I certainly understand the convenience of opening a knife with one hand. I like switchblades, myself, especially stilettos. Haven't bought a "modern" yet, though. Spyderco seems to me like the Glock of the knife world: innovative, of high quality, and kind of ugly but hard to stop looking at! MAYBE someday I'll buy one. I am glad there are so many options available. It's a shame that many places (cities, states, countries) have lots of knife restrictions. Also glad I live in Texas.