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Switchblade Storage

Postby stick » Tue May 11, 2004 1:44 pm

:?: Which is the best way to store a switchblade... open or closed?

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Postby Greyblade » Tue May 11, 2004 3:02 pm

stick,

Copius postings of opinions regarding your question have come and gone on this forum. The consensus appears to be that it doesn't matter. Lots and lots of expereince derived from members of this forum indicate that open or closed for leaf or coil springs doesn't seem to make any difference at all. Some of mine are stored open, and some stored closed. Store yours whichever way you think that you and they will be happiest. 8)

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Re: Switchblade Storage

Postby JerrBear » Tue May 11, 2004 3:14 pm

stick wrote::?: Which is the best way to store a switchblade... open or closed?




Mr. stick,

You don't realize it, but you have just asked the "Mother of All Spring Steel Questions."

Mr. Greyblade sums it up quite nicely - The answer to your question is YES!
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Postby Teddy » Tue May 11, 2004 3:32 pm

Mr. Stick,

The natural "gut feeling" is not to store them closed because of the fear that the spring will weaken over time... and that is why many collectors including myself store them open, But in truth.. as has just been said ... it really doesn't matter. People have stored their knives closed for many years with no ill effects whatsoever. Leaf or coil... it makes little if any difference.

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Postby Pushbutton » Tue May 11, 2004 4:12 pm

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Postby Vagrant » Tue May 11, 2004 5:49 pm

Common sense vs metalurgy 8)
From a metalugical standpoint it should NOT matter :idea:
Common sense indicates store them closed :!:
Store them they way you want :wink:

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Postby Teddy » Tue May 11, 2004 6:01 pm

Vagrant wrote:Common sense indicates store them closed :!:


????? Like why?? this is a new one to me.... :?

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Postby stepdaddy » Tue May 11, 2004 6:15 pm

Copius postings



I like that :D


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Postby Greyblade » Tue May 11, 2004 8:24 pm

stepdaddy wrote:
Copius postings



I like that :D


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Er...thanks, stepdaddy. :? I think that you need to get out more.

Copious good wishes :wink: ,
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Postby mr_edge » Tue May 11, 2004 10:48 pm

But won't storing them closed contribute to a proud blade eventually? Particularily with brass liners?

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Postby JAGMAN » Tue May 11, 2004 11:01 pm

I keep mine open when stored, but they take up a lot more room...
It seems to me that when closed the knife is under tension and on some of the longer ones I have, 11'' and 13'', you can see a gap in the liners which is not there when open. Im sure the springs can handle being closed and will not lose thier spring tension if stored this way, but why bother putting the rest of the knife (button mechanism,pins,liners and scales) under tension while it is stored away?
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Postby Teddy » Tue May 11, 2004 11:02 pm

mr_edge wrote:But won't storing them closed contribute to a proud blade eventually? Particularily with brass liners?


No. That's a myth. The constant pressure of the spring pushing the locking pin against the liner will do no harm at all. Wear is caused by opening and closing the knife.

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Postby switchman1 » Wed May 12, 2004 12:27 am

We can go on and on about this forever, I have collected knives for over 40 yrs ,and I feel if you have a knife with a leaf spring it's always better to store it open, thats just the way I was told to do it a long time ago. I know other collectors will say i'm wrong or it doesn't matter but I digress......I stored one of my favorite knives closed for almost a year and when I went to fire it, it just barely made the lock tab (it was a picklock) so I used WD40and a prayer and it came back to life but certainly not as fast as it was, the blade was no banana, or scraping the liners, it was spring fatigue, now if this only happened to me, well Iguess that after 40 yrs of collecting I must be unique, is there anyone else that has or had the same problem out there, or I am the only one?
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Postby Roccomo » Wed May 12, 2004 1:33 am

I love this topic, I store all of mine open. I do, however, have an old Imperial shell handled cheapie that my uncle got new way back when they were still available in every hardware store. I inherited it in 1987...closed. It had been in a drawer for nearly 30 years, closed, and was in near mint condition. I cleaned it up when I got it and its been closed ever since. The thing fires like a gun. I think the reason that it still works so well is that the spring is actually made of good spring steel and not pot metal like some recent knives use. The spring in that knife is definately not the same as what you get in a stiletto.

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Postby The Falcon » Wed May 12, 2004 1:51 am

I have a 1985 Ford 150 pick-up and it's been putting a couple of tons pressure on its' springs for almost 2 decades.
If the steel "fatigues", wouldn't it be quite a bit closer to the ground by now? :wink:
I collect springblades but I carry my "thumbers."


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