Came across this Imperial on eBay, I can only assume it is an automatic by the looks of it, and the description that claims the lock works but not the spring. Unfortunately the bidding went higher than a "curiosity" price for me. I have a rudimentary understanding of the basic SB mechanisms, like the OTF and the ones in FB's stilettos. But I don't see a blade hole like in the FB ones and from the rest of the photos it appears to open like a folder. I looked up the patent numbers, but could only find the first one, but that seemed to have mostly to do with how the handles connect.