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"Flick" knife

Postby VOSGTC » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:30 am

What does the term "flick" mean when used in the switchblade world?

When I was in high school, I carried a non-switchblade lock back knife that I could flick open with my wrist.
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Re: "Flick" knife

Postby JimBrown257 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:52 am

It seems like "flick knife" is just a synonym for switchblade. It might be an English slang term.

Though, it doesn't seem contextually correct as a switchblade is more of a "press knife". A flick knife would be more like the kind you had, where actual flicking was involved.

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Re: "Flick" knife

Postby Fishtail Picklock » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:36 am

It is a British term for Switchblade knife. Ian Fleming used it in the book Thunderball. Both the Aussies and Brits call the Switchblade a "Flick Knife" (ask Gravknife, he'll tell you).
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Re: "Flick" knife

Postby john » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:24 pm

VOSGTC wrote:
When I was in high school, I carried a non-switchblade lock back knife that I could flick open with my wrist.



That’s exactly what it originally meant. Law enforcement and legislation lumped a group of knives that could be opened one handed including switchblade, wrist flick knives and others into the same category. Definitions become blurred and knives are miss labeled.
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Re: "Flick" knife

Postby gravknife » Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:56 pm

VOSGTC

As F.P says here in England we do still refer to them as "Flick knives "
In fact it is only since joining here at talkblade that i am now referring to them as switch blades .

In 1981 we went via ferry and coach on a holiday from Hull via Rotterdam to Cologne and Hilden in Germany and we had been told by older school members 5th years (who had been there a few years before ) about amazing shops with wall to wall knives of all types and more importantly there were flick knives .

The most coveted coolest knife to carry and own as young Mods at that time was the "flick knife ".


As far back as i can remember they have always been known this way over this side of the pond.

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Re: "Flick" knife

Postby john » Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:13 pm

It never occurred to me that different countries and regions of the same country could use different words to describe the same item. Not only do people and goods cross continents but language does too.
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Re: "Flick" knife

Postby VOSGTC » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:47 pm

Thanks for the info. VOSGTC
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