Every folding blade knife and multi-tool enthusiast knows the weakest part of a gadget is typically the area that sees the most use. For instance, a folding knife often breaks at the point where it opens and closes, and the attachments most likely to break off of multi-tools are those that see the most use. Ingenious knife designer Ron Lake took this tendency into account when designing our innovative Rapid Response Knife. Read on to learn about Lake’s unique design features that prevent each Rapid Response Knife from breaking at the assisted-opening mechanism.
Blade Assist Technology: An Innovation in Assisted-Opening Knife Design
Early assisted-opening knife and multi-tool designs used torsion springs to activate blade and accessory opening. For instance, the opening mechanism on the first assisted-opening knife was inspired by the strut on a Ducati motorcycle, which used a torsion spring for control and power. A thumb stud typically controls the opening; to spring open the knife blade or multi-tool accessory, the user slides the thumb along a track. When the blade is about one-fourth of the way open, the spring kicks into action and quickly flips the blade into the open position.
The main drawback of this design is in the friction between the spring and the opening trigger. Over time, this friction causes internal parts in knives and multi-tools to weaken and eventually fail.
Considering that Ron Lake is one of the world’s most renowned knife designers, it’s not too surprising that he tackled this Achilles’ heel of assisted-opening knife technology when designing the Rapid Response Knife. To make the opening process smoother, Lake added a rolling cam on which the customary torsion spring rides. The addition of the rolling cam reduces friction and makes for an extremely smooth blade opening experience; indeed, some reviewers have even claimed that the Rapid Response Knife is the best blade-assist knife ever made.
Max-Lock: A Button for Safety and Stability
Beyond his creative approach to blade-assist mechanics, Lake also improved the performance of the Rapid Response Knife by adding the Max-Lock safety button. This apparatus locks the blade into place for safer knife operation. Additionally, the secure hold of Max-Lock technology reduces wear and tear on internal knife elements.
Lake’s attention to detail benefits anyone who wants a reliable, long-lasting, quick-opening knife. The blade-assist technology and Max-Lock system inside each Rapid Response Knife make for a durable blade that will continue to operate smoothly for decades to come.