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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    Senior Member Array the_fallguy's Avatar
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    Your preferred knife locking method?

    Hi folks. A lot of us are pretty opinionated about how our knives lock open for one reason or another. I would like to see what you prefer and why.


    I personally prefer liner locks or axis locks, as they have never failed me under rigorous use, but a lock back closed on my fingers during some kali drills and cut me up pretty good.
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    Axis, lockback, or piston/side locker.

    I haven't had any decent lock of any configuration fail on me, but I have on liner locks that are within the same price range (hey, I'm a college student - good frame/liners are generally out of my price range).
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    My experience so far is that the difference shows more on cheap knives. A friend of mine just got a cheapo Jeep-branded liner-lock and it doesn't lock consistently -- I certainly don't trust it to hold under pressure.

    My CRKT BULL has a liner lock - the only time I've ever had problems was when I used it to dig a hole and it got so clogged with dirt that I couldn't close the knife until I cleaned it real good. Not an expensive knife but adequately well made.

    I especially don't trust cheapo assisted openers.

    My vote goes for anything of decent quality. For an automatic I'd certainly want a good knife to avoid surprise hospitalizations.

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    I'm in favor of both Axis and Backlocks. Both are strong and ambi-friendly, but I marked Axis on the poll due to the fact that my current strong side carry knife uses it (I've moved my waved Endura (backlock) over to my weak side).

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    I voted other because I prefer frame locks.

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    I like properly fitted liners,or spine-locks with an appropriately deep Boye detent. I really like the new Spyderco ball bearing lock(my EDC.)

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    I voted for the Axis lock (or similar designs like the Spyderco ball-bearing lock or SOG arc-lock), my second choice would be a Frame lock, followed by a Spine lock with the Boye "dent."

    I abhor liner-locks.
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    Say Kenpo what is the Boye dent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenpoTex View Post
    I abhor liner-locks.
    Any particular reason other than personal preference? I am asking because I am considering switching to a couple Spydercos as my EDC blades, but I am hesitant about their lock after having a lock back collapse and cut me during practice drills. One of my training partners had a similar experience. I have never had a liner lock fail (though I only have personal experience with Bench Made, Emerson, CRKT, and Kershaw knives).

    I am considering buying some and removing any excess material on the lock that still shows after the "breaking point" for the lock's release. By doing this I would hope to minimize the possibility of accidental release from my big fat gorilla hands (that's what happened last time).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BOOM-STICK Holsters View Post
    Any particular reason other than personal preference? ...I have never had a liner lock fail (though I only have personal experience with Bench Made, Emerson, CRKT, and Kershaw knives).
    I have never had a Liner lock that didn't fail so I don't recommend them. To each his own though.

    Quote Originally Posted by BOOM-STICK Holsters View Post
    I am considering buying some and removing any excess material on the lock that still shows after the "breaking point" for the lock's release. By doing this I would hope to minimize the possibility of accidental release from my big fat gorilla hands (that's what happened last time).
    That would probably work well. The only time I've had a spyderco lock unintentionally disengage was when I ended up grappling over an Endura trainer (he had the knife and I was "gorilla gripping" his hand).

    Quote Originally Posted by crzy4guns
    Say Kenpo what is the Boye dent?
    a crescent shaped cutout in the spine lock button that makes it more difficult to disengage the lock by accident.
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    Hey thanks Kenpo, I learned something new tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crzy4guns View Post
    Hey thanks Kenpo, I learned something new tonight.
    glad to help
    "Being a predator isn't always comfortable but the only other option is to be prey. That is not an acceptable option." ~Phil Messina

    If you carry in Condition 3, you have two empty chambers. One in the weapon...the other between your ears.

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    By lock back I'll assume you're talking about a spine lock. I'm in the minority, but that's actually what I prefer. Very strong and somewhat elegant in it's simplicity. Very easy to manipulate when you need to, but I've never had one inadvertantly disengage.
    Last edited by David in FL; June 3rd, 2008 at 05:22 PM.

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    Switchblade.

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    i like axis locks, simply because they're faster. otherwise, all locks are the same; they all will fail at some point.

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