A compression lock is certainly easier to close. The one down side is the cut out for the lock release can be a hot spot when really pushing hard to cut something. My GB2 is more comfortable to cut with than my PM2 for this reason. The PM2 is more fun to play with but be the GB2 is more comfortable for me when cutting.A compression lock would be a huge improvement.
I may enlarge the cutout for the lock release as others have done just to make it easier to close.