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Lake 111Z - Designed by Ron Lake

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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 7256Z models.

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.
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No. of ratings: 2
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Number of Reviews: 3
  • 2013-02-12
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

  • 2012-08-04
    Sea Isle City, NJ
Fine knife.

  • 2012-04-25
    Reedsport, OR
The specifications on this knife sounded like the EDC knife I was looking for - solid lockback, good steel in the blade, carry sheath, and a great price/value. Unfortunately, this knife is way too small for my large hand. It is also stiff, requiring a two-handed opening effort. I'm sure this will wear in eventually and smooth out. It offers a great design, good balance, good steel, and a great value. While it won't work out for me, it will make a great gift.

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

Length3.125 inches
Thickness0.11 inches
StyleDrop Point
EdgeAvailable Plain or Combo

MaterialGlass Filled Nylon

Safety SystemL.B.S. Safety

Carry SystemClip/Sheath

PatentU.S. Patent No. 7,140,110

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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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