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Got Schrades????

Started by Alex K.. Last reply by David L. Packham Dec 8, 2014. 29 Replies

Gold Flylock

Started by Alex K.. Last reply by Mark Erickson Sep 1, 2014. 3 Replies

Nice old Sheffield

Started by Alex K.. Last reply by Greg Bayes Jul 21, 2014. 5 Replies

Schrade Cut Co with Spear blade.

Started by Alex K.. Last reply by JJ Apr 6, 2014. 3 Replies

Switchblades are not only for guys.

Started by Alex K.. Last reply by Terry Ray Jan 24, 2014. 10 Replies


Started by Wes Hanson. Last reply by Lee Saunders Oct 28, 2013. 7 Replies

vintage Switch repair

Started by Jemal Hamilton. Last reply by Bill DeShivs Aug 10, 2013. 19 Replies

Friends of FAMARS

Started by Jan Carter Apr 26, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Bill DeShivs on July 12, 2015 at 21:38

George Schrade's great grandson is sending me authorization, on original G. Schrade Knife Co. stationary, as the repair station for Presto knives!

How cool is that?

That makes: Latama, Hubertus, Grafrath, Ritter, Venier (LePre), KABAR, Colonial, Mauro Mario, and G. Schrade.

Comment by Bill DeShivs on July 12, 2015 at 21:34

David, If you were to call KABAR, they would tell you to call me to repair your Grizzly.

See www.billdeshivs.com for details. I'll be happy to help you!

Comment by David Fenn on July 12, 2015 at 20:35
Hello all. I have recently discovered that an old knife I picked up many years ago...I can't even remember where now (I thought it was my grandpas but my dad says otherwise) is a really cool kabar grizzly switchblade. Unfortunately, the mechanism has broken rendering it a rather loose folding knife.

I am wondering if any of you have a line on someone who might be able to repair such a knife. http://imgur.com/FYYGvWP

It looks like the steel spring that runs along the spine broke at some point. Unfortunately, I don't have the piece that broke off. Any info will help. Thanks!

Comment by D ale on April 10, 2015 at 17:12

Clint is absolutely correct relative to OTF's. It takes very little foreign material w/i the internal tracks of an OTF to hinder it's ability to operate properly. I do carry a small one as an edc ..but.. must clean it 2~3 times a week to maintain proper operation. Pocket lint is enough to cause failure. Peeling an apple & then retracting the blade w/o cleaning can totally disable it. The sticky apple juice ..once inside .. quickly renders it inoperable. Simply unacceptable for a primary EDC.

It sure is fun though .. 'n the one hand OTF operation .. is simply "too cool" !!!

Comment by Jan Carter on April 9, 2015 at 19:43

Clint, well that is something I didnt think about with an out the front.  Thanks for the heads up

Comment by D ale on April 9, 2015 at 17:11

Clint Thompson .. sorry .. I did not see your query. The leverlock is straight from china. I pd $79.oo for my first one & 57.40 for the second unit. The current pricing ranges from $60.20 ~ 79.oo .. depending on vendor. The included link is the unit on sale for $60.20.
The frame halves are stamped identically .. making south paw conversion relatively straight forward. i.e. I've a brother who's left handed & one of these will be his soon enough. 

Also, the spring is NOT an integral part of the backspring. i.e. it could be replaced w/o dis-assembly of the frame. Although .. threaded fasteners are used throughout .. assembly & dis-assembly requiring only a torx tool .. T-8 (pivot) & T-6 (scales & frame).

The blade steel is "marketed" as damascus .. hardened to a 61 HRc.
What I have in front of me .. I would describe as a san mai ..a laminated steel w/ a hard cntr core (??VG10??) laminated w/ 33 layers of a softer steel (??420??) on either side. 

I'm happy enough w/ it that I purchased a 2cnd unit for south-paw conversion for my brother.

Comment by Clint Thompson on April 9, 2015 at 16:03

This is not my favorite auto knife.  Too much junk, lint and dirt get in the end.  Soon the knife does not operate well.  Gerber sent me the Infidel auto out the front when i was in Iraq.  I tested it and a SF guy tested it and we found the big opening at the end allowed a lot of dirt and such to gum up the works.  Cool to play with and impress the friends but no my first choice....second and so on.

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