I'm just getting back into tactical folders. Of all the different knives available Emerson was the most appealing. However, after reading online about problems with Emerson knives I was somewhat hesitant. But I couldn't resist buying a Desert Roadhouse. The same issues that you guys talk about was present with the knive, i.e. gritty action, slightly off-center blade, and a pivot screw the wanted to back out. Well, I followed your advice. Took the knive apart; cleaned the parts; applied lube; used Teflon Tape to secure the pivot screw; and guess what? The action is smooth, the blade is centered, and the pivot screw is secured. I'm glad I've gotten old enough to follow directions!
This is my first post, but I'm sure not my last.