Prometheus Design Werx Is Making a California-Legal Automatic OTF Knife

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Whether it’s firearms or blades, the State of California has some of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to carrying. Being based in San Francisco, Prometheus Design Werx is well aware of this reality. Wanting to deliver an automatic EDC knife that’s legal to carry in its home state, PDW has now unveiled the CAS OTF.

Short for “California Special,” this truncated auto knife is a product of PDW’s Special Projects Division. Representing PDW’s second OTF model after the recently-released SPD Audax, the CAS is crafted around a 3.03″ handle that’s been precision-machined from aerospace-grade T6061 aluminum billet. In order to achieve its unique contoured shape, PDW has opted for a special CNCing technique that requires three times as much machining as regular milled handles. In addition to boasting a 6AL-4V titanium pocket clip decorated in a laser-etched SPD Kraken Trident logo, the handle has also been bestowed with a precision milled 6AL-4V titanium Thrust Slider that’s equipped with a best-in-class Hyperglow glow-in-the-dark ring inlay.

Weighing in at only 1.9oz, the CAS OTF also features a matte and satin dual-tone-finished modified spear point blade made from top-shelf Böhler M390 steel. Best of all, with a length of 1.925”, this out-the-front knife is completely legal to carry in the Golden State. Machined jimping along the outside of the handle also affords ample grip while the use of blind holes for the handle’s screws results in an ultra-clean appearance.

Offered in dark gray or OD green anodized color options — as well as limited edition red and orange colorways — the Prometheus Design Werx CAS OTF Knife will be available for purchase starting September 24. Pricing for the PDW CAS OTF has been set at only $195.

Purchase: $195

Photo: Prometheus Design Werx
Photo: Prometheus Design Werx
Photo: Prometheus Design Werx