The ‘action’ of a knife – how it opens and closes – has held a powerful appeal for users as long as there have been pocketknives. Even before there were one-handed openers that could be flicked, flipped, or waved, people evaluated traditional slipjoints based on the ‘walk and talk’ of the knife. The ‘walk’ refers to the crisp, spring-like feeling of the blade in motion. While the ‘talk’ is the sound that accompanies it. Knives have changed – today a knife is more likely to run on ball bearings than a stiff backspring.
Which opening method you prefer is a matter of the knife’s intended use, dimensions, and personal taste. In our reader survey, it was another close three way race. Flippers edged out thumb studs and thumb hole / cut out as the preferred method of blade deployment.