The Spyderco Autonomy was developed in response to a request from the U.S. Coast Guard for a cutting tool that would meet the demanding mission requirements of their rescue swimmers. They needed a high-performance knife that could be easily deployed with only one hand while wearing heavy gloves, is impervious to salt water, could be easily maintained and, above all, would cut with extreme authority. The result was the orange-handled Autonomy automatic, which is approved for use by Coast Guard personnel.
Because many of the features of the Autonomy were so revolutionary, Spyderco also decided to create an all-black version of the knife with a safety and a pocket clip that is ideal for other end users. The heart of this knife is its voracious SpyderEdge™ sheepfoot-style blade, which is ground from H-1® steel—an extraordinary nitrogen-based alloy that is extremely corrosion resistant. To optimize its function in tactical environments where light discipline is a requirement, it receives a tough Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating to reduce its reflective signature.
The Autonomy’s finger-grooved handle is constructed with full stainless steel liners flanked by textured black G-10 scales. Its oversized firing button is powered by a spring that is integral to one of the liners and includes a sliding safety that prevents unintentional activation. Made exclusively from corrosion-resistant materials, the handle’s other metal hardware—including its reversible wire pocket clip—is also cloaked in a stealthy black coating.
The auto-opening blade of the Autonomy is powered by a corrosion-resistant coil spring nested within a removable module. Specifically designed for end-user maintenance, this patented feature allows the module and spring to be easily removed with the tool in Spyderco’s spring replacement kit (sold separately) without disassembling the entire knife.
Winner of the “Most Innovative American Design” award at the prestigious Blade Show and International Cutlery Fair, the Autonomy represents a groundbreaking achievement in automatic knife design.
RESTRICTED ITEMSAutomatic knives are federally restricted items. Sale of these items is limited to qualified personnel only, as defined in the statutory language of 18 U.S.C. Section 1716(g)(2)(1-4) and 15 U.S.C. Section 1244(2-4). You must also comply with all applicable local and state laws, statutes, and regulations related to the purchase and possession of automatic knives. Purchasing and/or possessing an automatic knife may subject you to criminal liability.
Qualified buyers are required to complete and physically sign an Acknowledgement & Representations Form (available through your Spyderco sales representative or downloadable from our web site at www.spyderco.com/opfocus). There will be absolutely NO SALES of restricted knives without this completed form and all other required documentation.
RESTRICTED ITEM WARRANTY & REPAIR GUIDELINES: Should any RESTRICTED ITEM need to be returned to Spyderco for warranty and/or repair reasons, the item MUST be accompanied by a RESTRICTED ITEM RETURN FORM. The form must be completed and signed attesting to the fact that the person in possession of the knife is legally permitted to possess said item before any warranty work can be performed. If you are unable to provide the proper signed documentation, the knife will NOT be returned. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.