The bear hunter lockback pocket knife is a smaller-sized lockback at a typical closed length of 3″. The bear hunter is the small size of the lockback folding hunter commonly known as the “bear claw”. It is made to be very pocket friendly and not need a sheath to properly carry.
Pocket knife manufacturers make lockback knives in many different styles and sizes. However to be considered an actual lockback pocket knife, the knife will feature a prominent locking mechanism adjacent to (or part of) the back-end bolster (the lockback “button”), and often times, a single blade as does the bear hunter. That primary locking blade is a clip point.
There are very famous models of lockbacks, the Buck 110 (see the “Folding Hunter” description page), the Case Mako, etc. The lockback really made its “claim to fame” when Buck introduced the original folding hunter in 1964, marketing it as a pocket knife that was as strong as a fixed blade.
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