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. 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 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.
amazing knife, exceptionally made but one little flaw I believe. with very limited use and nothing forceful the blade broke- I believe this is attributed to the thumb stud design- it broke right where the thumb stud is located. drilled right at the top edge of blade notched out like a round "u" the thumb stud is pressed in and it seems this was too stressful for the blade-I think drilling the blade lower and using a screw in type stud will make this knife last a very long time. crkt makes great products and own more of their knives and look forward to repurchasing this one . CRKT Response: The blade should not break this easily. There may have been a flaw in the steel which caused this and our warranty covers any knife with a manufacture defect and we have asked this customer to return this for a replacement.