Problems with liner/frame locks for lefties?

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I'm left handed and I've personally never had any problems with liner or frame locks, except that on some models the locking liner doesn't leave as much space for the thumb opener as on the opposite side of the knife. Then again, I usually only use my knives for lighter cutting chores.

I hear from some people though, that liner locks are supposed to be not as suitable for left handed people (assuming of course that the locking liner is situated on the orthodox right side).

Are there any situations where the liner or frame lock is more prone to fail during use, when held in the left hand compared to the right? Or any other problem that is more frequent in left handed use?
 

DavidZ

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I am a southpaw too, and have not had a safety problem with a right handed liner or frame lock. It is a little annoying, so I do get a lefty version when available. If you get one with a LAWKS system, it will even add to the safety.
Dave.
 
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I'm left-handed and my first Sebenza, and my Bradley Alias are right-handed. With not much practice you can open either with your left hand, using the thumb-side edge of your left forefinger (just beyond the edge of the side of your nail) on the thumb stud. Constant fingering will develop some thicker skin and see the end of soreness using this method. Closing one-handed is no different regardless of which hand/handedness you or the knife are.

Didja know Sebenza's come left-handed? Yeah, I didn't used to know either. It's usually the lefty that takes the EDC role on most days now.

To answer your question, no, I've never had or heard of either of the above's framelocks failing when being used left-handed.
 

mongomondo

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This is why I love axis and lockbacks. Truly ambidextrous knives are awesome.
 
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Well, if it's a concern to you, just get a lockback design. Problem solved!

I love lockbacks too, got several Spydie ones.
Now however, I'm looking for a ZT 0300. :D


Thanks for the replies y'all.

I have basically already made up my mind, I just wanted to have some more opinions. I'll be getting myself a heavy dose of G-10, titanium and S30V pretty soon. :)
 
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