Columbia River 7255Z Lake 111 Folding Knife 3.125" Satin Plain Blade, GFN Handles
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CR7255Z: 7255Z Lake 111 Z
Ron Lake 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. 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 virtually impossible to accidentally 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.
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.
- Open Overall Length: 7.25 inches
- Closed Length: 4.125 inches
- Weight: 3.1 ounces
- Length: 3.125 inches
- Thickness: 0.11 inches
- Material: 8Cr14MoV
- Blade-HRC: 58-59
- Finish: Satin
- Grind: Flat
- Style: Classic Drop Point
- Edge: Plain
- Material: Glass Filled Nylon
- Type: Lockback
- Safety System: L.B.S. Safety
- Carry System: 1 Position Clip and Denim Sheath
- Made in China
UPC Code: 794023725513
The lockback system has been used for many decades. It can usually be found on the knife spine and it provides a strong lockup that will wear well.
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.