I might be missing something here but I don't see the tang & spring being flush with the bolster difficult to achieve (or dare I say, even desirable!).
It's a case of making the bolsters fit the tang/spring not the other way round. Lots of folders could have the bolsters flattened to...
But a multilayer SAK has a huge (sideways on) handle compared to it's blade size so it's really easy to cover the tang let alone "sink" it.
SAKs generally aren't equal ended, there is normally a small size difference.
Can anybody recognise this sad little M.O.P knife's maker.
It was badly corroded, Solingen Germany can just be seen on the large blade but not the maker.
This is the small blade, looks like the maker ends in WAL...?
I've just found this image of the lower lockback from the image above while under construction, it's easy to see the packaging problems involving covering the back of the tang when closed, without a hidden joint the handle could be slimmer.
Agree 100%, visually it's so much neater.
Of the folders I've made all are "sunken" or probably better described as "hidden" joints. The reason is I think a folder should look good closed as well as open, it could be argued that rather than looking good...
Been a bit black'n'white here today. :)
Even though the Douk has probably the softest blade amongst the knives I own it's still one of my favourites, dead easy to get sharp, but needs sharpening often.......
Thank you both. I carried the smaller one today as I have two, the larger has a 3" edge with Bubinga handle & the smaller 2-1/2" with Olive, this olive is rather uninteresting & also a bit dark from grubby hand use! They are really nice knives with acceptable F&F (better with a bit of fine...