Would I be correct in assuming that the lightweight ladybug style knifes are not among the exceptions? If so, no further clarification would be necessary.The Deacon wrote:Sort of. There's a specific protrusion on the lower side of the tang, just behind the edge, that makes contact with some portion of the lock mechanism. On most Spyderco midlocks the location of that contact point is behind the lockbar pivot, which makes it impossible for the edge of the blade to touch anything inside the handle, even if you squeeze down on it. However, there are a few exceptions to that. Even on the exceptions, the only time the edge will contact the spring or backspacer is if you squeeze the closed knife, or allow the blade to snap shut.
And the specific part of the tang that serves as a blade stop is called the kick, or kicker. Had a brain fart earlier, couldn't think of that word.kbuzbee wrote:The part name you're looking for is the tang. And yes, that's what rests, not the edge (if I understand you correctly)
Agh, Paul beat me... Again! And with a better/clearer response
Actually, no. But the good news is that the kick makes contact barely in front of the lockbar pivot. So almost zero leverage which means that, while in theory, you can squeeze the blade edge against the inside of the handle, in practice it takes enough pressure that it's not going to happen unless you really want it to.Scorpion wrote:Would I be correct in assuming that the lightweight ladybug style knifes are not among the exceptions? If so, no further clarification would be necessary.
I've managed to flick my Jester open before, but even when I'm trying I have to line up my hands and fingers and the blade perfectly and hold it justttt..... right. It probably works around 10% of the time, but it is possible.The Deacon wrote:With my hands I wouldn't even try to flick a knife that small open, but the Ladybug's blade is so short and light I'm not sure if it's even possible to flick one open.
Thanks, but it's both easier and considerably more reliable to open them normally or, for the Jester I carry with my keys, Spydie drop it open using their weight to pull the handle down. Think I may have done that once or twice in the ten years I've been carrying it. If I want to flick something in and out for amusement, I'll play with one of my MT DA/OTFs.Scorpion wrote:Try holding down the backlock so the blade is loose and then it might flick.
I can do the middle finger flick, thumb flick and reverse ring finger flick on all my locking Spydies including the Ladybug, Jester and Dragonfly.The Deacon wrote:With my hands I wouldn't even try to flick a knife that small open, but the Ladybug's blade is so short and light I'm not sure if it's even possible to flick one open.
That sounds like fun. I just want to be sure it wouldn't harm the edge.einstein2001 wrote:I can do the middle finger flick, thumb flick and reverse ring finger flick on all my locking Spydies including the Ladybug, Jester and Dragonfly.
I have large hands too, It just takes a little practice and a lot of fondling.
I think it's something that is definitely overlooked. Another overlooked feature on the lockbacks is the presence of a handle "feature" to act as an indexing point to ensure that the unsharpened kick or choil will touch your finger rather than the edge when you close it with one hand.Michael Janich wrote:One underappreciated aspect of Spyderco's approach to the "kick" is that it's flat and long, so it "bottoms out" on the underside of the lug of the lock bar....Spyderco's approach won't allow that, so the edge remains protected from contact with the inside of the handle slot.