The automatic knife -more commonly known as the switchblade- has been around for centuries first being made in Italy as a knife that is easily opened with one hand during a fight. This section also contains info about Butterfly and Spring Assisted knives.
Switchblade fight from "Rebel Without a Cause"
There are many different variations of the modern switchblade and here are the 5 main types:
Now before I tell you about the 5 types don't get all happy and go buy a switchblade, because unfortunately there are certain states that don't allow automatic knifes so I obtained a chart from Wikipedia for you guys:
|Alabama||Legal - State Code: Title 13A Criminal Code||Legal Allowed if not concealed - State Code: Section 13A-11-50|
|Alaska||Illegal - State Code: Article 2, Section 11.61.200||Illegal- State Code: Article 2, Section 11.61.200|
|Arizona||Legal - State Code: Arizona Criminal Code 13-3102||Legal - State Code: 13-3102 A-1|
|Arkansas||Legal - State Code: 5-73-121||Legal Allowed if not concealed & blade is under 3.5 inches - State Code: 5-73-121|
|California||Legal - State Code: California Penal Code 653k||Legal Allowed if blade is 2 inches or less. State Code: 653k|
|Colorado||Illegal - State Code: Criminal Code Section 18-12-101||Illegal- State Code: Criminal Code Section 18-12-101|
|Connecticut||Legal - State Code: Sec. 53-206''||Illegal if blade is over 1.5 inches - State Code: Sec. 53-206|
|Delaware||Illegal - State Code: Crimes & Criminal Procedure - Chapter 11 Section 222||Illegal - State Code: Chapter 11 Section 222|
|Florida||Legal - State Code: 790.001||Legal - State Code: 790.001|
|Georgia||Legal - State Code: 16-11-126||Legal if carried openly - State Code: 16-11-126|
|Hawaii||Illegal - State Code: §134-51||Illegal - State Code: §134-51|
|Idaho||Legal - State Code: 18-3302||Legal Allowed - Illegal if intoxicated or exhibit any deadly or dangerous weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner - State Code: 18-3302|
|Illinois||Illegal - State Code: Criminal Code 720 ILCS 5/24-1||Illegal - State Code:720 ILCS 5/24-1|
|Indiana||Illegal - State Code: IC 35-47-5-2 Sec.2.(2)||Illegal - State Code: IC 35-47-5-2 Sec.2.(2)|
|Iowa||Legal - State Code: Crime Control and Criminal Acts - Definitions. 702.7||Legal if not concealed - State Code: 724.4|
|Kansas||Illegal - State Code: Article 42. Crimes Against the Public Safety Weapons Control. Section 21-4201||Illegal - State Code: Section 21-4201|
|Kentucky||Legal - State Code: 500.080 Definitions for Kentucky Penal Code||Legal concealed carry allowed with "concealed deadly weapons permit" State Code: 527.020|
|Louisiana||Illegal - State Code: Louisiana - R.S. 14:95||Illegal - State Code: Louisiana - R.S. 14:95|
|Maine||Illegal - State Code: Maine - Chapter. 43 17-A Section 1055||Illegal - State Code: Maine - Chapter. 43 17-A Section 1055|
|Maryland||Illegal - State Code:§ 4-105||Illegal State Code: § 4-101 (a).(5).(ii).2|
|Massachusetts||Illegal - State Code: GENERAL LAWS PART IV. TITLE I. Chapter 269: Section 10||Illegal - State Code: GENERAL LAWS PART IV. TITLE I. Chapter 269: Section 10|
|Michigan||Illegal - State Code: 750.226a.||Illegal - State Code: 750.226a.|
|Minnesota||Illegal, but exception made for collectors and/or possession as curios or antiques. - State Code: Section 609.66 Subdivision 1||Illegal - State Code: Section 609.66 Subdivision 1|
|Mississippi||Legal - State Code: Crimes Section § 97-37-1||Allowed if not concealed or intoxicated - State Code: Crimes Section § 97-37-1|
|Missouri||Illegal, but exception made for collectors and/or possession as curios or antiques. - State Code: Chapter 571, Weapons Offenses 571.020.1.(7)||Illegal - State Code: Chapter 571, Weapons Offenses 571.020.1.(7)|
|Montana||Illegal, but exception made for collectors and/or possession as curios or antiques. - State Code: 45-8-331||Illegal - State Code: 45-8-331|
|Nebraska||Legal - State Code: Crimes and Punishments. 28-1201||Legal Allowed if not concealed - State Code: Crimes and Punishments. 28-1201|
|Nevada||Allowed with permit - State Code: NRS 202.355||Illegal - State Code: NRS 202.355|
|New Hampshire||Legal - Only Possession with intent to sell banned, State Code: 159:16||Illegal - State Code: 159:16 However, exceptions are under 159:17|
|New Jersey||Illegal - State Code: Code of Criminal Justice - 2C:39-3||Illegal - State Code: Code of Criminal Justice |
|New Mexico||Illegal - State Code: Criminal Offenses - 30-1-12||Illegal - State Code: Criminal Offenses - 30-1-12|
|New York||Illegal - State Code: Penal Law Section 265.01||Illegal - State Code: Penal Law Section 265.01|
|North Carolina||Legal - State Code: 14-269"||Legal Allowed if not concealed - State Code: 14-269"|
|North Dakota||Legal - State Code: Criminal Code - Weapons - 62.1-04-02||Legal Allowed if not concealed - State Code: Criminal Code - Weapons - 62.1-04-02|
|Ohio||Legal (purchases only allowed through online retailers)- State Code: § 2923.12||Legal Allowed if not concealed; concealed carry allowed with permit or license - State Code: § 2923.12|
|Oklahoma||Legal - State Code: §21-1272.||Illegal - State Code: §21-1272.|
|Oregon||Legal - State Code: 166.240||Legal Allowed if not concealed - State Code: 166.240|
|Pennsylvania||Illegal, but exception made for collectors and/or possession as curios. - State Code: Pa. C.S.A. 18.908||Illegal - State Code: Pa. C.S.A. 18.908|
|Rhode Island||Legal - State Code: 11-47-42||Legal - State Code: 11-47-42|
|South Carolina||Legal - State Code: 16-23-460||Illegal - State Code: 16-23-460|
|South Dakota||Legal - State Code: 22-14-19||Legal - State Code: 22-14-19|
|Tennessee||Illegal, exception made for collectors and/or possession as curios or antiques - State Code: 39-17-1302 (c) (1)||Illegal - State Code: 39-17-1302|
|Texas||Illegal, but exception made for collectors and/or possession as curios or antiques - State Code: Health, Safety & Morals - 46.02||Illegal - State Code: Health, Safety & Morals - 46.02|
|Utah||Legal - State Code: Offenses Against Public Health and Safety - 76-10-504||Legal Allowed if not concealed; concealed carry allowed with permit or license - State Code: Offenses Against Public Health and Safety - 76-10-504|
|Vermont||Illegal - State Code: Ch. 85 Weapons - T.13-4003||Illegal - State Code: Ch. 85 Weapons - T.13-4003|
|Virginia||Legal(purchases only allowed through online retailers) - State Code: 18.2-308||Illegal- State Code: 18.2-308|
|Washington||Illegal - State Code: RCW 9.41.250||Illegal - State Code: RCW 9.41.250|
|West Virginia||Legal - State Code: §61-7-2||Legal Allowed if not concealed; concealed carry allowed with permit or license - State Code: §61-7-2|
|Wisconsin||Illegal - State Code: 941.24||Illegal - State Code: 941.24|
|Wyoming||Legal -State Code: Statutes 6-8-104|
Legal Allowed if not concealed -State Code: Statutes 6-8-104
Now there are ways to get a switchblade where they are completely illegal, witch I will explain to you. First, you can buy a switchblade assembly kit, they are legal because they aren't switchblades yet. But let me warn you, when you put it together they are switchblades, and are as illegal as they are if you buy them in one piece. Or you could do it the more legal way by buying a "spring assisted" knife witch is legal in almost all states where switchblades are illegal. I'll explain when we get to that.
The most popular kind of switchblade, it has a blade that opens from one side and is opened from a button on the grip or on the opposite side
a Side Opening Switch in action
Because of it's popularity the SOS (Side Opening Switchblade) has many different styles, here are a few of my favorites:
"The AR15 Switchblade", It even had a LED light!!!
"Barracuda 2.0" switchblade, durable and thin.
"The Double Trouble" switchblade, just awesome, you can open the blades individually or at the same time!
There are 2 types of out-the-front switchblades, single action, and duel action. Duel action out-the-fronts are also known as Tactical Knifes because they will open and close automatically so you don't have to put down you firearm to close it. Commonly approached as a murder weapon, people will judge you so if you have one of these be CAREFUL!
Here are my favorite out-the-front switchblades
"The Cupid 2.0" switchblade, is the ultimate out-the-front single action, and it looks cool!
The "Tomb Raider" switchblade is a great duel action knife
Stilettos, due to their extreme individuality, I have categorized by themselves. The most popular brand of Italian switchblade, has many different sizes, from 2 inch to 13 inch and sometimes even more. There is also many different blade types here are the most common:
This is a single-edged spear point, they also come in double edge.
Plain-edged standard style blade (most common)
My personal favorite, the bayonet-edged blade
Stilettos have a rep for being owned by hoodlums and gangsters, so you should think twice before pulling it out in front of a crowd. This switchblade has the power of extreme intimidation.
A knife that is actually a form of folding knife, but can be drawn quickly with one hand as fast as a switchblade. Invented in the Philippines originally made of animal horn, used in the Filipino fighting art, Eskrima. A skilled user can manipulate the blade to do advanced attack moves or performances.
The Chrome butterfly knife. What a traditional butterfly knife looks like.
The Raptor Claw, a uniquely shaped butterfly knife. Cool handle enables great grip
A tactical butterfly knife especially made for military personal
Spring assisted knives are a alternative switchblades because they aren't fully automatic. They open automatically when the blade reaches a 30 to 45 degree angle. Sometimes these are even illegal so make sure to check with your local laws. There are as many different spring assisted knives as there are any other kind.