Is Assisted a Switchblade?

Is Assisted a Switchblade?

This is a discussion on Is Assisted a Switchblade? within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So I am considering buying an assisted open knife. Something like the Benchmade Barrage. I live in the state of Texas and am trying to ...

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    Is Assisted a Switchblade?

    So I am considering buying an assisted open knife. Something like the Benchmade Barrage. I live in the state of Texas and am trying to determine if that knife is legal to carry. I have read what I can, but its pretty confusing to me. Any fellow Texans have a good handle on this?


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    I don't know about the laws in Texas about assisted opening knives, but an assisted opening knife is very different than a switchblade. To open an assisted opening knife, you have to open a blade a certain distance before the assisted opening takes over. A switchblade needs only a press of a button to open.

    U.S. Customs tried unsuccessfully in trying to define assisted opening knives as switchblades a few years ago. Thank goodness.
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    Don't know about Texas, but here Kentucky an assisted-open folder is NOT considered a switchblade. BTW, the "Emerson Wave" (on either an Emerson or a Spyderco) is faster into the fight than either AO or SB. The only thing faster is a fixed blade (like the KaBar TDI). Good Luck!
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    Thanks. I understand that it's really not a switchblade, I was more concerned with how the state may define it. I just started researching a carry knife, so I will be sure to look at a Wave.

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    Unless you are willing to fight it in court, many knife laws are written and enforced on the side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Don't know about Texas, but here Kentucky an assisted-open folder is NOT considered a switchblade. BTW, the "Emerson Wave" (on either an Emerson or a Spyderco) is faster into the fight than either AO or SB. The only thing faster is a fixed blade (like the KaBar TDI). Good Luck!
    If you want something dead simple and lightning fast, please check out the Emerson/Spyderco Wave: it really is fast.
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    That's pretty slick. So the wave is a feature and not a model, is that right? Any suggestions on model?

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    Texas legal definition of switch blade:

    "“Switchblade knife” means any knife that has a blade that folds, closes, or
    retracts into the handle or sheath, and that:
    (A) opens automatically by pressure applied to a button or other device
    located on the handle; or
    (B) opens or releases a blade from the handle or sheath by the force of
    gravity or by the application of centrifugal force."


    So long as the operator does a portion of the work themselves, it's not a switchblade. Assistance by a spring is not considered a switchblade.

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    Thanks linuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FPP777 View Post
    That's pretty slick. So the wave is a feature and not a model, is that right? Any suggestions on model?
    - The Wave is an Ernest Emerson patent. You can get it on virtually all of the models he makes, but his knives tend to be on the pricier side. A few other companies that license the patent are Spyderco, Fox Knives and Southern Grind. The Spyderco Delica Wave, Endura Wave and P'Kal are probably the most affordable.
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    So is it normal for a gun person to become a knife person. I like a lot of what I have looked at in knives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FPP777 View Post
    So is it normal for a gun person to become a knife person. I like a lot of what I have looked at in knives.
    - I was a knife person before I was a gun person.
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    The WAVE feature. Found youtube vid. Not my video but an OK demo.

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    I bought the first Spyderco Endura Wave I ever saw & have been delighted. Since then I've discovered (on Blade Forums) that some folks modify conventional Spyderco models into nice "wave" designs. Once I became familiar with the opening technique, I've wondered why it took so long for waves to "catch on" (pardon the pun) for folding knives. It's simply & it's fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FPP777 View Post
    So is it normal for a gun person to become a knife person. I like a lot of what I have looked at in knives.
    It's not unusual. Sorta like an upland bird hunter getting into fly fishing, or vice-versa, or a pipe smoker getting into cigars. An appreciation for one subjects begets an appreciation for a related other.
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