Knife Rights : James Yeager

Tennessee switchblade ban repealed : “Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed SB1771, Knife Rights’ bill repealing the state’s antiquated ban on switchblade (automatic) knives and possession of knives over four inches in length “with intent to go armed.” a vague law subject to abusive interpretation. As of July 1, 2014, there are no longer any per se illegal knives in Tennessee.”

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  1. PhotonGuy says:

    So when will I be able to go to a local Walmart in Tennessee and buy myself a brand new switchblade?

  2. PhotonGuy,

    Probably, a few weeks after the law goes into effect…

  3. DB Prepper says:

    Other than the “cool action” on a switchblade I’ve never seen the point of carrying one. I also never understood the ban on switchblades either, I may be missing something but even a kitchen knife can be deadly. If two people are involved in a fight and each one has a knife, one a switchblade and the other a regular fixed blade knife I don’t see an advantage to be gained by the switchblade. Never understood the laws banning switchblades or butterfly knives.

    • DB Prepper: IIRC, they were banned because bad guys in movies had switchblades and butterfly knives.

      I believe the constitutional theory underlying the bans was that sophisticated thinkers understood that “shall not be infringed” obviously means “of course we can make it a felony”.

      The father of a high school friend of mine had been a SeaBee in the Pacific, and was still carrying the butterfly knife he made there. The blade was from a Jeep leaf spring, the aluminum bolsters were from a Japanese plane, and the grip panels were aircraft canopy Plexi. He used it all the time, and liked it in part because he could be holding on to something with one hand, and open the knife with the other.

    • Stuart the Viking says:

      DB Prepper,

      The whole switchblade scare came about because of the concern caused by gang members in movies being depicted as all carrying switchblades. There was the big cry to “Do Something” and banning switchblades is what was done. It was a stupid feel-good effort that didn’t, in effect, make anyone safer. Much like all such feel-good BS our government shoves down our throats.

      As for the utility of a switchblade/butterfly knife, while they aren’t particularly better for fighting with, they are easier to open one-handed than conventional (non-assisted opening) pocket knives. More or less anyway. Pocket knives that were easily opened with one hand were pretty rare in the days when the switchblade bans were enacted. As for the comparison to a fixed blade knife, a switchblade doesn’t beat it for utility, but does still beat a fixed blade for carrying covertly in polite society. That is, until you need it.. then either would give the beautiful people the vapors.


    • DB Prepper: The fundamental difference is that a switchblade knife is a pointed double edged knife which makes it a lot easier to slither into a mans body without much effort. The are, in effect miniature daggers. How fast the blade came out was not really a significant factor except to the ignorant, which we know political motivated individuals are. There have been too many times when I could have used a switchblade or an assist opened blade and especially one longer than 3 inches. Nothing the government does is for the good of the people other than to suppress us with more and more laws. Michigan is hit with a law you cannot grow a garden or raise small numbers of live stock within 250 feet of another residence. Infringement of our freedoms to feed our families. Colorado makes it a crime to collect rain water in a barrel or bucket. The EPA is now coming up with restrictions on smoke from fireplaces of homes. Just make sure you vote for the right people to get these stupid moronic laws overturned.

  4. tommy2rs says:

    Being born and raised in Texas we used to buy switchblades in Mexico and I carried one all through jr. high, high school and beyond until I switched to a boot dagger when I went into the oilfield. The switchblades weren’t particularly sturdy but did get me out of one or two scrapes along the way.

  5. RJArena says:

    The ban on switchblades was a knee-jerk reaction similar to the ban on Automatic weapons, (i.e. sub-machine guns) in the ’30’s, the FBI was unwilling to go after organized crime, but a bunch of “hill-billies with Tommy guns” was a different matter.

  6. Rick H. says:

    That’s nice if you’re a collector, but I’ve had a few switchblades in the past, as well as butterfly knives, and I’ve found them lacking for anything more than looking sinister when drawn. There’s no tang to speak of, and when you start adding moving parts to anything, you simply increase the chance of failure. Give me a sturdy little fixed-blade any day, I don’t even like lock-blade folders for the same reason.

  7. Mr. Bill says:

    Surely I’m not the only one remembering that scene from “Crocodile Dundee”.
    “Now THIS is a knife” 🙂

  8. lilbear68 says:

    part of my EDC is a buck 110 converted to a switchblade, its very handy and loses nothing in the making

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