We all have our preferences when it comes to knives; we will loyally stick with our favorite knife, and it’s features for years. The same is true for the blade release mechanism for folders, especially with a cleaver flipper knife.
Some people prefer a flipper mechanism and other folks like using thumb studs to get the blade moving. At Off-Grid Knives, we don’t believe you should have to choose, and many of our spring assisted models have both flippers and thumb studs.
With a spring assisted cleaver flipper knife, a flipper or small lever is employed to get the blade moving. The flipper is typically located along the center line of the handle which gives you access to open the blade with either hand, most often using your index finger. As the blade opens, the flipper swings around to the other side of the handle when fully deployed.
Thumb Stud Operation
Thumb studs are located along the top edge of the blade, towards the back and on both sides of the blade. As with the flipper on spring assisted models, the thumb studs are used to get the blade moving and then the opening mechanism takes over to finish the job.
As the name implies, instead of an index finger, a thumb is used to open the blade. On models with dual thumb studs, this can be done with either hand. Using a thumb stud or a flipper comes down to personal preference and which method you feel most comfortable with.
Whichever method you choose, you can be sure your blade will deploy lightning fast. At Off-Grid, we specialize in spring assisted knives and we design our knives in-house, so we make sure they perform to high standards you can rely on.
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