Just got my latest Spyderco---a Tenacious with a full SypderEdge blade. It was kind of tight but not as bad as the Cara Cara 2 I got a few months back, but even with that one, I've found that they "break-in" after 50-100 "flicks." It's the "flick" that I want to talk about. Does EVERYBODY do this?
I feel like I should insert the warning from the Sharp Maker pamphlet here; something like, "WARNING: Knives are dangerous!"
When my wife and kids started twirling around their "fidget spinners" a few months ago, I realized that my folding knife collection has been serving that purpose for 30+ years. As a kid, I figured out a way to open my bulky Buck 110 with one hand (pinch the blade and swing the handle weight around) and that's how I opened my Spydies until recently.
These days I've always got a Spyderco or Spyderco Byrd in my hand, just casually opening and closing it for no other reason than that it feels good. I used the pinch-swing deploy method until I stumbled on the hole-flick. I actually first saw the "Spyderco Flick" on a YouTube video review of the Cara Cara 2, but when I tried it, it felt dangerous and I couldn't really get the hang of it. Then I realized I was trying to fling it out too wide---pushing the hole away from the pivot.
At some point it just started happening the "right" way. Instead of trying to fling it out, I flicked it up, and it clacked into position with a really satisfying mechanical lock-up that reminds me of the sound and feel of a pump shotgun action--ssseepKLAK!
I'm guessing everybody here already knows this, but if not, and you are trying to do it---here's the trick: just put the tip of you thumb in the hole, and flick it straight up along a line directly PARALLEL to, or even a little angled TOWARD, the pivot.
WARNING: Knives are dangerous!
My (bad) intuition had been to fling it out and away from the pivot, and that is what made it feel dangerous and difficult, even on well broken-in knives it takes a lot of force to get the blade to swing around and lock in. After I figured out the angle, it takes me no more force than I might use to snap my fingers.
About a thousand KLACKS after I figured it out, I started to cup my hand behind the spine to create a little amplification, and a few KLACKS after that my wife, who was in another room commented, "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP THAT BEFORE I LOSE MY #@^&%% MIND!" I apologized and said I wouldn't do it anymore, but muscle memory had other plans---so now I have to hide them for a while.
Tenacious Black Blade---Resilience---Persistence---Ambitious---Cara Cara 2---Hawkbill ---Manbug ---Tenacious Full SpyderEdge---Raven 2---Robin2---Matriarch 2
I'm only using black until Spyderco comes out with something darker.