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Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby SpyderEdgeForever » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:12 pm

How do you all like the Phantom Lock as a knife lock mechanism compared to others?

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Re: Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby araneae » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:03 pm

It's a bit of a novelty, but not something I'd want in a work knife. Totally fine for casual use I suppose, I have one of the old AUS6 versions. I do like the handle pattern, I believe it was modeled after the Navigator.
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Re: Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby silvershade255 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:35 am

Basically it is a backlock, but instead of pushing down on the lock bar you push down on the rear of the left scale. Definitely a novelty, but for the size of the knife it seems plenty strong.

The best part of it is showing your knife buddies how easy it is to open and close then watching them struggle.
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Re: Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby archangel » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:12 am

There must be good reasons why it's not used in more knives. I haven't yet found one though. Maybe, but that's just a guess, some people may unlock the blade unintentionally by gripping the handle in a strange way. Hasn't happened to me yet. I'm (obviously) a fan. :) Gimme more!

Yes, it's for sure a fun plus to see how muggles can't figure out how to unlock the knife. ;)
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Re: Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby The Deacon » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:48 am

It's a fairly complex way of accomplishing a simple task. The lock itself works like a Crawford lock, AG Russell's One Hand Knife, and the lock on Spyderco's C35 Q. However, instead of just lifting the front of the lockbar with your finger(s), a pivoting liner and scale lifts front of the lockbar when pivoted. Adds complexity, adds weight, and places for grit and lint to cause problems, all for no actual benefit other than to let you make your friends look like idiots when they can't figure out how to close it.
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Re: Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby archangel » Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:12 am

You're a Phantom killer, Paul. :eek:

But I must admit you're probably right. There are for sure locks that are less complex and potentially prone to problems (dirt etc).

Still a cool lock in my personal, subjective opinion. And for light use (cardboard cutting etc), I see no problems. Haven't yet experienced any, and I do carry and use my Meerkat frequently.
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Re: Phantom Lock: Tell me what this thing is and how is it compared to others?

Postby youmakemehole » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:45 pm

From what I can understand,

Pros:
Constructed similarly to a backlock and therefore similar locking strength, but with the advantage of 1 handed close.

Cons:
Having a Phantom lock makes it so you cannot take apart the knife, and limits clip options to tip down only.

This lat point is most likely why there arent more with it. As far as strength and ease of operation go though, it is at the top of its class. I love it
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