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Delica Detent

Postby VSBALA01 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:59 pm

Hi all, I have a question out of concern for my Spyderco Delica. It's the first Spyderco knife of mine and I think the blue color is absolutely stunning. I am in the process of practicing a one-handed open despite the fact that it's a lockback blade.

What makes me a bit worried is when I am closing the blade. It seems the detent causes the blade to snap back into the handle upon closing the blade. I have seen this in many youtube videos and people don't seem to mind the metal smacking the handle when the blade is closing. Out of fear, and, not knowing what to do, I make sure to hold the blade in one hand and gently ease it back into the handle rather than letting the detent snap it in. I guess my question is: does letting the detent mechanism do its thing when closing the blade damage the edge of the blade/reduce the longevity of the knife? If not, it would make one-handed closing a helluva lot easier.

Any help would be appreciated thanks in advance!

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Re: Delica Detent

Postby Michael Janich » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 am

The "kick" on the Delica's blade is designed to bottom out against the lug of the lock bar, leaving space between the edge and the inside surface of the handle. Unlike many traditional back lock folders, the closed blade can't be squeezed into the handle to force the edge to make contact. As such, there is no fear of dulling your edge if you snap it closed with enthusiasm. All Spyderco back locks have this feature.

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Re: Delica Detent

Postby Wartstein » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:51 am

Michael Janich wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 am
The "kick" on the Delica's blade is designed to bottom out against the lug of the lock bar, leaving space between the edge and the inside surface of the handle. Unlike many traditional back lock folders, the closed blade can't be squeezed into the handle to force the edge to make contact. As such, there is no fear of dulling your edge if you snap it closed with enthusiasm. All Spyderco back locks have this feature.

Stay safe,

Mike
Hi Mike,

may I ask: Is what you describe above also true for the Centofante 3? I do not own one anymore, but did, and I can remember that unlike on most Spyderco backlocks the edge was extending almost all the way back to the handle (I liked that, actually) with no Ricasso and "kick"?
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Re: Delica Detent

Postby Wartstein » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:53 am

VSBALA01 wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:59 pm
Hi all, I have a question out of concern for my Spyderco Delica. It's the first Spyderco knife of mine and I think the blue color is absolutely stunning. I am in the process of practicing a one-handed open despite the fact that it's a lockback blade.

What makes me a bit worried is when I am closing the blade. It seems the detent causes the blade to snap back into the handle upon closing the blade. I have seen this in many youtube videos and people don't seem to mind the metal smacking the handle when the blade is closing. Out of fear, and, not knowing what to do, I make sure to hold the blade in one hand and gently ease it back into the handle rather than letting the detent snap it in. I guess my question is: does letting the detent mechanism do its thing when closing the blade damage the edge of the blade/reduce the longevity of the knife? If not, it would make one-handed closing a helluva lot easier.

Any help would be appreciated thanks in advance!
Welcome to the forum, the Delica was my first Spyderco too, still like it a lot! Hope you'll enjoy it too.
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Delica Detent

Postby Daveho » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:18 pm

As above no you don’t need to worry about it as the edge dosnt contact anything while closed, even when closed with vigor.
As far as 1 handed opening goes, flicking backlocks becomes easier with practice and as the knife breaks in, however there are some who think flicking backlocks may introduce vertical blade play- I don’t really know one way or the other.

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Re: Delica Detent

Postby bearfacedkiller » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:09 pm

Wartstein wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:51 am
Michael Janich wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 am
The "kick" on the Delica's blade is designed to bottom out against the lug of the lock bar, leaving space between the edge and the inside surface of the handle. Unlike many traditional back lock folders, the closed blade can't be squeezed into the handle to force the edge to make contact. As such, there is no fear of dulling your edge if you snap it closed with enthusiasm. All Spyderco back locks have this feature.

Stay safe,

Mike
Hi Mike,

may I ask: Is what you describe above also true for the Centofante 3? I do not own one anymore, but did, and I can remember that unlike on most Spyderco backlocks the edge was extending almost all the way back to the handle (I liked that, actually) with no Ricasso and "kick"?
The Centofante 3 and 4 can both be squeezed so that the blade touches the backspacer. In the closed position the blade is not resting on the backspacer but if you squeeze the knife shut it will touch it. It is frn so it shouldn't damage the edge.
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Re: Delica Detent

Postby Wartstein » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:12 pm

bearfacedkiller wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:09 pm
Wartstein wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:51 am
Michael Janich wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 am
The "kick" on the Delica's blade is designed to bottom out against the lug of the lock bar, leaving space between the edge and the inside surface of the handle. Unlike many traditional back lock folders, the closed blade can't be squeezed into the handle to force the edge to make contact. As such, there is no fear of dulling your edge if you snap it closed with enthusiasm. All Spyderco back locks have this feature.

Stay safe,

Mike
Hi Mike,

may I ask: Is what you describe above also true for the Centofante 3? I do not own one anymore, but did, and I can remember that unlike on most Spyderco backlocks the edge was extending almost all the way back to the handle (I liked that, actually) with no Ricasso and "kick"?
The Centofante 3 and 4 can both be squeezed so that the blade touches the backspacer. In the closed position the blade is not resting on the backspacer but if you squeeze the knife shut it will touch it. It is frn so it shouldn't damage the edge.
Thanx for the insight!
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Re: Delica Detent

Postby sal » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:25 am

Hi VSBALA01,

Welcome to our forum

Thanx Mike for the explanation.

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Re: Delica Detent

Postby VSBALA01 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:08 pm

Whoa hi Sal! It’s an honor to meet you! Big fan of your engineering marvels and fascinating designs! I’m just a 18 yr old but my interest in the engineering of your knives all started through Spyderco’s inspiring beginnings and has me hooked!

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Re: Delica Detent

Postby Knife Knut » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:14 pm

Michael Janich wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:05 am
The "kick" on the Delica's blade is designed to bottom out against the lug of the lock bar, leaving space between the edge and the inside surface of the handle. Unlike many traditional back lock folders, the closed blade can't be squeezed into the handle to force the edge to make contact. As such, there is no fear of dulling your edge if you snap it closed with enthusiasm. All Spyderco back locks have this feature.
I wonder if the bump of the kick could be moved from the tang of the knife to the lock bar, leaving only the contact point on the tang. Not a redesign suggestion, but a possible design feature for when a smaller kick is desired.


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