Depending on the state, possession of a fully-automatic knife can get you into a whole heap of trouble. Is this a problem? Although I’m not a knife fighter by nature (or experience) I reckon a switchblade doesn’t offer a significant tactical advantage over a slick inertia-based opening system—in the hands of a practiced owner. That said, I carry a gun, as well as a knife. My blade is a back-up safety system. So if I’m going that way, I’m gonna need to go there fast. The magical appearance of a sharp blade with a significant snick makes for a nice bit of security theater, perhaps even intimidation. Automatic knife, folding knife. Why choose?
The Heckler & Koch Scorch presents its N680 blade (a relatively inexpensive nitrogen steel known for corrosion resistance) via a standard thumb stud or full auto. Unless you know exactly what you’re looking at the Scorch looks like a locking liner.
Now how much would you pay? The Benchmade-made tactical practical H&K Scorch retails for $165. I’ve seen ’em for $115.
If you consider discretion the better part of valor, the Scorch is smokin’. If you know what I mean. [NB: It’s a restricted item but not unavailable.]