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by RLDubbya
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Shipping of internal parts
Replies: 243
Views: 141282

Re: Shipping of internal parts

Here's an idea - it's not mine. Other small knife companies (WE, Reate) are starting to do it. There's much to recommend it: a lot of the issues with internal parts tracking fall away. What is total cost today (including admin, production, purchasing, etc) of (let's start with): a pivot bushing, a s...
by RLDubbya
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Bad Milestone
Replies: 18
Views: 1869

Re: Bad Milestone

I hope that if I have contributed anything to this forum, it is the notion that while a good attitude might not win every battle, a bad attitude will definitely lose every battle. I can't emphasize how much a good attitude has helped me. My wife was told, by a leading hospital in the nation, back in...
by RLDubbya
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Bad Milestone
Replies: 18
Views: 1869

Re: Bad Milestone

Thanks everybody. I'll just say that I've fought through 2 expiration dates, but things are coming to a head. There is no cure for the cancer I have, and it has caused extensive liver damage. For example, and I'm not exaggerating, at my standard bodyweight of 255lbs, I can wake up some morning and w...
by RLDubbya
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Bad Milestone
Replies: 18
Views: 1869

Bad Milestone

Well. This weekend was the mark of something I've been dreading, and rightfully so from what I'm feeling: I surrendered my driver's license due to medical reasons. I'm 56 years old. I've ridden cross-country 7 times on motorcycle, solo. 40 years of memories have come crashing down upon me, and I'm s...
by RLDubbya
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Ignore feature?
Replies: 404
Views: 57360

Re: Ignore feature?

OOC, a question for those who are taking the position that bushings will be as smooth or smoother than a bearing design (I'm assuming high quality parts, a good designer, etc): have you ever flipped a Reate, a WE, or a Todd Begg SteelCraft flipper (made by Reate, so budget)? Because I have to admit:...
by RLDubbya
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Taking apart knives
Replies: 279
Views: 36002

Re: Taking apart knives

You are welcome, and you posed some interesting ideas. I will confess to have spent a number of years working with a very large high-tech corporation primarily in the areas of project and program management which included vendor and customer satisfaction relationships and processes. You seem to hav...
by RLDubbya
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Taking apart knives
Replies: 279
Views: 36002

Re: Taking apart knives

One thing I've learned from running support organizations: support is a black hole, taking all the resources you give it, and looking for more. Perhaps there is room in a business model for an independent company with whom Spyderco can contract to provide warranty repair, sharpening, etc. Spyderco ...
by RLDubbya
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Taking apart knives
Replies: 279
Views: 36002

Re: Taking apart knives

I don't think it's surprising that Spyderco doesn't stock every screw, washer, or watever for every model they ever made. If that outrages you, I encourage you to start your own company. No one had expressed that they should, additionally I doubt that spyderco are making the screws and washers so h...
by RLDubbya
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Taking apart knives
Replies: 279
Views: 36002

Re: Taking apart knives

One thing I've learned from running support organizations: support is a black hole, taking all the resources you give it, and looking for more. Perhaps there is room in a business model for an independent company with whom Spyderco can contract to provide warranty repair, sharpening, etc. Spyderco c...
by RLDubbya
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Carbidizing the lock faces on reeve type lock faces.
Replies: 12
Views: 2082

Re: Carbidizing the lock faces on reeve type lock faces.

There’s a few Spydercos that are carbidized. I know my Slysz Bowie, Techno, and Sage 2 have it done. I do not believe the Spydiechef is carbidized, and my other titanium r.i.l.’s have stainless steel inserts. I’m not 100% sure if they are carbidized or carbuerized..I know their are two different wa...
by RLDubbya
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cupped washers
Replies: 23
Views: 3422

Re: Cupped washers

Is this the same Emjay who is the 'leet sacrider of Eric Shephard over on BF? The one who posts such things in a thread discussing Eric's problems as: Post 1: He's making CF scales for the Shaman. Came out really nice. I got it in marbled CF. Then, after somebody questions you, you post back: Did no...
by RLDubbya
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mantra 3 mixed feelings
Replies: 44
Views: 7349

Re: Mantra 3 mixed feelings

If Spyderco didn't want us to be obsessed with having the latest and most exotic steels, they shouldn't have kept introducing all those new and exotic steels. In an attempt to fulfill your wish, Spyderco just may have stopped the exotic steels, and settled on S30V as the steel they will be using as...
by RLDubbya
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: DLC coating outside the US
Replies: 11
Views: 1510

Re: DLC coating outside the US

I was under (the perhaps mistaken) perception that there are legal issues involved in choosing these "coatings" from country to country, based upon the country's ecological laws and enforcement thereof.
by RLDubbya
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Manix II spring tension
Replies: 30
Views: 4801

Re: Manix II spring tension

Every spring looses tension because over time all metals fertiuges with use, it’s basic metallurgy. Indeed. For example, cribbed from a spring manufacturer site: http://www.lesjoforsab.com/standard-springs/compression-springs.asp. The spring in the Manix is a compression spring; it is subject to el...
by RLDubbya
Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Lanyard Users Poll
Replies: 41
Views: 6104

Re: Lanyard Users Poll

I use lanyards on all the knives that have lanyard holes; I rarely use a fob. I make the lanyard large enough to fit my hand through, and I put a couple metal beads on it; the beads, properly placed and crimped in that proper location with small thread, insure manageability of the lanyard - it doesn...
by RLDubbya
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker - what else do you use?
Replies: 47
Views: 3724

Re: Sharpmaker - what else do you use?

These days, I use the latest version of the Wicked Edge system for 98% of my sharpening, re-profiling, and touching up. Every once in a long while I reprofile a blade using the Darex WorkSharp Ken Onion with Blade Grinding Attachment; I am getting a Northridge tools 2x72" belt grinder next month for...
by RLDubbya
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What "Other" is in your pocket???
Replies: 4098
Views: 467898

Re: What "Other" is in your pocket???

Currently, a WE Knives Eschaton with the black carbon fiber sub-frame.
by RLDubbya
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: More info and question on Knife Quality vs Price for you all
Replies: 23
Views: 3108

Re: More info and question on Knife Quality vs Price for you all

Thanks, It took a little longer due to having to setup the motherboard before installing it, everything had jumpers back then, maybe add on like 15 mins or so. Wow. You're a much better man than me. (Not that we didn't know that already, but affirmation just poked it's head around the corner and gr...
by RLDubbya
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: More info and question on Knife Quality vs Price for you all
Replies: 23
Views: 3108

Re: More info and question on Knife Quality vs Price for you all

It's not difficult to build a PC, I have built hundreds of them and worked on even more. The last one I built, my current main system I have took me about an hour from start to finish only because I was taking my time getting the cable management the way I wanted it. http://photocamel.com/gallery/d...
by RLDubbya
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Why are more people not "knife knuts"
Replies: 10
Views: 1323

Re: Why are more people not "knife knuts"

I'd be willing to bet that the majority of sprint runs, etc., these days are not bought by knife nuts. The problem first surfaced, I think, with GEC knives, and is showing up with Spyderco. Most GEC knives are bought by "flippers." People not into knives at all, but who purchase all pieces in a spri...

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