paramilitary tip is bent?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by southernknives, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    I have bought 4 Paramilitaries in the last Month or so. They kicked Benchmade out of my pocket. (at lest for a while)

    Anyway, I have always been super careful not to pry with it's thin tip.
    Well, I was cleaning the gunk off of it this morning and noticed the Last 1/2" or so is slightly bent.

    I have no idea how this could have happened, as I have NEVER pried a thing with it, I never loaned it out and it wasn't like that when I bought it.

    Anyone else have this problem with the PM 2?
  2. L2bravo


    Jun 14, 2013
    You're proably not going to like the answer. As crappy as it tastes, they will probably tell you that it was user error. I hope to hear differently. Good luck man.
  3. Kwon Kwang

    Kwon Kwang

    Jul 7, 2013
    That is a pretty fine tip. I wouldn't use it for anything but light duty tasks like punching thin plastics and cardboard, maybe scoring.
  4. Surfingringo

    Surfingringo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2013
    Weird. As you said, it didnt come like that and you haven't loaned it out, so it must have happened while using it. I know the pm2 doesn't have the strongest tip in the world, but it would still take a fair bit of force to bend the last half inch. It's hard to imagine doing something with the knife that could cause that without noticing it. I'm not saying anything other than I share your bafflement!

    Are you sure nobody else has handled it? Could be as simple as someone dropping it just right (or wrong) while open. You been camping and a buddy grabbed it and stuck it in a log and torqued it pulling it out? Something like that. Dunno.
  5. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    I was the only one who ever carried it. I don't know what happened. I may try calling them on Monday to see if I can buy a new blade for it. I will keep you guys informed. I could live with it, but sharpening it will completely mess it up.
  6. vwb563

    vwb563 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Did you buy it used? If so maybe it was bent when you got it? Can you post a pic of the bent tip? I'd like to see it.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  7. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    I bought it new right from I think KW. Lately when I have tried to post pics I need to resize them and it won't let me. I can take pics and send them to you if you want.
  8. spketch


    Jan 28, 2011
    Here are the pictures:

    I would try to hammer it out slowly and carefully as blade-fiend advised.
    You must have put lateral force on the blade when cutting something and not realized it.
    The thin tip is great for stabbing into tough materials to get a cut started, but the trade off is strength. Should be an easy fix, but I wouldn't expect a new blade from spyderco.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2013
  9. Blade-fiend


    Apr 11, 2013
    what you need is a hammer, some masking tape or duct tape and a flat surface. cover the hammer head and blade with tape this will prevent hammer marks then use a flat surface and lightly tap the blade until its straight again, you may need to hold it at different angles to get it right. my co-worker's son did this to his dragonfly salt before giving it to me to sharpen so I straightened it out then gave it back in shaving condition.
  10. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    Thanks spketch for posting the picks. My phone is jacked up right now, I rebooted it and it seems fine now.

    I will try to hammer it back out. I have a snap-on mallet I may try first.

    My real question is: is this common? I was very surprised.
    However, when I received that knife the tip was brown on the spine. So maybe the temper was ruined during sharpening in that area?

    Also, does Spyderco sell new blades to people?
  11. KrisOK


    Oct 17, 2012
    I'd say VERY UNCOMMON. I have well over 200 knives, and I don't think that I've EVER received a knife with a bend in the blade like that. Personally I'd send it back for a replacement BEFORE using a hammer on it.
  12. southernknives

    southernknives Banned BANNED

    Sep 30, 2012
    I just emailed Spyderco about it. Hopefully they will make it right.
    I should have read the warranty (or lack thereof) before buying. Honestly I think the tip had the HT burned out of it.
  13. nuckingfuts


    Dec 20, 2011
    I dont believe they offer blade replacements. I would just try and straighten it out as best you can, itll still be a functional knife.
  14. Whitedog

    Whitedog Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 30, 2005
    You may be able to take a little of the bend out with a hammer but it will never be completely straight again. You may also cause more damage by hammering it out. Thin tips bend and snap easily, especially when its stainless. Regrind the tip if you are confident in your grinding ability. You can also file a new tip if you want to take the time to do it.
    You may wind up with a better tip in the end. Needle like tips are accidents waiting to happen. Good luck either way you go.
  15. L2bravo


    Jun 14, 2013
    I love my new PM2. It carries well, locks up well, is high on the cool factor, and cuts like hell.

    That said, I get scared of it's scary thin tip. It's only a matter of time before I wreck it I fear.
  16. nuckingfuts


    Dec 20, 2011
    It can handle more than you probably think. You can always drop the tip down a little with a file or something so its not quite as delicate.
  17. L2bravo


    Jun 14, 2013
    I am afraid I might have to sell mine. I just sharpened mine to the inth degree, and it is stupid sharp, polished bevel and all. I am now deathly afraid of it. It's going to attepmt to kill me at some point.
  18. halvdan7


    Oct 7, 2009
    You are not crazy. I bought mine months ago from Ebay and the user said it was pocket carried and nothing other than paper cutting usage. It came to me like new. After about one week I was cleaning it under a birght light and noticed the same bend in the tip of mine as well (black handle, satin finish, plain edge).
    The bend in mind is slighter than yours and more towards the end of the tip. Doesn't effect usage or cuts but I know it is there. Mine is a user so I don't mind. Still, odd that the previous owner never noticed and it would appear to have come from the factory that way.
    My guess is that some blemished ones got out on the market due to the high demand and people are still trading them around. My next one will hopfully be mint. Lucky I didn't pay an inflated price for it as well.
  19. pwet


    Feb 13, 2009
    this would never happen from a drop on the tip. doesnt look like a ht warpage either, the bend would not start as sharply, more a continuous curve along the whole blade. to me it looks like the knife was stuck on something and torqued.

    just user opinion from having dropped and bent and screwed my fair share of blades. could be wrong.
  20. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2009
    Owned and handeld many Paras never saw that before I would send it back.

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