Automatic knife expert Stan Moizis is entering the production knife market with the launch of a new brand called Brno Born Knives. Named for Moizis’s birthplace in the Czech Republic, Brno Born is Moizis’ first venture into larger-scale production after 40 years of building custom automatics.

Brno Born’s first model, called the Dog Leg, has an unassuming look that belies the powerful kick of its deployment mechanism. “They’re probably the snappiest, hardest kicking automatics you can buy,” Moizis says. The 3.35-inch blade is fired using a small lever fitted into the show side bolsters.

Unlike most autos, the Dog Leg presents more like a gentleman’s knife and less like a tactical weapon. “I wanted something that wasn’t too offensive and was actually useful,” he says. The early runs of the Dog Leg have been especially popular with Moizis’ fellow knife makers. “75% of my sales are to other knife makers whose work is worth three times what mine is.”

Moizis is working with a Taiwanese OEM to produce the parts but assembles and finishes each knife by hand. “I have to do a certain amount of work on every part to get them to fit correctly and have the right tension in the right places,” Moizis explains.

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