- Jun 25, 2021
No one is hassling anyone.Why anything then? Why a locking blade when your grandpa got along with a slipjoint sodbuster or barlow? Why 154CM when 1095 will cut too? Why a thumbstud when a nailnick will open your blade?
There are many tools with different features for different purposes and preferences. On top of that, for many of us, knives are a hobby too, and we like trying new and interesting things. If you have found your perfect knife, that is awesome! But the OP wants to try something new. Why hassle him for that just because it doesn't fit your usage needs?
Why a locking blade? Because a locking blade offers substantially more safety over a slip joint, obviously.
Why 154CM over 1095? Well, for one, 154CM is stainless and 1095 is not. That's a very important difference, obviously.
Why a thumbstud and not a nail nick? Because you cannot open most nail nick knives with one hand, so the thumb stud is a dramatic improvement, obviously.
What is not a demonstrable improvement over a typical liner lock folding knife with a thumb stud or hole is a switch blade or assisted opening knife. The budget that goes toward the opening mechanism is better spent on other areas of the knife that would be either improved performance in real world use or a cheaper price.