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Out the Front

Out the Front Knives & OTF Switchblades

Out the Front knives, or OTF's as they are often known, are knives which when triggered, push the blade right out the front of the handle. There are two main types of OTF switchblades; single and double action. Single action push the blade out when triggered but then must be reset or recocked before they can be triggered again. Double action, or D/A, are knives which use the trigger to push the blade out and then use the same button to pull it back in again. Out the front knives are a form of automatic knife and so if you are looking to purchase and own one of these great knives, you must follow the laws of your area as they pertain to auto knives. OTF's are a lot of fun to own and to carry. It isn't easy to find cheap out the front knives but we have many different styles and prices of great knives here at Look through our large selection of cheap otf knives, find your favorite, and order one today!


Ah, the wonders of OTF (Out The Front) knives! These knives are like the superheroes of the knife world, bursting out of their sheaths with a dramatic flair. With a swift push of a button, the blade shoots out like it's on a mission to save the day. Talk about a grand entrance!

OTF knives aren't just about the theatrics; they offer practicality too. Need to spring into action and deploy your blade in a flash? An OTF knife has got you covered. Whether it's for self-defense, emergency situations, or just impressing your friends with your knife-wielding prowess, an OTF knife is the ultimate sidekick.


There are two types of OTF knives: single-action and double-action. When triggered, both types automatically push the blade out. However, with a single-action knife, you must reset the blade before using the firing button again. Dual action knives use the same mechanism to pull the blade back in without having to reset. 


When it's time to choose the perfect OTF (Out The Front) knife, get ready for a thrilling adventure! First, look for a reputable brand known for crafting top-notch blades. You want a knife that's as reliable as your trusty sidekick. Check out the blade length and stainless steel blade material, making sure it suits your needs and packs a punch. Consider the handle design and ergonomics, ensuring it fits snugly in your grip like a custom-made superhero glove. Check out our Blade Steel Guide. Or have questions about blade styles? Take a peek at the Introduction to Blade Shape.


Next, examine the deployment mechanism. You want that blade to shoot out with lightning speed, so look for a smooth and snappy action that makes you feel like a secret agent on a mission. Don't forget about safety features! Look for a robust locking mechanism that keeps the blade securely in place and prevents any unwanted surprises during your heroic exploits. Lastly, let your personality shine through. Choose a design that reflects your inner superhero—whether it's sleek and stealthy or bold and eye-catching.

BladeOps offers all of the best OTF knife manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Microtech knives, and more! Your next pocket knife is going to be the best of the best.

With these tips in mind, you'll be ready to embark on an epic quest to find the ultimate OTF knife, your trusted companion in the fight against dullness.



An OTF knife really can do it all. Including, but not limited to:

  • Utility and Outdoor Knife, such as Hunting, Fishing, Camping
  • Self Defense
  • Emergency Situations
  • Heavy Use Cutting Tool
  • Everyday Tasks and Carry (EDC)


BladeOps is dedicated to providing our customers quality, dependable knives. Whether you are purchasing your first knife or building your knife collection, we can help you make the right decision. Froma butterfly knife, spring-assisted knife, automatic knives, folding knives, to other types of knives, we carry the top brands in the knife industry.

Not only do we have quality products, but we pride ourselves on open, quick, and effective communication. If you have any questions or just want to talk knives, contact our team and we will be happy to help.




Yes, they are. However, some state or local laws have restrictions on the blade length.