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.

  • ABKT Kanbo Tanto Gentleman's Pocket Knife

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    ABKT Kanbo Tanto Gentleman's Pocket Knife

    # 404802

    This fine new executive carry folder is a true Gentleman’s knife, but it’s no wimp in the performance department. The true-tanto tipped blade is forged from tough D2 tool steel and is constructed with an integral flipper for easy one-hand...
  • ABKT Fleck Money Clip Pocket Knife

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    ABKT Fleck Money Clip Pocket Knife

    # 404800

    A minimalist frame-lock folder with class. Rich Coco Bola wood adorns the grip and the pivot is accented with a metallic copper color. The stainless steel blade and handle frame are bead blasted for a low sheen. The ABKT Fleck folder is only...
  • AB Elite BB Grunt Pocket Knife

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    AB Elite BB Grunt Pocket Knife

    # 404798

    Here’s a short folding knife with a swelled handle designed to comfortably and securely fit in your palm. The upswept blade spine gives you a generous sized thumb rest for maximum control. Assisted opening with ball bearing pivot system...
  • ABKT Nightstroke Tanto Folder

    American Buffalo Knife and Tool

    ABKT Nightstroke Tanto Folder

    # 404801

    Heavy duty folding knife with serious dramatic flare. The American Buffalo Knife and Tool Nightstroke folder has a black, titanium coated Tanto blade with an integral flipper for easy one-hand opening (it’s non-assisted, but easy to deploy the...
  • Roper Sunset Stockman’s Pocket Knife

    Roper Knives

    Roper Sunset Stockman's Pocket Knife

    # 404797

    Tried and true classic Stockman's pocket knife. Transparent acrylic scales protect the western themed art on the handle. A highly convenient all-purpose knife with spey blade for piercing, a clip point blade when more precision is needed and a...
  • ABKT Klondike Hawkbill Lockback Folder

    Roper Knives

    Roper Klondike Hawkbill Pocket Knife

    # 404796

    Hawkbill pocket knives have been around for over 100 years, but we’ve rarely seen any as attractive as this one. Parts of the hardwood grip are expertly carved with a checked texture reminiscent of fine gun stocks. The blade is superlative as...
  • Rite Edge Dragon Eye Folding Knife

    Rite Edge

    Rite Edge Dragon Eye Folding Knife

    # 404746

    The power of a dragon, condensed to fit in your hand! This all black, assisted opening folder is a deadly threat to everyday cutting needs. The aluminum handle makes the knife light and is highly detailed with scales and other dragon-like surfaces. And...
  • 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...

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