Maine lawmakers on Wednesday approved legalizing switchblades for people with one arm, moving close to becoming the first state to make such an exception to laws that ban use of the spring-action knives.
Backers of the measure say legalizing switchblades would eliminate a need for one-armed people to be forced to open folding knives with their teeth in emergencies.
The bill to allow amputees and other one-armed people to carry the quick-opening knives cleared Maine’s Senate on Wednesday after passing the House on Tuesday, Senate officials said.
Personally, I’ve never seen the issue with switchblades. I think it’s just another “Oh, no…those are scary!” issues.
Regardless, this move makes sense and I hope it gets other states to follow suit.
Ben Sobieck at Knife Showcase notes that sometimes the personalities are as interesting as the products at the SHOT Show:
Two interesting characters who ambled into the Gun Digest/Tactical Gear booth putting that dilemma to the test were Waysun Johnny Tsai of the Cuma Ram self-defense facility, and Mr. Snake Blocker of the Blocker Academy.
Both masters in the martial arts, they were armed with new signature tactical knives from TOPS.
Go check out these guys along with the Cuma Evolution and the Apache Falcon.
- Handle made of rugged slip resistant Forprene material with glow in the dark inserts
- Auto blade lock button in handle
- Lanyard hole
- Glass breaker
- 440C 3 ½” Sheepfoot combo blade with Remington etch
- 5 ½” Closed
- Ships with Heavy Duty Cordura Sheath with front Velcro closure and M.O.L.L.E. system in back
- MSRP: $119
Murdoc’s model has an engraved blade for the Freedom Group New Products Seminar which I attended earlier this month.
A Double model with a push-button 3″ belt/web cutter is also available (pictured below).
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LaserLyte® introduces the “Mini Survival Knife” pistol bayonet that features an exaggerated top serrated two-tone blade. This is the third generation in the extremely popular line of LaserLyte/Ka-BAR® brand pistol bayonets. The LaserLyte “Mini Survival Knife” is ready for any situation – or just looking cool on your favorite gun.
This razor-sharp, 2.75 inch Ka-Bar blade fits on any medium to large pistol with rail and slides on and off easily with the press of two buttons. Its carbon steel blade is sharpened to a fine edge and finished with a black Teflon® coating for protection. Featuring a full tang design, the blade also comes with a custom polymer sheath. The blade handle is constructed from 30 percent glass-filled nylon for extra strength and durability. MSRP $49.95.
- LaserLyte Pistol Bayonet Specifications:
- Product Number: PB-3
- Compatible Firearms: with rails, medium to large frame pistols
- Material: medium carbon, glass filled nylon
- Weight: 2.6 oz., 73.71 g
- Blade Length: 2.75 in., 69.85 mm
- Overall Length: 5.75 in., 146.05 mm
- MSRP: $49.95
I can see the “just looking cool” function. I’m not really sure about anything else. More info, including a video, at the LaserLyte site.
This rescue tool features a belt/cord cutter, serrated cutting edge, glass breaker, pry tip, bottle opener, and wire stripper. Murdoc’s been carrying one for a week and it’s come in handy a few times. Done some cutting, though not in a rescue situation. (Though the opener has rescued a fair number of beers from being unappreciated…)
Blade Length: 2.250”
Overall Length: 3.2500”
Blade Material: AUS8A stainless steel
Blade Finish: Matte bead-blast finish
Edge type: Combination plain/partially serrated
Handle Material: 420J stainless steel with textured plastic scale
Pocket Clip: Right side, tip-down carry
A reviewer on the Blackhawk site writes:
Bigger, heavier tools may complete some of these tasks more easily, but at 2.4 ounces and only 3.25″ closed, the Hawkhook will probably be on your person or close to you when those other, larger devices are unavailable. If I were still a street cop, it would be clipped to my visor.
That pretty much sums up Murdoc’s take on this tool. It’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, but that’s what you want for a general purpose stand-by tool. For instance, I wonder how effective the glass breaker really is on a small, light tool like this. The wife won’t let me try on the minivan, so I’m left to speculate that it’s not ideal. If I know I’m going to need to break a window, I’m taking something heavier. But odds are that if I ever really, really need to break a window right now, I won’t have had any warning or time to prepare. If the HawkHook is clipped to my belt, it can probably fill in just fine.
I can see this being part of a grab-and-go or survival kit, too.
I hear so often that gun owner worry over increased gun control is silly fear-mongering because Obama hasn’t tried to ban any guns yet. Only backwoods hicks are afraid of such things.
I’m wondering how that squares with the push for knife rules change.
UPDATE: From the comments:
All the general public will know is that in a few months Target will start selling pocket knives without the easy open feature or “thumb stud” and nobody will know why because it hasn’t been talked about on any TV news or newspaper. It’s such a small inconvenience that most people will not even notice and those that do will learn to live with it after a few months. Meanwhile we will lose a little a few more feet off beach of freedom to the sea of bureaucratic control over our lives.
The HUMVEE RECON Emergency Rescue Knife and LED Combo from CampCo:
The only rescue combo kit you will ever need from CampCo is the HUMVEE® Emergency Rescue Knife and LED Combo featuring a ½ watt ultra-bright white LED light that operates on a single AA alkaline battery and a folding knife outfitted with an emergency seatbelt cutter and glass breaker. The LED light is a compact 4 inches in overall length and comes with a detachable lanyard. The modified spear point blade is coated with a black anti-reflective finish and has a blade length of 3.25” with a serrated edge. A metal pocket clip provides for a tip-down carry. The HUMVEE Emergency Rescue knife also features a liner lock for smooth operation, a glass fiber anti-slip grip, and opens to 8 inches in length.
The CampCo HUMVEE RECON Emergency Rescue Knife and LED Combo is the perfectly priced rescue tool for your automobile or home at an MSRP of just $24.95.
I’d just been thinking it had been a while since I posted anything about either knives or lights when this showed up in the inbox.