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How much do you trust the lock on your knife?

Craig · 14 · 1873

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How much do you trust your lock knife's lock?

Completely, I use my lock knife like it was a fixed blade
4 (15.4%)
It's an extra safety feature but I don't rely on it
22 (84.6%)
Locks are unreliable - I only use fixed blades
0 (0%)

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gb Offline Craig

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How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
on: January 25, 2009, 08:25:47 PM
I've read stories about people getting their fingers cut when the locks on their knives failed (with some quite nasty results too :o)and I've come across one lockback which didn't lock myself. So, when you're using a lock knife, how much faith do you actually have in the lock.

On the fairly rare ocassions that I use a locking blade I try to use it in such a way that if the lock failed it still wouldn't close - that's not to say that I'm successful in this at all times.

Has anyone on here actually had one fail and cut themselves as a result of a lock failing?
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009, 08:38:28 PM
It entirely depends on what kind of lock and what brand of knife.  I don't usually trust liner locks too much as I have had them slip myself (on a LM Wave), but then my Sebenza has a frame lock whick is similar to that as a liner lock and I'd be confident using that. 

Other locks such as a back lock and axis lock, again I feel comfortable with but TBH no folding knife is ever going to be as safe as a fixed blade.
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #2 on: January 25, 2009, 08:51:07 PM
I always treat knives as slip joint.


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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009, 08:57:07 PM
I don't rely on locks at all, any piece of mechanism can fail, (no matter how many blessing's to the Omnisiah you make). My fist proper knife, was a sak, and I treat all knives in the same manor :)
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009, 09:47:29 PM
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I'm slightly sillier with lockbacks than I am with slippies, but I try to treat all sharp edges with due caution.

To reiterate (that means I repeat myself, I reiterate)

while a lock lets you use the knife in ways you might not be able to use a slippie, it is important not to work specifically against the lock.


This is one of the interesting things about Vic liner locks - they have the spring too, so you know when the knife has actually moved and is pressing against the lock, or is happily where it should be.


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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 12:34:08 AM
I always treat knives as slip joint.

Same here. 

If there's any great pressure on something I'm cutting, I keep my fingers out of the path of the blade regardless of the locking mechanism.  If I'm slicing an apple I'll hold it as a fixed blade...if I'm cutting some plastic strapping or heavy rope, I mind my fingers.
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 12:42:36 AM
I always treat knives as slip joint.

Exactly.

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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009, 04:20:13 AM
Depends on the locking mechanisim, but generally I have no reservations about the safety of the locks.
Like Nomad says, don't work specifically against the lock and I think they're pretty secure.  I've never had a lock fail in the 20 years I've been handling them.   I'm more cautious with liner locks especially on cheapie knives ( which is why I stay away from them ) but one of my favorites the CRKT M16 is a liner with the AUTO LAWKS system and it's secure. 
I deploy all my knives with a good snap to ensure the lock engages properly and I frequently check for blade play to make sure every things in tip top condition.


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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #8 on: January 27, 2009, 07:32:22 AM
i was gonna to say 100% but i after my recent "close encounter" with the edge of my trident tanto ironically while i was testing the lock because of this threat im gonna say: "0% trust"



any way, thats why i always carry a band-aid on my wallet :D



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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #9 on: January 27, 2009, 07:46:34 AM
Strider haters cover your eyes.  :D  I would trust any Strider lock 100%, it simply "Will Not" fail. I don't care if it's a liner or frame lock! I would use any Strider as a fixed blade without a problem.  :tu:
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #10 on: January 27, 2009, 11:19:31 AM
Yup treat them as a slipie. However Even though I hate Mick S I am still going to be getting one of his blades soon due tot he lock up of his. That little tensioner he puts in it is slick.
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #11 on: February 01, 2009, 04:46:06 AM
It's interesting,

On Blade discussions I've entered into, people ask whether you trust a rat-tail tang as much as a full tang, and so on.

They'd be furious to know we folder-folk assume all fixed blades are secure!


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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #12 on: February 01, 2009, 05:12:39 AM
It depends what action and side torque, if any, I'm doing with the knife. I handled a ZT 0500 MUDD knife the other day and fell in love with it. The lockup was solid. My buddy burried it in a bucket of sand he had in his garage. The lock was tight and I would trust it. So far, the safest folder I've used would be my Boker Trance. Your index finger hits the lower guard and prevents the knife from closing any further. A nice feature of the Trance I really like.
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Re: How much do you trust the lock on your knife?
Reply #13 on: February 01, 2009, 10:01:30 AM
It's interesting,

On Blade discussions I've entered into, people ask whether you trust a rat-tail tang as much as a full tang, and so on.

They'd be furious to know we folder-folk assume all fixed blades are secure!
Well I'd trust a Falkie or CS a bit more than a Mora, so does that count :D
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