Thanks for the welcome and the reply! I like the idea of burning it, I may give that a shot. I haven't been able to find byrd specific aftermarket clips anywhere though, but yes, I am sure they'd cost as much as the knife itself. I looked at a delica next to my meadowlark and it appeared that the screws were a bit more spaced out on the byrd. I had also read somewhere on one of the knife forums that someone tried to put a delica/endura clip on their byrd and the holes didn't align.anagarika wrote:Welcome to the forum!
My older Cara Cara could use Endura clip. Do they make changes? Otherwise there's plenty of after market deep carry clips offered on the web, but prices are like one Cara Cara per pcs.
Another option is to burn the clip (after taking it off) over stove to orange glow. It'll darken the color nicely.
On the clip screws, one of my newly bought Cara Cara had two of them firmly cemented. It twisted my torx driver before stripping the inner groove of the screw heads. I cut flat slot into the heads and put them into boiling water, and yet the screws metal head deformed under the flat screwdriver torsion. It just won't budge.
If you are in US, I'd suggest emailing Charlynn (customer service) and send it in for them to help. I live overseas so sending (one way) costs one Cara Cara (that's why I bought two). My other one was ok, I could take off the clip screws (before the torx ruined), but this one has the blade flat grind is flawed near spine. Since it doesn't affect functionality, and I'm that far, I live with it. If I'm in US, I'd have sent it in so they can inspect & improve from it.
Hopefully you find a solution.
The torch is a good idea. I both "pre-heated" my clip screws for removal and changed the color of the clip on my Cara Cara 2 with a Bic lighter while holding it with a Leatherman not long after I bought it.rolandc77 wrote:My Byrd Crow 2 was almost perfect except for the shiny pocket clip. The shiny clip combined with the shiny thick blade made it really stick out in my pocket. This is what I did I did to transform it from almost perfect to flat out perfect: take off the clip and, holding it in a pair of needle nose pliers, heat it up with a propane torch (I used the small butane torch from Harbor Freight) just until the clip glows red. When it cools, it will have oxidized to a very attractive and permanent dark reddish blue. If you have ever tempered your carbon steel blade in an oven, you will recognize the color. Initially, I was concerned that heating the clip to this extent might ruin it springiness, so I first experimented on a Kershaw Oso Sweet (which I am not so fond of) and there was no problem, so on to the Crow.
BTW: The Harbor Freight butane torch is a wonderful tool. It will produce a very fine, pencil point flame that can be directed to the center of those screws that Loctited too tight. The heat will soften the loctite and they will come right out!
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