IMO That's not late lockup and I would be fine with that..never have liked early lockup because it severely compromises strength as it allows failure due to shear. Now the Spyderco K2? That's what I consider late lockup. Mines probably at about 85-90% lockup. OTOH I think the K2 was designed that way..I like the K2's lockup..is about as solid as a folding knife gets.