Misguided politicians banned switchblades back in 1958 under the façade of “crime prevention.” Like gun control legislators of today, they were focused on the tool and not the causes.
Luckily for us, bladesmiths looked for alternatives that flew under the radar of the government, and spring-assisted knives were born. But they were not without controversy.
When the Customs and Border Patrol tried to classify these knives as switchblades back in 2009, knife rights advocates were having none of it.
As a result, spring-assisted knives like our Quick Open Tactical Knife are still legal—at least for now.