I agree. Titanium frame locks are overrated and ubiquitous.
Are other companies just waiting for the patent to expire to fill the world with more compression lock knives?
Yeah, the patent said it was filed in 2000, but it might have been granted in 2001. I don't know enough about patent law to be honest. Regardless, Spyderco's patent is coming to an end. When Benchmade recently had their patent expire for the Axis lock, it didn't take long for knives to go on sale using a similar lock (Axis lock is trademarked). It felt like the Drop Perpetua (made by Millit) was on sale almost immediately after the patent expired. The Hogue Ritter Mk2 G2 (or whatever alphabet soup makes up the knife's name) is another. Given that both came to market shortly after the patent expired, I'm guessing they were prototyping and QA'ing their knives while the patent was still good. So I would say that somebody must surely be doing the same with the compression lock. Surprisingly, neither of the locks from Hogue and Millit really differ much from the Benchmade design. They both use omega springs (I think that name might be trademarked too), which has been a complaint from those who see their knives break. I kinda thought they would try and improve the lock to differentiate themselves from Benchmade (the Perpetua does have full liners). Instead they are competing on price (which isn't really all that hard with Benchmade). I'm interested in seeing how the compression lock evolves once open to the public. Can it be improved? In what ways?zhyla wrote: ↑Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:03 amAre other companies just waiting for the patent to expire to fill the world with more compression lock knives?
Looks like it expires in 2021, not next year.
I'd be interested in an upgraded polestar or alcyone, for sure. But I agree, ti framelocks are all over the place, and I like that spyderco offers a lot of different options. I don't love frame/liner locks in general, I really just tolerate them on models I otherwise like.
Agree. The Advocate and Ti Military clearly show that they know what to do. I frankly don’t understand why they keep manufacturing non insert frame locks.
I remember that thread. He threw around a handful of options to consider. I think a Polestar with a compression lock would be my favorite knife in the whole catalog. We're really missing choil-less mid-size compression lock options.
The Foundry has a handle that is made of stainless steel, not titanium.