5 Minutes to Writing Better Guns and Knives by Benjamin Sobieck

1. Switchblades Are Out, Assisted Opening Knives Are In
Switchblades (aka “automatic knives”) are still around, but they’ve grown gray hair and moved to Florida. How stereotypical.

Since the mid-’90s, there’s a new whippersnapper on the block with all the benefits of switchblades and few of the legal restrictions. It’s called an assisted opening knife (demonstrated in the GIF above), and to the eye it looks like a switchblade. It even sounds like a switchblade when it opens with a distinct “pop.” But legally, it is not a switchblade. That’s why they’re so popular.

If you want to bust a tired trope and look sharp in a story, insert an assisted opener whenever you get the itch to write in a switchblade. And if you still feel itchy, I recommend getting that thing checked out. Continue reading