What are spring assisted knives called?

OTF KNIVES We know: hard to believe from the name. OTF knives are a style of automatic knife because they use a button to activate a spring to automatically open the blade.

What is an OTF mechanism?

Contrary to folding knives which are operated manually, OTF knives are automatic and when activated the blade springs open through the front and locks into place. There is usually a button or slide switch that activates the internal mechanism to allow the blade to eject.

What is a spring action knife?

Assisted opening knives are convenient, useful and quick. Many can be opened and closed rapidly by simply pushing a thumb-stud or spine flipper. Spring Assisted knives are legal in most areas but be certain to consult your local laws before purchasing any knife.

What do you call an automatic knife?

Automatic knives, also known as switchblades or flick knives are those that have a blade tucked inside the handle. The blade is then deployed through a special release mechanism usually in the form of a button, spring or a switch.

What do you call knives that flip open?

Butterfly. Butterfly knives are fun to open, but check local laws first. Butterfly knives, or balisongs as they are commonly called, have two pivot points allowing the user to flip the knife open.

What are the different types of switchblades?

There are essentially two main types of switchblades: Side Opening and OTF (Out the Front). Both types are different from each other and have their own set of features. You can choose either of them depending on the way you are going to use them or keep them as a part of your collection.

Is an OTF knife a switchblade?

The second type of switchblade is called the OTF (out the front) switchblade because the blade comes out at the top of the handle, like a pen. The opening mechanism functions the same way; the knife engages when a button releases the tension of the spring onto the blade.

Are Flipper knives spring assisted?

Spring assisted flipper knives require the user to apply force to get the blade moving during the opening process. This is usually done using a thumb stud or lever, which is called a flipper. Once the blade gets moving, the spring assisted mechanism takes over and opens the blade very quickly.

What is OTF assisted knife?

For the uninformed, OTF knives are a type of switchblade – that is, an automatic knife which deploys the blade ‘automatically’ on pressing a button or switch. Specifically, the OTF knife is a switchblade where the blade simply comes ‘out the front’.

What are spring assisted knives?

What are Spring Assisted Knives? Spring assisted knives (also called assisted opening knives) feature a spring mechanism built into the pivot or handle of the tool that takes over and speeds up the process of opening everything up.

How do assisted opening knives work?

Basically, to operate an assisted opening knife you start the process of opening it up, usually with the thumbstud or with a flipper index tab. Once you get to a certain point manually, the stored energy in the spring assist mechanism causes the blade to fully flip open without you having to manipulate the knife all the way.

What are the best tactical knives with assisted opening?

SOG is a go-to knife and tool maker for people looking for tactical gear for everyday carry, and they did a major refresh of their knife line for 2020, all featuring their new XR mechanism. And one in particular, the upcoming Flash AT, features an assisted opening.