Just received Tatanka #2. This one is tight
! The pivot is so tight I can barely open it with my thumb. That might get better with wear and/or loosening of the pivot, but what's worse is that the lock release is also super, crazy
hard to push. Not friction, but spring resistance. I can barely manage to push it down with my thumb. It seems likely that batch has a different spring in it (perhaps the same type of leaf spring used in GMC 3500 pickup trucks).
And yes, the lock does have the same "notchy" feel as my Tatanka #1. At first I didn't think so, but then I noticed that it depends on how much force is used when opening the blade.
The date code on #1 is LN (Dec 2014); on #2 it's BO (Feb 2015).
I think Tatanka #2 is going back from whence it came. Tatanka #1, I dub thee "Notchy".
I've had people stare when I opened and used a Stretch. Can't wait to see the looks I get when I open this thing...
"We have more metal parts fail than plastic parts. Modern plastics are tough. 'Feeling cheap' may be a false perception and one might need more education. We rarely get a FRN knife back with handle problems and we have millions of them out in daily use. " --Sal Glesser