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byrd lockbacks

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:54 am
by rabbitanarchy14
is it just me or do i just have bad luck. i have purchased 3 robins from bladehq and sent at least 2 back to be swapped. the action on a byrd is not the same as a df. is this a byrd thing or a qci thing?

Re: byrd lockbacks

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:47 am
by carrot
I carry my Byrd Robin2 as an EDC with a larger Spyderco. I actually prefer the design to the Dragonfly 2 (which I still like quite a lot). That Robin, along with my other most-used Byrd, a Cara Cara2, are easily among my smoothest opening folders.

I've bought a fair number of Byrds now and I agree the final finishing isn't even close to Seki standards. Some come pretty good, but most come a little gritty or tight. However, after using them a little they do loosen up and become just as smooth as their Spyderco counterparts.

I have a feeling that the Byrd lockback factory is not taking the last step to knock off any burrs or rough spots from manufacturing. But normal use does break them in very nicely, so it's not a long term user problem.

Re: byrd lockbacks

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:44 am
by anagarika
I agree with carrot. The final touch of deburring lockbar or handle edges are sometimes lacking. They do break in after a while by using them. An exception would be one Cara Cara that I need to file the last part of the tang curve (just before the lockbar drops into the notch) so it is less bumpy. That’s 1 out of 6 Cara Caras.
Having said that, I have one Stretch that requires similar treatment but on the side of the lockbar rubbing against the liner. So in my experience, it’s not that bad.

Re: byrd lockbacks

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:55 am
by Donut
I sent in a Byrd lock back a few years ago because it didn't feel like any Spyderco lock back I've ever owned, it felt loose and I wanted to make sure it was safe. They said it was in tolerance.

I think there is less friction involved with a Byrd because the FRN is different (feels more like plastic) and there is more of a full liner on them.

I think I like the additional Japan FRN friction and the lesser liners.

Re: byrd lockbacks

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:41 pm
by cbrstar
I took my Cara Cara 2 (g10) apart and cleaned and oiled it, and it made a world of difference. I can't help think the oil used in China is cheap or the wrong kind.