JRinFL wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 07, 2023 2:42 pm
I'm guessing that those of us who do not favor the comp lock are a much smaller group than the ones who do favor the comp lock. Spyderco will make what sells and disco the rest, as we well know.
Probably true, and if so certainly a clever and sensible move by Spyderco.
The question though is what are the reasons that the comp.lock is (probably) more popular and seen as an "improvement" (and not rather - a very good, not doubt! - "alternative") to the linerlock.
I think the group of people who actually use knives and then rationally and based on real experience
come to the conclusion that they prefer either comp.lock (for good reasons!) or the linerlock (also for good reasons!) is pretty small (not on this forum, but generally)
(And as this thread shows once more: Among people who really use knives, the percentage who appreciate (the advantages of) the linerlock and/or even prefer it over the comp.lock actually seems not to be that small)
Many more (my guess) just see the comp.lock reflexively as "improvement", just cause they hear and read that all the time.
And never really actually try and compare unbiased
for themselves, which lock type fits their needs and preferences and tasks better...and what kind of "safety" they really need.. and how much potential cons and pros REALLY matter for them personally.
Even Spyderco themselves market the Millie 2 among other things with the fact, that it has a stronger lock. And this certainly IS a fact, the comp.lock IS stronger than the linerlock technically speaking.
But for how many people, if any, this is actually of any relevance? (Talking about the good Millie linerlock of course).
Same goes for the "but, but, but fingers out of the blade path" thing imo. With a comp.lock one STILL has to MOVE the fingers deliberately out of the blade path before doing that pinch grip method (that also is rather unsafe concerning how the knife sits in hand).
With a linerlock Millie, in the first phase of the closing, one almost CAN`T put the fingers in the path of the actual edge
- actuating the locktab is almost inevitably linked to that the finger that does so would get hit by the choil, not the edge, and thus keeps all other fingers safe.
Just examples, food for thought, and motivation for people to think and try unbiased for themselves and look at a broader picture.
For example: Is the increased strength of the comp.lock something that MY PERSONAL experience tells me I´ll ever need or not?
And is it worth "buying" potential other disadvantages for it? (Like less natural closing, making this harder with gloves and so on).
Important: This is NOT a comp.lock bashing!!! It is a great and ingenious design indeed. It´s just an invitation to start thinking from scratch, and weighing pros and cons honestly and unbiased in regard to how "severe" they really are in the own, individual use of a knife and how much they really matter or not.