Which locks can you easily close one handed?

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Which locks can you easily unlock with one hand?

Lockback
54
13%
Liner lock
55
13%
Frame lock
50
12%
Compression lock
61
15%
Ball bearing lock
31
7%
Caged ball bearing lock
49
12%
Slipjoint
38
9%
Bolt action lock
29
7%
Phantom lock
21
5%
Friction folder
31
7%
 
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Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Vivi » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:27 pm

One thing that has genuinely surprised me over the years here, is how many people have difficulty unlocking pocket knives one handed.

Which locks can you easily unlock with one hand? Check all that apply.

I voted for all except the phantom lock. I've never tried a phantom lock, which is why I didn't select it. None of the other locks give me any difficulty at all unlocking one handed - most I can unlock easily with either hand....lockback, comp lock, cbbl etc.

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Spydergirl88 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:40 pm

I have never touched a knife with a phantom lock. Other than that, I can unlock any type of knife lock I have held one-handed and i have very small hands. I think people that have trouble unlocking one handed have a medical issue perhaps or haven't practiced enough yet. If all else fails, one can close a knife easily by using their leg to press against
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Vivi » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:46 pm

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Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:40 pm
I have never touched a knife with a phantom lock. Other than that, I can unlock any type of knife lock I have held one-handed and i have very small hands. I think people that have trouble unlocking one handed have a medical issue perhaps or haven't practiced enough yet. If all else fails, one can close a knife easily by using their leg to press against
Yep, that's how I used to close Swiss Army Knives when I edc'd them. Pushed the spine against my thigh, with my fingers out of the way of the blade™

I can understand why someone with medical issues could have difficulty with any lock. I can't understand why someone without them would though.

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Evil D » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:23 pm

All of the above.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Doc Dan » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:21 pm

Spyderco in particular has spoiled us with ease of lock manipulation..I.e. opening and closing with one hand. This is not true for every maker. some makers knives and locks are just not that easy to manipulate.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Marulaghost » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:32 pm

Who can't close a comp lock? Really?
I've never had a struggle with backlocks. Once you know how to it's second nature.
I wish i had more lock types to try....

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby TkoK83Spy » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:38 pm

CBBL, liner, frame, compression, lock back, slip joint, bolt action...come on folks, it's really not that difficult! Unless you have arthritis or some kind of medical problem. I agree Vivi, been a lot of talk about this lately. Maybe not enough experience, or a simple tweak to the pivot could make a world of a difference.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby knivesandbooks » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:04 pm

I haven't used the phantom or bolt action lock so I didn't select those. I also didn't select the slip joint because of the odd ball one. Most I can close one handed or just use my leg, but I have some stout enough that even closing them on my leg feels dangerous. I also have some slip joints that I need to be closed two handed and slowly so it doesn't smash in on the backspring and make blade wrap (sucks). Other than that, no problems.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Bill1170 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:07 pm

If you include a thigh, I can close them all one handed. Except I have no idea what a phantom lock is! Gonna have to google it.
Okay, just watched a video. Very cool lock, looks easy to unlock one handed. I see why it has its name, too.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Mushroom » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:14 pm

Voted for all of the above as well.

Vivi, for what it's worth, I'm 110% certain you would have no problem closing a phantom lock one handed.

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby ferider » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:31 pm

The better question is which locks can you easily close blind 100 times without cutting yourself. With that metric, I prefer the thigh method for back-locks, but don't need my thigh for CBBL and compression locks, and choil'ed frame- and linerlocks.

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Wartstein » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:00 pm

Each of the above that I've actually tried, no problem at all. Never used a phantom, bolt action and BBL (but sure a CBBL)
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Tims » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:12 pm

Vivi, you’re gonna have to hand out a lot of medals on this one mate. I think if you can pick your nose and turn on a tap those locks shouldn’t be much of a problem.

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby DSH007 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:08 am

Some certainly require more dexterity than others, but I'm able to close them all one-handed without any issues. Admittedly, I've never handled a phantom lock, but I don't imagine that I would have any problem with it.

Haha, I think this may be wrong place to find people who have difficulty closing knives. They do exist though.. I've seen people handle knives who act as if they are trying to disarm a nuclear bomb wearing wool mittens..
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Vivi » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:14 am

Tims wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:12 pm
Vivi, you’re gonna have to hand out a lot of medals on this one mate. I think if you can pick your nose and turn on a tap those locks shouldn’t be much of a problem.
You'd think. But the number of posts I've seen where people have trouble with lockbacks, cbbl etc. is pretty crazy.

Even looking at the poll it's weird that liner locks score a few points higher than framelocks. Huh? Unlocking them is the same.

Another thing that I always felt was weird are left handed comp lock knives. I've always felt comp locks were ambidextrous. Never thought twice about closing my old Para 2 left handed.

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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Doc Dan » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:12 am

They are just not as perfectly ambidextrous as a mid back lock, but doable nonetheless.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby The Deacon » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:05 am

Depends on what you mean by "one handed". I can close all of them except the ball bearing lock with one hand. However, some of them require closing them against my leg to do it safely. Traditional slipjoints and backspring liner locks (like the Victorinox Sentiinel) would fall into that category, as would most backlocks that don't have a "hole" opener. However, like hitting my thumb with a hammer, just because I can do it, doesn't mean I want to do it.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby Evil D » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:12 am

I've got a couple Ouroboros I've been playing with, and while the CL is probably my favorite lock, there have been several occasions where I instinctively reached back for a back lock when unlocking this knife. I think part of it is that the ergonomics and size really remind me of a Dragonfly, but I think this model would have been perfect for a back lock and I don't say that about many knives.
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Re: Which locks can you easily close one handed?

Postby FullFlatMind » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:32 am

The easiest and quickest locks for me to close are the compression and CBBL. I am more cautious about slip joints with one hand closing.


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