I recently got a new Para 3, and it has an insane amount of lock stick. Like it hurts your fingers to close because of the resistance. After watching a bladeHQ video showing that half of Spyderco employees customized their knives, I was excited to replace the brown G10 scales with all black spyderco G10 scales. I had replaced the scales and also added a Wiseman Signet Ring, but not made any changes to the mechanisms of the knife.
I sent my knife back in for a warranty evaluation, and it was sent back with no changes.
I called into the support number on my letter, and was told that because "the blade didn't belong in the knife" (I had replaced the scales...) that they couldn't determine what was going on. It didn't look like the knife had even been taken apart. Nobody looked at it. She told me that they might be able to look at it if I sent it back again with the original scales. Fine.
As I was taking apart the knife I noticed this:
Is this normal? It looks like a manufacturing defect. It's a notch in the tang outside of the ramp.
I'm really frustrated that this was overlooked the first time I sent it in. Is this normal?
Thanks you everyone for the replies. It was actually super helpful. Learning that the notch in the tang is intentional is extremely relieving.
I am going to wait it out a few weeks to see if I can break it in, and if not I'll be sending it in using its original configuration