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Snick I found my 110

May 22, 1999

While looking for tape I found my trusty Buck 110. My guess is my wife used it to cut something. It is still sharp but has some micro-knicks on the edge.

My question to you is could you please explain again how you one-hand open again? I still miss the search feature, I know you explained this somewhere. I tried holding the handle while pushing the blade with my thumb and index finger. Scary! My other fingers slip around the handle after the blade is out of the way and blade feels like it is going to slip and slice my fingers. Tried holding the blade and flipping the handle down. Better, but I can envision the knife flying across the room or towards my foot!

I put it in my watch pocket and could not figure out what you were eplaining earlier

I can get a good grip but the lockback spring is strong and prevents the blade from opening with ease using either of these techniques.

I know you have the Ti version, does this version work better with your techniques? I have the wood/brass ver.

I might have to try that ActionSheath afterall
Not really. I won't waste the money.
Okay, I'm guessing one of two things is likely happening;

A: You just need a little practice

B: You are trying to make it not work, conciously or subconciously, it doesn't matter.

They just aren't hard to open. If we were face to face, I could show this to you. You can only explain so much through text. We've all done the "tying your shoes" project, I'm sure.

Actualy, the regular ol' 110 is easier to open due to it's heavier weight. When I switched from the Ranger to the Titanium, it took some adjustment as although the new knife was larger, it was lighter. Maybe you have the tactical folder equivalent of "arcade trigger finger".

However, you said "flip down", I'm seeing something like what they do with SpyderCo's in my minds eye. This isn't quite right for an inertial opening with one of these. Think more along the lines of throwing a frisbee. With a little snap at the end. Try it out and let me know how you do. Again, I can only do so much with text, but if you're intrested I'm here to help.

Now, we've been butting heads a little bit recently, if I were a paranoid man, I might say you were trying to deface me, but I think you're above that. I certainly know I bear you no ill will, and I don't think you harbor any resentment towards me.

So like I said, if you want to learn how to do these openings, I'll walk you through it as best I can. If you have questions, fire away.

Let start by saying I enjoy your posts. There is no hesitation, no BS, no fluff, and you don't hold back. I'm not trying to butt heads with you. The diffence is is that I think I'm more willing to try new things even though I already have something that works. Like buying a Spyderco Military while my 110 is still in usable condition.

I didn't say I couldn't open the 110 fast, I said I couldn't do and feel safe. When I open one-handed in the same manner as a Spyderco trying to overcome the lockback spring causes a slight hesitation and it feels like its going to slip and cut my fingers that are around the handle.

When I hold the closed blade only, no matter which direction it is pointing and which direction I flick the handle it feels like the blade might slip out of my grip and go flying once the blade snaps completely open.

What I'm asking is how you do this and feel safe. And I still can't figure out what you meant about carrying it in the 5th pocket for a fast draw.

[This message has been edited by David Williams (edited 10 July 1999).]
Well, you've probably got "arcade trigger finger". It will feel safe once you get accustomed to it. Like a new haircut. Your fingers just have to get used to the idea that the knife isn't going anywhere. People do this sort of thing with tactical folders and balisongs all the time. Oh yeah, and you learn to fine-tune how much force is needed to open. I said it was easy, not that it was istant, well if I did I didn't mean it.

5th pocket is faster than sticking it in either the front or back pockets, and tucking it under the belt gives it more security than a pocket clip. Quickdraws don't really work in fights. Maybe one outa 100. Security, from a defensive point of view, is more important.

So, if you can do it but feel uncomfortable, I suggest practice. Like a new gun, you gotta get familiar before it feels comfortable. If it's any consolation, I've been using these methods for over a decade and have yet to cut myself or drop the knife. Even when it was wet.

As to being open to new things, there you have me pegged wrong, though I can see why I'd come across like that. If there's something new that looks promising, I always investigate. I have no particular hang-ups or sentimental value attached to particular knives. If I find something better, I trade up. I don't have a whole lot of money for knives, I use'em but don't collect'em, so I tend to own just two knives at any given time. 1 fixed blade, one folder. Right now, the two I have are good enough that trading them up isn't warranted. That doesn't mean I don't look at what's out there.
Dave, I got your e-mail, sent a reply, but it came back as undeliverable. Basicaly;

No big deal. I'm a pretty thick-skinned individual. It's gonna take a lot more than a friendly conversation with a fellow forumite to get me upset. We're just two guys having a discusion, I certainly don't take any offense at all.

Anyway, take care,

I've seen a button that clamps onto the spine of the blade to allow one hand openning. Its called a "bandit" and is in the 99 Smokey Mountain Knife Works catalog for $5. I've been thinking about ordering a few to try, one for my Buck 110.