Craft & Design Workshop
DiResta: Buck Knife Auto Conversion


Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted a switch-blade knife. There is something so satisfying about the flick of the blade! When I was old enough, I started my collection (as seen recently on my YouTube channel). I own two Buck 110 autos. Many people mistakenly believe I made them automatic. So in this video, I attempt to make a conversion: folding knife to automatic.

It’s my first try with a Buck knife. I was successful in concept, but not in the materials I chose. The knife was working fine, but after I re-assembled it, it was difficult to repair. Then the switch began to fail. So here you see me learn a few things for my next attempt. If at first you don’t succeed try again! Stand by for second attempt!

Thank you!


Editor’s note: The legality of switchblade knives varies by country and state. For U.S. laws, check this table. Interestingly, even in jurisdictions where switch-operated knives are illegal, another type of spring-opening knife, the “assisted opener,” is often legal. In an assisted opener, you have to nudge the blade partially open, generally with a thumb stud, before the spring takes over and opens it the rest of the way.