Re: Should an automatic be stored opened or closed?
Interesting question. I would say that yes, storing the knife in the closed position (under tension, compression) would over time weaker the spring, just as the case of loaded magazines. I do believe that short term, (in the pocket) is O.K. However, if I owned some of the very expensive handmade auto's that were safe queens or collectibles I would store them open. With your EOC knives that you use regularly I don't think a month or two without opening will have too much negative effect. Most production automatics have parts that are replaceable or serviceable by the manufacturer if the need ever arises.
My Best Regards,
Ernest R. Emerson