Keep ‘em Sharp
Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider
- May 14, 2012
Snecx Vision...tool less cleaning, caged lubrication points and never having to disassemble. Mike drop. Haha.
You are welcome OP.
You are welcome OP.
As a former Watch Maker I can see both sides of the argument.
I have had plenty of OCD customers that because thier watch was loosing a extra 2 sec a day instead what ever was advertised on the website. They would feel the need to open it and "adjust" it often mangling the hair spring and destroying any water resistance. Then expecting it to be covered under warranty.
But I have also seen just how much dirt can get inside a watch and the effects of not oiling it can do.
A knife is no where near as complex as a watch but I think that the same type of personalities overlap in collecting.
If you have the manual dexterity and you want to do the extra step of dissembly then why not? I think people feel a sense of accomplishment when they get something "just right" to how they like it.
If you don't even know what a philps screw driver is. Then maybe you should avoid messing with it.
I take apart every knife that I can as soon as I get it. Part of it is inspection. Part of it is getting to know the knife. Part of it is cleaning out whatever mystery goo it had from the factory and replacing it with quality non-toxic lube. No, that doesn't mean some over-priced "unicorn lube". I wipe down surfaces with mineral oil and put a little FMO 350-AW on the moving parts. Then I know what I'm carrying and I know what's in it.
For "toolless disassembly" to be the future of knife design, it would require good working disassembly mechanisms that will be cost effective and work reliably with a variety of designs. Even then, would everyone want it? I don't know. I'd be happy to just see a few small changes go standard. For instance, I'd like to see T6 replaced by T8 for most screws. I'd also like to see pivots and spacers captured so that nothing spins freely.
If I was stuck in the desert with no water, or a brush, or a rag, I'd be a lot more worried about other things. No need to OCD out about grit in your knife if you've got those problems.
Here's something interesting, ffwd to 4:10 in or so, and look at how much actual grit and grim is in the mechanism with the guy trying his hardest to cake the knife up. It's nothing, a minuscule amount that could be washed out of even a pinned together folder with no trouble.
It's a gimmick. If it was a huge thing that everyone wanted, you'd see other manufacturers rushing to have their own ez-strip models/lines.
In the end, mechanically, the modern knife buyer usually wants - 1) Improved lock strength, 2) Simple fast opening, 3) Smoothness. That's where the "arms race" has been in terms of construction the last 50 years or so mainly. Being able to pull apart your knife without tools is way down the list.
I think this thread pretty definitively shows that no, not everyone would want it.
I see that the dismissive tone of my "I don't know" didn't translate well to text. The point was that even if perfected across a diverse variety of mechanisms, toolless disassembly would still not be right for every knife or every person.
I suggested a few other things that I'd rather see standardized for those of us who like to take apart our knives. Even for those who usually don't take apart their knives, I think it's good to be able to if you wanted to. I think there is value both in having that process made relatively easy and in minimizing the potential for damage in doing so. For instance, I'd like to see the industry move away from soft T6 screws where applicable and continue the trend away from permanent thread-locker.
BTW, what kind of folder did you use in Saudi Arabia? Was sand or grit an issue at all for that knife? What kinds of gear were most affected?
Maybe some of this comes down to personal levels of knife care. I'm OCD about keeping my knives in good shape. Perhaps a grity action doesn't bother some people, haha.
Edit: Nobody get offended please, it's all in good nature. Have a great weekend all