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 M16®-10KSF Tanto Framelock

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT M16®-10KSF Tanto Framelock

    # 404708

    The M16®-10KSF is designed for hard use as an everyday carry knife. Like all the knives in this series, this folder features a traditional frame lock for safety and also features the Carson Flipper for quick and convenient blade deployment—and the...
  • CRKT M16®-03Z Spear Point Folder

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT M16®-03Z Spear Point Folder

    # 404706

    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...
  • CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Knife Maintenance Tool

    # 805566

    The Knife Maintenance Tool is small enough to fit on a keychain. It has a ceramic honing edge and a compact tungsten carbide sharpener that are compatible with nearly every folding knife in existence. Two folding TORX tools (T8 and T6) can remedy loose...
  • CRKT K.I.S.S. Framelock

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT K.I.S.S. Framelock

    # 404728

    The Original K.I.S.S.®, with its Tanto-inspired blade and bead-blast finish, is the revolutionary high-tech statement by Ed Halligan. It's one honey of a knife, precision fine blanked for superior fit and smooth operation. The design allows it to be...
  • CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT Flat Out™ Folder

    # 404729

    This thin spear point blade style is balanced by a highly ergonomic and shapely handle. Subtle details like a two-tone satin finish on the blade and bead blast finish on the handle polish the high aesthetic. In motion, though, is where the Flat Out™...
  • MTech Clipper Pocket Knife


    MTech Clipper Pocket Knife

    # 404427

    This industrial looking knife has a ball bearing deployment system, G-10 scales, stone washed stainless steel handle and 8CR13Mov stainless steel blade with two tone finish.  The Clipper is an industrial looking knife that stands out for its...
  • MTech Blue Wave Folder Pocket Knife


    MTech Blue Wave Folder Pocket Knife

    # 404426

    This blue stainless steel pocket knife has a ball bearing pivot for smooth deployment. Includes blued, matching pocket clip.  This stunning frame lock folder has blued stainless steel frame with G-10 scale and ball bearing pivot for smooth...
  • CRKT CEO Linerlock Blackout

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    CRKT CEO Linerlock Blackout

    # 404732

    A knife that’s dressed for success. At first glance, it could be mistaken for a pen tucked into a shirt pocket. And that’s exactly the way the CEO Flipper folding knife was designed. With a supremely low profile and no corners cut on usability and...

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