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Front Flippers - pictures and discussion

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by josh yu, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Sorry, between my ass and third base and front and rear flippers, I cannot figure anything out. The pictures in this thread are not helping.
  2. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    More pics please!
    Justin Schmidt and Getting older like this.
  3. josh yu

    josh yu

    Jun 14, 2017
    Disassemble, clean out, and redo, this time make sure your pivot is dialed in just right, no play, centered, but still flips nicely. Also, ive needed anything stronger than blue on any knife I've owned
    lieferung likes this.
  4. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    I have used Teflon tape for persistent loose pivot screw. You just need to use little excessive amount of tape.
    This requires some dexterous fingers, though.
  5. josh yu

    josh yu

    Jun 14, 2017
    Justin Schmidt, miso2 and Cutlover like this.
  6. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
  7. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
  8. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008

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    Here is my Anthony Griffin Front Flipper I promised I would post. My first full custom. As you can see, it is "normal" sized...lol. I have it next to a large 21 Sebenza to give you an idea of its size comparison. The quality of the knife is awesome throughout. It's scary sharp in cpm 154 steel which I have always liked in the past. Framelock which locks up like a vise. Front Flipper as stated, but I cannot flip it to save my life. I watched videos and even the video of this exact one and just simply can't...lol. It really does remind me of a large slip joint, until you turn it over and realize it's framelock. Not sure if I will keep it or not, but wanted to share...!! Enjoy.
    knoefz, Teppojutsu, ourgon and 2 others like this.
  9. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Look up a picture of the Kizer Feist. Notice how it seems to have no way to open the knife. No thumbstuds, flipper, thumbhole, not even a nail nick.

    Now look at the jimping on the Feist. You open the knife by pushing on the little bit of spine jimping that sticks out past the scales of the knife.
  10. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Took me a while to get used to flipping some front flippers. Some of them are much easier than others it seems. Took me a long time to be able to flick by Exskelibur. Some knives are just much harder. (I don't think what makes an effective front flipper is common knowledge to makers like a standard flipper is)

    Some front flipper knives are much easier to flick with the side of the index finger.
  11. lieferung


    May 24, 2016
    The front flipping action is definitely a learning curve. I watched half a dozen videos of the Feist before I bought mine, and I still couldn't do it. Eventually I had to find my own way to do it (people in most vids used the side of their thumb --- I had to use a spot closer to the base of the thumb, below the last knuckle). I still can't index finger it out...

    Honestly though it's a valid method of child (or idiot) proofing your knife. Heck, my cousin and coworkers could barely figure out how to open it.
    ruiker likes this.
  12. ourgon


    Feb 27, 2013


    knoefz, katanas and lieferung like this.
  13. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Thanks, I think I got it. These are front/back flippers. The things that look like thumb studs are blade stops. I can thumb the front ear or index finger the rear ear. Sometimes I do both at the same time. ABF1FF1C-8019-45BA-9F87-C4C305FD73E0.jpeg
  14. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Sort of. The spine side quillion is more of a wave than a front flipper.

    This knife demonstrates two of the more popular styles of front flippers (it has both styles)

    Kizer Wakulla
    The little tab to the left of the thumbstud is one front flipper. Pressing at the corner of that front flipper causes the blade to open.

    The other front flipper is the other tab to the left of the pivot. This one you flip more like a bic lighter.
  15. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    Is that a stud on the pivot of your mad max so you can slip it between your belt and pants and the knife will hang by the stud?
  16. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar Platinum Member

    Sep 1, 2016
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  17. Teppojutsu


    Jan 18, 2015
    @nyefmaker that silpjoint framelock is sweet.
    I cant post a pic but there is or was a titanium jigged one on the exchange by Pena it was also awsome
  18. lieferung


    May 24, 2016
    Whoaaaaaa those are sweet!
  19. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
  20. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    Actually that post is supposed to drop into a frog. The knife is too long for a pocket clip. The frog in the picture has a hole, but I would need a notch, the bottom of which would correspond to the lower edge of the hole. I am going to order a Kydex frog customized to fit the knife. In the mean time, I use a Napolean pocket. 35727F25-06FF-4DD6-B410-B9EAEC7AE43F.jpeg

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