Might I impose on you to elaborate a little on what the "needed upgrades" to your knife entailed?
I ask because I received a Hornet last Thursday, and I'm trying to decide whether to send it back for repair, or replacement, or to just tweak it on my own a little.
I was looking for something new for daily utility carry: seriously overbuilt, very grippable handle (gotta keep them fingers off the sharp part), with a short (around 3") blade with lots of curve to it, and less diminutive / more of a handful than my baby Sebenza. And this little knife is all that -- when it's open...
...but the locking bar seems too strongly bent (I've got a number of sore spots on my fingers and palm from opening it), and more alarmingly, the locking bar seems a tiny bit too narrow (it has some side-to-side play in its channel when the knife is closed -- the tip of the knife can move about 1/8" up and down, clearing the end of the handle, while the ball detent remains engaged). Not at all what I was expecting, given the fine fit and finish of my Socom M/A tanto (yes, I know, they're manufactured by different companies, but they're still closely related).
My thoughts over the weekend were that what it really needed was a replacement locking bar that fixed both of the problems above, and also traded the release's unnecessarily aggressive (IHMO) ridges for the more gently patterned ridges used on the Socom (although that would probably be much less of a sore point
if the lock tension were lowered).
Anyway, I was wondering if the mods to your knife were anything along these lines (or, if not, I'm curious as to what else you found to change.)
[This message has been edited by Carl Jacobsen (edited 11-02-98).]