pull of a lever. Designed primarily for military, police and EMT duty, the speed of an automatic knife is ideal for emergency situations. Automatic knives are restricted in many areas, so be certain to consult your local laws before purchasing.
There is nothing quite like a good automatic knife. Blade HQ carries all of the top switchblade brands and models, so you are sure to find the perfect knife for your needs and tastes. If you need help narrowing down your search, be sure to check out our Best Switchblade Knives article, or watch the Knife Banter episode below for our complete Automatic Knife Buyers Guide.
Why Automatic Knives?
With so many different types of knives to choose from, why would a person choose an automatic knife? In this episode of Knife Banter, we sit down with Dave from Protech Knives and the one and only Nick Shabazz to discuss the ins and outs of owning a switchblade knife. If you're still unsure where to dive into the automatic world, check out our How to Choose an Automatic Knife article for more information.
Final Say and the Law
Whether you call them automatic knives, switchblades, OTF knives, or even Italian Stilettos, this category of knife is always expanding. Microtech, Benchmade, Gerber, SOG, Buck, Spyderco, and Boker are just a few of the brands that produce solid automatic knives. As you consider getting your own automatic knife, make sure to check with your pocket knife laws in your area to see if carrying a switchblade is legal or not.