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    Best one-hand lockback knife?


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    Since the appearance of the liner lock, lockback knives have lost much of their popularity. Many manufacturers use that locking mechanism only on their economical models. But lockbacks do have advantages, that make them a good choice for certain applications and situations. For instance, lockback knives are robust and work well in dirty environments (mud, etc.). Hence my interest in high quality (not economical) lockbacks, and hence my question to all of you: "What are the best production lockback knives with one-hand opening and clip?"

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    Production lockback = Go with Spyderco.

    For the record I like the lock back format, and I am not sure where they acquired the reputation for weak lock strength. Probably, 99% of the folders used in this country in trade and craft are either lockback Buck 110 (or similar) and traditional slipjoints. If knives that are used hard work well in this format then what's the problem?


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    BTW welcome to the forums. We are glad you joined in.

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    Spydie Navigator.

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    CS 5" Gunsite

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    Sydie Endura II all the way.

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    Spyderco Native, Micarta Calypso Jr, Carbon Fiber Dragonfly, Rookie........

    So many to choose from.

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    I have a Delica and a Gunsite. They are both awesome, and they both NVR failed. Give them a try, they wont let you down.

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    I agree with other posters that Spyderco has the best line of lockbacks out there although Cold Steel Voyagers are very solid also as is Moki (a Spyderco distributed brand). My favorite Spyderco lockback is the Native in 440V but all the others are just as good. I understand that the new Chinook has been tested as the strongest lockback ever made by Spyderco.

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    Spyderco Civilian! Too bad I can't afford one.

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    Spyderco Police kickstarted my knife knuttiness. The Civilian that I got last week has the smoothest action lockback I've handled, mebbe indicating the Spyderco has absolutely perfected the mechanism

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