In early 1992, spring steel became an object of my fascination. For the record, however, this was not a novel fascination. As a kid in the 1950s, I’d been seduced by the colorful counter displays at local hardware stores offering an array of Sure-Snaps and Schrade double-enders along with the Imperial push-buttons that were as ubiquitous as leaders and weights in our fishing tackle boxes.
Unfortunately, however, the intervening years had demonized such a simple concept, an incredibly useful tool that could be utilized by one hand while the other was perhaps holding a piece of rope, cardboard, or errant thread, was now seen by many as an iconic weapon — too vile, too dangerous, with no redeeming value in contemporary society. After rediscovering a couple of older knives from my youth, I was curious to see if others shared my fascination for these mechanical wonders. Well, gad zooks! Not only were the knives themselves as scarce as hen’s teeth, but any information on the subject was also elusive as well.
I wish to impress upon you that this publication is truly a labor of love. The result of a lifelong fascination of knives for their artistry, sophistication, and quality. Automatic knives have held an intrigue by virtue of their mechanical cleverness and as far as I'm concerned make the greatest letter-openers possible.
From your humble editor, Enjoy." -- Sheldon