Usually the issue with a true hard use folder is that (obviously) the pivot area and/or lock suffers damage and fails. What if the handle/lock/pivot were designed in such a way and used materials that allowed for a ridiculous amount of flex/twist/bending/etc, and then this material being used would return back to it's original shape? What if the lock being used was one that allowed for a very high amount of self adjustment, that would self adjust to a certain degree during this flexing to keep the blade locked, but then when the handle material returned to it's original shape the lock would also return to a normal area of wear/adjustment? What if the pivot itself was also designed so that it could not be ripped from this handle no matter how much flex occurred (obviously nothing is indestructible, you can't twist the handle from the blade 360 degrees and not expect something to happen)?
I'm no materials expert, but surely there is something out there that a handle could be made of that has properties like this. You would get a knife that could take a ridiculous beating but have the ability to absorb impact and flex so the damage threshold isn't crossed resulting in a failure of the pivot or lock. What kind of lock could provide this kind of adjustment/wear? Does anyone think this is even possible or am I just dreaming?