36 Ways To Git-R-Done! | Seber Folding Knife Review

Seber’s new Claw-Loc Ratchet folding knife let’s you perform from every angle imaginable.

A quick look and the knife appears to be a standard folder. The nice part is that it works well as your daily pocket knife or, if you’re adventurous, as an angled blade.

The scar is only 1 inch long and has faded over the years, but I still feel tightness in the knuckle joint. It was the result of a foolish movement while cutting with a slip-joint knife and I can blame no one other than myself. A man’s hands are supposed to carry a few scars to remind him of those moments of stupidity and to caution him in the future. I am not the only person bearing such a scar. In fact, I’m willing to bet that most of you just had a flashback to a similar incident.

seber2A folding or pocket knife is nothing more than a fixed blade modified for easy carry. Over the years they have progressed from having no lock at all to the myriad of systems available today. But to date, these systems have had one thing in common: They were designed to keep the knife closed until you wanted to open it. Once opened, the lock was designed to keep it in that position. It is as simple as black and white—opened or closed. At least that was my opinion until recently, when I had a chance to handle a new knife that adds 36 shades of gray to the equation.

The Seber Claw-Loc
Seber Design Group, Inc. has recently introduced a new folding knife with a ratcheting blade locking system known as the “Claw-Loc.” By my count, the blade will index to 36 different locations between being closed to being fully opened and will lock in any one of those locations. You may be wondering why you would want to be able to lock your blade half opened and I will cover that issue during my testing of the knife. First, I want to give you a description of the knife and its other features.

At first look, the knife seems like many others. It has a 3-inch drop-point blade with a shallow hollow grind. The blade is 8CR13MOV stainless steel while the handle scales are G10. The frame and bolsters are both stainless steel. My test sample has partial serrations on the blade but a non-serrated model is available. If you’re right-handed, the knife can be operated one-handed with a single-sided thumb stud. If you’re a lefty, you’re going to have to use two hands. There is a pocket clip mounted to the bolster for a tip-down pocket carry. There is a grooved filler between the bolsters providing a good surface for your thumb during heavy use. The remainder of the handle spine is left open for easy cleaning. You never realize how much trash and lint finds its way into your pockets until you pull out your knife and look between the handle scales. The knife is available in a bead blast, satin or stealth (black coating) finish. Combine that with the serrated/non-serrated feature and you have a choice of six combinations.

This all sounds normal until you notice the three-position slide lock on the bolster. From a closed position, you can slide the lock forward with your right thumb. This will unlock the blade and allow it to open to one of 36 positions. The blade cannot be moved back into a closed position but will advance to the next open position until the stud on the lock is slid to its mid-point. This locks the blade into whatever position it is in and prevents it from further movement, open or closed. To open it more you must again place the stud in its fully forward position. To close the knife, slide the stud fully rearward. Once closed, the stud can be placed in its mid-point to lock the knife in the closed position. This mode of operation may sound a little complicated, but it took me longer to describe it than it did to become familiar with its function. The Claw-Loc ratchet system cannot be fully seen but I was fortunate enough to look at the mechanism while attending the Shot Show. My first thought was that it reminded me of a Swiss watch. The gear system is well executed and stout enough for some heavy use.

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