New Double-Lock Knives from Coast – SHOT Show 2016
Russ Chastain 02.11.16
Coast introduced a couple new knives at the 2016 SHOT Show, and they both have Coast’s proprietary double-locking system. I didn’t get the chance to play with these knives in person, but you can check out the video at the end of this article to see it work.
Basically, you have a liner-lock knife, plus another lock that you can engage to seriously lock it open. In my experience, a liner lock is the least-reliable blade locking system, as a rule… but it’s convenient and easy to use. When you’re doing serious work and there is a real danger of the blade closing on your hand – I cringe at the very thought – this extra lock could be nice.
Coast’s double lock has been around for a couple of years now, but I haven’t tried one in person yet. It appears to be easy to use, plus the adjustable tension on the second lock makes it customizable.
Anyhow, the new knives are the FDX300 and FDX302. Both have the Double Lock system, both have 7Cr17 stainless steel blades. The 300 has a partially serrated blade (I’m not a fan), while the 302’s blade is more traditional.
The open design of the stainless steel frames should make them easy to clean after shucking a critter or cutting up grub for supper at camp. The pocket clip has three mounting positions, and the thumb stud can be reversed for left-handed opening.
- Patent pending frame and Double-Lock system
- All stainless steel frame, blade and fasteners
- Plain and combination blade edge models
- Brass pivot bushing for smooth operation
- Glass bead or Titanium Nitride finishes
- 3-inch (7.6 centimeter) drop-point blade
- 7.5-inch (19.05 centimeter) overall
- Weight 4 ounces
- High grade 7Cr17 stainless steel
- 3-Position pocket clip
- Ambidextrous blade opening thumb studs
- Lanyard hole
- MSRP: $23.99
- Expected ship date: March, 2016
And the promised video demonstrating the Double Lock: