sal wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:45 am
We haven't used red for quite a while. Most of our knives are screw construction. But not everyone wants screw construction so we try to make enough variety to serve our broad range of customers.
Thanks Sal, that is great to hear about the red loctite being phased out!
I am curious though as to why anyone would NOT want screw construction? If you put blue loctite on the screws as a compromise of allowing easy disassembly/pivot adjustment, while also keeping screws in place for people who don't mess with their knives, what would be the downside to the consumer? Is it just cost? I mean there is screw construction on a $40 Chinese Tenacious, so to not have it on a $100 (or $188.50 in the case of the Maxamet) USA Made Manix LW seems a little backwards? If someone is paying $188.50 for a Maxamet Manix LW, I can't imagine balking at an extra few bucks for the benefit of screw construction.
My observations of online comments seem to indicate that you are losing more sales on the Manix LW by having rivet construction than you would lose by moving to screw construction if you are assuming some people may pass on it due to the higher cost. Just my opinions and observations. I don't have sales numbers and survey results or anything to back it up other than what I have read in forum posts and my personal feelings on the issue.
One last thought on the Manix LW. The low cost BD-1 steel version is a great work/beater folder. The exact type of folder that will get used for all of the dirty, grimy tasks people don't want to use their expensive exclusives on, and could likely benefit from periodic disassembly and cleaning. Also, full disclosure, I sold my BD-1 Manix LW due for this exact reason. I would definitely buy a new one with screw construction though. It would be my go-to work knife.
some quotes from BF
"I have the s110v Manix LW. It's a great knife, but if it had a screw construction I would have other Manix LW models and back-ups."
"I wish the lightweight manix's were screws instead of rivots to start. I love my manix 2 lightweight in xhp, probably my most carried knife, but there is so much dirt and debris clogging up the works that it's action is much worse and cannot be fixed with compressed air, oiling the pivot, or blasting it out with wd-40. Maybe a CQI on this?"
"Same problem. Crud build up. A CQI of the LW Manix to be like the Native 5 LW with screws instead of rivets."