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Looking for an Automatic Knife

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by milglock707, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. milglock707

    milglock707

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    Let's try this in the right forum now.

    Does anyone have any experience with the automatic knives from Gerber? I was looking at these and was wondering if they held up as well as the spring-assisted ones do. Additionally, if these are not quite up to par do you have any suggestions for an automatic that are up to par. The main purpose for this knife would be a combat environment and used as a back up to my main combat knife.

    Also another poster to stick with the Benchmade, Microtech, Protech, ero Tolerance, and Spyderco for autos. Any input on this would be appreciated.
    Thanks! :wavey:
     
  2. tripton

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    While at one point in time Gerber may have been a respected maker of quality cutlery, Fiskars have reduced them to little more than a joke in the knife community.

    You would be better off trying one of the other brands you mentioned. Any of them would be wiser than a Gerber.
     


  3. milglock707

    milglock707

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    So what I am getting is that the automatics are a pretty poor choice. Any of you have suggestions for a good knife with at least a 3.5 to 4 inch blade then?
     
  4. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Nothing at all wrong with automatics. Gerber Knives just aren't making very good ones.
     
  5. tripton

    tripton

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    Exactly.
     
  6. tall terry

    tall terry

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    Get a good automatic, I carry a benchmade 9100 daily for the last 3 years, great knife. get a benchmade, microtech or protech, I have all 3 of these brands, top notch heavy duty knives, work everytime, don't know about the zero tolerance, or spidies, never owned them, I'm sure they're great also. TT
     
  7. ncglock19

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    Where's the best place to locate the Microtechs? I'm interested in a Troodon, but all the websites I find list them as out of stock or restricted.

    joe
     
  8. Hawk45

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    Protech, Microtech, Benchmade, Robbie Dalton's.. all good knives. But they will cost you some coin.. the Protech TR3 is a great value in the auto knife world.
     
  9. cliff_dx

    cliff_dx 81 Supporter

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    i've been carrying a smith & wesson automatic SWAT knife daily for over 5 years and have had no problems with it
     
  10. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    :agree: I carry the same, and haven't had any issues with it. I love having an auto. You do need to check your state laws though, as not everyone is permitted to carry autos. But you said for combat use, so I assume you're in the military, therefore, doesn't matter because you are allowed (at least in Ohio).

    Although, some people do complain about the weak safety, and I would have to agree. I think my next purchase will either be a Benchmade or Kershaw.

    -Cody
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2010
  11. deadday

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    You should've gotten a Gerber auto knife with one of the RFIs....Gerber is good stuff....I don't have any experience with the Spyderco autos though...