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After a bit over a yr & a half of constant use .. the spring broke.
The closed OAL of 3.58” is about what I consider ideal for pocket carry. The blade steel has proven itself. And .. I’d already put some time into this one when I reversed the lever. When I also replaced the bolsters with Desert Ironwood & reamed the pivot out to 0.125” & put a simple 1/8” mosaic pin at the pivot. I’d also become quite fond of it.
I have 5 ~6 of these .. projects for family & friends. I’m that impressed with the knife. This particular design lends itself well to south paw conversion & I’ve a left handed brother. On one though .. I’d removed ever so slightly too much of the blade tang & introduced a problem. I’m cannibalizing the spring from that unit. The leverlock mechanism is being saved for when I do a leverlock of my own. But .. that’s a different project.
I had to drill the original pin out to about ½ its length before I could drive it the rest of the way out using an under size drill bit in a pin vise ..&.. a small mallet.
A very very simple mosaic pin is going back in. It’s an 0.093” brass tube with a 0.063” copper tube inside that has a 0.032” brass rod inside of it. Simple ..but.. nice.
The 0.093 brass tube is securing the new back spring & firing spring combination in place. I’ve tried it .. it works great!!!
I’ll post some pics of the finished unit .. when finished.
Well, looks like you have the locking mechanism down and a spare one for your own project, Not a bad way to get accustom to it and have spare parts for a much loved knife. Lever lock is not an overly complicated system but it does have to be pretty close to exact to work