If you’re getting ready to go hiking or camping, you’ll most likely want to bring your best hiking knife. Whether you’re trying to prepare so you know what to do when you use one or you’ve already switched the blade open and can’t figure out how to close it, this detailed guide on how to close a pocket knife will help.
Holding the Pocket Knife
Pay attention to how you’re holding your pocket knife when you’re about to close it. Use your dominant hand to hold it, keep a firm grip, and move your fingers away from where the blade will be coming down. If you’re new to using a pocket knife, use two hands when closing the blade. It’s tempting to push the blade closed with your index finger, but using two hands allows you to get a feel for the movement and force required to close your knife. Make sure the knife points away from you so that if your hand slips, you won’t get hurt.
As for some additional safety tips, wear gloves while closing the knife for extra protection, and always fully close your knife when passing it off to someone else.
How to Close a Pocket Knife Without a Lock – Slip Joint
A knife without a lock to hold it into place is called a slip joint knife. These pocket knives aren’t dangerous as long as you use them correctly. However, you should still be careful while closing one of these.
Keep in mind how to hold the knife before closing it, and then with your free hand, grab the back, non-sharp part of the blade and begin folding it in until it is securely in the slot.
Types of Locks on a Pocket Knife
Most pocket knives usually have a locking mechanism to hold them into place. This prevents the knife from flopping closed while in use. However, because there are so many locking mechanisms, it can be confusing to know exactly where to look to close the knife.
The most common kind of pocket knife locks are
- Frame Lock Pocket Knives
- Button Lock Pocket Knives
- Ring Lock Pocket Knives
- Lever Lock Pocket Knives
- Axis Lock Pocket Knives
- Liner Lock Pocket Knives
While there are many different locks, we’ll go over how to identify and use each of them.
Closing a Frame Lock Pocket Knife
When you open a frame lock pocket knife, the frame of the hilt slides underneath the blade. This holds the knife up in place and prevents it from sliding back into its slot and potentially causing injury. Since this Frame lock is locked into position on the underside of the hilt, you simply need to press the lock with your thumb and the blade will now be ready to be folded into the slot.
Closing a Liner Lock Pocket Knife
A Liner lock is similar to a frame lock, but it has a serrated metal part right beneath where the blade meets the hilt. The metal part is positioned under the blade to prevent it from closing. Push it out from under the blade so that you can push the blade closed.
Closing a Button Lock Pocket Knife
When using a button lock pocket knife, there are two different ways it could open.
There’s an automatic button lock pocket knife, and there’s the manual one. The only difference is opening the knife. A manual button lock pocket knife is like any other knife. To close it, just hit the button on the hilt and hold it while you push the blade into the slot. When opening an automatic button lock pocket knife, the button will snap the blade open.
When closing the blade, you must manually close it as you would normally. The button lock pocket knife has a drum inside that holds the blade opened or closed by pressing the button, the drum slides and allows the knife to pass through to open or close.
Closing a Ring Lock Pocket Knife
A ring lock pocket knife can be distinguished by the ring dangling on the upper end of the hilt. To close the ring lock pocket knife, hold the knife with one hand, and with the other hand, pull back on the ring while simultaneously pushing the knife into its folded position. Once the blade has turned a little less than 90 degrees inward, you no longer need to pull the ring and can proceed to push the knife into the slot the rest of the way. A ring lock has teeth inside that are holding the blade. By pulling the ring, you’re moving the teeth so the knife can close.
Closing a Lever Lock Pocket Knife
A lever lock pocket knife has a lever on the side of the hilt. When the lever is flat against the hilt, it means it’s locked. Flipping the lever will unlock the knife and allow you to open or close it. After the lever is flipped, fold the blade closed and flip it back to its original position.
Closing an Axis Lock Pocket Knife
An axis lock pocket knife is most commonly known as a Benchmade Axis lock. To close it, you will need to locate the pin on the side of the hilt. While holding the knife’s hilt, pull the pin with your thumb and use your other free hand to push the knife into a folded position. Once the blade is secured, you can release the pin.
Remember to Maintain your Pocket Knife
The most important part of owning a pocket knife is handling the knife well and taking good care of it. Over time, pocket knives will collect dust and dirt in the different crevices. This can lead to difficulty closing and opening your knife. Wash your knife and take a small object such as a toothpick to get any gunk out of the hard-to-reach areas. Make sure to dry your pocket knife after washing it because water can lead to rust which makes using your knife difficult.
A vital step to preventing rust damage is oiling the blade. Even the best camping knife will be subject to rust damage in the dampest parts of the wilderness. Knowing how to maintain your pocket knife will keep your blade in pristine condition.
How to Close a Pocket Knife – Final Thoughts
There are a lot of different pocket knives out there. Now that you. After a while, figuring out a new kind of knife will become easy. Pocket knives are useful in a variety of situations, so keep practicing how to use them.
Written by Olivia Stevens