Couldn't resist taking it apart to see what's going on inside (sorry Sal
My advice is, unless you've got experience taking apart back locks, leave it alone.
This was by far the trickiest Spyderco reassembly I've done.
First off, it's a little odd that they used the lanyard hole clip on this knife isn't it?
The pivot screw was basically not tight at all, not even finger tight. This may be something Spyderco should look into, I could imagine the screw vibrating out during shipping and someone receiving a knife with the pivot screw loose in the box. The screw itself has no thread locker of any kind, just a clean screw.
The clip screws did have blue thread locker on them as did the body screws, though the body screws didn't have nearly as much (again, probably should be looked into).
Taking off the first scale we see a liberal amount of lubricant all over the place, and some very well skeletonized liners. I don't know if it's been mentioned, but this knife is quite light for it's size at an advertised 3.0oz, compared to the Delica at 2.5oz and the Stretch 2 at 3.7oz.
thewoodpecker wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:03 pm
Quick question: do you (or anyone else) know if this model has a bushing pivot?
NOT a bushing pivot
Now on to reassembly.....insert expletives here. The problem all stems from this little plastic pin fella here.
He seats into a hole on the liners and supports the bottom floor of the back spacer while under load from the lock spring. On some back locks I've been able to basically assemble the whole knife onto one side of the handle and then lay the second liner on top and all the holes line up and then you just drop the screws in....but NO this little guy isn't having any of that because if you put the lock spring in place it presses down on the bottom "fork" of the back spacer and this little nub won't line up with the hole in the liner. So, you have to put the second liner in place and get the nub into his hole, spin the lock bar around and slip the lock spring in, and then carefully slip the blade (with washers) into the handle and slip the pivot pin in all while holding the lock bar down. Basically you need a third hand, so best of luck lol.
Here's the nub fella seated properly
It REALLY helps to use grease on the washers to hold them into place, hopefully lined up with the pivot hole of the blade.
Remember that the pivot pin is the D shaped kind so it only goes in one way. It may also help if you put a body screw back in at the lock bar and one back at the back spacer (after you put the second liner back on and get the back spacer nubs into their holes). This will help to keep the liner from slipping off the body screw pins and the whole thing falling apart in your hands, and since the second scale isn't on yet (leave that out until the blade/pivot pin are in) these two body screws won't tighten all the way down and you'll be able to pry open the liner a little to give you room to slide the blade in.