These have the advantage of deploying in a blink of an eye. They are conceived for tactical situations and are primarily big full size automatic switchblades. A demand for small pocket knives with automatic .a.k.a switchblade opening system originally arose from women as a self defense item, and for a very good reason. Small automatic switchblade knives are portable and very easy to open even with long nails. Voila. So here we are with a good selection of small auto knives to carry comfortably in your pocket or your purse.
Switchblade knives are dangerous even if we’re talking about a small switchblade. That fact that you might consider it as just one of the automatic pocket knives doesn’t make it less dangerous for children in particular. Let us remind you that children are curious by nature, they see a button, they push. So please keep your small switch blade away from youngsters. Let us also remind you that all automatic knives require license to carry. Small switch blades automatic knives with blades not exceeding 2” in length might be legal to carry in California, yet you better check that yourself just to be sure.
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Things that one should look for in a small switchblade: The main advantage of a small switchblade resides in its easy and fast deployment; therefore, one should look for:
A firing button that is easy to locate and press upon.
An easy access to the safety-lock and easy activation and deactivation of.
A blade that is firmly locked in place, once deployed (no wobbling).
Look for a 440C steel grade, at least . Some manufacturers exploit the attraction of the small switchblade mechanism to sell poor-quality-steel blade.
A small switchblade can be a real pain if one can’t hold it comfortably. Look for a handle with some ergonomic layout in it.
Bottom Line: Being a switchblade does not a make a small one something
that will deter a foe. It's just a very handy pocket/purse knife, with a
major advantage of firing out its blade with a simple push of a
button. Who uses a small switchblade the most? The
vast majority of small switchblade knife users, happens to be composed
of: senior citizens (arthritis), women (long nails) and residents of
cold areas (gloves). A small switchblade cannot be considered, obviously, as a tactical automatic knife;
its blade is not long enough to cause a desirable effect in combat
situation. Nevertheless, most of USA states require a permit to carry
these small automatic knives disregarding the fact that they are just small pocket knives with a spring that fires the blade. How small is a small switchblade automatic knife? We classify any automatic knife a.k.a switchblade knife or
any folding knife, for that matter, that is shorter than 7” length
(fully deployed) to be a small switchblade automatic knife. Our
mid-size automatic knives are between 7”-7.9”. We consider any switchblade knife or any folding knife ,for that matter, of 8” length and over as being a large one.
It is your responsibility to be aware of the following regarding Auto Knives, Stiletto Knives, Italian Stiletto Switchblades, Butterfly knives a.k.a Balisong in particular and/or all other types of knives as well: It is your (not our) responsibility to verify and know the laws specific to the state you live in. Some states limit the blade-length of automatic knives that you may carry without a license, other require a permit with no exceptions. Stiletto Knives, whether Italian Stilettos Switchblade or not, require a license to carry in most states. Some states allow the collection of, others do not. We do not know what is required to license or carry Butterfly Knives, but you never know. Please address your local authorities for more specific information.