Blade Lock on Folders

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by Smoky14, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. Smoky14

    Smoky14 Member

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    I see different types of blade locks on folders, which is prefered?
    I had a bolster lock on a Mil issued knife which allowed the blade to fold under stress and I still wear a scar to remember how ineffective that lock was.
    I'm looking at a Gerber and the CKRT.
    Help an old man who hasn't kept up with the latest in knife tech.

    Smoky the old

    Am I using the correct discription for bolster lock ie; springs out from the side behind the blade when it opens. My SOG has a spring lock which engages the back of the blade.
    Thanks Smoky
  2. rmrdaddy

    rmrdaddy New Member

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    Mornin Smoky,
    Which SOG and CRKT models are you considering?
  3. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

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    Smoky, lots of folders have locks.....most do not do their job. Gerber is one of the worst. You should not have problems with the SOG.

    A simple test of any locker.

    Open knife, hold between thumb and forefinger (handle) blade edge up, supporting handle with remaining fingers. Find a piece of wood (wife won`t like this on the coffee table-lol) and rap it sharply on the spine of the blade.
    With force, don`t just tap it a few times, whack it.

    You will be surprised how many fail this test.


    LTS
  4. Keola

    Keola New Member

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    Thanks for the info LTS. I was looking at picking up a folder also and I narrowed it down to a CRKT, Camillius (?) and a Kershaw. I saw the SOG which I think it was the MK14 or MK16 but I wanted one withthe blused finish.

    Now I just gotta convince the wife I "need" a new knife.
  5. offeror

    offeror New Member

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    I just looked at a Kershaw folder today (clearance sale at Wal-Mart, odds 'n ends, reg. $49, sale $29) and was very impressed with the heft, the smooth power-assisted operation, and the very sharp blade.

    Frankly, I'm satisfied right now with my Cold Steel Voyager, so I didn't spend the $29 on another knife today. I'll probably kick myself later.

    I'm not a big fan of the "tension spring" method of locking and unlocking a folding blade, the system that seems to be most popular on inexpensive knives from China. But I'll admit that some upscale folders use a superior version of the same system that looks very strong and reliable, and the system is convenient for one-hand closing.

    I'm sure "tension springs" have their strength limits (after all, the blade is resting on a surface about 1 millimeter thick), but most people don't expect performance equal to that of a non-folder, even out of a 4 or 5-inch blade. I do, if I can get it...
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