Mister X wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:39 pm
I can’t recall ever having a desire to take any of my knives apart and I would be thrilled with a return to pinned construction. At least on the models I’m interested in. Most of the average people I’ve talked to about such matters feel the same. Enthusiasts usually feel very differently and although I consider myself one, I think my interests in knives is likely different than most here. And I imagine most non-enthusiasts probably don’t generally buy a lot of Spyderco’s, so I guess whatever the majority wants is what drives decisions.
Why do you consider pinned construction an advantage in comparison to using screws though? Technically it should make zero difference in your use-case if the knife is well put together, since you're not planning on disassembling it anyway. Besides saving a bit on manufacturing costs and having a slightly different aestethic, the cons of not being to disassemble a knife for maintenance or customization far outweigh the pros in my opinion.
Example: I have a few knives in my rotation that I use at work. One time I was carrying my Hogue Doug Ritter RSK and I've had an unfortunate accident where some glue happened to spill over the pivot without me noticing, which eventually dried up and made the knife unusable. That got fixed by me thouroughly cleaning every component after disassembly. It would definitely have been a very different story if I was carrying a Manix 2 LW that day.
"Just send it in for warranty service" I might hear some folks say. Well, I live in Germany, which means that I can only get certain models by importing them from the US, as was the case with the Hogue. Just the shipping costs of sending it in and then back plus a 99% probability of being hit by taxes at customs make my wallet's eyes water... assuming it wouldn't get lost in the process, of course.
That experience alone has turned me off from pinned construction knives altogether, except for traditional slipjoints (which sadly don't give me much of a choice in that regard).