By M. W. Byrne

The 14 Best Automatic Knives  (2021 Edition): Tomorrow’s Switchblades

We found the 14 best automatic knives that most people can carry. Just be sure to check your local laws before you get busted with a switchblade.

Schrade SC90

Made for deep carry and quick use, the SC90 is built for field pros who have to have a solid grip that works at any angle, providing the rapid action and easy use they need to save – or, should the need arise, take – lives. 


Boker Kalashnikov

Molded finger grips help keep the knife in your fist during work or combat, with a Bowie build that’s as useful as it is good-looking.


Mikov Predator

Straight out of the Czech Republic, the Predator is an odd little auto with its wooden handle and unusual mechanisms.


CRKT Lake’s P.A.L.

Made by mad knife genius Ron Lake, the P.A.L. (Piston Assisted Lock) has a deep-set deployment trigger that blends into the classic jigged red bone exterior, which gives it a traditional look along with modern machining.


Kershaw Launch 1

In the handle is a recessed opening button that is hard to accidentally hit, but when pressed sends the blade flying out so quickly, expect to drop it the first time.


H&K Entourage

The true tuxedo of auto knives, you don’t need to know much more than it’s Cerakote finished 440C steel in a 6061-T6 aluminum body, because there’s no further story required.


Zero Tolerance 610ST

A nasty, inwardly curved blade good for gutting and cutting, the 610ST suffers no fools.