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"Secret" Trapdoors (Photos)

Nov 27, 1998
There's been a lot of talk about alternate methods of firing an automatic, usually with an emphasis on the surreptitious. These trapdoor release autos by Jeff Harkins rely on superb workmanship rather then trickery. The large trapdoor release button is easily fired, unlike a few scale release autos I've
tried, and yet is almost invisible. While some of these are full-blown "art" knives, Jeff also makes these designs in basic solid stainless with the same undetectable trapdoor. What do you think?


I have a Harkins manual folder, not one of his automatics. But I've been admiring his work for years, it is incredible, and his eye for aesthetics is rarely matched.

Nice pics!

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pics.

Dexter Ewing
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