What's your favorite opening mechanism?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by metaphoricalsimile, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. metaphoricalsimile


    Jun 29, 2020
    Personally, I love the spydiehole. It works well on washer knives, and you can open most spydiehole knives with pretty heavy duty gloves on.

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  2. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I'm a big fan of the spydie hole myself!
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  3. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I enjoy the Spydie hole, of course, but a flipper is the easiest for me to operate...
  4. LG&M


    Dec 19, 2005
    The friction on a good fixed blade sheath.
    I like a nice flipper and the spyderco hole.
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  5. zippifish

    zippifish Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2019
    Button Lock Auto, push the Botton and WHACK! :D

    Manual, the Spydie Hole is hard to beat followed closely by the Flipper.
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  6. Knives&Lint

    Knives&Lint Doin' alright for country trash Platinum Member

    May 10, 2013
    Honestly I like variation. Flippers, thumbstuds, spydieholes, and button locks (underutilized in the industry IMO). However the good ole AXIS is probably my all time favorite.
  7. Clem Fandango

    Clem Fandango Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 3, 2020
    I flip-flop between thumb stud and flipper. Spydiehole and similar are OK but I don't have great technique.

    I really don't get along with automatic or assisted. I always seem to cut myself on them being careless. :oops:
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  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Pulling it out of its sheath
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  9. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
  10. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Flippers are fun to play with, but for actual use I prefer something other than an auto or a flipper.
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  11. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Fingers and thumb. Carefully.
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  12. NorthernSouthpaw

    NorthernSouthpaw Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    I'm pretty much a fan of 'em all.
    Thumbstuds, flipper tabs, front flippers, top mounted front flippers, thumbdisc, Spydiehole or any hole opening method, button lock, button auto, slide auto (OTF), bali, wave, kydex sheath, leather sheath with friction or snap, Axis style, compression, slipjoint (I do prefer it to have a half stop though).
    Variety is the spice of life.

    Though I can say I'm not a big fan of friction folders.
  13. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
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  14. JokersFaceLifter


    Jan 6, 2016
    i accidentally discovered the "spydie drop" so ill have to say that, im not a fan of the emerson wave, i accidentally opened my matriarch 2 with it and the tip kissed my arm, wasn't too bad, but i would have been happier if it didn't happen,
  15. Buellrider

    Buellrider Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2016
    Spydie hole with a Spydie flick.

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  16. JokersFaceLifter


    Jan 6, 2016
    ill have to agree with the flipper, some celeb reviewers on youtube say the flippers on certain models dig in your thigh when pocketed in a sitting position, doesn't sound pleasant
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  17. bigsurbob

    bigsurbob Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Spidiehole. Closely followed by flipper.

    Had my Sodbuster with me yesterday. Wisht I'd had my Sage.
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  18. Centermass


    Feb 25, 2016
    Thumbstuds or Spydieholes both work fine for me. Admittedly, I have a greater preference to thumbstuds overall.
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  19. Stairway


    Apr 16, 2020
    I have more flippers than anything else. But I like most any one-handed deployment method.
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  20. wayben

    wayben Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2015
    Flippers, followed by the spydiehole, thumb studs and wave least favorite.
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