Favourite method to open PM2?

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What's your favourite method to open a PM2?

- slow roll
12
18%
- thumb flick
21
32%
- middle finger flick
26
40%
- index finger flick
2
3%
- other
4
6%
 
Total votes: 65

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Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby neuronic » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:31 am

I'm curious... how do you open your Paramilitary 2? Which method do you prefer?

When I grab it I kind of naturally tend to flick it with my thumb but I actually find the middle finger flick the most satisfying way to open it... also the coolest... :cool:

How bout you?



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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby ZrowsN1s » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:40 am

Well I don't do it all the time, but my favorite way is reverse grip ring finger open. It's just fun :D
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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby dogrunner » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:12 am

What is a slow roll?
It has a thumb hole. It opens great using that.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby neuronic » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:29 am

dogrunner wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:12 am
What is a slow roll?
It has a thumb hole. It opens great using that.

For lack of a better term, that's the slow roll (when you use your thumb to slowly rotate the blade out of the scales rather than flicking it)... ;)

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby BornIn1500 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:10 am

No Spydie drop option. I thought that was kind of popular.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Albatross » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:16 am

BornIn1500 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:10 am
No Spydie drop option. I thought that was kind of popular.
That works better for lock backs in my opinion. It feels like overkill on a knife with such ease of opening.
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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby DirtMcGirt » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:53 am

Slow roll for me. I like a firm, smooth action. And that typically isn’t the best for flicking.
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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Bill1170 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:21 am

Slow roll here, too. It gives control and is less alarming to any bystanders.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby steelcity16 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:34 am

slow roll in use. i try to practice the flick for fun here and there, but i am not comfortable enough to use it in real life.
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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Mako109 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:46 am

Middle finger flick, but usually with my hand pointed down and next to my leg to be discrete. I also use slow roll.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby dogrunner » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:52 am

Thumb hole roll. It is not slow ;)
And it is a controlled positive-locking opening method.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Bloke » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:01 pm

dogrunner wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:12 am
What is a slow roll?
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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Albatross » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:16 pm

Bloke wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:01 pm
dogrunner wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:12 am
What is a slow roll?
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That's the best way to open your knife around non-knife peoples. There's no intimidation factor.
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...But in general, I'm all about high performance, Ergos, safety. That's why I've been accused of "deigning in the dark"...

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Bloke » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:21 pm

Albatross wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:16 pm
That's the best way to open your knife around non-knife peoples. There's no intimidation factor.
Ah, hahaha! :)

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby blues » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:31 pm

I open with my right thumb in a smooth deliberate fashion. No flicking, no showmanship.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby PayneTrain » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:36 pm

I still don't know how you guys flick with anything other than your thumb. I don't think my hands are the right shape because I just can't get it to work. I'm a habitual thumb flicker, but with the PM2 I also sometimes like to open the lock and wrist flick it open. It's a complex motion to make sure the lock is released before the blade fully opens so it doesn't just bounce off the stop and I fail even harder than if I had tried to middle-finger-flick it with my misshapen paws. Feels good when I nail it though!
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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Albatross » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:47 pm

PayneTrain wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:36 pm
I still don't know how you guys flick with anything other than your thumb. I don't think my hands are the right shape because I just can't get it to work. I'm a habitual thumb flicker, but with the PM2 I also sometimes like to open the lock and wrist flick it open. It's a complex motion to make sure the lock is released before the blade fully opens so it doesn't just bounce off the stop and I fail even harder than if I had tried to middle-finger-flick it with my misshapen paws. Feels good when I nail it though!
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Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:01 pm

...But in general, I'm all about high performance, Ergos, safety. That's why I've been accused of "deigning in the dark"...

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby Vivi » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:59 pm

normal thumb opening. it isn't any slower than a flick.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby brainfriction » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:52 pm

Usually a thumb flick, but I also do a sort of 'modified spydie drop' where I pinch the hole with my thumb, index and middle finger and squeeze until the detent pops free and it falls open from the weight of the handle.

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Re: Favourite method to open PM2?

Postby mayong » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:04 pm

I saw a youtube reviewer open a Caribbean with his ring finger while the knife was facing outward, as if offering it to someone. I thought that was pretty neat, so, not having a Caribbean, I tried it with my PM2. Totally doable! Once you get it down it's very satisfying and, since the finger that deploys the knife is under the handle and out of view, it's a little bit like magic. :D

Disclaimer: this isn't a functional way to open the knife and you could easily drop it while practicing it. It's 100% presentation. But it basically goes like this.

Start by holding the handle outward, loosely resting the knife on your fingers.

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Then move the pad of your ring finger into the hole and pinch the knife firmly between your thumb (just below the clip), index finger (on the opposing scale), and ring finger (in the hole). Those are your three points of contact -- I actually find it easier to do with my pinkie and middle finger off of the knife so they don't get in the way.

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Now, the fun part! Sharply bring your index finger down towards you while really pinching hard with your thumb and index. This quick motion snaps the blade out and locks it into place. It should feel just like a flick, except the ring finger moves inward instead of outward.

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You'll be left holding the knife outward, ready to hand to friend or foe. (Or you might be pulling it out of the carpet, or your thigh, or your girlfriend's thigh...)

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