The knife was holding good, so I tried a thicker branch, this time about 2.5". Sadly, it was too much for the folder, the knife enters the wood, but refused to move further. I manage to take it off hitting the handle and make a wedge to help it.
Again it was too much, the uncle Becker had to came to the rescue! But the folder take care of the halves, no problem this time. The blade, handle and lock held perfectly.
After some work, a nice fire!
Before all that, a put some edge back to the blade with a file, clean it with water and soap, and back to work! this time cutting meat and vegetables for the diner. Before all the work, that was the result:
After two days with the same treatment, the knife was dull (the file was not very fine) and with some play. Back home, I sharpened it, clean it and tight the screws, the Spec-Elite was looking good again! Sharp, clean and with no side to side play at all.
But a small amount of the vertical play remains...
So I took apart the knife, and I found something interesting. First this is the arc lock in all its glory!
As you can see, the lock bar is not free like in the Axis lock, it pivots arround a pin, that maybe is the source of it smoothness. Any way, when I diassemble the knife, I found this fracture near that pin:
The pin looks good, but the metal holding it is too thin, so the battoning (I assume) causes the fracture.
Now, the big question, I still trust the knife?
Yes, I do.
if this pin fails at all, the omega springs will hold the lock bar in position, and it will need a massive failure in the handle to make the bar move and let the blade close. Basing in the punishment that the knife passes, it will require an insane amount of force to make the lock fail. Is possible, yes, but very unlike.
All in all, I can recommend the knife, it cost about the same of a Benchmade Griptilian or an Endura and is a good working knife. Is nice, strong, fast and unbelievable smooth. Is a very good working knife and sadly very underlooked.
I'm sure it will serve you well, if you don't buy it for battoning.
Thank's for watching!
Sorry for my english