Your favorite detent on a knife?

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I was playing around with my Spyderco Techno earlier today and I realized how much I love the detent on the knife. It holds the blade in tight enough to keep it from opening in your pocket or even when I shake it as hard as I can, yet it's the perfect tension to flip the blade out without any wrist motion whatsoever. With other knives I've had the blade come open in my pocket, and I don't feel safe with a knife that can come open by flicking your wrist without touching the blade, so now I find myself flipping it open and closed wherever I am just because it feels so nice.

So what are some blades that you've found have a great detent that fits the knife perfectly? And also, since we're on the subject, what are some knives that you don't feel safe with / do not have a good detent?
 
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Sanrenmu 710 and CRKT Drifter have good detents. The larger the blade the harder it is to find a knife with a strong detent... I'm really fussy about strong detents.
 
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Sanrenmu 710 and CRKT Drifter have good detents. The larger the blade the harder it is to find a knife with a strong detent... I'm really fussy about strong detents.
My cara cara 2 has a satisfyingly strong detent, I was a little disappointed when I picked up my endura 4 over how weak the detent was.
 
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Several knives fit this for me.
ZT 0560, Wilson Combat Elite Level 1, CRK Large Sebenza, Spyderco Chaparral, Spyderco Chokwe.
 
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My cara cara 2 has a satisfyingly strong detent, I was a little disappointed when I picked up my endura 4 over how weak the detent was.

Mmmm, yup, a lot of lockbacks don't really have much detent at all... my test is flicking the knife as hard as I can, that means putting my whole body into it and snapping my wrist. If it opens, it gets tightened until it doesn't open anymore.

I wouldn't care that much except for pesky laws...
 
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My favorite detent is the strap/tie that holds it in the sheath ;)

j/k. Of all my folders, my CS Spartan has the strongest detent. It snaps shut almost like a slipjoint does. Gotta be careful closing it, cause it'll chomp on your hands if they get in the way.
 

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I prefer just a little bit of detent. I don't have a problem with knives opening in my pockets so I only want a light detent for situations such as when I st a knife down on the shelf or when I'm carrying a knife in my hand with other odd items. My older knives have light detents but with the exception of my Para 2 all of my fairly recent knives have way too much detent for me. The Para 2 is closest to the right amount of detent for me.
 
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I prefer just a little bit of detent. I don't have a problem with knives opening in my pockets so I only want a light detent for situations such as when I st a knife down on the shelf or when I'm carrying a knife in my hand with other odd items. My older knives have light detents but with the exception of my Para 2 all of my fairly recent knives have way too much detent for me. The Para 2 is closest to the right amount of detent for me.
Personal preferences I suppose, but I find my para 2 to be lacking in the detent department, closing it one handed often causes the blade to bounce back open half way, from the closed position. The opening is buttery smooth, but I would settle for a little bit more retention.
 
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I'm quite enamored of the detent on my Umnumzaan. It's not coming open unless I want it to.
 
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Spyderco Chokwe had the nicest detent I have felt. Kinda surprised me actually.
 
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CRKT knows how to put on a detent. They always do a splendid job, if you don't have one of their manual flippers go get one. :D
 

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Well I gotten into knives about a year and a half so with that in mind . What is a detent On a knife ?can some one tell me.
 
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Kershaw Tilt! Finest frame lock Ive ever owned on every level. The Detent is perfect for the flipper. The later run of the 0560 is excellent as well but I think the Tilt has the best detent and best action out there.
 

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CRKT knows how to put on a detent. They always do a splendid job, if you don't have one of their manual flippers go get one. :D

I have a couple of their big flippers, an M16 and a M21. It seems that a big flipper like that needs some detent to make it work. I put a good amount of force on the flipper before the detent is overcome, and by then there is enough force for the blade to open completely.
 
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Well I gotten into knives about a year and a half so with that in mind . What is a detent On a knife ?can some one tell me.
A detent is simply what keeps the blade on a folder, held into the handle when closed. Mainly done with a detent ball inset in the liner or lockbar. It applies a small amount of pressure on the blade, and some blades will have a hole, for the ball to sit in slightly, for a stronger detent.
 
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