What's a Slidebar Rolling Lock?

Nov 8, 1998
A week or so ago, Bob Taylor mentioned that the new REKAT knives will have a Slidebar Rolling Lock. Does anyone know what that is?
Will Pat Crawford's custom knives also have Slidebar Rolling Locks?

The way Bob explained it to me is that the rolling lock (REKAT) remains the same. The current lock release lever is eliminated and replaced by a sliding bar on one of the scales. This slide bar is moved to unlock the blade.
I think the benefits gained are a more usual location of the de-locking mechanism, and the elimination of the spring now used in the lever models.
Thanks for the info Bill. Do you think that positioning the release on the side scale versus the current position makes the lock more susceptible to accidently unlocking? If the slide bar isn't recessed, I could see how a shift in your hand position might hit the release.

I have no problems with the current lever out front. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it sure keeps your fingers out of the way of the retracting blade.
An unintentional unlocking of the blade seems almost impossible with the current rig. The downside is that there has been previous problems with the return spring of the lever failing. It happened to a couple of mine. One was fixed by the selling dealer with spare springs he received with his Pioneer stock. It also failed quickly.
Both were returned to Round Eye and new spring stock was used. I've had no problems at all since that repair.
I really like these knives !
I spoke to a Rick of Bitterroot Cutlery today, his shop is a couple towns over, and he said that the New knives, are very nice, very smooth.

One may want to keep an Eye out for my review of the Bob Kasper designed, Kevin Gentile modified AFCK and interview of Bob Kasper.

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