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Broken folders in the real world

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Shorttime, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    We've all seen the torture tests, and a lot of us have gone around and around about folders and use/hard use/abuse.

    I want to know if anybody has ever had a folder fail, either broken blade, or lock mechanism failure, when they were not trying to make it fail, ie, in some kind of "torture test". Just regular use, whatever you define "regular use" as.

    If anybody has broken a blade or lock, I'd like to know what knife, and what you were cutting, at the time.

  2. 00ChevyScott


    Dec 3, 2010
    A $1 gas station knife, but I'd imagine it was probably already broken when I used it.

    I've got a S&W HRT I bought a long time ago that the liner lock is all the way over, but it doesn't close on you, just a ton of blade play.

    But as far as a real knife lock breaking? Hasn't happened to me yet, thankfully.
  3. Bumppo


    Jan 27, 2006
    A schrade liner lock failed (bent, and the blade slipped past it.) as I pressed on the blade to show someone how the lock works. I was not using undue pressure, the liner lock was of very thin metal, and I suspect I had a counterfiet knife. The knife was new to me , out of the box.
  4. res1cue


    Feb 2, 2010
    I've had a S&W folder's liner lock FAIL but not break, if that makes sense.

    I did however, break a SRM710 on purpose just seeing how much it would take. It took quite a lot! And what ended up happening was the blade snapped! So for that little thing, at least, the blade was weaker than the locking mechanism or the pivot point.
  5. TriviaMonster


    Jan 2, 2012
    I had a massive fail on a Gerber Remix, the knife with a finger hole basically. The sliding lock portion broke and no longer works. Very poor design where the lock is held onto the blade by plastic. Failed opening a clamshell package of sorts. Worst knife ever.

  6. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    Ive had several liner locks disengage on me by squeezing the handle. I will never buy another liner lock again unless its a custom.
  7. ono724


    Jul 17, 2010
    I'm curious, what knives failed on you?
  8. bobusx


    Sep 29, 2009
    My Case Peanut's lock failed on me. I cut myself pretty good on that one. I wasn't even cutting anything, just fondling it.
  9. xylum


    Dec 11, 2011
    I broke the tip 1/4 in off a cheap folder breaking into the back sliding window of my truck. I guess it was abuse, but that cheap folder was way cheaper than replacing the window.
  10. Doug S

    Doug S

    Feb 1, 2006
    I've never broken a knife that I can remember. Been using them since I was a kid. I try not to get caught up too much in Internet fantasy scenarios, and I attempt whenever possible to take care of my things, and use the proper tool for the job. I've probably never done anything with my knives that were pushing limits. If I need a hammer, I use a hammer...an ax...I use an ax...a prybar...I use a prybar, etc., and you get the point. I do try to buy decent quality knives, so hopefully if I ever had to press one of my knives into some reasonable, emergency use, it would be up to the task.
  11. Hammer27


    Sep 17, 2006
    Snapped the very tip of my CQC-13 off while trying to pry a bullet out of a bowling pin...and that's why its called abuse.
  12. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    Ive had a CRKT Voodoo, CRKT m16, and a spyderco tenacious all come unlocked just by giving the handle a firm squeeze like you would if you were going to stab something. I am convinced that the liner lock is the worst locking mechanism that is currently used in knifes.
  13. Big Barn

    Big Barn

    Apr 22, 2011
    So much for what I know - I didn't realize the Case Peanut even had a lock ? Thought it was just a slippie. I knew there was/is a version of the single blade Schrade OT peanut (I have one) that has a liner lock. But never knew the Case peanut did.
  14. Matador

    Matador Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 16, 2006
    I had a Benchmade AFCK liner lock fail on me while cutting a piece of carpet. Luckily the blade was mostly embedded in the carpet when it did. I got bit, but didn't lose any fingers!
  15. FlaMtnBkr


    Oct 20, 2004
    I think he was being sarcastic about the peanut.
  16. R15K


    Mar 22, 2011
    I broke the blade off of a SOG Trident Tanto once prying a car door open and I broke (shattered) a nameless folder in D2 trying to shim an engine so the crane could get under it better. Apparently 4 tons is too much for a blade to support vertically.

    Both very stupid ways to use a knife but sometimes there's no time to think, only to act stupid. There's a big ass pry bar in the truck now though.
  17. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I present you with the quote of the day.:D
  18. coop1957


    Oct 22, 2002
    Broke a tip on Buck 110 prying a bullet out of an aluminum engine block. Abuse 101. Never had a lock fail on me.
  19. 00ChevyScott


    Dec 3, 2010
    Maybe try a nicer knife before you write off an entire locking mechanism. I'm sure there are plenty of Military users out there who would disagree with you. And I'm sure the JYDII would be another fine example. ZT0200?
  20. NightMare Silverado

    NightMare Silverado

    Sep 2, 2011
    I snapped the blade on a Schafer X something prying on a locked file cabinet.

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