zuludelta wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:46 pm
So, I'm seriously considering a Li'l Temperance 3 for future purchase. Generally, I value design & functionality over outright materials cost: i.e., I don't mind paying as much or more for a knife that fits my hand & use-needs relative to a knife that may be built from more expensive materials but doesn't work as well for me.
That being said, the Li'l Temp 3 is priced about double the maximum of what I would normally spend for a work knife (the "Seki City Surcharge" in full effect), so in this case, build materials matter a lot more than they normally do for me. So, questions for those who have the Li'l Temperance 3:
- Does it have phosphor-bronze washers or teflon washers? (I know functionally the latter works more or less just as well as the former, but if I'm paying that much for a knife, it better have PB washers in there)
- How is the detent on the compression lock? How does it compare to that of the Yojimbo 2 (my favourite expression of the compression lock)?
Thanks in advance for any & all responses
Hi Zulu -
I'm 97% sure that it does have PB washers.. I haven't carried mine in a few weeks, but I can double-check when I get home tonight..
The action on mine, while stiff, is very smooth, if that makes any sense.. the blade opens and closes with relative ease, but it does not drop-shut like some of the Golden/Taichung offerings. The detent is pretty crisp.. enough so that I can "Spydie flick" the blade without issue if I want to (though, this isn't how I normally open my knives).
Overall, it is a very well-designed and well-made knife.. a highly functional little workhorse. I love mine and consider it among my favorite Spydercos. If you truly value design and functionality as you say, I think you will really enjoy this knife. But, I understand where you're coming from on the price.. I agree, it's pretty steep. For what you're getting, I think it's probably worth the cost, but I get why this knife is not especially popular at $211.
Check out the LT3 at Cutlery Shoppe.. I think you will be pleased..
..well, that escalated quickly..