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Old 02-14-2019, 06:38 AM   #1
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My new switchblade came.

I just bought a new, smaller switchblade from Josh, at PVK. It's made by A.G.A. Campolin and called an Ebony Piccolo. It has a snappy action, and it came razor sharp.

There is a tab on the spine, and while the knife locks open with no wobble, just gently lifting that tab completely frees the blade.

I bought the ebony model, but there are other renditions with fancier grips. This will be a "user" knife, so for me, simple is better.

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Old 02-14-2019, 08:52 AM   #2
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I truly like the switchblade knives. My continual problem with all of them is the tendency to open in my pocket. I use the safety, yet during the day, the safety comes off and then the blade opens. Your new work knife looks great. Enjoy it.
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I truly like the switchblade knives. My continual problem with all of them is the tendency to open in my pocket. I use the safety, yet during the day, the safety comes off and then the blade opens. Your new work knife looks great. Enjoy it.
Could be worse with the pig stickers that comes straight out.
You end up PDS.... very dangerous.
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Overall this little knife is listed as a 4-inch handle and a 3-inch blade. I think that's an extreme measurement. The Shuffle II is listed as 2.7 inch blade.

Quite a difference from my impetuous youth. Most of my knives were in the 4 to 6 inch variety. They did serve a purpose.

We have a friend, the father of my wife's best friend. He loves to drive, and when the girls wanted to catch a plane in Chicago, "Tiny" drove them there.

Being a Sicilian, I sent a 6 inch, blonde horn stiletto with them. He has a 'posse' of older Sicilians from Madison's old Bush Neighborhood. Rumor has it that the old criminal group played with it all day.

On another trip, I gave the girls a 5-inch, white marble Fishtail. That is a true Sicilian knife. It does not have a stiletto blade, but a clip point, and it polished nicely.

When my wife returned, I ask her if the knife was worth the drive. My wife said he handled it carefully. Finally in a quiet voice, Tiny said, "This was my father's knife..."
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Come on guys ….it's 2019.... let's get with the PC program... they're not "switchblades" ...today they're "automatics". After all calling them switchblades makes them way more dangerous.

Just like "assault rifles" are way more dangerous than "semi-automatic sporting rifles".

"Silencers" are evil devices for murderers …. "suppressors" are hearing protection.

Giving a "full contact social worker" a ride in your car is OK … picking up a "hooker" is not.

Calling yourself a "Left leaning advocate for change" makes you sound much better than actually being a "Radical Muslim Socialist Wacko"

It's all about the terminology ….
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Some call them assisted opening.
I have a SOG fastback that is faster than most or even all assisted opening knives. No need to flip with wrist either...


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Originally Posted by PaulWVa View Post
they're not "switchblades" ...today they're "automatics". After all calling them switchblades makes them way more dangerous.
Hard to tell if you're kidding or not.

However, to a guy my age, a Sicilian knife like this will always be a switchblade.

Here's an observation. Suppose I'm walking to my truck in a dark mall parking lot. Three silhouettes show up and ask for my wallet.

The moment they hear that traditional "swish, click" sound, derelicts all act like a cop just showed up.

What they do not know is that I carry a polished TOPS tanto, which was drawn by my left hand...
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Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
Hard to tell if you're kidding or not.
Please let me set your mind at ease I'm pretty much ALWAYS kidding.

However living here in a "no permit needed" state...everyone and his mother carries a gun . pulling a knife will get you shot pretty much everytime and I'm not kidding.
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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Some call them assisted opening.
I have a SOG fastback that is faster than most or even all assisted opening knives. No need to flip with wrist either...
I think there is a difference between "assisted opening" and "automatic" ..right? Automatic or switchblade opens with the press of a button and "assisted" is a spring that forces the blade all the way open after you've started it manually. I have some of each.

I must agree that "automatics" are not the end all of fast opening knives. I bought a Bear & Sons Automatic and it's way slower to bring into action than my Benchmade that is not assisted in any way. Just a flick of the thumb and it's there no searching for the safety and buttons. I carried the auto for about a week then when back the Benchmade for EDC.
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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Could be worse with the pig stickers that comes straight out.

You end up PDS.... very dangerous.
The OTF knifes don't really have enough force to do much damage when deploying. Its just spring pressure for a short distance that flings the blade out the front. If anything gets in the way it just stops.
This is my EDC OTF. Pretty stiff trigger so no problems with being bumped or opening when not intended.
It's 3" Damascus steel blade.
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