I hear what you are saying and agree, that in appropriate use it should be just fine.I do...
I guess that's why spine whacks and weight tests don't mean anything to me.
I'm never going to be using any of my knives in an inappropriate manner to cause such failure.
How much force was applied in the cold steel test... would it replicate a real life force put on a blade in a real life situation?I hear what you are saying and agree, that in appropriate use it should be just fine.
However, the paramilitary is marketed to a degree as something police/soldiers/self defenders can carry, and there's no predicting what can happen in one of those scenarios (Any manner of unplanned hard surface contacts). As if having a knife close on your hand isn't bad enough, now imagine having it close on your hand when you're trying to defend and possibly save your life with it.
It comes down to personal choice, I don't trust compression locks (among others) and I won't carry them, but if they have served you well, then carry on.