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Factory edge on PM2 is lopsided

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Rasco, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. Rasco

    Rasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    I've already sent Spyderco an email requesting help in sending this one in for a touch-up, but thought I'd share with yall as well.
    (or in case Spyderco Customer Service would like pics)

    The factory edge on my PM2 has been way off since I got it back in January, but back then I was still VERY new to knife collecting and didn't really know what I was looking at, or what the problem was, or if it even was a problem.
    I've tried to take care of it myself on the EPA, but it looks like I'm just exaggerating the lopsidedness...

    Here's a few pics:

    Long side:

    Short side:

    Top down:


    Again, I have total confidence Sal & company will take care of it, but I just thought I'd share.
  2. KNaB


    Oct 18, 2008
    It's just an uneven bevel. The knives are sharpened by hand, thus some variance. You'll eventually sharpen it out.
  3. Rasco

    Rasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    There we go, I had a feeling my verbiage was off :p
    Yes, uneven bevel, exactly.
    I suppose I could bust out the EPA tonight and try to fix it, but isn't this the sort of thing Spyderco would be happy to take care of for me?
    I'm not mad about the variance, I understand completely. But I'm not being too demanding, asking them to fix it, am I?
  4. KingN0thing


    Aug 27, 2014
    I have had a couple knives like that. Didn't seem to hinder cutting performance so it didnt bother me much.
  5. fetzer85


    Oct 17, 2012
    I'm not sure, you got it 7 months ago and already attempted to fix it yourself. I'm not saying they won't do it but if they say no I certainly would understand why.
  6. Rasco

    Rasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Seems like it would be a pretty simple fix. Couple seconds on a belt would even it right up.
    Yes, I could probably fix it myself, but 220 is my highest grit stone, so it would probably take me all night Vs a few seconds...
    Does sharpening your own knife void the warranty or something??
  7. RevDevil


    Nov 9, 2009
    I'm not sure if sharpening the knife voids the warranty, but I've seen some sharpening jobs that are just ugly as sin. They would undoubtably cause edge instability, and potentially cause the edge to break because it's too low. Usually when someone notices that, it's best to get it fixed right away via the warranty. Fixing that wouldn't take more than about 15-20 minutes, 220 might not be coarse enough to reprofile quickly, but it can be done. I've received a handful of knives over the years with some lopsided bevels, it's like they trained new people on the knives I bought. :D
  8. MRMknives97


    Aug 7, 2014
    Spyderco will sharpen a knife for free if you send it in. Sharpening your knife won't void the warranty though. You might have to send $5 with the knife for shipping, but other than that it's free. I don't see why they wouldn't take care of it, since it seems to be a factory defect, and they sharpen for free anyways. I'm not the best with sharpening so I'd personally send it in. Hope you get it resolved :)
  9. Surfingringo

    Surfingringo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2013
    Nah, I think you're fine. Spyderco does offer a free sharpening service I believe. If you send it in for sharpening and mention the bevel is uneven then I would imagine they will send you back a very sharp knife with an even bevel.

    Eta: there's nothing wrong with sending it in but I reckon you could straighten it out yourself in 15-20 minutes. I would give it a go. No sense being without your knife if you don't have to.
  10. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    I don t think that would be hard to fix with your Edge Pro.
  11. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I would send it in...
    You've already messed with it yourself. Time to leave it to the pros. Hopefully, you'll get a good job this time around.
  12. The Mastiff

    The Mastiff Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    If you have sharpened it with a Wicked edge it sure isn't a factory edge any more. It is still eligible for sharpening of course.
  13. Jasonsdman


    Mar 15, 2012
    Brand new out-of-the-box Fluted Ti Military with same condition. (Probably sharpened by the same person...) I feel like I took a hit on my investment because I have to disclose this issue if I ever sell the knife even if I sent it in to Spyderco to fix it. My bad luck I guess. I don't really care about it if I decide to use the knive though.



    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014
  14. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Yes, easy fix but send it in.
    fwiw, I have learned to leave well enough alone. My PM2's point is slightly off but but she'll still easily pierce.
  15. The Mastiff

    The Mastiff Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    Even those lopsided blades are light years ahead of what we had in the 70's and into the early 80's. They are so much sharper, higher hardness and better steel it's not in the same category. All knives came with more obtuse edges. I believe consumer demand and information available on the internet is what led to the changes. Even the new guys here know more about what is on the market and available than we did. We could flip through a wholesalers catalog at the hardware or surplus store but that was about it. Mostly it was what was available at the local stores. Schrade or Case, then some other brand might be represented if it was a good store.

    I'll take the worst edged Spyderco anyday over what came out of the factory back then. Of course edges were supposed to be finished and tailored and maintained by the owners.

    On the other hand I would have had a fit trying to sharpen an S110V @ rc 62-63 bladed Spyderco with my Arkansas medium stone. :) Seems like I recall Spyderco changed that too with their synthetic stones. :)

  16. asmith001


    Oct 8, 2012
    That's terrible. Sorry for your loss. Send it to me. I'll dispose of it for you.

    My Para2 was a little uneven, but after a dozen or so sharpenings on a diamond stone and the sharpmaker, it's pretty even now. I spent a little more time on the smaller side, intentionally.
  17. Redmasta


    Jul 17, 2013
    My recent PM2 came with a dull tip, maybe they've had to hire some more people to keep up with demand and they aren't so great at sharpening. Hopefully they get it worked out.
  18. Rasco

    Rasco Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Based on your pics, I'm gonna say it was the same person sharpening both our knives :p
    Your blase is exactly like mine. Bevel is off on the same sides. Comes up very high on the "blade-pointing-right" side. Very low on the "blade-pointing-left" side.

    I agree I could probably take care of it myself, but I have plenty of other quality knives to fill my pocket for the 4-5 weeks my PM2 will be in Golden. so why not send it in for $5? If nothing else, I'll have some personal experience with Spyderco Customer Service, so I can speak from experience when I rave about how good it is :)
  19. inkynate


    Sep 4, 2010
    Lol, I think "Crazy Ivan" sharpened my Cruwear Manix as well. I'm not worried about it though.
  20. PayneTrain


    Oct 24, 2013
    He got me too! My S110V Manix! Daaaamn you Ivaaaaaaaan!!!

    Seriously though, I can't blame him. The tip is the hardest part for me to sharpen. I somehow seem to screw it up more often than not. Doesn't bother me a bit though, I'll work through it. I don't wanna complain and cost Ivan his job, imagine if he had to go back to flipping burgers. They'd only be half done.:rolleyes:

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