The OTF (out-the-front) automatic knife is typically seen as a novelty folder meant for daintily opening letters or displaying in a collections case.

Our latest Knife of the Week would like to challenge that unfair characterization.

The Benchmade Shootout offers accuracy, adaptability, calmness under pressure, quick reflexes, and tactical awareness. And it’s anything but dainty.

The Shootout takes after the iconic Benchmade Infidel that’s meant for tactical or everyday uses.

It has a substantial 3.51-inch blade with a versatile tanto profile. The blade uses Flat Earth PVD coating over CPM-CruWear steel, a high-performance alloy acclaimed for its toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance.

The blade fires quickly and reliably from the CF-Elite handle. CF-Elite is lighter and stronger than other materials, meaning you’ll never have to worry about the knife letting you down or weighing you down.

A deep carry pocket clip and hardened carbide glass breaker reinforce the reputation of the knife as tough and loyal.

When you need a robust OTF you can depend on for all types of tasks, look no further than the Benchmade Shootout.