Smith & Wesson M&P

The assisted-opening Smith & Wesson M&P is a knife known for aggressive styling and aggressive pricing to match. This is not the right knife for everyone, but it’s about the closest one can come to owning an automatic knife legally.

Smith & Wesson M&P

Blade Length: 2.9-3.5 in (7.4-8.89 cm)
Closed Length: 4.2-5 in (10.7-12.7 cm)
Open Overall Length: 7.22-8.62 in (18.34-21.89 cm)

The M&P starts with a very distinct, very macho, scoop-back drop-point 3 inch blade. There’s also a straight back, squared-edge variant available, and both of these are available in a straight or partially serrated edge. The handle is clearly inspired by Smith & Wesson’s modern handgun design. This is a great-looking handle made of aircraft-grade T6 aluminum that offers grip with a plan rather than just slapping a bunch of texture onto a flat base. The M&P weighs 4 ounces, which is very heavy for a knife in this class.

The Smith & Wesson M&P is a niche knife, and for that reason you have pay particular attention to the reviews. Is it popular? Are people happy with the purchase? Well, this depends on where and how you look. The blade is very sharp and very strong, but the overall design and heaviness does not lend itself to the full range of pocketknife uses. Customers who purchase military-themed gear are generally very satisfied with this knife. However, those customers seeking an all-purpose knife that allowed the coolness factor to sweep them up were not.

Know why you’re buying your knife. One reason we see aggressive pricing on this model is because Smith & Wesson targets it at a niche, and it doesn’t sell very well otherwise. For customers seeking a knife for use at work, outdoors, or around the home, they can spend their money better elsewhere. For those seeking an “almost switchblade”, you probably won’t find much better.

Smith & Wesson M&P Demo