TomAiello wrote:Can someone run down the advantages of the backlock over the CBBL?
I'm a giant fan of the CBBL for ease of use, quick open/close and ambidexterity (the biggest reason I prefer CBBL to comp lock). I realize ambidexterity is there with the backlock too, but what are the other advantages? Is it stronger?
For me its two things.
- Stronger self close. They stay shut better than any other lock type, which is an important feature for me. I only carry lock types with a self close (lock back, ball lock, szabo folder comp lock).
- Easier one handed closing. This will be subjective obviously, but I have over a decade of back lock one handed closing muscle memory and about 6 months worth with the ball lock. With a backlock I can put my index finger in the spyderhole while I depress the lock release with my thumb, then swing the blade shut with my index finger. The ball lock I release, tap the blade about 1/3 closed, then have to adjust my grip to finish closing it. Slightly less intuitive.
Pretty minor things for me, I can make either lock work and in fact have a Manix 2 LW IWB as I type this. I have a slight preference for th ebacklock, but the ball lock is very good.