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Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:31 pm
by Eli Chaps
I've been preaching the word of Spyderco for some time now and recently a friend and co-worker, who is machinist, finally got himself baptized. His first foray was a Cutlery Shoppe Manix 2 LW exclusive and he was hooked. The next thing you know, he's ordering up a PM2. He's fondled several of my Spyderco offerings and knew he was smitten with wire clips so when his new baby arrived? Well, there was only one thing to do...

He milled out some slots and bored a through-hole. The clip is currently off the M2LW. Actually feels really good and fits in the pocket like it came this way from the factory.

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I suppose some folks might not like the three holes being left behind but this is a function over form mod and I think it's pretty awesome.

:)

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:52 pm
by Spydergirl88
I'm so jealous! Looks great

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:00 pm
by BigGrove
Interesting

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:43 pm
by brainfriction
Nice, but why put it on that side?

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:56 pm
by silvershade255
brainfriction wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Nice, but why put it on that side?
Guessing you're right handed? ;)

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:16 pm
by bdblue
brainfriction wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Nice, but why put it on that side?
Or that END?

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:35 pm
by Spydergirl88
bdblue wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:16 pm
brainfriction wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:43 pm
Nice, but why put it on that side?
Or that END?
Left handed probably and wants it to be tip up

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:28 pm
by Zatx
Be still my heart!

Having a wire clip on my entire collection of PM2's has been my dream since I bought my first one. The PM2 is the only model of Spyderco I'll buy without a wire clip, everything else is off the table. These photos have given me a renewed hope of bringing that dream to fruition. I'm getting a new drill press for Christmas and I now know the first project I'm going to attempt. ;)

In fact, I think I'll call Golden tomorrow and order a whole mess of deep carry wire pocket clips!

Can you get some more details from him? What size screw and tap did he use?

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:35 pm
by gull wing
Well done. :cool:

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:40 pm
by zhyla
Zatx wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Be still my heart!

Having a wire clip on my entire collection of PM2's has been my dream since I bought my first one. The PM2 is the only model of Spyderco I'll buy without a wire clip, everything else is off the table. These photos have given me a renewed hope of bringing that dream to fruition. I'm getting a new drill press for Christmas and I now know the first project I'm going to attempt. ;)

In fact, I think I'll call Golden tomorrow and order a whole mess of deep carry wire pocket clips!

Can you get some more details from him? What size screw and tap did he use?
You really want a mill for slotting operations like this but for light work an XY table of some sort on your drill press will do the trick.

I’d be inclined to use the same torx screw they use to hold the larger wire clips on. Would look more factory. Does Spyderco well those? I assume they’re metric.

I wonder what you could fill the holes with that wouldn’t look out of place? Black epoxy?

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:57 pm
by vivi
I did this mod to a Para 1 years ago...this is the first Para 2 I've seen with a wire clip. Looks great!

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:24 am
by Eli Chaps
Zatx wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Be still my heart!

Having a wire clip on my entire collection of PM2's has been my dream since I bought my first one. The PM2 is the only model of Spyderco I'll buy without a wire clip, everything else is off the table. These photos have given me a renewed hope of bringing that dream to fruition. I'm getting a new drill press for Christmas and I now know the first project I'm going to attempt. ;)

In fact, I think I'll call Golden tomorrow and order a whole mess of deep carry wire pocket clips!

Can you get some more details from him? What size screw and tap did he use?
The hole isn't tapped, it's just straight through. He used the Chicago-like screw (one piece male stud, other female barrel) from the M2LW. In the Manix, there is a tiny flat molded into the FRCP to prevent the screwing from spinning. That would get pretty complicated here so he skipped it but it is plenty snug. I don't know if it will loosen with time but right now, messing with it, it doesn't appear it's going anywhere.

I believe he said the screw was a 2-56.

And as said, the slots were milled in.

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:45 am
by Cscottsss
Sweet, I love the wire clips and wish more were offered from the factory.

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:51 am
by Zatx
Eli Chaps wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:24 am
Zatx wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Be still my heart!

Having a wire clip on my entire collection of PM2's has been my dream since I bought my first one. The PM2 is the only model of Spyderco I'll buy without a wire clip, everything else is off the table. These photos have given me a renewed hope of bringing that dream to fruition. I'm getting a new drill press for Christmas and I now know the first project I'm going to attempt. ;)

In fact, I think I'll call Golden tomorrow and order a whole mess of deep carry wire pocket clips!

Can you get some more details from him? What size screw and tap did he use?
The hole isn't tapped, it's just straight through. He used the Chicago-like screw (one piece male stud, other female barrel) from the M2LW. In the Manix, there is a tiny flat molded into the FRCP to prevent the screwing from spinning. That would get pretty complicated here so he skipped it but it is plenty snug. I don't know if it will loosen with time but right now, messing with it, it doesn't appear it's going anywhere.

I believe he said the screw was a 2-56.

And as said, the slots were milled in.

Thank you! I completely missed the cap on the backside! I think for my version I'll attempt to tap the liner so there isn't any protrusion past the steel liner as the original screws are attached.

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:22 pm
by zhyla
Yeah if you’re going to go to the trouble you might as well get a tap. You’re not tapping a great distance so it should be relatively idiot proof. I guess you’ll need to grind the screw down to correct length if you can’t find one appropriately short.

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:38 am
by ucfgrad93
Very nice!

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:14 pm
by RobDigi
I like wire clips a little better than hour glass,
but the hour glass clip on the PM2 feels like it belongs exactly like it is.
Whenever I try some different clip it completely changes the ergos of the PM2.
Maybe it's just that I'm so use to it afters years.

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:37 pm
by lonerider1013
Very cool! I been wondering how to put a wire clip on some other knives....

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:15 am
by Igi964
I wonder if the tip of the blade doesn't hit the screw? It goes through the knife, if I'm not mistaken.

Re: Paramilitary 2 With Wire Clip!

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:44 am
by Eli Chaps
Igi964 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:15 am
I wonder if the tip of the blade doesn't hit the screw? It goes through the knife, if I'm not mistaken.
It does not. It's close but it misses.