Lefthanded Wings

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Lefthanded Wings

Postby mikeh99 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:01 pm

Hi. I thought I saw a post about converting a Wings/Dyad for lefties. Now I can't find it. I just got a Wings and want to try converting it but don't want to reinvent the wheel if it has already been done. Any info before I start would be appreciated.
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Postby yablanowitz » Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:11 pm

It won't work with the Wings. The lock faces on the blade tangs are angled for right hand engagement. It would be easier to make a whole new knife from scratch. I did convert a C44 Dyad to left hand, but it's a lockback. The Deacon has that one now.
I don't believe in safe queens, only in pre-need replacements.

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Postby mikeh99 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:52 am

Rats! I was afraid of that. Thanks for the info. Will the new sprint Dyad be convertible like the original C44 do you think?
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Postby yablanowitz » Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:49 am

If they haven't changed the tooling too much it should be possible. If you do try it, work very slowly and pay attention to the way the hardware is installed. One of the lockbar pivot screws goes in from the opposite side from the rest. It's that way for a reason, which you will find out during reassembly. Also, each blade, lockbar, spring and spring holder needs to be kept together and reinstalled as a group. Some of the individual parts may look the same, but they aren't identical. Trust me on this.
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Postby mikeh99 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:05 pm

Thanks again. All of a sudden this went from a fun, cheap project to an expensive, pita project. Still may give it a go when the sprint comes out.
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Postby mikeh99 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:40 pm

Say, what about the BY21 slipit. Would that be left handed convertible since there aren't any locks?
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Postby yablanowitz » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:42 pm

I've never seen one in person, so I couldn't really say. Pictures say it is screw construction, so it should be possible. Depending on the strength of the backsprings, reassembly could be tough.
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Postby mikeh99 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:23 pm

Sounds promising so I went ahead and ordered the BY21. I'll report back.
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Postby mikeh99 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:47 pm

Well, my source punked out. No BY21 available. Anyone have one they are willing to part with?
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