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WARNING: Pekko Nilakka Folder!!!!

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by hollowdweller, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Exactly, this is 63.5 HRC and .006" to .002" towards the tip so yes thin grinds can hold up to harder work.




  2. pwet


    Feb 13, 2009
    With the right steel.
  3. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    And edge geometry, that's very important once things really get thin. :)

    Glad to see Sal got this worked out. :D
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2012
  4. Striderco


    Jun 17, 2010
    Was gonna grab one of these but thought the handles looked like cheap imitation wood! And now hearing of blade issues this ll be a no go for Striderco!
  5. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Looks like Sal got it worked out so they should be fine. :)
  6. bayvillageidiot


    Apr 22, 2011
    First, Sal, thanks for taking on this "issue" head-on. Your hands-on response to the problem has been outstanding.

    I'm really taken with my first-issue Nilakka, as shipped. It's an amazing piece of design.
    In response to the reports, I've simply relegated my Nilakka to light duty, so I've experienced no issues with the edge, to date.
    My dilemma is whether to proceed with the micro-beveling or simply hang on to the initial concept model in it's original state. It's a tough decision.
    I'll be very anxious to see what the re-profiled edge looks like, and the reports from the forum inmates as to its day-to-day efficacy.
    For now, I think I'd best sit and wait.

  7. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    I wouldn't change it unless you have a problem.
  8. jsrice


    Oct 8, 2008
    I wanted one of these really really bad and have not been able to purchase one cause I'm away. I'm glad I didn't. How can I be sure to get one of the corrected ones and not one of the older ones because I def can not reproduce the edge.

    This is amazing that the owner of the company is directly addressing this issue.... I do not think you would see this from any production company.

    Truly remarkable individual and he gained much respect from me from this post
  9. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Sal Glesser is a class act for sure. :)
  10. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    I think it was a bold move to try it but perhaps more testing was in order before sending them out the door. Either way Mr. Glesser is not only resolving the issue but also interacting with the community here. It's a reassuring sight and I don't think Spyderco's reputation will be damaged because the issue was recognized and is being corrected so quickly.
  11. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003

    PB, and Lycosa,

    I finally got around to taking the pics today.

    I'm home and on dialup so I can't upload to my pichosting account so I can post them here. I'll try to do that Monday.

    However I did upload them to the end of my ongoing review and some other pics of testing the new edge out here:


    It's cool they are re profiling them, but honestly I'm just as happy I got to get one at zero and take it back only as far as I wanted. I'm pretty sure I'm below 30 degrees and no problem.
  12. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    HD- And that's that!
    Thanks for the pix.
  13. Sal Glesser

    Sal Glesser Moderator Moderator

    Dec 27, 1998
    We have to make an adjustment that will work for most. Knowledgable knife afi's are often easier for us to deal with when we go "exotic", but not all of our customers are knowledgable afi's. :eek:

  14. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    I hear you. and understand. Hey, thanks for putting this knife out.
  15. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Thank you Sal.
    The Nilakka is one of Spyderco's nicest folders, imo.
  16. Jroden5446


    Dec 20, 2009
    HD, I'm wondering about the handle comfort ( I saw you comment on it in the other post). What do you think could be changed to make it more comfortable for extended use, could the edges be smoothed a bit, or do you think it would be a complete re-slab? Thanks man
  17. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    I'd say wear a glove.

    I think it would be hard to modify the exsisting scales to make it more comfortable.

    The main problem for me is that there along the back of the handle there is not enough width. So if you are cutting something hard and pushing forward the fact that that area is so thin it concentrates the back pressure on your hand.

    You could TRY to take a little of the sharp edge off where the scales and spine meet and that might help a little, but I think it's more a function of the narrowness.

    What I would do is make new scales that from the middle of the diamond shape do not taper toward the back of the handle as much, leaving a wider area to distribute the force across the back of your hand.

    OK notice how that it tapers to the back of the handle


    Now notice how this has a bit more width at the back plus is more rounded from the center point to the back.


    I don't think you'd have to make the whole handle as rounded as this one is, but if you just made the scales wider from the widest part to the top of the handle and then slightly rounded the angle from side to top of the handle on the scales it would work wonders comfort wise and the clip probably wouldn't even have to be modded to fit the new handle, and you wouldn't need difft length screws because all of that would be in the part from the middle to where your fingers curve around which is done about right for comfort.
  18. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Thanks for the pix, HD.
    I STILL want one.
  19. Jroden5446


    Dec 20, 2009
    Thanks for that response HD, makes it very clear. When I have a bit more spending cash I may pick one up and put done wood slabs on it. Thanks again
  20. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Oh I'd still buy one for sure there Lycosa.

    Pick up one of the Enzo's too though if you can find one for a decent price. The spyderco is around 60 bucks more but it's a bigger knife.

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