Rp5 wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:11 am
Resurrecting an old thread to gush about the Compression Lock.
Spyderco knocked the ball out of the park with this thing. I love the compression lock.
Compared to a backlock, which obviously won the poll and are quite popular... I just don't get it. Most of the backlock enthusiasts I've seen say, "It's so easy, you just wrap your fingers around the front and push the button, start the close, then reorient and slide it closed the rest." I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. What's the point of a lock on the back of the knife if you still put your fingers in the blade path? I mean, again, I can do it - it's not a problem. I'll even grant it's probably a better lock type if you're wearing gloves, but it's just fine. It's adequate. It just doesn't compare to me when the compression lock is so insanely easy to use.
Glad you enjoy comp. locks that much! It is a cool and ingenious design indeed, and these days I am really thinking about getting a (comp.lock) Sage 5 LW.
/ Now to your questions about the the backlock:
It would be a bit redundant to repeat all what is said about it in this thread anyway (by others and myself), so just some quick points:
- As you said, the fingers CAN be kept "all the way out of the blade path" with a backlock too (though not important to me personally at all, especially with a knife that has Ricasso or choil)
- But it is much less important with a backlock to actually do so (keep the fingers out of the blade path) than with a comp. lock, cause the former stays firm and safely in a half closed position (while the comp. lock makes the blade more loose and floppy when released)
- This difference brings us to one of the main advantages of the backlock for me: Staying firmly in a half closed position is what makes it so versatile and overall safer than a comp. lock, if you combine "safe in hand while closing" and "safe for the fingers"
- When talking ease and speed of closing a certain lock type, imho one has to consider:
1.) Knife in hand in a working grip (cutting something)
2.) Repositioning in order to being able to activate the lock
(Perhaps 4.) How much repositioning of the now closed knife is necessary in order to put it in the pocket)
Considering all this, for me the backlock is as fast if not faster to close one handed as a comp. lock, and certainly safer. The "harsher" the conditions or the number / wetter the hands, then more that is true.
One thing that speaks for the comp.lock: It is both a lock for "newbs" AND more experienced knife users, who just prefer that type for whatever reason.
While the backlock certainly does take some more getting used to till it plays out all of its advantages, and so imho is better suited for people who use their knives a bit more frequently
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40