Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or prefer a quiet fishing expedition on the local lake, a knife is an essential tool for any survival kit. There are many quality knives on the market today. But how do you know which type of knives to buy?
What is an OTF Knife?
OTF stands for “out the front,” referring to how a switchblade or automatic knife opens. The blade comes out from the front of the blade.
OTF knives deploys the blade using a spring mechanism. There is usually a switch or an actuator that engages the spring and shoots the blade out the front of the knife. Many people have this perception that the blade can penetrate things. This is a false idea because of the way the spring mechanism is designed. The blade will disengage from the spring as soon as it hits something.
OTF knives’ best feature is that it allows the user to operate the knife with one hand. So if you can imagine you are engaged in a task that requires both hands, it is handy to deploy your knife with just one hand.
A good OTF knife should be able to withstand any tasks you throw at it. It should be reliable in its deployment. It should balance well in your hand. The blade material and the handle material should be of a good metal.
OTF knives require a lot of maintenance. Depending on how often you use the knife, the OTF knife needs to be taken apart periodically for cleaning. If the inside of the OTF knife gets too dirty, then it can slow down the deployment and cause the double actions to fail.
What Features Should You Look For?
Besides choosing an OTF knife that’s reliable and with good metal, you’ll want to consider the following features:
- Blade Length
- Blade Shape
- Blade Style
- Blade Material
- Blade Width
- Handle Material
- Handle Shape & Thickness
- Handle Style
- Lock Type or Lock
Best OTF Knives for Your Money: 5 Knives Worth Considering
There are so many different types of knives out there, and finding the perfect one can be a challenge. The good news is that there are plenty of great knives to choose from. Don’t know where to start your search? Then this guide is just what you need! Here are five of the top OTF knives worth looking into from TacKnives:
1. TacKnives OTF Double Action Knife MTU11B
This Double Action OTF knife has a sturdy steel blade that can cut through almost anything. It also features a double-edge style blade, which makes it ideal for a wide variety of uses. Its weight is just right, coming in at approximately 4.2 oz, so you don’t feel like you’re holding a brick.
MTU11B features a D2 blade at a length of 4.25 inches and a width of 0.71 inches. The handle is made of zinc alloy, and it carries a black finish. The knife features a dual spring technology that allows for consistent firing and super rapid deployment.
2. TacKnives OTF Double Action Safety Knife Out-The-Front MT9DES
This customer-favorite OTF double action knife handles whatever job you need it for. It is an excellent choice for thin or thick materials with a blade length of 3.74 inches and a blade width of 0.71 inches.
The blade is stainless steel for added durability and stain resistance. The handle of this piece is made of zinc alloy. It features a clip, making it easy to attach to a pocket or belt. There is also a ballistic window breaker, making it a perfect piece to have in case of emergencies.
3. TacKnives Double Action Safety Knife Out-The-Front OTF MT11B – Money Clip
This small-size OTF knife is perfect for those looking for a larger pocketknife. It is the best OTF knife to have in your hands for the price, coming in at 5.59 inches. The blade is made of stainless steel and is 1.96 inches long, with a thickness of 0.08 inches. The handle is made of zinc alloy and also features a clip to hold your extra cash.
4. TacKnives Firecracker Mini OTF Double Action Safety Knife Out-The-Front MN1RP
The Firecracker Mini OTF double action safety knife is a small-sized OTF knife that’s great for those looking for something they can take everywhere. It is easy to carry and easy to use, with a total length of 5.25 inches and a blade length of 1.94 inches. It even shows off a recurved point, allowing for a more precise cut.
This is an excellent budget OTF knife meant for light-duty, making it perfect for use around the house or light use at work.
5. TacKnives OTF Single Action Safety Knife Out-The-Front MTU13 with KYDEX (with SAFETY)
This single-action OTF knife is a stunning yet functional piece designed for precision. It doesn’t automatically retract as a single action knife, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the best OTF knives out there. This piece features a 4.33-inch blade, which is slightly longer than most single-action knives. The handle is made of zinc alloy and features a safety piece to minimize accidental discharge.
The Best OTF Knife from TacKnives
All TacKnives OTF knives are designed with the utmost abuse in mind. There is a wide range of OTF knives to choose from different styles, blade materials, to sizes. It’s important to choose a knife that will serve you for the long run, and at TacKnives, we are sure that you’ll find the perfect fit for your needs.
TacKnives is a knife brand that has a reputation for making high-quality knives designed for everyday use. They are designed in-house and tested against humidity before undergoing a rigorous strike test and heat tamper test. This ensures that each piece that is purchased is of the best quality.
The TacKnives OTF knives are user-friendly. Customers are always impressed with the knives’ unique designs, excellent quality, and efficient function. In fact, 9 out of 10 customers say they can’t tell the difference between a TacKnives OTF knife and those priced 3-4 times higher than our products!
If you’re searching for a quality OTF knife, then make sure you check out our catalog today!