Originally Posted by NewStainless
Yes. But over the years, I've learned that it's often better if I keep them to myself. However, you did ask, thereby opening the door to my never-to-be-unbiased opinion.
I'm not familiar with Raven. My experience with OTF's, on the other hand, were a few really cheap ones that I picked up many years ago. The design of those was critically flawed. I suspect even the big $$ OTF's are of a similar design, so I've never bought one, no matter how cool they look.
For me, a knife is a multi-purpose tool. I might use it to slice a banana for lunch, cut off a piece of wire, punch a hole in a plastic bucket... or defend myself from someone who would do me harm. No knife will be the best at ALL those things, but it mustn't fail at ANY of those things.
Rather than try to describe the mechanism of the knives I've handled, or have you try to describe the operation of yours, let's just to a little test where my knives would have failed.
Find a cardboard box or something that won't damage your knife if you poke it. Hold your knife about an inch away from the box, and flip the switch. On my knives, the blade would shoot out until it hit the box, loose all it's momentum, and fail to lock into place. I'd be left sanding there with a floppy knife in my hand. Trust me, you NEVER want to be left standing there looking stupid with anything floppy in your hand.
One might make the argument that it's appropriate to deploy the knife unobstructed. My thoughts are that in a fight--not a bitch slapping competition or a playground pushing contest, but a real fight--as soon as you reach for that knife, your attacker is going to try to take it from you and hurt you bad. There's a good chance that the knife could come into contact with something before the blade is fully extended. And when that happens, your fancy OTF knife stops looking cool VERY quickly.