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Simple, affordable lock-back knife

Q. When I get a new traditional lock-blade knife, it often messes up within the first hour. When I close it, the blade flips in and out and will not completely shut. Why isn’t it working?
— Bad Knife Jacob, Clinton, N.C.

A. Without seeing your knife first-hand it’s tough for me to say what’s wrong with it. My guess is that the knife itself wasn’t all that well-made in the first place. I understand that price is usually a concern for most of us, that’s why I’m happy there are knives out there like the SOG AutoClip Mini [$23;]. I’ve field-tested this simple, affordable lock-back knife with its 2.86-inch stainless-steel blade for months and can say it’s well-made and works perfectly. You can also find several other affordable lock-back options from Buck Knives and Gerber. Good luck!

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14 Comments on Simple, affordable lock-back knife

  1. I am partial to Buck Knives; fixed and folding. There high carbon stainless steel, made in America and have a great warranty. As long as you haven’t done something really dumb to damage the knife, they will repair or replace it at no charge for life. They hold an edge like crazy. I’ve had one for years and never done more than strop it to keep a razor edge.

  2. CoolKid101 // May 1, 2014 at 10:11 am // Reply

    I have numerous knives, but my favorite is the Gerber assisted opening (I don’t know the model number, I got it as a gift).

  3. Loser town // May 11, 2013 at 12:13 am // Reply

    Cool Stainless steel

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