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#242486 - 03/05/12 01:57 PM Knife question
el_diabl0 Offline

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 301
Loc: NE Ohio
Improvise, adapt, and overcome

#242489 - 03/05/12 02:10 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6585
Loc: southern Cal
I'm not,and after viewing the video, I don't think I will. Mall ninja material.
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#242492 - 03/05/12 04:56 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
wileycoyote Offline

Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 273
Loc: eastern oregon
while the Emerson Wave concept does work, i've just never found a need for it.

in fact, i just returned from feeding the ponies and used my spyderco military to cut the baling twine, all while wearing gloves. and i can open it while bringing it from the pocket to the twine, without any additional time being needed.

his idea is a solution in need of a question.

#242496 - 03/05/12 06:29 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
jzmtl Offline

Registered: 03/18/10
Posts: 530
Loc: Montreal Canada
Yeah it works, people has been doing it since probably the 80's. I've never found a need for it, plus it makes your knife uglier.

#242497 - 03/05/12 07:00 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
The zipties can easily snag on your pocket. The small Spydercos are very easy to open, but just like any small folder, you just have to grip them properly.

#242498 - 03/05/12 08:10 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
boatman Offline

Registered: 03/10/03
Posts: 424
Loc: Michigan
If you need a blade that fast carry a small fixed blade in a pocket sheath.....


#242499 - 03/05/12 08:22 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
Pete Offline

Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 1347
The "wave" feature pioneered by Emerson is very effective - if you want a quick-opening knife. This is specifically for defensive applicatons only ... it does not apply to survival methods. Having tried various options, I have found that the small wave feature designed by Emerson is pretty much optimal - for its intended purpose. It may look simple, but Emerson got it right. Other knife manufacturers have tried their own copies of this form of quick-opening, but generally they don't work as well as the Emerson knives.

I couldn't tell you if the idea you highlighted in the photo would work well. You can only find out by actually trying it. I don't ever buy knide blades with holes in them ... because it weakens the blades. But it might be a quick "semi-fix" to a Spyderco blade.

If you want a quick-opening knife, why not just just buy an Emerson knife? They are not cheap ... but the blade alloy is very good and the wave design works!

Incidentally - as far as i know, the "wave" feature on Emerson knives is not subject to laws related to "assisted opening" knives. Those laws apply to switchblades and balisong (butterfly) knives. The Emerson knives have no springs, and the quick-opening action comes entirely from the motion of your hand and the way the knife catches on your trousers. I could be wrong about this - but I think the Emerson knives are legal anywhere (subject to other constraints on folding knives and blade lengths).


Edited by Pete (03/05/12 08:33 PM)

#242503 - 03/05/12 10:21 PM Re: Knife question [Re: ]
Taurus Offline

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 423
Loc: Ontario
I don't know if I would want to trust my life to a zip tie stuffed thru a hole in my knife.

If I need a knife that deploys uber quick I will invest the money in a good one designed for that purpose.

#242505 - 03/05/12 11:31 PM Re: Knife question [Re: el_diabl0]
KenK Offline
"Be Prepared"

Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2015
Loc: NE Illinois
Military combat aside, has anyone on this forum actually ever needed to use a knife as a form of self defense? If so, I'd like to hear the situation.

I've never EVER thought of the knife I carry as a weapon, and tend to think those that do tend toward the TEOTWAWKI side of things.

#242510 - 03/06/12 03:04 AM Re: Knife question [Re: KenK]


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