BornIn1500 wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:38 am
Vivi wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:00 pm
SAFETY is why. I have never had a lockback come open on me when I didn't want it to.
That's funny. Safety is partly why I choose other locks over the back lock, especially if I have wet hands. Back locks are the only knives that ever snapped closed when I didn't want them to. Have you ever began opening your knife and had your finger(s) slip off the blade? With any other lock, you simply get a partial knife opening. With a back lock, that sucker is snapping right back closed... and you better hope no fingers are in the way.
It really is two scenarios, I've had both happen to me. The only lock that has EVER disengaged on me while in use
was a back lock, but that knife was a legit back back lock and not the mid lock style that Spyderco uses, and it disengaged because I had a very tight grip on the knife and was stabbing with it (not a person I promise lol). But, that knife came unlocked and folded closed onto my pinky and severed a nerve and to this day probably 30 years later I have no feeling in the side of that finger and a nice scar from it. I've been nervous about back locks ever since, but to be fair Spyderco's mid lock is far more secure, and if anything else I learned not to grip so tight when stabbing something (or just avoid stabbing things in general).
I've also experienced the "snap closed and cut me" ordeal with my Kiwi 3 and 4, both of them cut me pretty good. The close bias is a two way street in that regard, it definitely keeps them safer once they're shut but you need to be very careful when they're closing, more so than with other knives. I've seen comments about people not liking a compression lock's blade swinging shut but at least I have full control over that happening. I'm sure most will argue that it's all in what you're used to, but I have at least 30-35 years of experience with back locks so if I haven't learned how to handle them by now I don't think I ever will, or it could just mean it can happen to anyone.
I've had two knives open in my pocket....one was a Para 2, the other was a Ladybug, so I've got two different lock types that have opened on me and one was a back lock so I can't fully support that argument.