I guess I'm not so interested in proving one is better than the other. Which is better doesn't mean anything to me. It just gets frustrating when you see people who have admittedly never used a knife equipped with bearings condemn them with overwhelming conviction. Often saying the users just look at their knives. IMHO that is the ONLY merit the tests (term used loosely M marcinek ) in this thread have. That bearings may not be as detrimental to a knife as some may imply.
I have both, use both and like both, the only bearing I ever had a problem with was the CRKT Ripple, the IKBS set up with the hidden stop pin on the ripple doesn't fair well with lint and other soft materials that get caught in the recess for the stop pin and There's no way to get it out without disassembling the knife. On the other knives you can clear the path to the stop pin and the back if the tang. On the Ripple the lint prevents the blade from opening completely and the liner lock can't fully engage but that wasn't a bearing failure. Again I own and use both and see the advantages of each but I'm not throwin' out any "empirical" evidence and claiming it's anything other than an unproven opinion.
Now there's nothin' wrong with opinions as long as they're presented that way and not as some type of fact based conclusion.
Unfortunately you are wasting your breath w these people .they get off on this stuff and then they go and giggle about it together . It's unfortunate because it can turn off the newbies. We want newcomers to stay so this forum gets bigger and better. I think some of these guys have been here so long they are just doing this out of sheer boredom and or lack of imagination. Sorry to hijack, I honestly like both bearings and washers ,can you believe it!!!haters and trolls. its the way you are posting and its ruining it for the rest of us.
if you want to dispute it, tell everyone how it should be done, and DO IT YOURSELF to prove it instead of bashing and trolling.
The take away is that the guy that did the experiment found that he prefers bearings as its easier for maintenance as he found out first hand with the test he did for himself.
its like we must all be MIT scientist or from nasa to do anything.
i think the take away from it from my perspective is that, one is not better than the other, but that ball bearings are not as bad as most people make them out to be, especially for getting sand etc in the pivot and maintenance. nothing more than that.
I think you missed the part where im infallable, walk on water and my opinion becomes written fact before i even know what that opinion is . Seriously though i get what you are saying. My comment wasnt aimed at someone like you who actually forms an opinion through first hand experience. I respect that even if we dont agree. You know the type im thinking of though. The guy with three days membership. Creates a thread slamming this or that because his vast knowlwedge of nothing doesnt paint an immediately clear picture. And instead of experimenting they just create a rally cry thread condemning something expecting everyone to acknowledge their epiphany as knife knowledge supremacy just because they brainstormed for ten minutes on the can. The only interesting thing being that their brainstorming and squatting produced the same end product.