Understand The Different Locking Mechanisms And Benefits Of Kershaw Folding Knives

Folding knives have been growing in popularity as consumers expand the range of sizes, shapes, and styles they can carry. There are many reasons to own a folding knife, but the biggest one is ease of use.

With a few tips, you can fold your knife into a compact handle and throw it in your pocket! This convenience is what makes folding knives so popular. They are also very effective due to their small size and weight.

Some people prefer the closed-top feeling of a folding knife over the versatility of a nonfolding blade. If you prefer the option of open or closed blade depending on situation, then this article is for you! Here we will talk about different locking mechanisms and how they affect your knife performance.

There are many different brands and models of folding knives, so it is important to know how they work and how to improve them if needed.

Handle-lock

A handle-lock is a blade feature that allows you to lock the knife closed when you need to, however. With this feature, you can put your finger on the locking mechanism and release the blade when needed.

The majority of knives have a handle-lock, which is accomplished by using a thumbwheel on one side and a blade on the other. This is typical of fixed blades, but also can be found on folders such as the LinerLock® folder by Kershaw.

A slightly rarer feature found on some knives is a handle-lock that does not have a thumbwheel or a blade. These are called frame-locks, and they prevent the removal of the knife from its lock mode.

Liner-lock

When confronted with the task of closing a folding knife, there are two main ways to do it. One option is to lay a piece of rubberized tape on the knife’s open end and then fold the knife lengthwise. This method works with liners as well as conventional blade models.

The other method is to use a lock button. These can be mounted on either the side or tip of the knife, or on the spine where it meets the blade. When pressed, the lock button closes the blade by engaging some sort of cam inside.

These can be mounted in several positions; forward, back, left, or right! They also have different names such as forward-backward-, front-back-, and side-back-.

Double-adamic lock

When closing a Kershaw knife, you must always do so by pressing the blade back into the handle. This is called opening or closing the knife, and it happens at the same time.

When you press your finger onto the base of the Knife, it unlocks the knife. Then you pull your finger away and push in again to open the knife.

The only way to lock a Kershaw knife is by using a thumb notch on one side of the Knife and a finger on the other side. This is called patting the Knife into place.

When doing this for long periods of time, your fingers will get tired and numb from holding on so tight. That is why we recommend using a thumb notch and patting technique– it can prevent fingers from becoming tired or numb.

Flipper

The flipper, or flip feature, allows users to open a knife in two seconds! Theoretically. However, it is more practical to learn how to closed the knife than the other way around.

The flipper was made possible by a series of contours that run down the blade. When you pull the knife out, these contours push the blade back into place. This process is called re-locking or re-engraving the knife.

Pull Pin Lock

The pinlock is one of the most recognizable features on a folding knife. It is a small pin that is placed in the back of the blade just beneath the tip. When the knife is closed, the pin locks into place and stays there until released.

This feature is very helpful as it does not require unfolding the knife to release the pin, which can be difficult if you are struggling with your cutting skills. By having to pull the pin out before closing the blade, this can make it more secure in its closed state.

Some pins cannot be removed due to their shape or composition materials used on them. These are known as pull-pin locks. These knives do not have a lockblade style feature, so these will have to be created.

Slip Joint

A slip joint is a unique locking mechanism employed by some chef knives. The term comes from the way a non- slip joint is called a lip that separates the blade and handle.

Slip joints occur when the blade is extended, and the edge is pressed against the handle. The edge wears a small hole in the middle, which is what causes the sound. Once this happens, you must pull back on your knife to close the blade!

The most common Slip Joints are ­ ­­­­­the so-called tip breakers, found on all of our budgeted craft knives. These can be very useful for breaking tip bruises or removing grain dust when preparing very high protein foods.

Bi-Directional Lock

A bi-directional lock can be a little bit of a confusing thing to understand. Most of the time, it is just referred to as a lock. A lock can have a bi-directional lock, where the blade can be folded in on itself into two bands.

Reversible Pocket Clip

Having a choice as to which side of the knife you hold the blade on most is a feature of many high-end folding knives. Most people would benefit from having this feature.

It makes it much easier to change directions and layers on during a cut. When you are starting out, you can have the knife sit in its standard open position. As you get more experienced, you can move up to the pocket clip version of your knife.

Both versions have their benefits and challenges. The pocket clip version is less likely to lose when someone takes it out and sets it down, but the closed position takes your knife further before an user has to reach for it.

Pinpoint Location assisted cutting (POC) knives have become very popular recently. These knives have pinpoint location features that activate when Cuttings are placed in them. This creates a feedback system that knows if the user is cutting at an angle or through flat surface.


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