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Is One Handed Closing of a Folder Really Critical ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DocJD, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. The Zieg

    The Zieg

    Jan 31, 2002
    No. I seldom need it. But I've figured out how to do it with every knife I have.

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  2. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I don't think I've ever owned a knife that I couldn't close with one hand.
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  3. Lodd

    Lodd Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2015
    One handed opening and/or one handed closing is very convenient. If you use your knife for work a lot, perhaps even necessary when time is money (in order not to waste time every time you need the knife).

    However, there are also times when I will consciously use both hands to open a knife, even if the knife supports one hand opening. For example, if there are people around that might be startled by the knife.
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  4. b00n

    b00n Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Critical, no. Practical, yes. I find it very handy since I fairly routinely open little plastic packaging at work, so I grab a new pack, grab the knife, slice it open put the knife away after use and pull whatever spare part I need from the package. You can do it with a two handed closing knife, it's not a huge problem, but it's certainly easier if you can do everything on the knife with one hand.
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  5. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Since my left hand became weakened due to nerve damage, one hand opening became more convenient.
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  6. GronK

    GronK Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 1, 2001
    I'm surprised no one's mentioned autos. A snappy ProTech or Benchmade is fun to deploy but can be difficult to close one handed. Pushing against the spring while keeping fingers out of harms way can be tricky.
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  7. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    The only knives I open one handed are AO's and flippers. Even though I can open many modern knives one handed, I seldom do.
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  8. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    Not critical, but really hard to go back to old school when his using a one hander.
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  9. KVT

    KVT Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2019
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