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Hinderer Flipper removal!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 1Hiker2, May 17, 2018.

  1. 1Hiker2

    1Hiker2 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 11, 2012
    Looking for a reputable knife smith to remove an XM-18 flipper tab?
     
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  2. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Or sell and buy a non flipper. That would make more sense. Is it a one off?
     
  3. shinyedges

    shinyedges Every man's intelligence is a god Platinum Member

    Jun 5, 2012
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  4. Charlie Mike

    Charlie Mike Sober since 1-7-14 (still a Paranoid Nutjob) Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 1, 2000
    Yeah, no problem. Just send the blade with a line drawn where you want it bobbed. Send 10 for shipping.
     
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  5. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2013
    You’ll love the change, it makes them way better without it
     
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  6. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    In what way? For one, it can only now be opened with the thumbstud rather than opened with the thumbstud OR the flipper tab.
     
  7. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    I agree. How could it be better only having the thumbstud instead of both?
     
  8. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2013
    Because in my opinion the tab was in the way while open and actually using it. I never minded using stud, I think they look cleaner without flippers. Just my mileage though
     
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  9. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    15266078310381278931072.jpg You would need to remove scale material as well to make much of a difference. I sure don't see how it makes them way better. I think they sell 10 to 1 with the flipper.
     
  10. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    This is the way to go no sense in ruining the value.
     
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  11. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2013
    I’ve had one removed by josh at razors edge and turned out perfect without any scale changes. And didn’t loose any value cause I sold it to fund another purchase. https://imgur.com/a/WB0AD
     
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  12. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    You could also try to trade it for an XM-18 non-flipper. There is a bit of difference in the detents from the factory. Non-flippers have a bit softer detent than flippers do... at least, in the later versions they do. Makes 'em a bit easier to operate with just the thumb studs / stop pins.
     
  13. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    You may not have lost the value but certainly added the cost. I believe the factory flipper and nonflipper sell for the same price, so it makes more sense financially for the OP to tade for a nonflipper or sell it and buy a nonflipper, unless the knife has sentimental value to him.
     
  14. Dallas T

    Dallas T Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 6, 2013
    Totally agree but probably already has one, and after taking a small hit on selling one then buying a second one and paying for mod n shipping, might as well mod it. Good luck op!
     
  15. 1Hiker2

    1Hiker2 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 11, 2012
    I agree
     
  16. 1Hiker2

    1Hiker2 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 11, 2012
    Thanks!
     
  17. 1Hiker2

    1Hiker2 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 11, 2012
    Thank you!
     
  18. Makael

    Makael Leather Craftsman Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    Curious why. Is it in the way? The choil won't change. I'm just curious.
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  19. 1Hiker2

    1Hiker2 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Sep 11, 2012
    I'm not a fan of flippers and it's in the way for my index finger, blade and handle grips.
     
  20. stabman

    stabman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    I didn't remove the flipper on mine, but I did have to modify it, as the back part of it dug into my index finger if I tried actually using it for anything.
    I think the XM-24 might not bug me the same way, because of the overall larger dimensions; the ZT 0561 for instance does not irritate my hand.

    Now, the XM-18 works fine for me. :)
    No pics to post right now, but I'll take some at some point.
     

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