A lexicon of knife terminiology


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L6 Tool Steel (carbon steel): L6 is an oil-hardening tool steel that is characterized by very good toughness.  It contains approximately 1.25-2.0% Nickel, 0.65-0.75 % Carbon,   0.6 - 1.2% Chromium and  0.25 - 0.8% Manganese.  It has a maximum of 0.5%  Molybdenum. L6 is often used along with 1095 Carbon steel for the production of Damascus steel

Laminates: Laminates normally refers to handle material made from layers of wood veneer. The layers of wood veneer are glued and pressed together under extreme heat and pressure.  This forms a wooden handle of more strength and durability than a solid block of wood.  Often the layers are either different types of veneer or are dyed different colors so that when sanded different shade or colors will appear creating patterns in the wood handles.  See also frost wood and pakkawood.

Laguiole:  A knife style originating in Laguiole, France.  Essentially, it is stylish toothpick style knife with a robust locking blade. The handle often incorporates a corkscrew at the base of the spine. They are sometimes refered to as "picinic knives"

Laser Etching: Normally applied to blades, it is a way in which a pattern is lightly scribed into the steel making a somewhat design.  Compare to scrimshaw and screen printing.

Limited edition:  An often ill-defined and therefore meaningless term used to sell knives; especially online.

Liner: Thin layers a metal that line the inside channels on pocket knives.  The metal is usually softer than the blades and normally rust resistant. Favored metals are brass, nickel-silver and aluminum alloys (alox) Lower grades of stainless steel are also popular. 

Linerlock: A locking blade knife where one of the liners is slightly bent so that when the blade is in the open position it will pop out from the side and block the channel, preventing the blade from closing. THe liner then needs to be manually pushed back to the side of the channel in order to allow the blade to close. The liner lock is often consider more saft than a lock-back or bolster lock design but in reality it depends on the strength of the locking mechanism.

Linseman:  A knife used by electricians which will have a main blade either (normally a spear master) and secondary blade that acts a screwdriver, wire stripper/bender.  Also called an electricians knife. The screwdriver normally locks in place with the aid of a liner lock. On some civilian models hawkbill will replace the master blade or be a third blade but this is not the norm. See also TL-29

Lockback: A locking blade knife in shich the back spring acts as a lock to hold the blade in the open position. The most popular lockback knife is probably the Buck 110. A cut away space in normally cut in the knife's spine to allow the user to depress and release the lock spring in order to allow the blade ot close.

Lockblade:  Any blade that that has a locking mechanism to keep the blade in place when opened. In order to close the locking blade some type of release mechanism must be pressed.

Long Pull: A blade with a long groove cut in one side of the blade.  Today, the long pull is the more desired style for the collector.

Long Spear Point:  A spear point or pen blade that is unusually long, typically found in a Doctor’s knife as the primary blade.

Loom Fixer: A tradtional folding knife in the horticulture and cotton fampler family that consist of half hawk (a type of sheepfoot blade) and secondary spear or pen blade. The pattern normally lacks a lanyard hole or bale. It is also known as a "Half Hawk" See aslo Cotton Samler and Horticulture Knife.  


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