Quote Originally Posted by phillipsted View Post
Personally, I blame the switchblade/bali laws on the actor Russ Tamblyn who waved a cheapo blade around during the rumble scene in West Side Story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Tamblyn

TedP
Knives in general are primarily shown as weapons in the movies. Once in a while, a western will show a person using a knife as a practical/survival tool. Look up spyderco videos on youtube and you'll find an endless number of people showing how fast they can open their knife and go into some defensive pose.