ABX2011 wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:13 am
Wonder if we'll see a CQI version later this year. I sold mine after remedying the exposed tip. I want another one. I won't complain if they make the action a bit slicker too - bearings?
I believe a pivot change from washers to bearings is beyond the scope of CQI, however I too would love to see it happen.
I understand the benefits of washers on a hard use knife, but I hardly consider the Ikuchi a hard use knife. To me it's definitely a gents EDC.
The washers work well, but I believe bearings would make it even better in terms of action as well as making it easier on the finger in deployment. On my desk right now are four knives similar in size to the Ikuchi, and all in the same price bracket. Three are made by WE (Chinese) and one by Viper (Italian). All four are flippers and employ bearings. They open and close one-handed beautifully. I can fidget flip them all day long. Not so with the Ikuchi as the force required to deploy chaffs my finger (or thumb when Bic flicking) fairly quickly on the jimped wheel, and closing requires a lot of wrist force/action to shut. Again not saying the washers are horrible, it just contributes to making the Ikuchi less fidget friendly.
Lastly, I would like to see scales without the hole. The blade bears the trademark Spydie hole and I think that should be good enough. The hole in the scales serve little to no purpose, even as the suggested "indexing" point for the fingers, and the more I look at it the less I like it. I suppose this can be easily remedied by third party scale makers and I look forward see them appear in the market.
Did I say I really like the Ikuchi? Well I do and enough to hope that Spyderco continues to make this great little knife even better.