This Italian stiletto knife made in Italy customized by Walt's Flatguard Knives (Latama Cutlery), also known as a switchblade, opens with the push of the button and closes by simply pulling back on release behind the bolsters and pushing the blade closed. See the picture below. These are side opening knives. This automatic switchblade has a Genuine Cocobolo handle with a half grind blade and is overall open length 9 inches with a 3 7/8" blade and is 4 7/8" closed. It has a hefty 5mm backspring and has the Walt's stylized Cat tang stamp on the blade. It weighs in at approximately 5 oz. All of our switchblade knives are genuine Italian knives made in Maniago, Italy!