How to DULL the spyderfly / Szabofly?

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How to DULL the spyderfly / Szabofly?

Postby GarageBoy » Sun Nov 14, 2004 8:52 pm

I'll probably pick up a Szabofly when it comes out, but how would I go and dull it w/o damaging the shiny finish?

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Postby Senate » Sun Nov 14, 2004 9:37 pm

Don't dull it, duck tape it! :)

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Postby GarageBoy » Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:05 pm

How about clear tape?

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Postby spyderknut » Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:06 pm

Duct tape. ;)

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Postby Senate » Sun Nov 14, 2004 10:58 pm

[quote="spyderknut"]Duct tape. ]

lol, my mistake sorry... spare the life of the Duck Garage Boy! :D

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Postby Senate » Sun Nov 14, 2004 11:05 pm

Clear tape won't be resistant and thick enough to protect your hand, unless you put many layers... especially for the tip.

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Postby Jimmy_Dean » Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:05 am

You know that colored, rubbery thing on the handles of wire cutter? You can buy a can in any home-depot and apply just a little on the edge of your knife with a brush and let it try. When you want the edge, just peel it off, when you want to practice safely, apply another coat. More trouble but safer and looks cooler...especially if you choose the red one :)

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Postby JD Spydo » Mon Nov 15, 2004 6:18 pm

Yeah!! They ought to make a red handled "Trainer" version of these guys too.
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Postby Civilian » Mon Nov 15, 2004 7:42 pm

There is always clear "duct" tape. But I plan on going with the "liquid coating" right after I draw first blood :D I'm just stubbern that way :eek:
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Postby Michael Janich » Mon Nov 15, 2004 7:49 pm

Spyderco edges are very unforgiving and the weight of the Spyderfly handles makes the blade bite even deeper when you screw up. Also, the large space between the handles of the Spyderfly makes rolling onto the edge or at least "shaving" your thumb much more likely than with standard balis.

Since a trainer version of the Spyderfly probably isn't forthcoming, I'd recommend buying two knives and dulling one permanently. Tape the sides of the blade or use padded vise jaws to prevent marring when you clamp it edge up in your vise. Then, with a fine mill file, draw file the edge until it's at least about 1/32-inch wide. Then get some fine emery paper (220 grit shop rolls work best) and use a shoeshine motion to round the edge. You should also round and polish the tip, because even with a dull edge, the tip can really bite and puncture.

If you have access to a 1X30 or 1X42 belt sander, you can do all this even faster. I prefer slack belt grinding to remove the edge since the belt follows the edge contours better.

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Postby GarageBoy » Mon Nov 15, 2004 7:57 pm

Thanks, I think Spyderco did that to their show Szabofly. I'll go that route, but til I get money for 2, I'll use the handle stuff

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Postby fret » Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:31 pm

I bought a bali and it was not sharpened. The literature said they did not sharpen it because it would be dangerous. Then I bought another bali that was sharp. Big, bloody, mistake. lol I retired the sharp one before I needed a transfusion. The dull one is lost somewhere in the house??? I'll practice opening my Dragonfly or Delica.


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