Smith and Wesson Auto Conversion Knives, SW80 Series

Smith and Wesson 80BT
Smith and Wesson 80BT auto conversion knife

Smith and Wesson Knives produces loads of great fixed blade knives as well as folders.  Every once in a while, they also produce a button lock manual folder knife that can easily be “converted” to an auto knife with some minor modifications.  Although S&W doesn’t sell these “converted” knives, secondary suppliers buy up the manual versions and convert them into automatic knives.  The SW80 series is one such set of knives.  Available with modified clip point or tanto blades with either plain edges or combo edges, these large auto knives are great for every day carry.

Both the tanto and the modified clip point variations have a slight recurve in the blade. Recurve blades give you maximum slicing power, especially when cutting ropes and straps.  Plus, they look great.    On these conversions, there is a slide safety on the back of the handle that keeps the blade in either the locked open or locked closed position.

The handle has grip tape inserts that give your hand lots of grip.  A finger choil as well as some mild jimping on the spine give your hand even more grip.  A removable pocket clip (tip up) is held in place with a hefty glass breaker.

This is a great every day auto knife priced at about $35.00.  Although the “conversion” voids any warranty that Smith and Wesson Knives offers, the knife is durable and sturdy enough that it shouldn’t be a problem.  Similar in price and construction to the extremely popular Boker Kalashnikov series, the SW80 series is going to give you a slightly longer blade, a longer handle, as well as a recurve blade.  Check them out on our site here.

Boker Kalashnikov 74B Knife Review

The Boker Kalashnikov 74B automatic knife delivers compact cutting power to your hand on a daily basis. Built tough to withstand the rigors of heavy use, the delightful design on the 74B makes for performance cutting with comfort and ease along with a dash of class.

Boker Kalashnikov 74B
Boker Kalashnikov 74B Automatic Knife

The Kalashnikov name comes from Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian designer of the AK-47 automatic gun.  Over 100 million of these guns have been produced worldwide, and to celebrate this amazing designer, Boker produced the Automat Kalashnikov 74 series of knives.  Each one bears the word Automat Kalashnikov 74 on the blade and the pivot screw also reads Kalashnikov in English and Cyrillic.  The center of the pivot screw has the famous Russian Star–which I think is a fun touch.

Kalashnikov 74B Blade
Kalashnikov 74B Blade

The 74B comes standard with a 3.25″ classic profile drop point blade that features partial serrations.  The flat grind gives tapers from the top edge down to the cutting edge where it gives way to a secondary bevel.  The secondary bevel means that it keeps more edge durability while sacrificing very little sharpness.  Made of AUS8 stainless steel, this tough steel has .75% carbon that means it will hold an edge and can still be sharpened with relative ease.  The blade has a black coat finish.

Boker Kalashnikov 74B
Boker Kalashnikov 74B Handle and Clip

The grey aluminum handle boasts four finger grooves and three raised and angled “speed bumps” that channel your fingers into the correct position for maximum grip.  The two handle scales are held together with three small screws and barrel spacers as well as the pivot screw.  Open construction makes for simple cleaning and maintenance.  The spine features jimped areas both near the blade and near the base for maximum grip for your thumb whether you hold the knife in a traditional grip or have it in a reverse grip.

BOKKALS74B Pocket Clip
BOKKALS74B Pocket Clip

The deep carry pocket clip gives your knife a near invisible ride when in your pocket.  The clip is removable.

Boker Kalashnikov Front Handle
Boker Kalashnikov Front Handle

The blade on this automatic knife (auto conversion) snaps open with authority when the button lock is pressed.  The button resides in a small depression to prevent accidental opens.  When opening, the blade snaps up against a solid stop pin.

The Boker Kalashnikov is incredibly successful due to a simple design performed well. Produced from quality materials that withstand heavy use, the Kalashnikov 74B is a stellar all around carry knife.

The knife comes in a delightful box that is reminiscent of an AK-47 banana clip.

Kalashnikov 74B and Box
Kalashnikov 74B and Box

Looking to pick one up?  You can find the Boker Kalashnikov 74B here.

Which is your favorite Boker Kalashnikov?

Boker Kalashnikov 74 BK
Boker Kalashnikov 74 BK

Boker Kalashnikov knives have become nearly an iconic part of knife culture.  These knives are built as an interpretation of the extremely famous Kalashnikov AK-47.  First designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov back in 1947, the AK-47 quickly became the main staple for eastern bloc countries looking for automatic guns.  In fact, by 2009, nearly 100 million of these guns had been produced–an interesting fact is that almost half are considered to be counterfeits.  The Boker Kalashnikov knives have an AUS-8 blade that can be found with a black, sand, or satin finish.  Combo edge or plain edge are available in both the satin and black styles, the sand finished blade comes only in a combo edge.  The handles are either black, green, sand or grey.  The appealing thing about these knives is that they are fairly simple to convert from a button lock manual folder into an automatic knife.  Most knife sites will sell both versions–either a manual button lock or an already “converted” auto knife.  One thing to remember about the “conversion” process is that it does void the warranty from Boker. Now the Boker Kalashnikov is available in a new smaller size called the mini.  This series was given the 73 code.  So if you see a Boker 73 for sale, it is the smaller version.
I especially like the details on the Boker Kalashnikov.  The main pivot screw has the classic Russian Star on the top.  The knife comes in a box shaped like an AK-47 banana clip.  Very cool details.  But the knife itself is an absolute workhorse.  I carried one of these for about six months and was absolutely brutal to it.  I used it for everything and anything.  It withstood the test.  At the end of six months, it had several scratches on the blade but it still functioned perfectly.  Similar to the AK-47, the Boker Kalashnikov knife is a deceptively simple design which makes maintenance, cleaning, and tune ups a breeze.  If you haven’t ever had one of these spectacular knives, you should definitely consider getting one.  If you already have one or two or more, you already know, the Boker 74 and now the Boker 73 series are knives to be reckoned with.

Schrade SCALY Auto Conversion Knife

Schrade SCALY Auto Knife
Schrade SCALY Auto Knife

A few weeks ago we had a screaming deal on the Schrade SCALY auto conversion knife.  If you missed the deal–here is your chance to get in on a great price on the SCALY.  We just got a bunch more of these knives in stock–this time they have the yellow Delrin handle and a black finished blade.  These are snappy little automatic knives with tight lock up.  Looking for a great little auto?  This may just be the answer.

My Boker Kalashnikov

Boker Kalashnikov 74
Boker Kalashnikov 74

Several years ago I purchased a Boker Kalashnikov knife.  Converted from a manual push button folder into a side open automatic knife, this beauty was the perfect everyday carry knife.  I used it hard for six months and then retired it to my wall of knives.  After giving it’s all to me for those 180 days, it was time for a rest.

Built with a 3 1/4″ blade of AUS8, the knife is about the perfect size for everything that I run into on a daily basis.  The blade was easy to keep sharp with my Spyderco Sharpmaker.  I had the desert tan model with partial serrations on the blade. The combo edge made it simple to cut straps and rope whenever I needed to–but even better, it made short work of that horrible plastic packaging strap stuff that boxes so often come bound up in.  I would just slide my knife under the strap, twist it so the blade was facing up and give it a quick pull/slide across the strap and the straps would slice right off of the box.

Of course my Boker Kalashnikov makes short work of opening packages, but really, almost any knife can do that. The real question was, could the knife do more than the average EDC knife.  The answer is a resounding YES.  One time, and I probably should be ashamed to admit this but I really like to put my knives through the paces to see if they are great or not, I even used my Kalashnikov to help me replace a section of my sprinkler system.  I used it to cut funny pipe.  I even used it once to cut through a piece of 3/4 pvc pipe because I wanted to see if the knife could do it.  It did.  I had to saw a bit to get the job done, but the serrations cut right through the pvc pipe and I got the sprinklers all repaired.  I don’t suggest you use your knife to do this, but I did and it was tough enough to get the job done.

After six months of hard use, my knife was still in surprisingly good shape.  The blade had a few scratches across the face–which is to be expected considering how hard I used the knife.  The handle had nearly no visible wear and tear.  I did have one short scratch on the front side of the handle where I scraped it across a metal bar as I was pulling my hand out of a tight spot where I was using the knife to cut a string that was behind some shelves.  The ding is almost not visible unless you know what you are looking for.

My review of the Boker Kalashnikov is that it can get nearly any job done.  The blade size is plenty big for most jobs and the AUS8 stainless steel is perfect for daily, heavy use.  The handle is comfortable and rugged.  The knife is nearly indestructible.  Looking for a great automatic conversion knife–consider the Kalashnikov.


Smith & Wesson Baby SWAT Knife, SW2001B

The Smith & Wesson Baby SWAT dual action conversion knife is a great little automatic knife for everyday carry.  You can open it like a manual folder by using the thumb stud.  Or, you can press the upper Kraton inlay and there is a hidden button under it which will trigger the auto open feature.  This is an after market conversion done by one of our suppliers.  A great dual action knife. 


Style: Dual Action Auto Conversion

Overall Length: 5 15/16″
Blade Length: 2 1/2″
Closed: 3 3/8″
Steel: 440 Stainless
Blade Style: Drop Point
Carry Type: Pocket Clip, Tip Down
Weight: 2.9 Ounces