The Spyderco Vallotton Sub-Hilt folder has been transformed into a dual-action automatic knife by the skilled Vallotton team. It boasts a scale release and automatic action that is truly impressive. The Spyderco Lil' Sub-Hilt is a smaller version of the original design, maintaining the same exceptional fit and finish. Butch Vallotton, like many knife enthusiasts, started making knives as a hobby. Eventually, he began selling them to support his passion, and by the age of thirty in 1984, he had become a professional full-time knifemaker with a lengthy list of eager customers. Known for his love of gadgets, a significant portion of his business revolves around automatic knives. He is even credited with inventing the ambidextrous blade thumb stud. The Sub-Hilt, inspired by Italian-style, heavy-stock folders, exudes an international flair. Its modified coffin-shaped handle is crafted from polished black G-10, adorned with tongue-and-groove fitted stainless bolsters. Enhancing the handle is a Michael Walker LinerLock®, along with a versatile four-way steel clip that allows for tip-up or tip-down carry, catering to both right- and left-handed individuals. The knife also features screw-together scale construction for added durability.