What is your favorite Opening Action?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Blackf77t, May 26, 2020.

What is your favorite Opening Action?

  1. thumb stud

  2. spydie hole

  3. flipper

  4. butterfly

  5. other

  6. OTF

  7. Emerson

  8. axis or compression lock

  1. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    I hardly every carry one, and it's certainly not the fastest or most efficient, but a butterfly knife is just so much fun to open and close.
    So it is my favorite...even though I usually carry thumb-stud or Spyderco or nail nick folders.
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  2. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Mar 28, 2020
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  3. The_Knife_Man


    May 30, 2014
    Flipper (ZT)
    Thumb stud (CRK)
    Spydie hole (PM2)
    OTF (Microtech)
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  4. Handwrecker

    Handwrecker Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2010
    Spydie hole gets my vote, followed closely by nail nick. Less is more.

    Thumb studs, flippers and autos are great. Just not my first choice.
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  5. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    I guess "other".
    All my folding knives take two hands to open.
    Since my hands/fingers still work, and I'm not in any hurry, I don't have (and to be honest, don't want) a one hand opener, assisted opening or otherwise.
    If I ever get to the point where my hands or fingers don't work, and I need a one hand opener, I'll just carry my Mora Number 1, or Western L66, or possibly Buck 877 (white handle made in the USA) fixed blades. Presuming of course that my hands/fingers still work good enough to hold a knife. :)
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  6. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    Balisong FTW.

    I suck at it, but it don't matter. Fun as hell to open, close, drop on the floor etc.
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  7. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    1- old fashioned two-handed, using nail nick, long pull, or simply pinching the blade;
    2- Italian stiletto switchblade push button; and
    3- out-the-front switchblade.

    I hate thumb studs, holes, and "flippers."
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  8. jonnieb27


    Sep 13, 2008
    I have multiple CRK knives, but I have to admit, the spydie hole flicks out with the best of them. My GB and GB2 are amazing.
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  9. Catdaddy2

    Catdaddy2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2019
    Another vote for Spydie hole
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  10. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    front flipper
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  11. Old Biker

    Old Biker

    Sep 25, 2016
    I detest thumb studs and spydie holes. Flipper is just OK, but I don't carry one. Butterfly is illegal here. I don't have enough experience with the bottom three to comment on them. So that leaves other.

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  12. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Spydie hole takes the #1 spot for me. Thumb studs are second and the Cold Steel thumb plate is a close third.
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  13. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Axis lock is probably the most difficult lock to achieve drop shut action while eliminating any side to side blade play. Don't get me wrong I like Axis lock folders.
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  14. GatorFlash1

    GatorFlash1 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2012
    For opening a knife it is hard to beat the unique German Paratrooper Gravity Knife. Never heard of it?

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  15. Blackf77t


    May 20, 2020
    I am the same way. I can't find a balisong introduction video slow enough to follow, but I am slowly getting better.
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  16. CarsonWayne

    CarsonWayne Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 2, 2020
    I'm okay with anything other than thumb studs/disks. I find them crude and uncomfortable, and they add an unnecessary concern to the sharpening process.

    I'm a Spyderco fan, so the round hole is a winner, but I often carry a Case Large Stockman with the old-fashioned nail nick. Flippers are cool, too, and have their place.

    I don't consider the Axis Lock an opening mechanism, even though you can deploy the knife that way. Same with a button lock (autos aside). Those knives almost always come with a hole, stud or flipper to act as the primary opener. Please don't get me wrong, though, I like the Axis lock and love a well-executed button lock. They're just not 'openers' in the literal sense.
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