The laws on one handed operation of a knife are vague. My knife can be opened with one hand (thankfully, as its designed to cut the other one out of the tangle), but does not have a spring, nor will it open by gravity. You get it started by pulling your finger over a tab near the pivot point and flick it with your wrist. You can get it open quite easily, but suspect this was designed not to meet the switchblade laws. I did however, buy a knife at a NY sporting good store that worked the same way, however, once you pulled on the tab, a spring finished the job. I was surprised and never understood how they were allowed to sell it, nor did I buy it for that reason. Nevertheless, I don't object. Each of these knives has a fairly short blade, under 4" for sure, probably 3", which may also make a difference under a given State's law.
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