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Best Lock-up on a folder

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Skidoosh, May 3, 2019.

  1. Skidoosh

    Skidoosh Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    What's the best lock-you have? What kind of lock on a folder?
    Spyderco GB1 for me.
    Axis lock, some movement but I can live with it.

    I'm finding that little wiggles really bother me in the blade.
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  2. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Recently received a Cold Steel American Lawman in s35vn . Smoothest out of box Tri-ad lock I've ever owned . Rock solid lockup but easy to open and close . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
    jux t, insta9ves and Gary W. Graley like this.
  3. slicecream

    slicecream KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 23, 2015
    Cold Steel Triad Lock
    Every Cold Steel Voyager I've ever owned (until I messed one up by grinding the tang - and despite some play it is still strong). I've owned 3 XL Tantos, a Large Tanto, and a Large Clip point Voyager. All came rock solid. I don't own any Recon 1s any more, but I can't recall ever having any play in them either. My blue 4 inch Talwar also. The triad lock is hard to beat. I have a large Espada, and that one did actually have noticeable blade wiggle. Not visible, but I can feel it.

    Spyderco Compression Lock
    I have owned two compression lock knives, a Sliverax and a Mantra 3. For such a seemingly small amount of material in the locking mechanism, they are boss. No play at all.

    Spyderco Caged Ball Bearing lock
    I own two Manix 2 XLs with this lock, and they are devoid of blade play when the pivot is tightened enough to prevent a fidgety action. If I loosen the pivot some to allow a free swinging blade upon actuation of the lock switch, there is a minor side to side tick, but zero up and down.

    Spyderco Liner Lock
    The liner lock on the Spyderco value line is surprisingly sturdy as well, as proved to me by the Tenacious and two of the three Resiliences I have owned. I received one with a bit of noticeable play, and a visibly thinner lockbar. It was the exception, with some minor blade play that was an annoyance, but not a hindrance to safe function. Aside from that one, my other Resiliences even beat the Military for in hand lock strength. Something about the Millie I own makes the blade wiggle when I grip it tightly. It's an annoyance, but like my one Resilience, not a deal breaker. And when I don't touch the lock bar - near perfect lock up.

    Ruike Liner Lock
    I've only ever owned one knife, the P105-Q, and its liner lock is every bit as sturdy as my sturdiest Spyderco liner lock.

    Spyderco Lockback
    I've owned two Enduras, and my newest one (Wharncliffe) has very solid lock-up.

    All in all, the best lock I own, or have ever owned, is a tie between the Triad lock on my Cold Steel Voyagers (and probably Recon 1s, but I can't remember for sure) and the compression lock on my Mantra 3 and now my friend's Sliverax.
  4. Rasmus80


    Sep 21, 2011
    Lockback in my Buck 112.

    Little wiggles doesn't matter to me.
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  5. HwangJino


    Dec 2, 2012
    I don't have many pocket knives but all of my CRK knives are solid when locked, zero blade play or wiggle.
    My spyderco southards are also solid.
  6. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Banned Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Cold Steel tri-ad lock is number one, though my Recon 1 was difficult to actuate.

    Spyderco CBBL is really strong as well. Though some may find it difficult to actuate, I feel it is a superior design to the Axis lock strength and security wise.

    Compression lock is nice too.

    I don't use my knives to the point where lock failure is a worry.

    Another lock I really liked was the Nirk lock on my Brian Tighe Tighe Rod mini. Great design, wish he made a collaboration with ZT or Spyderco. Impossible to find, and I don't have that kind of spinach anyway.
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  7. Mick_1KRR


    May 1, 2016
    Nothing can really beat a Triad lock for overall lockup. But there's lots of other knives like spydercos and CRKs that lockup with zero play too, they're just not as bomb proof as the Triad, but plenty strong enough for a lifetime of use as a folding knife doing normal knife tasks.
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  8. Curl of the Burl

    Curl of the Burl Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    I’d say my inkosi’s and sebenza have solid lockups.
  9. Getting older

    Getting older

    Jan 3, 2016
    Both crkt walker blade locks.zero play when open or lock closed my fav
  10. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Tri-ad lock for the win...other than that, a fixed blade to be sure if you don't want a blade to fold on you.

  11. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    My CRKs have the best lockup of the folders I own.
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  12. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    From what I own it has to be either Sypderco's CBBL or Compression.
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  13. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Old fashioned lockbacks are the most solid I've used. I prefer front locks (vs back locks), like this one on my PJ Tomes ...

  14. Earl1

    Earl1 Basic Member Basic Member

    May 11, 2016
    Ive owmed alot of locking knives over the years. Out of what i have owned the spyderco native 5 is probably the strongest
  15. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    The Triad has been the best lockup of all the knives I ve owned. My second choice is the compression lock.
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  16. dsd5150

    dsd5150 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    for me, it is the Spyderco Caged Ball Bearing Lock and LionSteel ROK integral frame lock...
  17. Gravy

    Gravy Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2014
    My Small Sebenza 21 and my ZT 0562cf have the most solid lockup’s I own.
  18. jlauffer

    jlauffer Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2016

    But also liking the Scorpion Lock
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  19. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
  20. PNWhovian


    Jan 16, 2015
    I’d give that to my TSF Gorgon and Chaves 228 Redencion.
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