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    Why Aren't There More Button Locks?


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    Just got my Freeman 451 folder at the office so it hasn't done anything more than be flipped open and closed. Nothing approaching any real work but my first impression of the button lock is extremely positive. Good lockup with no play. A simple system that in my layman's experience would be plenty strong enough for 95% of EDC needs. The closing action is so safe and easy its only downside is that it's not purely ambidextrous though even I, a righty, can close it left-handed safely and with ease. So why aren't there more of these?

    The only thing that occurs to me is that maybe they don't wear so well because the spring pressure is perpendicular to the lock face but then I think of how common they are on automatics.

    So, why aren't there more button locks?

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    I agree I love button locks on both manuals and autos. I wish there were more.

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    One of my favorite styles of lock. I'd love to see more.

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    It would be nice if there were more knives with button locks. I have a few and they are great for EDC blades.

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    Button locks are great and the 451 is a great knife!

    Another great button lock is the RealSteel E775 Griffin. It can be found for right around $50.

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    Hogue has some good button locks as well.

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    Mine came in this morning as well and I love it so far. Flipping action is smooth and closing is a breeze one handed.


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    The only button lock I've ever seen executed perfectly is done by custom maker Rod Olson.
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    G&G Hawk, Brian Tighe, Spartan, Hogue, Freeman.
    I've got one of each or more of these laying around.
    Sorta got a thing about buttons I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unwisefool View Post
    Hogue has some good button locks as well.

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    Yup!!
    Hogue does do a great button lock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by palonej View Post
    Yup!!
    Hogue does do a great button lock!
    Joe
    Oh that's a nice one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by palonej View Post
    Yup!!
    Hogue does do a great button lock!
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    Yes they do Joe. http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...0#post16999370
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    Quote Originally Posted by barman1 View Post
    sweet!!!
    Custom pool cues......high end air rifles......and now sharp pointy things.......yup, I'm broke!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moshow9 View Post
    Mine came in this morning as well and I love it so far. Flipping action is smooth and closing is a breeze one handed.


    I like my 451 flipper except that I have to send it in for a new blade which won't be made until June

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepin View Post
    I like my 451 flipper except that I have to send it in for a new blade which won't be made until June
    What happened to the blade?
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    Hmm! Some knives I need to research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barman1 View Post
    What happened to the blade?
    +1, and why so long?

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    Yes Hogue does make excellent button locks. For some reason this lock type seems to appear mostly on autos. I don't understand why as it is such an excellent lock type. Perhaps part of the reason is it is not ambidextrous? Hogue makes an excellent lock with metal plates in the handle scale's G10 body to support the lock and includes a little lock to lock the button so the knife stays locked open or closed.

    It is one of my favourite locks too, it seems very simple and not prone to wear at all. I heard that it is self adjusting for any wear there may be which I assume would be minimal. I would definately like to see it used more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moshow9 View Post
    +1, and why so long?



    He said he must have drilled the hole to large or something. And I don't know why it would take till June to make a new batch of blades though. Must be super busy with other things.

    One thing I really like about this knife is the option to open it with the flipper or the thumb groove in the blade. It's nice having options

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepin View Post
    He said he must have drilled the hole to large or something. And I don't know why it would take till June to make a new batch of blades though. Must be super busy with other things.

    One thing I really like about this knife is the option to open it with the flipper or the thumb groove in the blade. It's nice having options
    Too bad it couldn't have just been swapped out. Hope you get it back sooner than quoted!

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