The Browning Speed Dial

Speed Dial Pocket Deploy Knife

Browning is now offering a new knife under its Black Label line: the Speed Dial Pocket Deploy. As the name suggests, the knife has a fast blade deployment that happens as it is drawn from the pocket. This is the same technology used by Krudo Knives in that company’s SNAG system.

The blade is 3.625″ long and has a Tanto point. Browning does not state what kind of metal is used for the knife blade, but does say it has a color matched stainless steel finish.

The blade is held open by a liner lock, and the handle has machined G-10 scales to provide a good grip on the knife even when wet. Browning includes a folding thumb ramp that folds out over the index finger ring. This ramp can provide better leverage when using the knife. A similar ramp is used in some of the knives that Krudo Knives makes. Although Browning does not state so in their press materials, I would guess that these knives are being made by Krudo.

Speed Dial Pocket Deploy Knife - Closed

The included pocket clip can be arranged in one of two positions.ย The suggested retail price on the new Black Label Speed Dial knife is $44.99.

Under the Black Label name, Browning has released a number of products including its suppressor ready .380 ACP pistol, other knives and flashlights.

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  • Joshua

    Is the clip reversible to left hand?

    • Most are but we don’t have a sample to check.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      Yes, according to their website. That is why the clip is screwed on.

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    I don’t see how this is that much more superior than an assisted or auto opener. From the videos I watched it looks like you need a good amount of fine motor skills to open it from the pocket. I could be wrong of course

    • Nashvone

      It’s far superior…if you live in an area where assisted or auto opening knives are illegal.

      • TheSmellofNapalm

        Where is that a thing? I can legally conceal enormous assisted openers here in CA, and even autos if the blade is less than 2″. I carry a Kershaw Launch 4 daily, and sometimes a ZT 350TS

        • Nashvone

          A friend got arrested in New York for possession of an assisted opener and I almost got arrested in Boston for having an auto. Until recently, autos were illegal here in Tennessee except for LEO and military.

        • Ben

          Reporting in with a Kershaw CQC-4XL in CA. 3.9″ blade with an Emerson Wave hook? Yes please. It is even faster for me than my old Cryo II.

        • Liam

          In a lot of places outside the US, sadly.

        • politicsbyothermeans

          It’s illegal here in the Volksrepublik of New Yorkistan. My Kershaw Blur was lost in the same tragic boating accident as some of my rifles and all of my Death-o-matic ultra high capacity magazines.

        • It’s only been legal here in KS for a year. You also run into local jurisdictions and such that prohibit autos, double bladed knives, knives over 3″ etc.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        They have a bit of metal one the back of the blade that acts like a lever, as you pull it out of your pocket, you let it drag against the front of your pocket and as you pull it out, it snags on the pocket collar briefly and unsnags as it opens. They are very easy to use and it even works on lose clothing like gym shorts, yet still will not accidentally open in pocket. I’ve carried these style opening blades for years and I will never go back to assisted or any kind of button or thumb operated knife. If you want to try and see, you can’t go wrong at this price point for a demo, but I recommend going to a shop and trying it.

  • Giolli Joker

    I guess that they’re made by a supplier in China rather than by Krudo…

    • Scott Tuttle

      I’m thinking its made by Wayne Enterprises

    • DW

      Some krudos are made in China too. Don’t expect too much for that MSRP

  • Edeco

    As a safety thing, I just can’t get my head around the finger ring. I don’t know of anyone getting mangled with one, but how common are they, so far? I’m convinced it’s a hazardous-energy lightningrod, basically, for the digit. Bad juju.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      Those rings are more for making it easier to pull it out of the pocket and let the lever on the back of the blade snag your pocket and open it before you can wrap your hand around it. This way its ready to go when you pull it out. The ring is also used for retention and as an impact device.

      • Edeco

        Hmmm, good explanation. Still wouldn’t induce me to entwine a digit in that ring. I mean, the retention issue for instance, I think like Matthew 18:9; if thine eye offends. If the knife really has to leave my hand, like pulled or torqued out somehow, best to let it go.

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          On a side note, I use the ring on my knives to pop my fingers all the time. LOL. So good.

    • Hans Gruber

      The rings are for retention. Drawing the knife with the index finger from the pocket in a pikal grip or ice pick grip is very fast and almost impossible to get the knife out of the hand with out cutting it out.

  • Bill

    At that price point it isn’t being made by Krudo, nor is it of a high quality steel. Kerambits are the best instrument since the balisong with which to accidentally injure yourself.

    • hllan

      It’s not sufficiently curved to be a kerambit, the pinky ring is for retention, which should be standard imo on combat knives, as it allow empty hand techniques as well as open palm strikes

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      It isn’t a karambit, it isn’t curved at all. Philippine karambits are almost shaped like hooks and they are for ripping and tearing, not just cutting. A karambit is pictured here. Only someone not paying attention to what they are doing, as with any weapon, would injure themselves.
      I can agree more about the French balisongs however. I’ve never found them very practical compared to fast opening folders like these.

      • DW

        Balisongs are toys. There are safer, better, more durable knives for less than same quality level balisongs.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I think it will replace my Emerson waved, the DART, by Mr. Doug Marcaida from FOX Knives. It is also a cheaper alternative. I got the DART after I got my Emerson Super Karambit, another great knife, but way too expensive for what it is.

    • Hans Gruber

      Just keep the quality knives you have and use them. These black label knives are not all that.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        Sad thing is I used my Super Karambit so much I dulled it and I’ve been too afraid to sharpen that curved blade for fear of messing it up. I like the idea of a cheaper alternative for daily use, or at least as glorified EDC letter openers. LOL.
        By the way, we miss you, Hans. ๐Ÿ™

        • Hans Gruber

          I sharpen my karambits with a round diamond stone, there are many tutorials online look for sharpening a hawkbill blade. Emerson makes great knives. Be happy you have one .

          • Hensley Beuron Garlington

            Thanks. I will look into that. Yeah, that Super was my first, in my opinion, high end knife. Love it. I started carrying the DART when it got dull. I love my DART, too, but it doesn’t get the same wow factor. LOL. That and my Cold Steel Espada XL always get the best looks and questions. LOL.
            If only money wasn’t so limited.

          • Hans Gruber

            sharpen your knives man.

    • noob

      is this ramp on the speed dial better than the emerson wave opener? the speed dial looks like it will be easier on the fabric of your pants pocket, but have less positive engagement to open.

  • Madcap_Magician

    We don’t know what steel the blade is made out of, but whatever it is, it’s color-coordinated. Well, that’s very good, we’ve addressed the important issues.

  • Norm Glitz

    Is that just the ugliest knife ever? Not a smooth line on it. It’s almost funny how the pocket clip covers up all that weird, wavy stuff on the scales.

    Why people try to imitate the tip of an obsolete Japanese sword in a pocket knife is beyond me. Can anyone tell me a practical application for that bent edge?