Wondering how to close a pocket knife? Seems simple enough, right? With all the different types of pocket knives out there, understanding how to properly close your
If you want to ensure your pocket
Correctly closing your pocket
There are dozens of pocket knives available, and we are going to take you through a handful of the most common types and provide you with steps for closing them.
While we can’t cover each pocket
Slip joint pocket knives are typically utility knives like a Swiss army
For this reason, slip-joint pocket knives have become popular. Slip joint knives also vary in size. Some are small and others are designed for specific tasks and situations.
While slip joint knives have unique designs, they’re one of the simplest pocket knives to close.
This is because they don’t lock in place and only require pressure to the black of the blade to close it.
To close a slip joint
While this design sounds dangerous, the blades are usually held down by pressure so they don’t open in your pocket.
Frame lock knives have locking mechanisms that hold the
These knives are common and some may feature additional tools like screwdrivers, scissors, and even nail filers.
Closing frame lock knives is simple but depends on the
For this reason, you typically need two hands to close a frame lock
Liner lock knives are similar to frame lock knives. This is because both knives lock in place when the blade is fully extended.
The difference between a liner lock
Therefore, the method for closing a liner lock pocket
That said, closing liner lock knives is not challenging.
First, you have to locate where the inner liner lock is. In many cases, it’s found at the bottom of the handle.
To close the
Lockback pocket knives have a unique design. These knives feature a spine made of metal that holds the
The spine is located along the handle of the
When it comes to closing a lockback
To close the blade, apply pressure to the non-sharp side until it’s back in its original non-extended position. You’ll know when the
Button lock knives are popular pocket knives because of their flashy design and simple locking mechanism. These knives typically feature stiletto-style designs.
The locking mechanism is found on the handle but its location varies depending on the
Because there are so many variations of button lock knives, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the lock will be on your
To close a button lock
When some of the blade reaches the handle, release the button and continue closing the rest of the blade. This ensures it remains locked in place.
Bar lock knives have reliable and safe designs. These knives are typically higher quality than other pocket knives and feature unique blade styles and designs.
That said, the process for closing one is similar across the board. The bar lock
Closing a bar lock
This locking mechanism is the bar and holds the
With your thumb on the bar, apply pressure to the back of the blade until it’s about a quarter of the way closed.
Then, release the locking mechanism and finish closing the blade.
You’ll know it’s locked when you hear the blade click into place.
Compression lock knives are almost identical to liner lock knives. They have similar designs, blades, and even handles. However, compression lock knives have a few key differences that make them harder to close.
The biggest difference is that the internal locking mechanism has unique components and is more durable than liner and frame lock knives.
That usually places compression lock knives in the mid or high-tier quality of knives.
Still, closing a compression lock
Use your dominant thumb to push the locking mechanism in (button found on the handle).
Then, apply pressure to the non-sharp side of the blade with your other hand.
You’ll know it’s locked when the blade clicks in the handle.
There are hundreds of pocket knives to choose from. That said, each one has a unique mechanism and requires specific closing techniques. While there are many makes and models, most pocket knives available fall into the categories listed above. Learning to close your pocket