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Old October 3rd, 2015, 09:13 AM   #16
 
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In Indiana they classify switchblades and automatic opening knives the same. I have a Benchmade AFOII I bought over a year or so ago. I figured it was high time to buy a good knife and since autos are legal here, bought this one. The only downside is that if I need to ship it back to Benchmade, I have to take it to the place of purchase to send it and they have to receive it back as well. This is because of Federal laws on Auto knives.



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Old October 3rd, 2015, 12:28 PM   #17
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I thought switchblades and auto knives were the same thing just a difference in nomenclature. I believe the term switchblade dates back to the Italian style cheap knives of the James Dean era who's only real purpose is as a weapon. Auto knives have the same push button action but can double as a working knife where legal.

Assisted opening knives have a spring assist to open but it requires some manipulation of the blade to open. They are generally legal.

As for shipping across state lines I bought my auto knife on line and it was shipped from Utah (if memory is correct) directly to my home in NH.
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I thought switchblades and auto knives were the same thing just a difference in nomenclature. I believe the term switchblade dates back to the Italian style cheap knives of the James Dean era who's only real purpose is as a weapon. Auto knives have the same push button action but can double as a working knife where legal.

Assisted opening knives have a spring assist to open but it requires some manipulation of the blade to open. They are generally legal.

As for shipping across state lines I bought my auto knife on line and it was shipped from Utah (if memory is correct) directly to my home in NH.
Did you have to fill out an exemption form?
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I remember back in my teens I had an Italian stiletto. It was one of those that look just like the traditional switchblade except that it had no button for automatic opening.

Well I got to looking at it and thinking one day and tried something. I decided to try bending the spring that the blade locked into when it opened. I bent it out enough to weaken it. Proceeding carefully so I didn't bend it too much where the tip of the blade would hang out of the knife, I finally got it right where I wanted it.

Result was that I could take the knife in my hand and flip it and the blade would come out and lock. It still locked tight and I could open it just as fast as a switch blade.

But, this was like almost 50 years ago and it was a good quality knife, not like the cheap crap they sell now days. I don't know if you could do the same with one that's made today. Wish I still had that knife. I traded it for something but I can't even remember what I traded it for.

If you guys are going to try this just be careful. You don't want to bend that spring too much since you can't bend it back without taking the whole knife apart.
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Did you have to fill out an exemption form?
I don't know what that is??
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I don't know what that is??
Most places won't send an auto knife to an individual buyer unless you are a LEO, EMT, Active duty military, and Fire and rescue. They have a form you fill out and send in if you meet the requirements. That is why I have to have the place I purchased my Benchmade send it back and receive it if I need it repaired.
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WA state law reads:

"Spring blade knife" means any knife, including a prototype, model, or other sample, with a blade that is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement. A knife that contains a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure of the blade and that requires physical exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to overcome the bias toward closure to assist in opening the knife is not a spring blade knife.

It sounds like a spring assist could be legal but I'd hate to have to argue the point with a judge.
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Several states allow automatic knives. I've had about a dozen shipped to my home since the knife laws in TN changed in July 2014. It's important to keep up with the changes in state laws if you choose to carry an auto.
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Automatic knives are not switchblades. They open with thumb or finger pressure, aided by a spring.

True they can open just as quickly, but, hey, I don't make the rules. Get yourself one now before they realize that they messed up...lol
"AUTOS" is the politically correct term for a switch blade; powerful opening activated by a button or slide. The "ASSISTED" action is activated by thumb or finger pressure assisted by a spring BTW I own several example of each, and with a little practice. my "ASSISTED" is as fast as my "AUTO"
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legal in Indiana.
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Most places won't send an auto knife to an individual buyer unless you are a LEO, EMT, Active duty military, and Fire and rescue. They have a form you fill out and send in if you meet the requirements. That is why I have to have the place I purchased my Benchmade send it back and receive it if I need it repaired.
No I didn't have to fill out that form it doesn't apply to me, so realistically I couldn't. There were some web sites that required that so I didn't do business with them. If memory serves me correctly:

Automatic Knives for sale - Knives - Blade HQ

is where I purchased but it could have been here:

Automatic Knives From $50 to $150 | BladeOps.com
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No I didn't have to fill out that form it doesn't apply to me, so realistically I couldn't. There were some web sites that required that so I didn't do business with them. If memory serves me correctly:

Automatic Knives for sale - Knives - Blade HQ

is where I purchased but it could have been here:

Automatic Knives From $50 to $150 | BladeOps.com
+1. I've purchased close to a dozen knives of all types from BladeOps, never a question, delivered to my mailbox
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Auto knives are legal in Ga.
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Can't say enough about this outfit. Being in NJ I won't but that ProTech Emerson CQC7-A looks sweet.
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Can't say enough about this outfit. Being in NJ I won't but that ProTech Emerson CQC7-A looks sweet.
During the last year I've purchased several ProTech knives. This company makes a quality knife.
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