Pocket Knife Types
A pocket knife, often known as a folding knife, is a knife in which the blade folds inside the handle. Pocket knives are small enough to fit in your pocket, hence the name. Pocket knives, on the other hand, come in various styles. In this article, I’ll discuss the differences between a regular pocket knife or slip joint, a lock-back pocket knife, a liner locking pocket knife, and an assisted opening pocket knife. Best way to find the folding knife manufacturers.
Most of you have likely seen and even used a standard pocket knife. They usually are three to five inches long and have one to three blades. In general, this is correct. However, some are longer and have more edges than others. A spring system between the handles of a typical pocket knife, or slip joint, keeps the blade open. When the knife’s edge is fully open, the spring holds it open. The edge, however, is not secured in place. When you apply enough pressure to the back of the blade, it will close.
A lock-back pocket knife is a step forward from the typical pocket knife. It also features a spring mechanism to keep the blade open. On the other hand, a lock back spring has a hook in it, and the edge has a notch in it. When fully opened, the theme and gap align, locking the blade in place.
The blade will then remain locked until the operator presses on an exposed spring section on the knife’s rear. When you press this sensitive spring area, the hook, and notch are disengaged. The blade can then be folded back into the handle. Because the edge cannot close accidentally, a lock-back knife is safer than a regular pocket knife.
The liner lock is another standard style of locking pocket knife. A leaf carved from the liner works as a spring in the safety. This leaf springs over in front of the bottom of the blade when the blade is fully opened, keeping it in place. So it’s the knife’s liner that’s keeping it open. As a result, the term “liner lock” was coined.
To close the knife, push the liner leaf over with your thumb while pushing on the back of the blade. The liner is removed, allowing the edge to be folded back into the handle. These knives are also resistant to inadvertent closure.
Last but not least, there are assisted opening pocket knives. For these knives, the name pretty much says it all. When the operator starts the knife, technology springs the blade open. Different knife brands have systems, such as Ken Onion’s SpeedSafe technology for Kershaw or Butch Vallotton’s F.A.S.T. (forward action spring technology) technology for Gerber.
These are often liner-locking knives. People have compared them to switchblades, although pushing a button does not open the knife. Unlike other pocket knives, the blade does not emerge from the end of the handle but rather from the side. Many of them have thumb studs on the blade’s side. When you open the edge by pressing the thumb stud, the technology helps by springing the blade forward. As a result, the knife is known as an aided opening knife.