Generally concerning the comp. lock: For me this is a great, ingenious design, BUT just ONE alternative among the four, main lock types Spyderco offers, which all have their specific pros and cons (comp., back, liner, CBB - lock).
I sometimes get the feeling that people with little real-use-experience (so rather not members of this forum!) reflexively think, a comp.lock knife must be absolutely the best always and for anything, cause they heard "this is just the best and coolest lock, period". While in reality, a comp. lock knife very well MAY be the best choice for a certain person and certain scenarios, but it could as well be a liner-, back-, or CBB-lock knife, if people just tested in real use what works best.
Also, there sometimes seem to be some "myths" out there, that ONLY a comp.lock can do certain things well. It CAN, of course, but other locks as well:
- "Fingers never in the blade path": No problem with backlock or CBBL either (and for me personally not important anyway, especially when a folder has choil or Ricasso);
- "Quick to open close"; Starting from an realistic user grip, all other locktypes (including backlock) can be operated as fast or faster than a comp. lock.
And so on...
Since the "comp.lock vs other locks" -discussions can get heated, as I have learned
I want to make clear:
This is NOT a comp.lock bashing (I LIKE that lock type), but I am just trying to put it in a realistic perspective!
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40