The automatic knife has a long and complicated history. Their reign as some of the most iconic knives ever made began during World War 2, when American soldiers returned home from battle carrying a certain foreign treasure: the Italian stiletto. The American public was instantly entranced by automatic knives, which were known for their spring-loaded blades and sleek handles.
Unfortunately, there was another reason why automatic knives were so well-known: gangsters. Stilettos, and other automatic knives in general, were the weapons of choice for gangs in New York City after the war. As a result, they were made widely illegal in 1958.
Now, however, there are many states that allow for the sale and possession of automatic knives. Be sure to check your state laws. Check out our selection of these beautiful knives. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for.