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Just Got My American Lawman

Discussion in 'Cold Steel Knives' started by Lenny, Feb 22, 2021 at 12:49 PM.

  1. Lenny

    Lenny Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 15, 1998
    Man is it nice.
    Actually, for the price, it's awesome.
    Very slim, super solid lock up, stupid sharp, perfectly centered blade and actually quite comfy in hand.
    But I'm definitely gonna have to sand a bit under the clip. :D
    Am I correct in assuming that the Triad Lock will loosen up with use so I don't need to
    press so hard to disengage it? It's a 2 hand closing knife now.
    Thanks all in guiding my search for my first CS.
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  2. nephron

    nephron Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    It varies, only a couple have been that way for me, I hear that people with those actuate it time after time while watching TV to help. I sold mine, can't use it with my arthritis enough to loosen it up.
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  3. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    My Lawman operates almost as nicely as my AD10 with the drop shut type blade. The 4Max Scout is about the same and the Bush Ranger is a two hander some times. I guess some are just smoother than others. They claim they will loosen up with time. If you like the Lawman you should snag a 4Max Scout its a bigger knife but I don't think you can find a better made folder for the money. Mine operates so smoothly it's hard to imagine until you handle one. I'm going to get another while the price is still good.
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  4. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    The lock won’t loosen up, your thumb will grow stronger.
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  5. Dadpool

    Dadpool Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2015
    Yep! Every Tri-Ad knife I've owned has broken in nicely.

    If this is your first, a tip: disengage the lock with the ball/bone/joint of your thumb, not the tip. Much easier for me. :thumbsup:
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  6. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    Rule of “thumb” for operating the triad lock, always the “balls” never the “tip”.

    im having too much fun :cool:
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  7. strideruser

    strideruser Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    I think your exactly right. All of my triads (many many many!) get smoother but I really don't think the spring gets easier to use, I think people mistake this for the spring softening up. this is just my opinion but i would bet $50 (£35 if your in the UK!) on it
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  8. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Superb folder. Congratulations
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  9. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Both dead wrong ! :)

    The spring WILL relax with use and storing half open may also help .:cool:

    If that's not enough , there's ways to bend the spring some , but I've never had to do this . ;)
  10. insta9ves


    Apr 3, 2007
    I would rather train to have a stronger thumb to operate the knives i like than to rely on the spring becoming weaker over time ;):cool::eek::D:p:thumbsup::thumbsup:o_O:rolleyes::oops::D:eek::);):p:cool::cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:
  11. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Seems like your whole hand should be well "trained" from your ...blogging ! :rolleyes:

    Part or all of the closing difficulty on a brand new Tri-ad is lock stick , which definitely will improve as the lock face surfaces wear-in with use .
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2021 at 3:55 PM

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