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Lake 111 Z Plain Edge - Designed by Ron Lake

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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.

*U.S. Patent No. 7,140,110


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No. of ratings: 5
 4.2/5.0 Stars  
 
 
 
Number of Reviews: 10
  • 2013-09-11
    gig harbor, WA
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.

  • 2012-01-05
    DEMING, NM
Great well made knife,Will recommend to my friends,rock solid construction,and the spring clip on my knife seems solid and well made again thanks for a well made knife-----Ron in N.M.

  • 2011-12-27
    Inver Grove Heights, MN
Love the knife. Solid contruction, good steal used for the blade that really holds an edge. Smooth opening and rock solid lock. I bought mine at Cabelas and the only disapointment that I have is that the pocket clip is fairly cheap compared to the rest of the knife. It's not the robust clip depicted in the photos on the site. Instead it's a pretty thin guage steel and I'm not confident that it will securely hold the knife in my pocket. Aside from that a very good value

  • 2011-12-19
    WYOMING, OH
Nicely done. Very light weight and the Lake lock works well--it will definitely keep the blade from opening in your pocket.

  • 2011-10-12
    Columbia, MO
The handle fits my hand. It is a grat knife. Holds an edge very well. The price was a deal maker.

  • 2011-10-11
    Farmington, MO
Outstanding value Probably the best all-round pocket knife available at anywhere near this price. Solid, well made, and sharp but the blade lock on the side is unnecessary(and slightly in the way)as the lock back is solid.

  • 2011-10-06
    Bangor, ME
Hands down the best everyday knife holds a nice edge. Will not close under pressure I bought the smaller model and going to buy the larger I have owned many other knives and feel CRKT is the best. And you cant beat the price 29.99 for a knife of this quality. It's CRKT from now on



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Product Specifications
Dimensions
Open Overall Length7.25 inches
Closed Length4.125 inches
Weight3.1 ounces

Blade
Length3.125 inches
Thickness0.11 inches
Material8Cr14MoV
Blade-HRC58-59
FinishSatin
GrindFlat
StyleClassic Drop Point
EdgePlain

Handle
MaterialGlass Filled Nylon

Lock
TypeLockback
Safety SystemL.B.S. Safety

Carry
Carry System1 Position Clip Denim Sheath

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DESIGNER CORNER
Ron Lake
Ron Lake is a custom knifemaker in Eugene, Oregon. He joined the Knifemakers' Guild in 1971, and has been a full time knifemaker since 1972. He has received numerous awards.
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