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.

  • Citadel Phan Thiet Friction Lock Pocket Knife

    Citadel Knives and Swords

    Citadel Phan Thiet Friction Lock Pocket Knife

    # 404695

    A hand made, exceptional friction folder with genuine buffalo horn scales. Friction folders have been gaining popularity over the years for their unique style, simplicity and function. The tang of the hand forged blade extends into a paddle/flipper that...
  • Hen & Rooster Damascus Stiletto - 8-7/8"

    Hen & Rooster Damascus Stiletto - 8-7/8"

    # 404603

    This pocket knife combines the Italian Stiletto with the exotic Kris pattern blade of Indonesia and legendary Damascus steel.  This Hen and Rooster pocket knife combines the Italian Stiletto with the exotic Kris pattern blade of Indonesia and...
  • 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 M16®-14SF Special Forces

    Columbia River Knife & Tool

    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...
  • Spyderco Salt 2


    Spyderco Salt 2

    # 404705

    Lightweight, low-profile, and incredibly corrosion-resistant, the Salt 2 Black Blade is ready for anything. The blade is hollow-ground H-1, cloaked in non-reflective black titanium carbonitride with a serrated cutting edge. The black-coated titanium...
  • Spyderco Polestar Plain Edge Folding Knife


    Spyderco Polestar Plain Edge Folding Knife

    # 404315

    This knife has a leaf-shaped blade crafted from CTS® BD1 stainless steel and a non-slip, textured gray G-10 handle scales. Features Liner Lock mechanism. Overall: 7.81 inches  The Spyderco Polestar is hands down one of the best values on the market...
  • Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6" Aluminum Handle Folding Knife

    Cold Steel

    Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6" Aluminum Handle Folding Knife

    # 403455

    This Ti-Lite® folder from Cold Steel is based on the classic 1950's-styled switchblade. It features an S35VN Alloy blade, a razor-sharp edge, and a sturdy, needle-sharp point. Overall 13 inches with a 6-inch blade.  Ti-Lite® tactical folders from...

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