Bodog wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:44 pm
I haven't heard anyone say spyderco's bearings are better than their washers. I've only heard people defend the bearings as being good enough. I've definitely not heard anyone compare them directly to other known quality manufacturers' bearings because i have a good feeling everyone knows who would win the majority of the time.
I'm not sure why we have to keep beating this horse but....
I get what you're saying about Spyderco's knives with PB washers. They can be really smooth and I have the compression, frame, and liner lock knives to prove it. However, the Mantra I have is a tick more free than any of my 4-PM2s, 4-Para 3s, Sage 5, Sage 2, or GBs. It's not quite like my ZT 0450 but it's more than smooth enough to flip just fine. How fast do we need these things to open?
Some of you act like Spyderco has done nothing about the bearing situation. They've evaluated the situation and applied CQI. The Advocate was a relatively new model and they spent the time and money to redesign the knife to accept a new bearing system, which I think is great BTW. I had the opportunity to talk with Gayle Bradley a few months ago. He thought it was ridiculous that Spyderco felt the need to redesign the knife. Personally, I'm glad they did. The new system is more stout and seems to be really smooth in my Advocate and Sliverax. Going forward we'll see new models using this new system and I hope and pray that people will finally stop moaning about it.
As far as Spyderco issuing or installing PB washers as requested. My guess is that there isn't an ideal sized washer that will work. The one guy's saying he had to buy a combination of washers to stack to attempt to make it work. The Mantras have been out for a few years now and it's probably just easier to call it quits on this version. I've said this before....with the Mantra 3 being introduced, I'd be willing to bet the Mantra and Mantra 2 will be on the discontinued list when it come out next month. Which is a shame IMO.