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Thread: Thoughts on Benchmade's major mistake last week?

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    I understand #1, But#2 is unclear me. Tip up when you flip it out it is in a user friendly position. Tip down you have to turn it around to use it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ltxi View Post
    I sllced my my finger with a new tip up knife that opened in my pocket many years ago. Been wary of them since. Second, tip down gives me preferred grip when I pull out/draw it. Holds for both thumb flip manual folders and automatics.
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    I have also had a tip up finger slice but it was with a Kershaw Leek which was a spring assisted opener. I had it in my back pocket and must have sat in the flipper lever. I sold all my assisted openers and have not had a problem since. This Massdrop Gent will not open as it has a ball detent keeping the blade securely closed.
    As for tip up/tip down carry it comes down to what you get used to. My Spyderco's are all tip down and others are tip up and I really don't have to think before I deploy either of them. Understand they are not fighting knives, they are opening packages.
    As for full auto's accidentally opening, many of the really good ones will stop themselves if encounter resistance before fully open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 340pd View Post
    As for full auto's accidentally opening, many of the really good ones will stop themselves if encounter resistance before fully open.
    Out the Front automatic knives come in two styles - single action and double action. Double action OTF knives snap both in and out with the button. A single action OTF knife snaps out but must be manually retracted. The springs on a double action OTF are not very strong and if the blade encounters resistance will stop it before it reaches lock up. The manually cocked spring on a single action OTF can be significantly stronger and penetrate deeper. If you like to play with your knife, the double action OTF is a lot more fun.

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    My Stainless Steel Kershaw Leek has a lock on it to prevent it from opening it accidentally, but the downside it is a pain in the ass to operate!

    Quote Originally Posted by 340pd View Post
    I have also had a tip up finger slice but it was with a Kershaw Leek which was a spring assisted opener. I had it in my back pocket and must have sat in the flipper lever. I sold all my assisted openers and have not had a problem since. This Massdrop Gent will not open as it has a ball detent keeping the blade securely closed.
    As for tip up/tip down carry it comes down to what you get used to. My Spyderco's are all tip down and others are tip up and I really don't have to think before I deploy either of them. Understand they are not fighting knives, they are opening packages.
    As for full auto's accidentally opening, many of the really good ones will stop themselves if encounter resistance before fully open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustnchips View Post
    I understand #1, But#2 is unclear me. Tip up when you flip it out it is in a user friendly position. Tip down you have to turn it around to use it.


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    Not in the way I draw it. Tip down falls naturally into palm of my hand.
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