Folding knives that didnt Lock

Today when we think of a folding knife one might think of a knife that has a locking mechanism of some type to lock the blade into place. Maybe you might think of a button you push and the blade springs open, most of which have a plastic or synthetic handle. If your a long time hunter, fisher or woodsman you may remember the single blade jack knives with jig bone handles.

Years ago dating back as far as the 1700's some folding knives were made very simple. A piece of horn would be slotted or a piece of wood or bone and a hand forged blade would be fitted into place and pinned so the blade would swivel open or closed.

This type of knife very often would be carried in a possible bag or shooting bag and used for smaller chores or maybe to be used for cutting patch for a muzzleloader.

Above is pictured what is called a friction folding knife. A folding knife that has no locking or spring back locks. The knife shown has stop pins for the blade front and rear but the blade still pivots open and closed from the pressure put on the peened main pin. This is similar in design to the earliest style folding knives.

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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

I have a few of these. Really like them.


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mlesniewski 5 years ago from Upstate NY Author

The old style friction folders are nice..Thanks again GNelson.


Ghost32 5 years ago

I'm old enough that when I was growing up, nobody I knew had ever even seen (or heard of) a blade lock for a folding knife. ALL of the available "pocket knives" lacked locks, be they the cheapest Imperial or the better "Tree Brand" models.


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mlesniewski 5 years ago from Upstate NY Author

Hi Ghost..Thank you for posting..appreciate the input..Your right, lock back or locking folders were something that wasnt seen..thanks again.

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