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What’s your favorite type of folding blade lock?

While doing research for my recent post on types of locking systems for folding blades, I thought about all the types I’ve used in my life. Although I had used most of them, there were some I simply preferred more than other.

The functions for all the knife locking systems are the same: they are designed to prevent the blade of a folding knife from closing on your hand during use.

The knife by my side right now, which is also my favorite, is the lockback type that closes by pressing down on the bottom of the spine. The reason I like the lockback is because of its simplicity and overall appearance. I can easily open and close the knife with one hand unlike, say, the ring lock where you have to twist the collar to open and close it.

So, for all you knife lovers out there, I’m curious to know what knife locking system you prefer the most and why.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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