When the older collectors talk about handmade folding knives, they always start with Jess Horn and Ron Lake. While it is true that people were making folders before the 1960s and early 1970s when these men started, those earliest knives were all crude or fine copies of existing factory knives. These two men were different, they made knives of remarkable design and quality work. Ron and Jess are the first generation of FINE handmade folder makers. They inspired hundreds of talented folder makers in second and third generations whose work will inspire yet another generation, most of whom would never know of either Horn or Lake except through their collaborations with companies like Columbia River Knife and Tool.
This knife is Ron Lake's first knife designed around the liner-lock which was invented by his friend Michael Walker. This knife uses Ron's Interframe patent, putting inlays into the solid metal of each side of the knife. It also has a remarkable version of the Lake-Walker-Knife-Safety (LAWKS) invented jointly by Lake and Walker. On this knife, instead of a thumb button or lever, the pocket clip locks the knife open and prevents the release of the blade lock until the clip is returned to the unlock position.