View Full Version : OTF blades run on rails?
05-15-2011, 09:20 AM
Hi Guys, at the top end of the market, Microtech et al I would expect absolutely no slop in the extended blade.
I've seen the schematics and the Youtube vids but do the blades run in a channel?
Some of the blades have a fuller-type groove but they don't extend the full length of the blade so I guess that ain't it.
The blade seems to run up against one of the scales so that would help secure the blade.
How do they get it rock solid?
12-21-2012, 12:28 AM
To put it bluntly they don't get it rock solid. I own a Microtech Ultratech and have handled a few other Microtechs as well as the Benchmade Infidel. The Microtech has FAR less slop in the blade when extended than the Benchmade (and it's significantly cheaper). Still, even it has some wobble to it. It is minimal though and doesn't detract from the performance of the knife. When it comes to a locking mechanism, I don't know how the Microtech works. The slot that the blade ejects through is very precisely machined so there's not a lot or room for it to wiggle. I've seen some OTFs taken apart (and have even taken a cheap one apart myself) and they all have some kind of spring mechanism that kicks in under the tang to secure the blade. Some kick in from the edge/back of the blade. Others kick in from the flat side. I would imagine that a tapered slot and a tapered blade would ensure a lockup that is as tight as possible. That's just my speculation though... The fuller type groove you're referring to is what's known as a bloodrail. Its purpose is to keep the blade from sticking when it is used to stab. That's what I've always been told at least. I hope this was helpful to you!
12-25-2012, 06:06 AM
The fuller type groove you're referring to is what's known as a bloodrail. Its purpose is to keep the blade from sticking when it is used to stab. That's what I've always been told at least. I hope this was helpful to you!
The blood groove or rail theory as you call it is one of the biggest Myth's in Knives & Swords!
It is called a fuller and the purpose is to add strength & lighten the blade by giving more surface area in the same amount of blade. Think of how a piece of I beam steel is stronger & lighter than a solid bar of steel. Some auto OTF designs may use it as a guide? But there is no documented proof ever that stabbing into live muscle will make the muscle spasm and tighten down on the knife etc..
I also had been indoctrinated with this Blood Groove BS and when I got into knife making I learned that the true name is a fuller and its about making the blade stronger & Lighter.
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