Tightening up a safety

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Tightening up a safety

Postby Genghis Khan » Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:54 pm

I have been carrying this cheapie and the safety is very loose. Gravity makes it slide to the off safe position and the knife has opened in my pocket. What is the easiest way to tighten that sucker so it moves only when I move it?

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Re: Tightening up a safety

Postby Bill DeShivs » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:17 pm

The easiest thing to do is wrap a piece of dental floss under the button.
The best thing to do is get another knife, as this one can't be properly repaired economically.
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Re: Tightening up a safety

Postby Genghis Khan » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:32 pm

I like the dental floss idea. Thanks.

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Re: Tightening up a safety

Postby john » Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:20 pm

Like Bill said it would cost more to repair than replace.

About 10 years ago I had the same question. It was suggested to me to slip a flat piece of metal with a cut out similar to a fork then give the safety a gentle twist. Too much of a twist and it will break off. It's friction that will keep it in place eventually sliding up and down over time could make the slot wider.

Dental floss is safer.

You can always take the knife apart. Once the knife is a part it's very easy to adjust the safety. File down the pinheads carefully you don't want to put a gouge in the scale material. When you remove the bottom bolster pin try not to scratch the bolster too much. It's unavoidable, but light scratches will sand it right out.
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