CRKT Lake 111 Lockback Knife
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.
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 less likely to 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.
|Open Overall Length||7.25 inches|
|Closed Length||4.125 inches|
|Style||Classic Drop Point|
|Material||Glass Filled Nylon|
|Safety System||L.B.S. Safety|
|Carry System||1 Position Clip Denim Sheath
This is a great looking knife, and the ergos are great. It's very comfortable and quite attractive. The blade is decent, I touched it up with a strop when I got it. My major complaints are the thumb studs are uncomfortable. They're too small in diameter. Trying to flick the blade open actually just kinda hurts your thumb. and it won't open anyway, it has to be slowly opened. The lockback locks well but doesn't unlock so well. Most lockbacks you can just press the back and the blade falls, not this one. you have to actually press the back into the frame a bit to release the blade forcing you to use both hands.
The pivot is adjusted with a spanner bit, but did not come with one, I had no bladeplay though.
You could do better for 20 bucks, but you could do a lot worse too.
I'd like to LOVE this knife. It fits my hand well, it's wickedly sharp, and it lies nicely at the bottom of my pocket (jeans or BDUs). There are a few nits I have to pick with it, however. As delivered, neither I nor several others I asked to try it were able to open it using the thumb-stud in the usual way. Either the geometry is wrong or the pivot friction is too great. I expect to fiddle with the latter to make it a one-hand-open knife as it is clearly intended to be. The lock-lock is clever and certain effective. If you don't notice it was slipped forward, you can't open the blade at all...nor can you unlock and close it. Still a valuable safety item. The sheath included is nice, though I don't expect to use it. The clip is of no use to me and I removed it at once (saved, JIC). I've been carrying it since it arrived, and am likely to keep on. it is very "carryable" and very nice to use. Time will tell how well it re-sharpens, but if it like other blades I have that use 8Cr14MoV, it should do quite well in that regard. A very good knife with a few quirks.