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    Default Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: CA
    does anyone know if spring assisted otf knives are legal in california??


    similar to the one below:
    http://www.uniqueblade.com/products/...ck-765-42.html

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    Default Re: Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    That would almost certainly be a violation of PC 653k (a misdemeanor).

    653k. Every person who possesses in the passenger's or driver's
    area of any motor vehicle in any public place or place open to the
    public, carries upon his or her person, and every person who sells,
    offers for sale, exposes for sale, loans, transfers, or gives to any
    other person a switchblade knife having a blade two or more inches in
    length is guilty of a misdemeanor.
    For the purposes of this section, "switchblade knife" means a
    knife having the appearance of a pocketknife and includes a
    spring-blade knife, snap-blade knife, gravity knife or any other
    similar type knife, the blade or blades of which are two or more
    inches in length and which can be released automatically by a flick
    of a button, pressure on the handle, flip of the wrist or other
    mechanical device, or is released by the weight of the blade or by
    any type of mechanism whatsoever. "Switchblade knife" does not
    include a knife that opens with one hand utilizing thumb pressure
    applied solely to the blade of the knife or a thumb stud attached to
    the blade, provided that the knife has a detent or other mechanism
    that provides resistance that must be overcome in opening the blade,
    or that biases the blade back toward its closed position.
    For purposes of this section, "passenger's or driver's area" means
    that part of a motor vehicle which is designed to carry the driver
    and passengers, including any interior compartment or space therein.

    Ultimately, an inspection would have to be made to determine this.

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    Default Re: Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    so wat ur saying is that it would b up to the officer if he thinks its in violation???
    cus its not automatic and the thumb stud is attached to the blade



    http://www.uniqueblade.com/products/...ck-765-42.html

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    Default Re: Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    Quote Quoting Cuero88
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    so wat ur saying is that it would b up to the officer if he thinks its in violation???
    cus its not automatic and the thumb stud is attached to the blade



    http://www.uniqueblade.com/products/...ck-765-42.html
    Based upon the description of a spring assisted opening, I'd say it is unlawful. But, I would have to inspect it to see if it actually fits the criteria for violating the code section. Based upon such a description I am not going to state unequivocally that it is either lawful or UN-lawful - I do not know until I can check it out.

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    Default Re: Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    Take it from me, if you already have this knife, leave it at home, better yet throw it in the garbage.

    If you are thinking about buying this knife then you need to think harder.

    If you push that thumb lever forward, the blade shoots out the front (hence OTF) of the knife via a spring. This knife is also called a stiletto or a subway knife, everything about this knife is illegal PERIOD

    Taken from the Unique Blade website:

    The Shrade OTF assisted opening knife, as opposed to an automatic knife, is not opened by pressing an activating button, it is opened by pushing up on the slider, located near the base of the handle. Now, the difference between an automatic front opening knife and this spring assisted out the front is that once you have started the opening of the blade, an internal spring finishes the opening process. That's right, once the blade is started, it slams open with as much force as a switchblade!

    PC 656K:

    For the purposes of this section, "switchblade knife" means a
    knife having the appearance of a pocketknife and includes a
    spring-blade knife
    , snap-blade knife, gravity knife or any other
    similar type knife, the blade or blades of which are two or more
    inches in length and which can be released automatically by a flick
    of a button, pressure on the handle, flip of the wrist or other
    mechanical device, or is released by the weight of the blade or by
    any type of mechanism whatsoever.

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    Default Re: Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    well thanks guys for the info and ur input, i jus wanted to make sure,
    its a cool lil knife...sucks u cant carry it tho

    found this vid on youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtGYggrvX5Y

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    Default Re: Spring Assisted OTF Knives

    After viewing the video, okay, yeah, you could get arrested for that in CA.

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