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know of any spring-assisted lockbacks?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by frenchmade, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. frenchmade


    Mar 7, 2012
    So ya, I recently watched a review of a SOG Blink and noticed that the reviewer was opening the knife by depressing the lockbar which engaged the spring assist, opening the knife. Which almost makes it an auto -in a kind of, cheating way...
    I just thought this was sort of cool if you lived in a state/province where autos are illegal. Unfortunately the Blink is a butt-ugly knife and I wouldn't be caught dead carrying it.
    So anybody know of any other spring assisted lockbacks? Despite my searching I wasn't really able to find anything in the big 3. Which is too bad. I would love it if this existed in the form of a BENCHMADE....
  2. bladeboss


    Mar 6, 2012
    yes i do. i own a SOG Twitch 2. the Twitch 1, 2, and XL are all spring assisted lockbacks.
    BEWARE!! these knives are notorious for blade play, although they stay pretty strong as far as cutting goes
  3. frenchmade


    Mar 7, 2012
    Ya, I've noticed that ALL of my SOG knives seem to develop some blade play after a while. Haven't quite figured out how to effectively remedy it. It seems to be just an inherent SOG problem.
  4. jimnolimit


    Oct 28, 2009
    Frenchmade, are you dead set on the knife being a lockback? Have you considered assisted knives with other types of locks?
  5. Tsujigiri


    May 25, 2009
    Yeah, why choose a lockback A/O? The two features kind of clash with each other; there's a reason why no one else has made a knife like this. For assisted opening, I think you'd be much happier with a Kershaw flipper; those things open quickly and easily. Kershaw's A/O design is also less prone to opening in your pocket, so even if you get one with a safety, you won't need it.
  6. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    The lockback design really does not lend itself well to being on an assisted opener. That would be my guess as to why you don't see them for sale anywhere and no one really filling up threads on forums asking for it.
  7. Knife Crazied

    Knife Crazied

    Apr 17, 2009
    Would the detent of the lock bar cause the AO to not work properly?

    Sent from Ash forum mobile
  8. Mingecutter

    Mingecutter Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    I think I may have one of the few Twitches (Twitch XL) that hasn't developed any blade play at all, LOL. I've had it over a year, too.
  9. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    That was my line of thinking. By design, most lockback knives I have handled do have a strong detent. The Walker Linerlock and the RIL appear to be the most effective.
  10. frenchmade


    Mar 7, 2012
    Exactly. Which is why I was surprised to see that SOG had even made one!
    I don't really believe that lockback/spring-assist is a "winning" combination but I did find it interesting.

    If I have a spring assist I want it to be either a liner lock or an Axis lock (surprise, surprise)

    Its just sort of odd. And I couldn't think of any other knives that had these mechanisms.
  11. donozo


    May 18, 2012
    I think the main reason why many people don't like lockbacks is the slower deployment. The twitch 2 solves that problem and it is fast. It has an ingenious design that allows the kicker/flipper to go through the lockback. It can also be deployed via thumbstud equally well. I like that it has a safety lock as I prefer to carry assisted opening knives tip down otherwise. It is a unique knife and it is styled as a true gentleman's folder. It does have some minor blade play and while I don't like that, realistically I'm not using this small knife in a manner in which it will make any difference Also, the FFG blade is fantastic and you get a lot of cutting surface to handle ratio. I think this is a bold and unrated knife. Love it.
  12. carbonsteelfan


    May 29, 2014
    Yeah. Get a SOG twitch. I should warn you though. I had one for a year. After six weeks.the.blade began." Twitching".

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