Hi Larry_Mott, sorry the flipper/lock placement didn't work out for you. As far as your distaste for flippers, I'll just say you're totally wrong and flippers rule
! ...Joking and good natured ribbing aside, I get that flippers aren't for everyone. I like the way they serve as a guard against slipping up, and as a safety in case of lock failure (pinching instead of a finger guillotine
). Oh, and the fidget factor. Verrrrrrry important, that
On the original plastic prototype, I had the lock tab placed further down the handle for exactly the reason you described- so the flipper would swing freely without hitting the finger pressing the lock. My guess is that this was fine on the plastic prototype, since the spring force of the plastic lock bar was very weak; perhaps on the first metal prototype Spyderco made in house, they found the lock tab was placed too far back to allow for enough leverage to manipulate the lock so they moved it up. Just a guess, as I was not involved in that decision and never handled a metal version of my original design.
For me it wasn't a big problem to adapt to when I handled the production sample, as I could swing it shut without hitting my finger by releasing the lock with the proper timing (kind of like learning to swing a PM2 closed without the blade bouncing back open). And a possible plus of the lock placement is that it helps serve as a half stop of sorts for a less guillotine-y and more controlled closing. Of course, ymmv and I totally understand favoring the lock in one place or the other.
I demonstrate lightswitch/pushbutton flipper use and different lock manipulations here:
Sdmf74, I too would like to know where you got that information. I'd love that to be true. What I heard was hopefully by Fall 2018. Btw, heresy on these forums I know, but that 0393 looks nice. I quite like the lines on the Eklipse/0392/0393 and the XM series, which I guess isn't too surprising