YOUR favorite lock. Please tell why.

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.

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

Liner lock (Walker)
Frame lock (RIL)
Bolt action lock
Back lock
Compression lock
Arc-Lock (SOG)
No votes
Axis lock
Non-locking (just being thorough)
No votes
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Postby MachSchnell » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:54 pm

psychophipps wrote: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.

I would've voted CBBL of it was as easy to manipulate as the AXIS lock. Second comes the compression lock.

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Postby Fdrotary » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:48 am

Voted Axis because I carried the same one for 5 years and never had it fail. Every type of task possible was done in that 5 years... then it was stolen :( I still carry a CPM M4 Ritter Grip, and a M390 Griptillian Sprint. Got 2 Manix 2's in M4 that I hope to prove as strong because I prefer the ergonomics and blade shape on them over the grips.

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Postby spyderedge » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:32 pm

I like back locks. Never had one fail under "normal" use. Though can make it fail with a spine whack. I know, makes me cringe too.

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Postby jtoler_9 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:22 am

I'm an Axis fan for EDC. For me it is the easiest and fastest to open one handed.
The manix 2 is a close second, but I don't like to carry it because of the wide profile in the pocket. If there was a thin Spydie with a manix lock it would be a win in my book.

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Postby DCDesigns » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:00 am

comp all the way!!!

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Postby Knifeaddict » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:14 pm

Mid back lock ie Manix /Chinook/Endura/Police/Delica with a full finger choil for the same reasons as others have posted. Completely ambidextrous and easy to master with your non dominant hand. with the Manix or Chinook you get strength beyond any liner lock and as strong as or stronger than a compression. easy to clean/maintain and as simple as you can get in design/concept. and for me the action of opening/closing a Spyderco Backlock is second nature . I dont have to even think about it at all complete instinct unlike liner/compression/ball locks which I have to devote my full attention to so as to manipulate safely and not get cut. With a Mid back lock I always have a solid grip on the knife. with other lock mechanisms I am always moving the knife around to get it opened/closed and have dropped the knives many times in the process.

Thats all just me though . I have always been a backlock person in my DNA

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Postby anagarika » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:56 pm

Have tried various locks : Frame lock, Liner lock, Axis, Back Lock (incl, mid lock etc) and Tri-ad.

Like the Tri-a best: fully ambidextrous, keeping blade closed by spring tension that will pull back the blade if opened partially, none of the "play" associated with normal back lock.
Lastly, no little spring prone to breaking (axis).

Next: balisong twin handle lock.

So I opted for others.

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Postby swampfoxoutdoors » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:51 am

back lock or what ever is the most simplest / strongest design. not a fan of liner locks but I do own a few.

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Postby billy blade » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:57 am

I voted back lock. I guess I'm old school. I own more of them than other models. I would vote compression lock as second favorite.

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Postby drhanson » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:12 pm

Axis for me, but I've only had a Compression lock and a back lock for a day now (with a CBBL on the way). Initial impressions are that the Compression lock on the Para-military2 is a very simple design, seems to be solid as can be but isn't as ambidextrous friendly as the Axis lock is. The back lock on the Caly 3.5 is more ambidextrous but I'm not as confident in it (fear of the unfamiliar I guess) as I am with the Compression or Axis. I'm really looking forward to the Manix2 to show up in a couple of days so I can check out that CBBL.

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Postby Leatherneck » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:26 pm

For pure ease and fun it's hard to beat the Axis lock, but if my life depended on a lock it would be the compression lock. Hard to see how it could fail.

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