You have to learn how to use any lock, there isn't a natural inclination to close a lock. Some are more intuitive than others but they all have a learning curve. Liner locks are just more common so most are more proficient, they aren't any easier to figure out. The way to close the compression lock is like so; no fingers in the way.ace wrote: So I don't think its inherantly safer on the close. It gets back to a common theme with the compression lock and the Para--you have to learn how to use it, whereas liner locks can be used from minute one. I think its a cool lock, I just think it will never be wildly popular due to this requirement to figure out how it works.
You can close a liner lock similar to how you close the compression lock and it's just as hazardous.
A liner lock cannot be closed without putting the fingers in the closing arc, a compression lock can. It's not an opinion, it's just a fact.
I have owned liner-locks that require only moderate lateral hand pressure to release the lock. STR has a post showing this, I'll try to find it. Liner locking accidental release is a very real issue, like most lock failure I would say the vast majority of users will never see it happen but it does seem to occur with greater frequency than any other lock. Is this due to commonality or weakness in the design? I don't know but I do feel the latter is a big factor. I find the compression lock very intuitive and the added safety factor and additional strength surpass any such claims of a lack of intuitiveness or difficulty of use.While it may be true that the compression is technically more fail proof, there are almost no circumstances in which most or any user would be able to put enough torque on the liner lock to make it buckel. Though this has, and does happen, the vast, vast majority of users would never encounter any failing from a liner lock. Then it gets back to ease of use and desire to have a knife that is intuative and makes sense for right handed users--the majority of users.