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The Native has arrived!

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Well, the wait seemed like forever, but my BF Native has arrived. I guess it helps being this close to Jax. - hang in there those that live further away.

My initial impression is that the fit and finish are excellent. The color and logos are better than I expected. Sharpness is excellent - it shaves soooo easily. Haven't really tested with any other stuff yet, but that'll come shortly.

I think I will end up using this knife. I wasn't really sure about it, but having received it, it begs to be used. I don't think I can resist its calling. Call me weak, but I think most of you know what I mean.

Hang in there everyone who's waiting on the big brown truck - it's worth the wait

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JP Bullivant
 
No fair, you live in the same state as W.O.W
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.....lol. What is another few days? How do you like the sheath - tell us about the sheath
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md2020 - just keep in mind that the weather everyone is dealing with is normal here...we won't be getting any breaks for a while. There are some disadvantages to living here
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The sheath looks really cool. I'm amazed at how good a job Mike did in such a short amount of time. Seems to be really well made, and the carbon fiber look is really good. Mine seems a little tight, but I'm sure it'll get easier with use. I'd rather it be this way than having the knife fall out all the time. Am I right in thinking that correct diployment is by holding the sheath in the off hand and the knife by the hole in between thumb and index finger of good hand and flick open? One problem here is due to the semi-recessed nature of the hole on the native - gives you a little less to hold on to when opening. This is only exacerbated by the sheath being a little tight - the knife suddenly jumps out and I dropped it the first time. I don't know if it'll continue doing this, but it's somewhat annoying.

If anyone has found a different, possibly better (or I'm being an idiot and trying to open the knife all wrong), please post how you've been opening the knife.

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JP Bullivant


[This message has been edited by jpbulli (edited 31 July 1999).]
 
Blade deployment draw with the neck sheath can be done one-handed with the knife and sheath at rest. You are basically doing an inertia opening from the suspended sheath. Suspend sheath with the opening hole towards your dominant hand. Pinch thumb and forefinger firmly together through Spyder hole and pull down briskly while adding a wrist snap to the motion. The handle will fall away from the blade leaving you in a foil grip. The motion is all in the wrist and very BRISK - pulling slowly will retard the draw. I did at least four opening draws with each sheath before shipping them to Spark, but if anyone has any problems or questions, feel free to contact me. If those who did not get a sheath decide that the'd like one after all, there still is some material on hand. Enjoy!

Mike

[This message has been edited by Mike Sastre (edited 31 July 1999).]

[This message has been edited by Mike Sastre (edited 31 July 1999).]
 
It takes a little practice if you're not used to doing inertia openings, but once you get the motion down, it's incredibly quick.

Mike
 
I thought since JP got his on Friday that mine would probably arrive on Monday (Tulsa, Oklahoma). I spent all day looking out the front window. Everything that sounded like it could be a UPS truck had my attention. But nothing came! I'm looking forward to trying out that sheath but it really has been a long wait.

It better come tomorrow or I'm going to be flagging the UPS truck down to question him. And he better not be wearing a certain blue knife around his neck!
 
tulsamal,

I wouldn't start worrying yet. Your knife may well have gone out on Friday, in which case two days would put you at today as the earliest.

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JP Bullivant
 
The Blue Native has arrived in Oklahoma
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The Big Brown Truck of Joy just dropped off my Native and sheath...I'm extremely pleased with both. Now I just have decide if I'll actually use the thing or not...

I guess good things do come to those who wait...and wait...and wait...
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OK you guys, as each of you sounds off I get an idea of when we west coasters will be getting ours ! But that does not make it easier !!!!!!
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Oh, how did you do the revolving happy face ?
 
I got mine (NYC) late yesterday & am very pleased with both knife & sheath. Fit & finish on both are flawless.

I like the blue color used & also think that the BF logo was well done. Action is among the smoothest of any of my lockbacks. I'll definitely carry it but will probably restrict it to light/clean duties, at least for now.

Although I am familiar w/initeria openings, it will take a bit of practice before I can do so from the sheath in one fluid motion. I am a neck knife fan & user but had been uncertain of how a folder would function in that role. Well, despite my need for practice, I now plan on ordering Mike's neck sheaths for my Harpy & Delica.

For those who have not ordered knife or sheath, my advice is do so now while they are still available. IMO, you won't find a comparable value anytime soon.

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Cheers,

--+Brian+--

 
Brian –

I just “borrowed” the rotating smiley from some of the other (smarter) forumites after seeing it mentioned in the Tech Support Forum. I think SammyB is the one who figured out how to post them in messages. Just click on the “edit” icon for any posting that contains one…then you can see the UBB code that needs to be inserted to generate a
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There’s probably a smarter way to do it, but that’s the only way I’ve been able to figure out so far…
 
Mike Sastre,

AWESOME job on the sheath! It was well worth the wait - really
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One question I have to ask you: would you be willing to make some LEFT-HANDED BN sheaths? Whatever material you have is fine by me
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OH.......... Pleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaase?!
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thank YOU Mike!

Ray 'md2020'

ps: oooops, the Blue Native is WAY COOL, too - I already handled one a while back
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Thanks Blade Forum!
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[This message has been edited by maddog2020 (edited 04 August 1999).]
 
Ray 'md2020',

Sheaths can be used left handed just as they are by orienting Spyder hole to that side. If you are asking can I reverse the clip from factory standard to make sheath, the answer is YES. I'll need to know how many would be interested 'cause it would be a "special run" with reversed clip. Might have enough of the CF Concealex for limited run.

Mike
 
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