I own the small and large sized Douk-Douks. I gave them out as gifts to the groomsmen at my wedding. Fantastic knife. I carry the small version everywhere. I read somewhere that part of the reason they were outlawed by the French in the colonies was because assassins were known to pinch the handle shut beneath the blade once opened, turning the knife into a stiletto dagger. It was outlawed due to the rise in stealthy murders and assassinations.