STR wrote:Folding knives are a convenience tool. We must never forget this. Way back when someone was carrying their big ole fixed and said, gee I wish it was more convenient to carry around all day and someone said, hey lets make it fold. We can't ever forget that it folds! We do, often times we think they are invincible but the truth is they are not. They are a compromise for the better, proper tool able to work yes, and often times even replace a fixed in lots of uses but they are not a fixed. No matter the lock, they are a convenience first and always. While some locks do give the impression one has the equal to a fixed in their pocket this is illusion only and do not be deceived. It is debatable which is stronger. I don't really care as both locks are stronger than the screws. I've seen heads pop off on both destroying screws before the locks even began to give out. I've seen Para 2 models pop shut from taps seeming to indicate some are surprised by sudden shocks to the spine and I've seen many Triad tests now of course so I'd have to give the nod for strength to the Triad. If anything I think these new advances lead some to think they no longer even need a fixed blade. That is a mistake. I think if you have the proper tool available, even if the Para 2 on your pocket, or The Triad whatever can do that job even though it is a tough job not usually done with folders and you use the folder anyway, ignoring the better judgement to use the proper tool when it is available that you are falling prey to the illusion. Don't get off in your head in la la land just because its a new improved state of the art lock mechanism. Yeah its great but don't lose sight that it folds.
Great insight Mr. Rice. Although I am very interested in lock and other folding knife technology, I am not one to use my folder to the point that it strains, if I have any choice in the matter. Besides, I value my knife enough that I won't destroy or even risk premature wear on it where it's really stressed. I do admit that when I first didn't realize the limits of folders, I tended to want to believe that a folder could do a fixed blade's job. I have since learned otherwise(I'd have a few broken knives if I didn't).
Now, I still like tough folders. My rationale is, that it would have a "larger envelope" so to speak, that you can push. A task that strains a centofante 3 would most likely not strain a ZT 301. So in this case, I'd say that the ZT is the stronger one. So in a few cases, I'd take a folder that isn't strained by the job at hand(though it may not cut as well), than a better cutting folder yet is strained by the task.
For example, we had a cookout and everybody pitched in for the food prep. My task was to peel and cut some yams into bite size pieces for frying. Now I dunno how tough yams are over there but here, yams get pretty big and are pretty hard. You have to bear down to cut it into smaller pieces. I used my para to peel and when I stuck the tip into the yam(which is as big around as my calf), I could feel the knife straining. I'm sure it could have done the job but I did have my ZT 301 which I used to split the large whole yams into smaller pieces that the para could then handle.
In short, I use a tough folder to do work that strains a less beefy folder. I don't use my "tough" folder to do a fixed blade's work.