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How to Buy a Switchblade Knife

Learn how to buy a switchblade knife in this Howcast video with expert Dan Delavan.


Hi, my name is Dan Delavan, I am the owner/operator of Plaza Cutlery in Costa Mesa, California. We have a great selection. We also have a website And today, we are going to be talking about knives.

The main brands in the better quality switch blades are Benchmade, Spyderco, Pro-Tech. There are other companies that make them too. But these companies pretty much specialize in them and they do a lot of military contracts and law enforcement contracts.

This is Benchmade, these three right here, and this is Pro-Tech. All of them are American made also, except for Spyderco. But I believe that all of their switchblades are made here in the United States. You do not want to buy a foreign made one. There are a lot of restrictions on bringing them into the United States.

So you just want to look at the quality. There's no hang ups. Some of them the locks can stick and get in the way. You want it very smooth and the blade good and firm, you do not want a bunch of play. Make sure the lock does not hang at all when you open and close it.

And then it should have a safety. Some companies do not, like for example Pro-Tech, they have a very deep release on theirs. Again if you are going to carry it, you want to make sure you have nothing else in your pocket, you could accidentally depress that button and pop it out.

Most of your better quality switchblades are going to be made of 1504cm S30V, which is now being changed to S35V, and some of the different tool skills. So as long as you go with the major company you will not have a problem.

They can range from around 150 up. With the internet there are all different prices out there. But Pro-Tech, with there small California automatics, because that is primarily all that we carry from them, they start at around 140 or so, 135, and go on up. From there, you get into some of the more fancy ones and the Damascus, you know, 500 or so. You can get into some of your custom and hand-made ones, up into a few thousand dollars.

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