Lefty here, yes the button is on the other side so it is out of the way for righties but it’s no issue left handed either. I have both a Smock and an SK23 lefty from Kevin. Both are fine in either hand. Using them with the “wrong hand” the meat of your palm contacts the button but doesn’t press it. Differenent grips or twisting cuts are fine. On the Smock the only grip that can disengage the lock is a reverse grip as my pinky lands right on it. But the only time I ever hold a knife that way is when doing a pretend YouTube review in my head, lol!Nate wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:30 amDon't have one yet, but I'm also intrigued. Looks extremely lefty-friendly to operate, but I share Bill's concern about accidental closure.
In lefty use the button would be against my palm. At first I didn't understand why they reversed the lock and put the button on the opposite side, but I'd guess it was to keep the button out of the right-hand palm.
I’d love for them to work with Kevin on a Smock2 before they put it on some other models but then yes I’d love to see Spyderco use the button compression lock either as cqi on models like the Amalgam, or other brand new knives.Liquid Cobra wrote: ↑Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:26 pmThe Smock has finally been released and people are loving the knife itself, the new take on the compression lock and the amazing action it provides. So does Spyderco have any plans to produce this lock on other designs? Or is it staying with Smock designs only?
Would you want to see this new spin on the compression lock on other knives? I sure would.
They would have to license it if Smock has a patent on using a button to disengage a compression lock.
Kevin got the idea from Spyderco's original patent filling for the lock. It seems the Glessers tried this idea early on, but removed the button after testing.
Yes, on my custom SK23 I had asked if he could make a lefty, partially because not knowing how the righty configuration would work as a lefty, and partially because if I’m going custom might as well have it as custom for me as possible. It’s nice to have a dedicated left hand tool once in a while. So on my SK23 it’s milled out on the opposite side and the lock bar comes across the “wrong” way.Evil D wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:24 amIs the lock bar itself designed "left handed"? Seems it would have to be if pressing the button from that side disengages the lock. As I've said before if it unlocks at all like the Plunge Lock then I'm all for it, and it seems like it's the same action minus the auto part.
I’m pretty sure Spyderco can just go ahead and use it or something similar, but Spyderco seems to like giving credit where credits due, not copying designs and giving designers like Kevin a chance so in that spirit I’d love to see a Smock2 or something before a bunch of in house button compression Spydies.
It is (almost)exactly the same as the Autonomy 1 and 2.Evil D wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:24 amIs the lock bar itself designed "left handed"? Seems it would have to be if pressing the button from that side disengages the lock. As I've said before if it unlocks at all like the Plunge Lock then I'm all for it, and it seems like it's the same action minus the auto part.
I think... (take the following with a grain of salt)
I was talking specifically about the Smock, the Autonomy is a button compression lock and it does not have a wonky choil.foofie wrote: ↑Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:31 pmI think... (take the following with a grain of salt)
In order to accommodate the front flipper on the Smock, the stop pin had to be moved way back. It is also D-shaped - they cut the corner to allow clearance of the front flipper. This caused the button lock to be moved further back, which led to the odd choil.
In something like a para 3 - compression lock, non flipper, with choil - the addition of a button lock would be pretty straightforward. In fact, the lefty pm2 could be retrofitted pretty easily.
I really hope for more button compression locks. Needs a better name though.