- Oct 6, 2002
Now that the patent has expired, who is using the Axis lock?
Sog has some new version of it as well believe they’re calling it sr lock or something
The Italian manufacturer is Lionsteel and their lock called the tactical operation lock or TOL might look like an axis lock but is quite different technically: It doesn't lock the blade like the Benchmade Axis lock and all similar locks. The TOL is a slipjoint where the spring is locked. You won't be able to flick TOL knives open by pulling back the bar and moving the knife because the blade is still held in place by the spring's tension even when the bar is gone. Thus the opening action cannot be as flicky and smooth as axis lock knives can be and also TOL automatics aren't possible. However, the advantage is that you can use it on knives that have to be two hand opening. Lionsteel also has a version where you have to push back the bar in order to open it so it can double as a locking mechanism that keeps the blade in the handle. This was used for a skinning knife and a Pohlforce knife.Gerber and one Italian knife manufacturer.