Ive only been interested in knives for maybe a year or two. And once i saw a framelock online i said wow...that looks strong. But as i learn a bit more about all things sharpie i question that a bit.
Two reasons come to mind:
1: Titanium is supposed to be soft, at least softer than steel, and the only part that is potentially hardened is the locking face.
2: Most knives have a very very large cutout for the bend in the titanium, and it leaves what looks like a laughably small amount of material, and this is where all the stresses would be pushed too. No matter how well built the knive like a 0560 or other biggies, those cut outs look hella deep.
Maybe just because the titanium is softer doesnt mean its really any less tough or durable than steel?
What makes me question a Ti frame lock over a liner lock is actually the Sage 1 from Spyderco.
When i think of liner locks i think of shit because its always found on shit chinese knives. I have a CRKT ripple liner lock that i actually enjoy, but the liner is flimsy as all hell and it moved over in a couple days to the opposite end. HOWEVER, once i purchased the Sage 1, it looks to me like a kickass liner lock. Ive opened it countless times by now and it hasnt moved for shit. The thing feels durable and strong and i have full confidence in it.
Now ive seen a few youtube videos of people pounding on framelock knives and they dont fail (hinderers and others) So obviously some of my fears arent based in reality.
So whats the deal here. Can anyone explain to me in any detail why that big cutout shouldnt scare me so much? Or perhaps a well designed steel liner lock is in fact equally strong?