Folding Knives

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 SteelCold SteelGerber, KershawBoker, Spyderco and American Buffalo Knife & Tool.

  • CRKT NIRK™ Tighe 2

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT NIRK™ Tighe 2

    # 404726

    Once your eyes lock on to the artistry in the skeletonized handle, you begin to see the true purity of the NIRK™ Tighe 2 form. Mechanical simplicity masterfully is designed into a knife form that takes metal work to a whole new level.  Once your...
  • CRKT Minimalist® Drop Point

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    CRKT Minimalist® Drop Point

    # 404718

    This svelte dynamo packs a lot into its compact design and rips through a variety of cutting tasks better than most knives of comparable size. You owe it to yourself to see how something so compact can come up so big with such great control. Includes a...
  • CRKT M21™-10KSF Framelock

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    CRKT M21™-10KSF Framelock

    # 404734

    The M21™ everyday carry series is a straight up, no-frills EDC folder with a tactically inspired design that is almost more than you need. This knife features a traditional frame lock for safety and a powerful deep-bellied spear point blade. It also...
  • CRKT M21™ Special Forces Linerlock

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    CRKT M21™ Special Forces Linerlock

    # 404716

    This specialty knife features a beast of a blade. Crafted from high carbon stainless steel with exclusive, patented, Veff Serrations™, it’s ideal for cutting rope and fibrous materials dispatching obstacles moments after it’s opened. Add to that a black...
  • CRKT M16®-14ZSF Special Forces Sand Handle Folder

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    CRKT M16®-14ZSF Special Forces Sand Handle Folder

    # 404712

    This M16®-14ZSF model features a super rigid InterFrame build with 420J2 stainless steel liners, threaded stainless steel back spacers, and Desert Camo pattern glass-reinforced nylon scales. The blade is a non-reflective bead-blast finished AUS 8...
  • CRKT M16®-14ZLEK Law Enforcement Folder

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    CRKT M16®-14ZLEK Law Enforcement Folder

    # 404711

    This M16 ZLEK uses the proven InterFrame construction, with tough, textured glass-filled nylon scales over a 420J2 stainless steel liner InterFrame and solid glass-filled nylon back spacers. The handle is assembled with superior offset Torx® fasteners...
  • CRKT M16®-14SF Special Forces

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    CRKT M16®-14SF Special Forces

    # 404710

    The M16®-14SF Big Dog Aluminum is CRKT's hefty utility version, with a 3.875" (98 mm) dual grind Tanto blade and full-size handle with butt pommel. Blade, scales, and hardware are non-reflective tactical black. The blade receives a black titanium nitride...
  • CRKT M16®-13Z Spear Point Serrated Folder

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    CRKT M16®-13Z Spear Point Serrated Folder

    # 404709

    Built for function, not fad, this series of knives has been one of CRKT’s most popular designs for years. This folding knife has a slim design with a spear point AUS 8 blade, Carson Flipper, automated liner safety, and a removable stainless steel...

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