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shaneo206 05-03-2009 09:43 PM

assisted opening knives
are assisted opening knives legal in all 50 states?

Dillinger 05-03-2009 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by shaneo206 (Post 101798)
are assisted opening knives legal in all 50 states?

No. Assisted opening knives are RARELY legal in most states....


Franciscomv 05-04-2009 02:45 AM

JD, I think you're getting assisted opening and automatics mixed up.
Assisted openers are usually legal, automatics are the ones which are usually illegal (or at least limited in some way). There's a difference between the two types, although I doubt a LEO who isn't into knives would be interested in discussing the finer points of assisted opening vs automatic opening knives.

Basically, with an assisted opening knife you need to manually open the blade at first, and then the mechanism takes over and opens it the rest of the way. While with a fully automatic knife you just need to push a button (or press one of the handle scales, or something like that).

If you're interested in getting good information about knife laws in the US, you should join Knife Rights, an advocacy group for knife owners created by Doug Ritter. Check out their website: Knife Rights - Home

Dillinger 05-04-2009 01:53 PM

Actually Francisco I meant what I said, Assisted Opening knives are not legal here in Washington, and they are not legal in several states I have worked in the past few years.

You are right, there is a difference in the two, but the words the cops know is "Gravity Blade". If the weapon can open against gravity, it is not legal, or it falls into a grey area between the person carrying the weapon and the cop ( and how much of a by the book, do I want to mess with this guy or not ) situation.

I have a good friend who recently passed his probationary period with King County Sheriff tell me several of my knives were illegal based on his training IF the officer doing the inspecting wanted to be a hardass about it.

That is one the reasons that the Microtech CMTX5 was such a hit with Internet Knife Collectors. It opens like any normal folding pocket knife. Or, it has a built in spring that will launch it in the blink of an eye. Unless you know how to use the spring, it's a normal knife. Good luck finding one of those around these days though. Unless you are looking in my safe. :cool:


Franciscomv 05-04-2009 03:36 PM

Ok, I stand corrected (that's what I get for giving legal advice without even living in the US!). :)

Anyway, for assisted opening legislation, here's a rather handy website: RoadsideImports LLC : Assisted Knife Laws

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