A couple things:archangel wrote:I do not own a millie yet because of the liner lock. It is so ordinary, you find it on $5 China knives. Plus I never understood why people favour a locking mechanism that puts the unlocking finger into the way of the blade's sharp edge. That just makes no sense. It is the only weak point of my K2, the only other liner lock Spydie I own.
I put the millie on my list of next purchases anyway because what good is a Spydie collection without millie?!
Now I'm thrilled to learn that there's a good chance they will replace the liner lock. Back locks are strong locks, so that's fine with me. Just curious to learn when the Millie2 will hit the shelves. Oh, and of course what steels will be used. Please let one be S110V...
One, Sal has said that the Millie and Millie 2 (if it ever arrives) would be sold in parallel, so they wouldn't be replacing the liner lock.
Two, the Power Lock is not a back lock, although it does have the lock release on the back of the knife (you can see the internals on page 78 of the 2017 catalog). As Evil D says, it looks very similar to the second example implementation of the Stop Lock, a mechanism wherein a rotating pin is simultaneously the lock and stop pin. Both implementations are shown in the patent application: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6918184.pdf.
Personally, I'm far more interested in the first implementation, which would allow a user to close the knife from the side, keeping the digits clear of the blade path--a feature I'm loving in my PM2 I recently bought. In the first implementation, it's not clear how (or whether) the lock release would be spring-loaded, though.
As an aside: does anybody know why Spyderco hasn't retrofitted the Compression Lock into the Military? It seems like it would be a perfect choice.