THE LINERLOCK -- RIGHT FROM THE SOURCE
Michael Walker's invention and development of the LinerlockTM
by Bernard Levine (c)1997 - for Knives Illustrated
These new lighter gauge liners were made out of titanium alloy. Titanium has many features that make it especially suitable for this application.
- Titanium has a high strength to weight ratio.
- Titanium has superb spring retention qualities, without the necessity of any heat treatment. A titanium spring will recover from a severe load that would permanently deform a steel spring of the same cross-section.
- Titanium galls to other metals -- it seizes to them, rather than slipping past them, when they are rubbed together under tension. This makes titanium useless for moving parts, but ideal for parts that are meant to seize, such as the end of a liner engaging the end of the tang of a folding knife blade.
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