Ron Lake has 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.
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.
The lockback design allows for a very flat build. The combination of stainless
steel liners and lightweight injection-molded glass-filled nylon scales results in
a very rigid frame. For grip, the handle features a basket weave texture and a
pronounced finger choil and pommel.
We're producing the Lake 111 Z in two sizes. The larger models 7255Z and
7256Z have 3.125" blades and measure 7.25" overall when opened. The smaller
Lake 111 Z 2 models 7253Z and 7254Z feature 2.50" blades and are 6.00" long
when opened. Both sizes are available with Razor-Sharp or Combined Razor-
Sharp and Triple-Point™ Serrated edges. These models come with a custom
stainless steel clip in a brushed finish.
A bonus denim carry sheath with belt loop is included with the 7255Z and
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.
I like the knife when it stays together. The screw in the pivot point keeps falling out. This time it fell out and is no we here to be found. So I have a cool handle and a nice blade, but not a knife. ***CRKT RESPONSE Thank you for letting us know. We do recommend Blue Loc-Tite for screws that can come loosened over time. We'll reach out to you to see if we can help resolve for you in case of manufacturing defect. Thank you. CRKT