Your preferred knife locking method?

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View Poll Results: Which locking method do you prefer for your EDC knife?

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  • Liner lock

    34 40.00%
  • Axis lock

    23 27.06%
  • Lock back

    17 20.00%
  • Other - please identify and explain -

    11 12.94%
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    I like Axis locks, but I think my favorite for strength and simplicity is Spyderco's compression lock. Frame locks are next on the list, and I have more of them just because more knives are available with that lock. I've had bad experiences with liner locks and generally avoid them now.
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    I love the axis lock and I don't think I'd get another foldable without one.

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    I like Spyderco's Ball lock and Benchmade's Axis lock. Yes, I know they are very similar.

    By the way, do Balisong's lock up after opening count? If so, then that would have to be my favorite. They are simple and... don't close up in-hand. Ever.
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    Does Spyderco have many knives with the ball laock other than the P'Kal?

    BTW, every balisong I have come across has a swinging lock that fits into the opposite handle via tension.
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    The only liner lock I've had that "failed" was one that would not release so the blade couldn't be closed. The only one I really don't like is that idiot LAWKS on CRKT that takes three hands to close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    The only liner lock I've had that "failed" was one that would not release so the blade couldn't be closed. The only one I really don't like is that idiot LAWKS on CRKT that takes three hands to close.
    that's the only one I would actually own or recommend.
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    That's the one I currently carry....
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    All my knives are liner locks, but my favorite for carry and general use are liners with a secondary lock like Gerbers InterLock or CRKT's LAWKS. With a little practice, they can be just as fast as a normal liner (and I can certainly open and close all mine one-handed), but they're a lot sturdier under prying loads and heavy use than just the liner by itself.

    I've had one liner fail on me by not fully engaging, but that doesn't mean they're all bad.
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    "BTW, every balisong I have come across has a swinging lock that fits into the opposite handle via tension."

    I should have explained what I meant further - When you open a balisong and hold it in you hand, regardless of engaging the latch if there is on (I own some that have no latches), the knife is by design locked open for practical purposes at that point. If that counts for the purpos of htis threa, then it is my favorite.

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    I prefer a good framelock, the Benchmade axis lock comes in second. I'll never buy another liner lock, I like my fingers too much.
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    I like the AXIS lock.

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    I've only had liner lock and spine lock knives, and cheap ones at that. The only one to take the abuse thusfar is the liner lock. I've hade a spine lock close on my hand while chipping ice away from a door. Thankfully I didn't get cut too bad. Since then I've been a liner lock fan and haven't had one crap out on me yet. Although from what I've read if the spine lock knife had had the detent it might not have failed.
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    I have really been a fan of the Walker Liner Lock and have carried them for years! My Benchmade Stryker being my fav until I lost it. (I hate that!)

    As a replacement I got a Benchmade Griptilian with an Axis lock and have had no problems with it. I have really come to like the Griptilian with a modified sheepsfoot blade.

    Still, I liked the Stryker so much I'll probably get one of the new Nitrous Strykers before the end of the year.

    So far a very slight advantage to the liner lock over the axis, but no complaints with the axis either.
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    i like frame locks, don't like liner locks....and i like the spydie ball bearing lock.
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    Personally, I like frame-locks & axis locks (Or CS's "Ultra lock" & SOG's arc-lock). The axis-lock can be used as quickly, for both opening & closing, as an auto or A/O, but frame-locks are so nice (Especially on a Ti framed custom).

    Back locks aren't bad (They're actually pretty strong), but they tend to develop play quicker after time & aren't (Usually) as smooth & quick as a liner lock or the other locking mechanisms.
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