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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" !!!
Clint, well that is something I didnt think about with an out the front. Thanks for the heads up
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.
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.
(2) GEC Made Schrade Autos for sale
Where was this knife made?
Nice knife. I too love the lever lock. I have several German brands with this locking and opening via a lever.
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