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Thumb Disks

Discussion in 'Emerson Knives' started by Boxer .45, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    I don't usually like thumb studs on my folders, like benchmade for instance, and have only had a handfull of knives with studs out of all of the knives I have owned. I just prefer other methods for opening my knives. Everybody has preferences I guess.

    I have an Emerson A100 which has a thumb disk, and I like it fine and it works. I did find myself 'missing' opening the knife occasionally using the factory disk which was a little frustrating. I decided to get a larger thumb disk which goes against what I would have thought I'd prefer if you saw my opening statement.

    Wow what a difference! It is so much easier and natural and grabs my thumb every time. Although its close to the thickness of the knife it is set so far to the back of the knife it doesn't look like it will affect cutting performance over the factory disk. Theres not much I would change about this knife, I just plain like it. But I'm glad I did this!

    New Thumb disk

    Supposed to be 25% larger. Factory overlaid on the larger one for comparison.
    Notice the texture on the side is more visible more grippy than factory also.

    Have any of you upgraded to a larger or different textured thumb disk? Did you like it more or less?
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  2. Turbo4x4

    Turbo4x4 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    I have few larger discs, I like it!
    Work by Russian custom maker.
    From closer- A-100, Big Bulldog, Desert Roadhouse, Barracuda and S-Commander
    DSC_a0529.jpg DSC_a0530.jpg DSC_a0534.jpg DSC_a0535.jpg DSC_a0536.jpg DSC_a0537.jpg
    WValtakis and gotgoat like this.
  3. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
  4. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
  5. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    From the 5 pictured above I really like the one that is second-to-last in the last pic. Very cool.

    The only one I felt that needed a bigger disk was my Super 7 so it got a PG Zirconium. I have a .45 disk on a regular 7 just cuz it looks cool, but it wasn't necessary for function.

  6. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    I'm not crazy about the wave feature so its about necessary for my big thumb.
  7. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Pretty sure he says thats Captain America on IG.
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  8. jceckrosh

    jceckrosh Gold Member Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 2, 2016
    I have Pete Gray bead blasted double knurled Ti monsters on my 6s. And I have 4 or more different ones (damascus, copper) available for other knives. Makes a big difference - makes easy super easy (since i never wave open any of them).

    And yes, the bullet hole/target disc and the star disc are pretty damn cool.
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  9. RogWar


    Jun 6, 2014
    Yes, I called this disc "Captain America". ;)
  10. fly36gti


    May 28, 2016
    Who sells the over size disks?
    There looking good!
  11. Boxer .45

    Boxer .45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Emerson, Gray Precision, Rogwar, and probably more.
  12. fly36gti


    May 28, 2016
    I did not know, thanks, they look nice and we'll made!
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  13. Khanvoy44

    Khanvoy44 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 22, 2016
    I had concerns about disc getting in the way too. My disc is a button. :cool:
  14. fly36gti


    May 28, 2016
    Too bad Gray Precision can not be contacted !
    No phone.
    No email either. Tells me both my email addresses are not valid !!
    So I can't send him a message. Maybe he's hiding ?

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