awa54 wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:59 am
Good question. Looking at the PM3 FRN pictures, I assume there is a full liner on one side (for the lock), and a partial metal piece on the RHS around the Pivot and down to the lock pin.
In some ways the LW PM3 might be more sturdy than the original, as the stop pin has screws and does not float as in the original. No more changes of the action depending on the hand pressure.
I can't see how a comp lock could be made without at least partial liners, the lockbar will undoubtedly run the length of that side of the handle, but I suppose a demi-liner like the Manix LW uses might suffice to reinforce the pivot to stop pin area.
Thanks to both of you for your thougts. @ awa54, you´re right, should have mentioned that technically this knife CAN`T be completely linerless. I was referring to Spydercos own homepage:... "the Para 3 Lightweight boasts linerless, open-backed construction"... "A stainless steel lock bar inset into the handle’s interior forms the foundation of its sturdy lock mechanism"...
Going by it´s weight compared to the Native 5 LW and considering the thicker blade stock of the Para 3 (I know the blade tapers more though) there can´t be TOO much metal in the handle of the Para 3 LW, since it is more than 10 % lighter compared to the Native 5 LW.
/ Funny: This is an interesting discussion and animating to think about (hence I started the thread) - though we´ll find out anyway when the knife is available
More food for thought would be my second question, which lock generally adds the most stability to a linerless knife: For example: Is it better to have kind of a metalbar along the spine but literally no liners (backlock) or the absolut minimum of necessary liners and float through construction (comp lock, liner lock) concerning rigidity.
That question would gain importance if your goal was to construct a both very light AND very thin knife - so using very thin FRN scale PLUS no liners (think of a linerless Chaparral). Technically speaking, if you aim for maximal thinness it would have to be a backlock anyway I guess.
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40