Ron Lake been called "the father of the modern folding knife" and literally co-authored the book on them in 1988, How To Make Folding Knives. But while Ron is busy making stunning custom folders in his Eugene, Oregon, workshop, he is always thinking. In this case, we believe he has perfected the lockback folder.
The Lake 111™ Z model is a full-size knife with a 3.125" blade and measures 7.25" overall when opened. It is only available with a Razor-Sharp edge. This model comes with a custom denim sheath with a belt loop and snap closure.
Ron's breakthrough is his patented* Lock Back Safety (L.B.S.™) which allows the user to slide the small L.B.S. button forward to lock the blade both in the open and closed positions. When locked open, it is virtually impossible to accidentally release the blade even during vigorous cutting tasks. For those who are concerned about accidental opening, in-pocket or on-belt, simply slide the button forward to lock the knife closed until its next use.
The blade is a classic drop point with a flat grind for strength and a brushed finish. Blade steel is premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel (equivalent to AUS 8). Dual Lake-style thumb studs give fast either-hand opening, and the lockback release allows easy one-hand closing.
The lockback design allows for a very flat build. The combination of stainless steel liners and tough glass filled nylon scales results in a very rigid frame. For grip, the black handle features a basketweave texture and a pronounced finger choil and pommel.
Over the years, others have tried to devise safeties for lockback folders, but Ron's is the most effective and sophisticated we have seen. He really has something to crow about.
Great knife for the price. Hard to open with one hand.
2013-01-08 Spokanae, WA
Great Knife, slim easily fits into your pocket, Razor sharp
2012-12-29 frankewing, TN
nice knife except the slide lock moves too easy this knife woukd benife from a different lock and spring assist I'm thinking that i will return this and get a different one
2012-10-15 Olympia, WA
I like the knife a lot and it is very nice looking after some light use it is still very stiff and not possible to open one handed. The lock back spring seems to have more than enough mussel and applies a lot of pressure between the lock and the blade they are not smooth enough to allow the blade to move smoothly into the open position with that amount of pressure.