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Old 01-31-2003, 07:52 AM
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Frame Lock Types

Sorry but this may be more of a newbie question but...

I know what "Frame Locks" are but what is the deference between a "Frame Lock", "Inter-Frame Lock", and "Liner Lock"? And are there other kinds of frame locks?

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Old 01-31-2003, 10:09 AM
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A Frame Lock is a knife with the lock bar cut from the side plate of the knife, like a Sebenza. Sometimes these knives will have scales like some of Elishewitz's knives (and some of mine) but usually they just have solid titanium handles.

A liner lock is any knife that uses Michael Walker's basic design where the lock bar is cut from a separate sheet of metal (the liner). This is probably the most popular and most common design for one-handed knives.

I don't know what an Inter-Frame lock is but I would bet it's nothing more than some variation of one of the other two designs.....
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I saw the referance to inter-frame on HermanKnives website. I may try shooting him an e-mail.

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I took a quick look at Herman's site and saw that he makes a lot of interframe knives. In that context, interframe refers to how the inlay relates to the frame and has nothing to do with the lock mechanism. I think Ron Lake was the first to use the interframe construction technique.

Herman also mentions the use of a side lock and specifies that it is a type of liner lock. That's true, it's basically just a liner lock design except that only the lock bar itself is present and attached to the frame. Usually the bar is part of a liner but doing it this way can make your knives a little thinner. Roger Dole first introduced me to that method 6 or 7 years ago as he uses it on most of his knives I think. I saw a Howard Hitchmough knife done that way as well.

I suspect it was his reference to 'interframe' that caused the confusion but I didn't go through his website exhaustively so maybe I missed something...

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Thanks Ray, i appreciate the info!


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