How to Close a Hunting Knife

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A lot of people struggle with how to close a hunting knife. They may not know the difference between a button lock and a compression lock or between a liner lock and a lockback. But it’s important to get familiar with these types of locks before you head out for your next hunt. The more you learn about locking your knife, the better prepared you will be for your next hunt!

Lockback vs liner lock

When you are trying to close a hunting knife, there are a few different options. The two main types are liner and lockback. Both are strong, easy to operate, and designed to be safe. However, there are a few differences between the two.

Liner locks require a unique hand position. Your index finger should be pushed towards the blade and your thumb should be over the handle. Using these movements, the handle insert is pushed out, the blade folds, and you can close the knife.

Frame locks are also similar to liner locks. Unlike the liner, frame locks are stronger, quicker, and less deformed. However, they can also disengage, so care must be taken with their handling.

Back locks are typically a little stronger, but are harder to clean. They are also more ambidextrous, meaning you can use them with either hand. This makes them safer and more comfortable to use.

Button lock

There are several different ways to close a hunting knife. One way is to use a button lock. This is a simple mechanism that can open and close a blade with minimal force. The other method is to use a lock back. While the latter is a more secure way to close a knife, it requires two hands to open and close.

The button lock has become a popular mechanism for deploying a pocket knife’s blade. It is also a commonly used locking system on switchblades and other quick deployment knives. However, many states prohibit the use of these knives.

Another way to close a hunting knife is using a liner lock. This is a classic mechanism that involves a coil spring in the blade’s pivot. As the blade is opened, the coil spring creates a bit of tension and keeps the blade closed. Once it is closed, the spring is released and the blade is free to move.

Compression lock

There are several types of locking systems for hunting knives. Some popular options include liner lock, frame lock, and lockback. Each of these is a bit different. However, each has a simple operating principle that makes it easy to use.

One of the simplest types of locking system is the frame lock. This type of mechanism is found in tactical and utility knives. It is easy to close and open, and it has a sturdy design.

Another type of locking system is the button lock. This type of lock uses a coil spring in a pivot screw to hold the blade. It has a smooth operation and is a good choice for everyday carry.

Finally, there is the slip joint lock. These types of locks are found on some classic style folding knives. They are a good choice for light duty use, but are not recommended for heavy duty applications. The key to closing this type of lock is to press the back of the blade with downward pressure. Once you have done that, the back of the blade will release and the knife will be free to close.

Frame lock

A frame lock is a knife locking mechanism that uses part of the outer frame of the knife to hold the blade open. It is a very simple mechanism.

When closed, the blade is held in a recessed part of the handle. The lock bar engages the rear of the blade tang, and then springs inward when opened.

This locking system allows the user to close the knife with one hand. But care must be taken not to push the frame too far. Otherwise, the knife can break.

This type of lock can be found on a wide variety of knives. They are known for their durability, easy use, and low cost.

Most frame lock knives have an over-travel stop, which prevents the blade from moving out of place. Some newer designs also include thumb studs. These dual-purpose elements are typically made of rubber gaskets to cushion the shock from flicking the knife open.

Ken Onion

Ken Onion is an innovative knifemaker whose work has revolutionized the industry. Born in 1963, he hails from Kaneohe, Hawaii, and invented the SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism for Kershaw Knives - earning him a position as Premier Knife Designer with them.

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