yablanowitz wrote: ↑Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:43 pm
The same as any other blade that size. Some places have laws against carrying locking folders but no limit on blade length. Some of us old geezers maintain that if you really need a lock on your folder, you shouldn't be using a folder at all. I routinely carry and use slip joints that large and larger even though there are no laws forcing me to.
I'm not sure if I fall into the "old geezer" category but I did grow up with mostly slip joint Case knives and later some locking Bucks, but the one issue I have with this is in stabbing/penetrating type situations where if you push the blade in at the wrong angle it can cause it to fold. Granted, this isn't something I find that I need to do a LOT, but this has always been something that I've been cautiously aware of when using slip joints. Otherwise I think I could get by just fine with a friction folder in almost every other situation. For the work I do there's always the potential to need to defend myself with my knife so I'll stick with locking blades for this reason alone, but outside work I think I'd be ok with a slip joint. In some cases I think they're even more convenient. Beyond all that, part of the knife hobby for me is enjoying the engineering that locks bring and I like the various designs that locks have so I don't think I could eliminate locks from my collection simply because I like them. Overall though it's a lot like the safety on a gun, the only true safety is trigger discipline.