11 months ago
Last edited at 12:54AM on 4/4/2013
Usually, the length of the blade determines the legality of a knife. Although, both of those types of knives are made with blades within legal lengths, they are still considered illegal. Cam operated knives of certain lengths are legal. Knives with longer lengths carried within a sheath are legal. Most knives may be used for more than one reason. Good question. IDK. They are illegal in FL.
I think it has a lot to do with a switch blades reputation. I was never meant to be used by thugs. Its a connivence issue. If you only have one hand free you can open the knife. I could list several issues where it would be handy but do agree because of reputation when you hear it mentioned you think of a weapon.
Yes to all of the above. However here is a little note from history: Back in the 1950s in New York city many "gang members" stopped carrying switch blades because the "triggers" / "release" were cheaply made and they tended to open on their own, Ouch!