The CRK is fundamentally still a "linerlock" in terms of how it functions, though there is no separate liner and the lock lever is part of the handle scale -- thus "integral."
AG Russel's "one hand knife" is another axample of an integral lock, in that case an integral frontlock. Again the lock lever is integral to the handle.
The integral compression lock is again simply a compression lock that is integral to the handle scale. I've attached a picture.
Most would agree that the compression lock is superior to a linerlock in terms of the inherent strength of the design, and its reliability, and this would also apply to the integral forms.
Thickness of a lock can vary from implementation to implemenation. My comment was about the relative merits of the fundamental designs.
Again, this is just my opinion and I am no authority on lock engineering -- just a knifeknut. Certainly you should judge for yourself. And this shouldn't be taken as anti-CRK -- I'd like to acquire a CRK Mnandi.
Edited by - Carlos on 2/6/2002 11:57:51 AM