Automatic knives with adequate hand protection

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    Automatic knives with adequate hand protection

    I have several automatic knives that work very nicely however I hestitate to carry them for self defense. The idea of a knife as a last chance weapon is fine, but I would like to find one that isn't going to cut off my fingers if I have to use it. The autos and folders I have seen all have very little protection to prevent your hand from sliding up the hilt if you try and thrust with the knife. Obviously I 'll take cut fingers if the knife prevents me from suffering grave injury or death. It would be nice however to have one that doesn't cut the hell out of you if you have to use it. Any knife suggestions?

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    auto's are cool but they're not a very good choice for SD.

    that aside, the only ones I can really think of off the top of my head that will fit your criteria would be from Benchmade or M.O.D.
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    If I was looking for a good sd knife it would be the crkt m16 knife with the easy flip on the back, keeps fingers where they belong.
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    The SD knives I carry or primarily for slashing...as in someone has ahold of me or trying to get my gun....folder pocket knife clipped in left pocket, and on duty my TDI. The TDI can be thrust easily but blade length isn't that great (for what I carry). My other knife is a SOG Seal Pup....which is great for thrusting but I keep it in the car.
    Get to a knife store if you can. Just like a pistol, get your hands on some to tell which ones have a grip like you're wanting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTex View Post
    auto's are cool but they're not a very good choice for SD.

    that aside, the only ones I can really think of off the top of my head that will fit your criteria would be from Benchmade or M.O.D.
    I agree. I do love my Mircotech OTF just for playing with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 64zebra View Post
    Get to a knife store if you can. Just like a pistol, get your hands on some to tell which ones have a grip like you're wanting.
    If anyone is ever up around Pigeon Forge, TN there is a knife shop up there in Sevierville. It's absolutely HUGE. My parents live about 20 min from there and I love to go over there. I'd venture to say that they have anything you could need/want there.
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    anyone around the Texas Panhandle should go to Knives Plus in Amarillo
    Great people and huge selection
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    My Benchmade AFO and Gerber auto both have decently deep finger grooves that prevent any slippage. I don't think they are very good for SD though with the opening mechanisms. You have to change your grip considerably after opening them, and if the button gets stuck, there's no other way to open it.

    I carry a "waved" knife now...it opens cleanly out of the pocket, and if it doesn't catch right, I still have a thumb stud or wrist flick I can open it with. When I draw it, my hand is almost in a good grip, just have to put the fingers back around it after it opens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 64zebra View Post
    anyone around the Texas Panhandle should go to Knives Plus in Amarillo
    Great people and huge selection
    I used to shop there...cool store.
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    The good old Italian Stiletto and many lever locks have a hand guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JEAM View Post
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    Those are fun to play with until the spring decides to take a vacation and propel itself to parts unknown...That knife is not nearly as appealing when it's no longer an automatic.
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    If your looking for a good auto I personally love Microtech's OTF (but it's a bit pricey) another great route to go is anything Benchmade especially in their Black class. The make several autos that are awesome. It's their tactical line they make for armed professionals and honestly they're the toughest knife and Benchmade as a knife company has the best support I've ever dealt with.

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    Couple of great knives I've dealt with that I love:

    1) The Benchmade Griptillian with D2 steel and a combo serrated edge. It has the Axis lock which is pretty quick opening.

    2) Microtech's OTF, they have several models and when you open it, it feels like it's going to pop out of your hand, it's a great knife but too expensive for me.

    3) Also Ontario Knives RAT (Randall's Adventure and Training) knives are great made and feel great in the hand.

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    Grip Tape(the skateboard variety that people often use on their firearms) or even A-Grip, both can be used and applied quite neatly using homemade templates to cut them in the shape of scales etc.. it can add considerable traction.

    2)For SD practice, focus on snap cuts and slashing offending limbs ..stabbing only if the opportunity presents itself, ie: when forced into a clench, then only to Soft areas and Not the ribs, chest etc.. as that can stop the blade very abruptly.

    Push-cutting(stabbing) really tests an OTF auto in the first place, as their action is of questionable strength..by design :)
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