Folding blades and folding knives are the most common knives to carry today for their ease of use and convenient carry. Folding blades perform nearly any task and are easily deployed in high stress situations.
A folding knife uses a pivot, allowing the blade to fold into the handle for light, easy carry. To prevent injury through the blade accidentally closing on the user's hand, folding knives typically have a locking mechanism. Different locking mechanisms are favored by various individuals for reasons such as perceived strength (lock safety), legality, and ease of use.
In the lock back, as in many folding knives, a stop pin acting on the top (or behind) the blade prevents it from rotating. To release the knife the rocker bar is pushed downwards.
The bolt in the bolt lock uses a spring which biases the bolt to the forward position where it rests above the tang of the blade preventing the blade from closing. Small knobs extend through the handle allow the user to slide the bolt backwards freeing the knife to close.
In the liner lock, an "L"-shaped split in the liner allows part of it to move sideways against the handle to the centre of the knife where it rests against the flat end of the tang. To disengage, this leaf spring is pushed aside so it again rests flush against the handle allowing the knife to close. A frame lock is nearly identical but instead of using a thin liner inside the handle material uses a thicker piece of metal that makes up the handle.
Another prominent feature on many folding knives is the opening mechanism. Traditional pocket knives and Swiss Army knives commonly employ the nail nick, while modern folding knives more often use a stud, hole, disk, or flipper located on the blade, all which have the benefit of allowing the user to open the knife with one hand.
We carry many brands of folding blades and folding knives from Windlass Cobra Steel, Cold Steel, Gerber, Kershaw, Boker, Spyderco and American Buffalo Knife & Tool.
This solid, liner lock for your next EDC crusade has a stiletto blade with one sharp edge and finger flip opening. The zinc alloy scales have a heroic Crusader Knight marching into battle. Includes pocket clip.
This traditional folder from Cattlemans Cutlery has simple opening and closing, just like Grandpa's trusty knife. The blade is satin finished 3CR13 stainless steel. Hand finished with wood, clear marbled acrylic and yellow stone accents. Polished stainless steel bolsters.
This traditional folder from Cattlemans Cutlery has simple opening and closing, just like Grandpa's trusty knife. The blade is satin finished 3CR13 stainless steel. Hand finished with wood, clear marbled acrylic and red stone accents. Polished stainless steel bolsters.
Safe, convenient and reliable. This is one of the lightest and easiest to care for folders on the market and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Features a partially serrated drop point blade, all weather grip and Utility Arch carry system with integrated bottle opener and stainless steel belt clip.
This is the sharpest, strongest, replacement blade knife on the market, with blades that change safely and easily at the push of a button.
This liner lock knife has an extended tang finger flipper uniquely designed for easy deployment. It has a classic acrylic tortoise shell design. The fully fine edge, modern sheepsfoot blade is not only on trend, but offers practical utility for everyday tasks.
If you're looking for an easy-to-operate everyday carry with a classic style, look no further than the Straightlace. The slip joint mechanism requires no lock to open or close, making operation nearly foolproof. The modern sheepsfoot blade is shaped to handle utility and detail tasks alike.
The Magnum Miyu is a credit to its name. Superior materials such as stainless 440A, contoured milled G10 scales and skeleton stainless liners speak for themselves. The blade features a subtle two-tone finish of satin and stone wash. The blade opens with a flipper and locks clean with a liner lock.
Top Customer Reviews
Review of: Boker Magnum Fat Jack
of course you could go to YouTube FMI, but it is quite sharp out of the gift tin, holds its edge through cardboard boxes, raw meat, crusty bread. Blade is wide enough to eat from and as a non-gravity knife, serves in legally restricted areas. I have a special section of my collection and in my heart for wooded handle scales. For me, it's a keeper.
Reviewed by: Janice, January 11, 2020
Review of: KA-BAR Folding Hunter Knife
Very sharp blade. Another hit with KA-BAR quality! Heavier than it looks.
Reviewed by: Harold, February 10, 2019