Chuck, an amazing review!! I especially like the missle analogy...I certainly learned something from it. Not sure if i'm gonna pick one of these up yet, but now that i'v read your review it's a deffinate possibility. Come to think of it, i actually saw these at the show but didnt think much of it. Cant rememeber if i even actually handeled one. Anyway, thanks again Chuck!
I Kinda like mine, but on about my third flip, the pivot pin on the bite handle twisted about 30 degrees out of the factory fit.
I tried to push the pin back into place, but it won't punch all the way out with my tools.
It still flips pretty well. I like the weighty handles, and thick blade.
Allignment is pretty decent too.
The latch sucks. This might be a good latchless bali project.
I don't really like that when open, there is about a 1/4" gap between the handles.
That was a great, In-Depth Review Chuck. That's why we wuv you!
I have the following comments and ideas.
Take the Latchless idea and make that a reality. Take a Dremel and get rid of the Budweiser [Beer Can] Latch.
Get some Micarta [Chuck's Idea] and pop those Bakelite Wannabe inserts out, cut, sculpt and fit Micarta to it.
Cut and fit a Kick inside the handle and epoxy it in place. Pressure fit and epoxy should hold it there forever. That eliminates that problem if it is done right. Depending on how much material you can obtain from the latch you have cut off, you might already have the material to do it!
Take the smaller, conical grinding stones utilized for the Dremel, and grind some Pockets on it. That should not be too hard to do either.
I don't think I could get them perfect, but maybe someone can. In any event, it would relieve some stress.
So, now you have in the Immortal Words of SnipahBooooye...a "FrankenBali."
Maybe we should call it "General Tso's Bali."
Just for uniformity [maybe I'm anal, I dunno] you could custom cut, pressure fit and epoxy a small piece of Aluminum or Mild Steel into the space taken by the removal of the latch.
Just to block the end off.
Damn, I burned my last Dremel up doing projects over ten years ago.
Looks like it is time to invest in another one and buy a couple of these SCUDs.
I thought about customizing one the first time it showed up here on the forum.
I'd make it a latchless, and try to make my own inserts in wood (should be easy) or carbonfibre
I hope they are allready available in France, so I can get me a couple of them in a week or so
I hate to admit it but I love my China Cheapie, or "sidewinder" as they seem to be nic-named now. Can't see payin' $40 bucks for it though. Me and Todd1 can get em for $20 here in NC. You should investigate your local flea markets and gunshows. Are the handles 2 different lengths on anybody elses? How's aboot some G-10 Scales?
If I were to, say... rehandle my 259 utility but put the handles on backwards so to have a Manila folder (bite out on latch drops), would I go to hell? lol
That review was very insightful, I think I learned alot, and got alot of customizing ideas. I'm going to try to find me one of those,I love heavy handles . I have big hands and it makes it a little easer to flip for me . How many times have you had to resharpen it? Thanks again for the great review . Tiger