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Off Centered Milli 52100 CF

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Rebel Nimrod, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Rebel Nimrod

    Rebel Nimrod

    737
    Jan 23, 2014
    just received (from a dealer) a 52100 CF Military (CQI) that the blade is off center (away from the lock bar). It’s about midway between center and touching the scales, let’s call it 50%. Doesn’t hurt anything except collector value. Any suggestions on an easy fix or do I need to send to Spyderco? This dealer does not takes returns.

    Thanks

    PS I hope no one takes my post as a negative against Spyderco, this is my 6th Military and own many other models, all were perfect. This is my first that needed tweaking, I highly recommended Spyderco!
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2019
  2. P2P

    P2P Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Militaries can almost always be fixed. Loosen the handle screws just a bit. Then flex the handle in a manner that centers the blade, or over centers by a hair. While holding the new flexed handle, retighten the screws.

    This should cure most of it. Sometimes it takes a little time adjusting. Once you get it right, I recommend not opening the knife back up for cleaning unless absolutely necessary.

    This had worked for the 10+ militaries I’ve owned.
     
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  3. Rebel Nimrod

    Rebel Nimrod

    737
    Jan 23, 2014
    Thanks P2P!
     
  4. ferider

    ferider Basic Member Basic Member

    248
    Jun 20, 2018
    What P2P said. While you are at it, adjust the Pivot to your liking, too. BTW, a loose Pivot screw will cause decentering exactly as you describe.
     
  5. Rebel Nimrod

    Rebel Nimrod

    737
    Jan 23, 2014
    Didn’t have time last night, but I will check the pivot screw and/or flex handle. Thanks for the tips!
     
  6. kniferbro

    kniferbro

    Jan 22, 2011
    The long g10 handles on the Military are prone to getting skewed. I have that exact knife and what seems to help mine is loosening the pivot and pushing the blade over towards the liner lock, then tightening down. Basically what P2P said, just fiddle with the screws and flexing and pushing on the parts to get it centered.
     
  7. JLeBlanc

    JLeBlanc

    17
    May 13, 2019
    As the above posts have mentioned, the issue can be fixed, and the Millie with it's long blade and scales is somewhat prone to the issue. But if I may add, you picked IMHO THE FINEST Millie variant ever conceived, and it's well worth the effort in trying to re-center the blade. I hope it works out, and enjoy that knife!
     
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  8. ToxicBot11

    ToxicBot11

    713
    Apr 28, 2013
    Followed this video awhile back to fix mine and it worked..

     
  9. Rebel Nimrod

    Rebel Nimrod

    737
    Jan 23, 2014
    With y’all’s help I got it close to centered, may try again went one of my sons can lend an extra hand.

    One more question, when I look closely at the metal liners from the back of the knife, the side away from the lock is not flush. It just barely sticks out and I can see light reflecting from its edge. Is that normal?
     
  10. JLeBlanc

    JLeBlanc

    17
    May 13, 2019
    Yep that happens sometimes, no worries!
     
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