The lock button stays shut in all of my non - Boye dent knives, so its efficacy is questionable.Infinite Zero wrote:IIRC, the Boye dent exists to keep the lock button from being depressed while the handle is gripped tightly.
What Paul said. I grew up without a boyle dent on my delica 1 and I never felt that the lack of the dent negatively impacted the knife. Its also more satisfying to depress the lockback without a dent. I don't usually need a dent to show me where the lockback bar is.The Deacon wrote:I dislike them for several reasons. First, as you noticed, accidental opening of midlocks with the dent is a non-issue for 99% of all users. I've never had a "dent free" midlock close accidentally, perhaps because I'm not a practitioner of any knife-fighting techniques which call for unconventional grips that "might" cause such a problem. It also seems odd to me that, if that's the primary reason for it, two of Spyderco's MBC rated midlocks, the Chinook and the Manx, did not had it. To me, that means that if the dent is ever actually needed, it's just a kludge to work around a poorly designed lock well.
Second, they're uncomfortable. I have a bit of arthritis in my hands and cuss every time one or more of those four pointy little corners irritates the joint in my thumb.
Also, because I find them to be ugly. I can't recall ever considering anything described as a dent to be attractive. It turns a fine looking horse into a swaybacked nag, and when one gets cut at an angle to the lockbar it takes ugly to another level.
Finally, because it's a lot easier to remove metal than to add it. It would be pretty easy for those who desires a Boye dent to add one, just a few minutes work with a grinding wheel. On the other hand, getting rid of one requires having a new lockbar fabricated.
+1Sequimite wrote:I like the dent ergonomically even if the safety issue is discounted. I wouldn't buy or not buy a knife based on it's presence.