Dealer / Materials Provider
- Mar 8, 2008
Thanks for all the comments. I can see your points. But I agree with Afficionado. For some it is needed, hence why they make them. But just because you don't have a need, does not mean anyone else does not.
Now the reason I like them. I have short fingers. And with most OH openers I can not smoothly open them. Ones with a hole in the balde instead of a thumb stud I really struggle with. Sometimes I need to do a 2 stage open because my thumb is not long enough to push it totally open. I do not like opening the AO with the thumb stud. I like using the tang on the back. I use my index finger to push on that and "woop", it is open. Solves my problem. But I do understand your comments and I thank you for sharing them with me.
Have a great day and enjoy using whatever knife you love.
I have short fingers (small hands in general) but I never have problems opening even very large knives one handed. You might try using the technique I do:
Place the tip of your thumb on the stud or hole with your hand positioned so your thumb makes a 90-degree bend. This is important because if it's positioned further back you won't have enough thumb travel to open the blade properly. Now do a down and forward "kick" of the thumb straight out NOT in an arc. Since the stud or hole is positioned off to the side of the pivot pin, this forward push will still translate into an arcuate motion and allows you to use the force of your thumb more effectively. If you use that forward kick of the thumb starting from a 90-degree position you should be able to flick open nearly any knife as fast as an AO or auto.
That being said, you can understand why I'm not a fan--I just don't need it. It adds an additional mechanism to get dirty, wet, or broken, prevents me from quickly, safely, and easily closing a knife one handed (though I can still do it), and I can oftentimes open an AO with a flick of my thumb that sends the blade out faster than the spring (which is a weird feeling). But I understand how many other people (my dad for instance) enjoy them and I would never want to see them disappear from the market.