YOUR favorite lock. Please tell why.

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.

Which is your favorite lock? Even non-Spyderco locks.

Liner lock (Walker)
33
13%
Frame lock (RIL)
21
9%
Bolt action lock
3
1%
Back lock
36
15%
Compression lock
108
44%
Arc-Lock (SOG)
0
No votes
Axis lock
22
9%
Non-locking (just being thorough)
3
1%
Other
20
8%
Other
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 246

iyn
Member
Posts: 170
Joined: Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:54 pm

Postby iyn » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:26 pm

Back lock is my favorite. I can transition to my weak hand open and closing.

wvguy8258
Member
Posts: 109
Joined: Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:57 pm

Postby wvguy8258 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:14 pm

Compression and ball bearing locks.

The thought to put something directly between the rear tang and a stop is very elegant, and it is easy to see why it is so strong.

User avatar
xceptnl
Member
Posts: 8585
Joined: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:48 pm
Location: Tobacco Country, Virginia
Contact:

Postby xceptnl » Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:40 am

Blerv wrote:My favorite by FAR is the uncaged Ball Bearing Lock.

It's strong and one-hand operable if you use your thumb nail. It's very smooth an IMHO the most aestheticially beautiful of all locks.
I must agree. The CBBL and BBL were the "tractor-beam" that truly drew me away from the Axis lock obsession that I was having in 2006.
I think they are both functional and beautiful. I must admit the compression lock is gaining favor with me the more I use it, but it has a long road ahead before it passes either of the Ball-bearings in my experience.
Image
sal wrote: .... even today, we design a knife from the edge out!
*Landon*

User avatar
SuzieQ
Member
Posts: 173
Joined: Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:00 pm
Location: Germany

Postby SuzieQ » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:02 pm

I put in my vote for non-locking because it's so uncomplicated in use. No fingers between blade and handle, no fiddling with any lock of any kind. My second favorite is probably the BBL on my Manix 2 Lightweight. Now that's actually a lock even I can close single handedly without causing any damage or twisting my fingers weirdly in unhealthy positions. Don't like liner locks because putting my thumb under a wicked sharp blade intentionally freaks me out a bit. Back locks are okay but I'm only rarely able to close them with one hand. I'm really looking forward to the Para2 and the compression lock. Looks interesting.
She: Did you say pink :spyder: sprint run?! - He: Yeah. - She: Wow, wouldn't this go great with my purple Delica?! - He: ? - :D

:spyder: Delica 4 FFG purple ::: Dragonfly Salt Yellow SE ::: Ladybug Foliage Green PE ::: UK Penknife Safety Orange G-10 ::: Byrd Robin G-10 PE ::: Delica 4 FFG pink - modded to non-locking ::: Squeak ::: Grasshopper ::: Kiwi - got snagged by the husband ::: Endura 4 FFG Orange ::: Delica ZDP-189 ::: Centofante 4 ::: Byrd Tern ::: Manix 2 Blue Lightweight :spyder:

dogrunner
Member
Posts: 900
Joined: Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:00 pm

Postby dogrunner » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:37 am

Compression.
It works. Strong, secure lock. Easy one-hand operation. No fingers in blade path while manipulating lock. Easy to keep debris out. No coil spring.

2cha
Member
Posts: 1459
Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:11 am
Location: Philadelphia suburbs

Postby 2cha » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:16 am

Compression lock #1 b/c simple and absurdly strong.


BBL, CBBL and axis lock close thereafter.

User avatar
jackknifeh
Member
Posts: 8412
Joined: Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:01 am
Location: Florida panhandle

Postby jackknifeh » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:28 am

I did a search on "compression" on the Spyderco site to get a list of knives with that lock. I got a list but I also got something I haven't seen before. There were diagrams of how the compression lock, front lock and liner lock knives are assembled. I had never seen this before. I thought this was really good. I did a search on "back lock" and "ball bearing" but there weren't any diagrams.

Compression search:
http://www.spyderco.com/search/index.php

Jack

VashHash
Member
Posts: 3918
Joined: Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:49 pm
Location: Louisiana

Postby VashHash » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:08 am

Voted comp lock as others have stated: Fairly simple, easy to operate, pretty ambi in the long run, open construction is always a plus, can't see a practical way of the lock failing with normal use of a knife. I also like spydercos lock backs because some of my favorite knives feature them the kris being one. Of course if they made a comp lock kris i would purchase that as well. I know Ed's original custom kris featured a liner lock i just thought it was funny spyderco made it into as lockback

User avatar
SuperFist
Member
Posts: 8
Joined: Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:47 pm
Location: Detroit, Michigan USA

Postby SuperFist » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:30 pm

Back lock only.
Because all the other lock types that come in from the side of the blade are cockeyed.
Like some inbred cockeyed junior.

Sf.
[CENTER]SuperFist[/CENTER]

Sht
Member
Posts: 248
Joined: Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:28 pm
Location: New jersey

Postby Sht » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:04 pm

I'd like to say compression lock but I feel you have a better grip when unlocking with a liner or frame lock. Whenever I give someone a knife I always say hold it like you mean it.
Gayle Bradley
Bob lum tanto sprint
Milie camo
Para2 camo
Manix2 moonglow
Tasman salt
Tenacious (the whole lineup)
Kiwi SS

Knives at all times

User avatar
Benny90
Member
Posts: 106
Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:26 pm
Location: GA U.S.A Earth

Postby Benny90 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:53 pm

jackknifeh wrote:I did a search on "compression" on the Spyderco site to get a list of knives with that lock. I got a list but I also got something I haven't seen before. There were diagrams of how the compression lock, front lock and liner lock knives are assembled. I had never seen this before. I thought this was really good. I did a search on "back lock" and "ball bearing" but there weren't any diagrams.

Compression search:
http://www.spyderco.com/search/index.php

Jack
Didn't show up from the link, but a quick search of compression got it. Thanks for pointing that out, it's a cool illustration!
One question, what is that knife that is shown in the illustration? Looks like a Cento but the only ones I've seen had a backlock? Also didn't show up under the discontinued models. :confused:
EDIT: It's a Spyderco Vesuvius which was later made into the Centofante and changed to a backlock.

Image
Credit: http://www.Spyderco.com
:spyder: SPYDERCO: C81GPBK2 - ParaMilitary 2 / C11PSBBK - Delica 4 / LBKS3 - Ladybug 3 / C138P - Grasshopper :spyder:

- Black on Black Spydeco's! :cool:

LC ray
Member
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:26 am

Postby LC ray » Sun Oct 07, 2012 10:49 am

Still new to Spyderco knives , only own a Dragonfly 2
Being a lifelong traditionalist, I have been only familiar with the back lock and liner locking methods
Voted for the back lock ( I always called it a "lockback" myself), as it is the system I have been most comfortable with for many years
Recently purchased a frame locking knife, that seems OK too, especially "looks wise"

Could someone post close up pictures of a knife with the compression lock ?
The diagram above is good but would like to an actual compression locking Spyderco

Thanks
LC

User avatar
Evil D
Member
Posts: 22184
Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Location: Northern KY

Postby Evil D » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:00 am

LC ray wrote:Still new to Spyderco knives , only own a Dragonfly 2
Being a lifelong traditionalist, I have been only familiar with the back lock and liner locking methods
Voted for the back lock ( I always called it a "lockback" myself), as it is the system I have been most comfortable with for many years
Recently purchased a frame locking knife, that seems OK too, especially "looks wise"

Could someone post close up pictures of a knife with the compression lock ?
The diagram above is good but would like to an actual compression locking Spyderco

Thanks
LC
Paramilitary 2
Image
Image

Yojimbo 2, with semi-disassembled pics to show how the lock works
Image
Image
Image

Another popular model right now is the Dialex designed Junior.
http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=671
SHARPEN IT LIKE YOU LOVE IT, USE IT LIKE YOU HATE IT
~David

User avatar
paladin
Member
Posts: 1884
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:51 pm
Location: Hotel Carlton-San Francisco

Postby paladin » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:08 am

Comp lock cause:
*the way I close it with my right index finger FORCES me to move all my digits out of the way of the working edge of the blade when closing
( especially one handed closings )
Midlock w/Boye dent is ok, but some of your fingers are likely to be "in the line of fire" upon closing
What is truth? Pontius Pilate

LC ray
Member
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:26 am

Postby LC ray » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:56 pm

Great pictures Evil D, thanks for taking the time to post them
That compression lock system looks very secure & well designed

LC

User avatar
DedRok
Member
Posts: 341
Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:46 pm
Location: Canada

Postby DedRok » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:46 pm

Liner lock.
Spyderco please make a wire clip version of the Manbug/Ladybug!

BigBill5953
Member
Posts: 393
Joined: Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:51 pm
Location: Georgia, USA

Postby BigBill5953 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:19 pm

I'd have to go with the Compression lock as well. It keeps my fingers away from the blade, it's easy to use once you get the hang of it, and it's on the Para2 :D
-Billy

Centofante 3|Brown FFG Delica 4|Persistence|Sharpmaker & UF rods|SS Kiwi|Manbug SE|Blue UKPK SE Leaf|Calypso Jr. FRN|Blue Dodo SE|Centofante 3|Grasshopper|Tan Ladybug Salt|Rookie Sprint|

bammann45 wrote:In Los Angeles we have roaming packs of carnivorous tortoises. I am glad we finally have a folder that can punch through their shells.

User avatar
thelock
Member
Posts: 260
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:02 pm

Postby thelock » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:46 pm

1. Tri-ad lock
2. Compression lock

I am glad to see the compression lock got so many votes, hopefully Sal will see this and make more knives with that awesome locking mechanism.
:spyder: Paramilitary 2
:spyder: Bob Lum Tanto Sprint
:spyder: Anso Zulu
:spyder: Szabo Folder
:spyder: Delica ZDP-189
:spyder: SS Kiwi
:spyder: SS Bug set

DRKBC
Member
Posts: 1496
Joined: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:08 pm
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby DRKBC » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:40 am

1 Compresion Lock
2 Liner lock

I like the ball bearing lock but I prefer the action of the compression and Liner locks. I can flick open my Phoenix but it isn't overly satisfying :-)

User avatar
psychophipps
Member
Posts: 480
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:19 am
Location: Texas, in the RGV

Postby psychophipps » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:58 pm

Axis Lock, hands down. Truly ambidextrous, solid as any other lock out there, and easy opening and closing while still having enough detent to keep it from randomly opening on you.


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: awa54, Bing [Bot], DigDug72, Google [Bot], ladybug93, Lumpy, prndltech, TechnoSage, TomAiello and 49 guests