Lake and Walker Knife Safety (LAWKS) is a patented folding knife attachment using the Walker Linerlock, designed by Knifemakers renowned members Ron Lake and Michael Walker. Safety is available in two versions: the original LAWKS and Columbia River Knife & Tool’s patented AutoLAWKS system. These additions increase manufacturing and engineering costs, but increase safety and security.
The original LAWKS mechanism consists of a switch on the knife handle, connected to the liner lock. When you retreat, the lock of the sheath can easily be pushed back to close the knife. But when the safety switch is pushed forward, it acts as an extra lock making sure the linerlock can not be used to close the knife, making the folding knife a virtual tool with a fixed blade. The AutoLAWKS mechanism was designed after military experts and law enforcement officials pointed out that sudden situations of tactical or immediate intervention would require focusing on something other than operating a security switch under duress. AutoLAWKS activates automatically when the knife is open. To close the blade, the user must pull the switch to release the sheath lock as the original LAWKS, but the AutoLAWKS button will automatically return to a neutral position.