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    My First Folder with Thumb Slot Opener


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    Here's my first folder with a thumb slot for opening. I always liked the round hole on Spydercos but I don't think I can use them on my knives. The slot is almost just as good but IMO, not quite. This is a new design that was originally going to have a thumbstud. At the last minute I realized that I had room for a slot so I decided to do away with the thumbstud. I think I like it! What do you guys think? Thanks for looking.
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    I dig it, reminds me of a Tom Mayo design. And like you said, it's just as effective as a hole.
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    I dig it ray, the knife itself looks very refined. You also finished the clip differently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Clean View Post
    I dig it ray, the knife itself looks very refined. You also finished the clip differently?
    Yes, good observation! The clip is orange peel finished. I usually only do orange peel on framelocks but this time I decided to do it on the clip. I don't know why I didn't think of it before. It's easier than hand sanding and looks cool too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverdie36 View Post
    I dig it, reminds me of a Tom Mayo design. And like you said, it's just as effective as a hole.
    You're right! Tom Mayo designs were my inspiration. I think Tom does a wider slot though which probably works better.

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    I prefer thumb studs but the slot you have is a nice slim profile so the blade does not have to stick out as far as a blade with a round hole in it. Regardless of the thumb equipment you make some of the most beautiful knives I have seen for some reason they catch my eye every time. Keep it up and keep them coming because one of these days I will get my hands on one.

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    I like it. Actually, I prefer holes to thumbstuds.
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    Thumbs up

    I was thinking the hole reminded me of the Strider/Buck hole. I like it a lot better than thumbstuds. Less stuff sticking out to snag things. (high speed, low drag)
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    Very nice Ray, that is a very clean and uncluttered design. Maybe a Ti frame flipper next.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenR.T. View Post
    Very nice Ray, that is a very clean and uncluttered design. Maybe a Ti frame flipper next.........
    Now that WOULD be a fantasy come true
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    I like it, but the first thing I thought when I saw it was `man that`d be awesome with a flipper`......looks like I am not the only one who thought that.
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    I really like this, when will they hit the shelves?

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    I dig it.

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    I think it looks even better than your studs! Love those lines!

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    tres slick.

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    looks awesome man!

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    I think it gives the knife clean look. Nice work. As an aside, how do you do your orange peel look- I really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol_sc View Post
    I think it looks even better than your studs! Love those lines!
    +1

    I think the aesthetics of the knife are greatly improved by the hole opener. Really looks great Ray I'd buy one of these in a flash

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    Thanks guys.

    Bob, orange peel is done on titanium with a fine scotchbrite belt running at very high speed. It's very easy.

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    I like it. Nice design. I am a card carrying thumb stud hater.
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