The Pro-Tech Magic “Whiskers” knife is pretty amazing. It is very similar to what are commonly called double action knives except that it doesn’t quite function the same way. Most of the double action knives I have seen require you to push the top of the knife scale (the plates that make up the handle), and when I say the top I mean the part closest to the base of the blade, and this triggers the blade open automatically. The “Whiskers” knife, which takes its name from the designer Mike “Whiskers” Allen also has no push button on the handle, nor does it function as a manual folder. You press the scales of this knife in opposite directions and they pivot at the base of the knife and fire open the 3.5″ blade made of 154-cm. The pictured PT601BT has a black blade with a tanto point. The knife is also available in the PT601PS which is stainless steel and partially serrated.
The handles are made of T-6 6061 and they feel just right in your hand. The first time I triggered this knife, I was a little disoriented. It took a few moments to figure out the action required to make the blade pop. When it does, hold on tight. This knife has an extremely strong spring and comes open fast. To close the blade again, you use the same action (described best as a handle squeeze) and this releases the blade from the locked open position and allows you to reclose the knife. I love this knife for a couple of reasons. It is clean–no frills, extras, or baloney. This is just a nice, thin, automatic knife. Second, I love it because it feels heavy in my hand. Not heavy as in hard to carry, just solid. When you hold it, you know it was built right. This is a keeper for my collection. If you are wondering, I prefer the black blade version. Pro-Tech has made an amazing knife here.
Blade: 3.45″ Long / .120″ Thick
Handle: 4.75″ Long / .48″ Thick
Open Overall Length: 8.2″ Long
Weight: 4.6 Ounces
This out the front knife (or OTF as they are often referred to) is one of the best budget knives you will find for under $50.00. There are two versions of this knife, one made in Taiwan, and the other made in China. Be careful, the Chinese one is significantly less well made.
The Taiwanese version has a silver button slide on the spine of the knife. As you can see from the picture, it is relatively simple in design and shape. A narrow rectangle forms the handle. The handle does have some pattern work on the narrow sides which gives a nice grip.
This OTF has a solid push button that isn’t difficult to activate but is stiff enough not to activate by accident. As you push the button up, the blade comes out of the handle very fast. It locks up firmly in the open position. To close the knife, you simply pull the button back down and the blade retracts just as fast. This is where this particular knife excels. The Chinese version sits somewhat loose in the open position and isn’t particularly fast. It also seems to misfire from time to time–it doesn’t quite open all the way and the blade “comes off of the tracks”. By this I mean you can tell that it isn’t riding right inside the handle. You can easily fix it by firmly pulling the blade to the fully exteneded position and it clicks back “onto the tracks”. The Taiwanese version, the one I am reviewing, has yet to do this to me. It is a great knife for the money.
The blade is sharp and seems to be of above average quality. The knife is well made, tight, and a nice one for your collection. I rate this knife a 9 out of 10.
Overall Length: 8 1/16
Blade Length: 3 3/8″
Smith & Wesson
manufactures a button lock knife that is very similar to the Boker Magnum. The Smith & Wesson 50 series
comes in two colors, black
(silver). They are both constructed of high quality aluminum handles with very nice handle grips in the form of three indentations lenthwise down the handle on both sides. This provides a lot of gripping surface.
You can also purchase this knife in a couple of different blade formats. Most notable, either a plain edge or a serrated edge. You can also, if you search hard, find it with a tanto point instead of a drop point. Obviously, the tip of the knife is just a preference of the user depending upon what they will be using their knife for. Although I typically lean towards a tanto point, in this particular model, for whatever reason, I prefer the drop point. It may just be that I like the look better on this knife.
This knife, after being converted to an automatic, snaps out hard and locks up tight. I am sure you are sick of hearing me say that about automatics, but I hate an automatic knife that barely snaps out or wiggles after it is supposedly in the lock position. To release the blade, you merely push the button and then you can fold the knife back up into the closed state of being. The S&W50 also comes with a nice belt clip that is removable if you so prefer as well as a pretty solid slide safety on the spine. This is the knife’s biggest weakness if it has one. The safety doesn’t lock up really tight and sometimes will slide on you just a little while it is in your pocket. Not a huge deal to me, but it is something to think about.
It comes with an extremely sharp 440 stainless steel blade which is, as I said before, a most excellent shape. Smith & Wesson
has kept up the tradition of excellence with this wonderful button lock automatic conversion. Remember, this knife has been converted to an automatic post production line. Smith & Wesson doesn’t make them as automatic knives
originally. This knife is a great all around, everyday carry knife. Get one today, you won’t be disappointed!
I rate this knife as a 9.25 out of 10.
Weight: 4 ounces
SOG recently, a few months back, came out with a new series of knives. Just a couple of weeks ago they came out with the mini version of the same automatic knives. These auto knives are extremely good tactical, all purpose knives. They come in a few different variations. SOG has made the 01,02, 03, and 04 as well as the 10, 12, 13. These knives are sharp, have strong action out of the knife, and they are thin. This is one of my favorite things about the knives, they are long, but their very thin profile make them easy to carry. Once open, each of the auto knives lock up tight. They are made from quality materials, the handles are made from machined 6061T6 hard-anodized aluminum and are inset with G10 type textured inlays. The blades are beautiful. This is a series that I would like to own the enire set. SOG has hit a home run with these knives.
Boker makes some amazing knives. The Kalashnikov is an auto conversion (this means it left the factory as a folder and had a spring added to make it into an automatic knife). I have been using one as my everyday carry for the past twelve weeks. Here are the reasons why I love my Boker Kalashnikov:
1. It is a great size knife. Not too big, not too small.
2. The handle is molded with three “dividers” which create channels for your fingers to rest in. 3. The blade is nice and sharp right out of the box. I have a partially serrated blade which I also like for various reasons–not the least being I think it looks great.
4. The details on the knife are amazing, the adjustment screw has a star on it which brings to mind the “red” Soviets of the cold war.
5. It comes in a ridiculously cool box–shaped like an ammo clip from the Kalishnikov machine gun.
The blade is made from AUS8 stainless steel and the knife is manufactured in Taiwan. It has a good clip which can be removed if you so desire. The spine has a nice solid lock which I rarely use but some people dig locks. I rate this knife a 9.5 out of 10. With its low price and high quality workmanship, this is one knife that everyone should have.
Smith & Wesson recently came out with a new line of Military & Police knives that are awesome. There are a wide variety of styles of blade as well as handle styles. The knives have a great medium sized handle and flip out with a trigger on the spine. They are classified as spring assisted, which I guess they are. But they are as close to an automatic knife as I have seen, without actually being one. The detailing on the handles is nice, it provides a good grip when holding them. The weight is excellent. They feel heavy enough in your hand that you can use them with some leverage. The blade styles vary widely. The one pictured here on the side is one that I like. Check them out on my website at this link:
This is one great series.