This year promises to bring about many new models from Smith and Wesson including a redesign of their incredibly popular OTF models. The exact functionality of these knives are defined as OTF spring assisted models--meaning they are single-action out the front knives and the "blade slider" helps manually start the blade before the spring officially engages and deploys the blade but needs to be manually retracted. Each model still features a hollow ground blade comprised of AUS-8 stainless steel but now sports a slimmer handle profile so its takes up less pocket real estate. Additionally, the wide-body handle design offers an ergonomic feel especially since the trigger is on the broad side of the handle and every OTF includes a slide safety found near the base. The legacy of Smith & Wesson knives and tools is built on fine craftsmanship, quality and dependability. Their expansive line consists of assisted opening, folding and fixed blade knives, as well various multi-tools and accessories in an effort to offer something for every need and every job. This model features a grey aluminum handle, an integrated glass breaker function, a dagger style blade in a black finish and the pocket clip is statically designed for tip down carry only on the traditional side of the handle.
- Blade Length: 3.6"
- Overall Length: 8.8"
- Blade Material: AUS-8 Stainless Steel
- Blade Finish: Black
- Handle Length: 5.2"
- Handle Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 6 oz.
I could not find this knife at several guns hows or online until I read where someone purchased 1 at Blade Ops. The 10th generation is by far the best as the button is on the back not the side. There is minimal movement when the blade is extended. The blade release and safety are well placed and my only suggestion would be a left handed model because the button for retracting the blade is on the left and hits my hand when it's extending. It's not a Microtech but I feel it is a good substitute and I don't worry about losing a $200 knife.
This knife scratches that single action OTF itch I've been having. It does what it says it will do, and is constructed pretty sturdy as far as I can tell. I hope to use this knife for a long time. Also, it's very sharp right out of the box. Ask my index finger!