kennethsime wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:14 pm
Ok, thanks guys! The only Golden backlock I have is the Native and it's nice enough, but I don't really notice it as an improvement to the Stretch or Dragonfly backlocks I have. Maybe some are more discerning than myself. :-)
It is possible that you got better examples (RE locks) on your Seki built knives. I have heard from at least a few folks who have had experiences like yours with their Seki backlocks being as tight as the Golden models.
I have a small sample of 3 Seki knives, both of stretches have some slight vertical play in the lock. The V-Toku 2 model came with it and the Hap40 has developed some in use. My Dragonfly Hawkbill Salt is solid (but i haven't applied as much force to that in use (yet anyhow) as i would my Stretches. None of my 6 Golden backlocks have any play and all can be adjusted to drop freely without wiggle. This is merely an aesthetic/ haptic complaint about the Seki knives and certainly the locks are plenty strong and so far 100% reliable for my uses.
I'm not totally clear on all of this, but maybe because it is not public knowledge. It used to be that at least 3 makers in Seki built Spyderco knives. I have read that Moki built knives are stamped/ etched "Japan" instead of Seki. G. Sakai built knives are etched Seki City or some variation maybe with a hyphen? I don't know who the other one or more maker is. Presumably the Endura family are G Sakai built. Maybe the H1 Salts are also G Sakai built? I don't know about the fixed blades either?
I understand the vintage Moki built knives may have been more consistently "better built" (tighter lock tolerances, better fit and finish) than Sakai. (Not that we are ranking
-- all good, just different
If anyone with more knowledge is able to share that would be cool.
I also understand that some of this is sensitive info and may be guarded.
Regardless all that, we are just fortunate to have all these Spyderco options.
(Edited for clarification)