Bear & Son Cutlery Lockback Auto Knives

Automatic-opening knives are becoming legal in more and more states. As of this writing, the are unconditionally legal in 28 states, while seven more allow them with some strings attached. Bear & Son Cutlery offers an impressive array of auto-opening knives, with six of the new ones we’re focusing on here carrying an old-school, traditional-looking-folder lockback design. We’re diggin’ it. Three of the new knives have 5-inch blades—the Rosewood Lockback, India Stag Lockback and G10 Lockback ($174.99 to $199.99)—and the same three models are offered with 3-7/8″ blades ($149.99 to $164.99). They all feature Rosewood, India Stag or G10 composite scales with 440 stainless steel, lock-back blades, a stainless steel-pocket clip and EDM precision locking mechanisms. Like all Bear & Son knives, they’re hand-made start to finish in Jacksonville, Alabama by good ‘ol boy American knife craftsmen whose duty to country demands that they produce the best tactical knives in the world. Blade profiles for the 5-inch vs. 3-7/8-inch knives are slightly different, but the quality and performance are equal. The 3-7/8-inch knives feature a lanyard hole in the hilt, while the 5-inch models do not. Contact Bear & Son Cutlery, Dept. OT; Tel.: (256) 435-2227; Web: