Thought I’d bump this thread to add my voice to “slipjoints rock!”.
Although I got a few UKPKs early on and a Squeak a bit later, and like them still, I haven’t carried them much as my preferences have run decidedly to locking and larger. But with trips to restrictive Europe and now-restrictive Canada on the horizon, I’ve acquired a K390 Urban and an Elmax Urban and, just now, an Elmax Pingo. So, I’ve got choices for travel to restrictive jurisdictions, not just for size but for interesting steel.
First, I believe Iinerless FRN slipjoints, as currently offered, are prone to develop spinning pivots. Care must be exercised not to tighten the pivot screw too much when trying to remove side-to-side play. Otherwise, the screw, once jammed, will damage the flats in the holes of the FRN slabs as you try to extract it, and lead to a spinning pivot the more it is worked. I’m inclined to think that thread-locker may be problematical if added before making a preventive fix I stumbled upon when trying to correct my K390 Urban’s spinning pivot.
Essentially, my fix requires you to disassemble the knife and put SuperGlue into the exposed void between the still-in-place female part of the Chicago screw (put nothing in the screen hole itself!) and its FRN slab. The idea here is not to glue the screw and slab together (which may result) but to reinforce the flat and remove any room for play. Then, blue thread-locker will not be so risky.
Second, absent a spinning pivot, I think slipits the size of the Urban and Pingo are perfect go-tos for restricted travel, and at their size, do just fine without actual locks. I won’t go so far as to say locks are wasted on Chaps or DFs but they probably aren’t needed for the kind of work these models do.
Finally, eBay is getting scarier. I haven’t looked there in years for PM2s, Manixes, and the other known-to-be-popular signature Spydies. But I thought I might get away with a believably good deal I found for an Elmax Pingo. Here’s what I got on Wednesday:
FAKE! And in so many obvious ways (gap between spine and handle when closed; steel handle; painted logo reaching onto back of handle; cheap clip; terrible action and no resistance at midpoint of opening and closing). First time I’ve been had. Because the knife bears no resemblance to the photos used to sell it, I reported the transaction to eBay, they quickly intervened, and I was lucky enough to get an RMA from the seller without dispute the same day.
Oddly, as I played with the fake, I knew I just had to have a real one, and fast. Here, for $30 more, is what KnifeWorks delivered to me this morning:
All’s well that ends well.
Marc <— a mere data-point, not an Influencer.
RECENT ARRIVAL: 52100 Military Model. ON RADAR: Siren; SwayBack; S90V Chief sprint-run. IN DREAMS: LC200N Military Model; Lil’ Native slipjoint; 52100 Shaman; Nitro-V Chief; LC200N Massad Ayoob (PE; G10); LC200N Breeden Captain (SE on recurve); Tusk (SE; G10).