Don't worry, i'm not feeling disrespected in any way and actually i totally agree with you. In most cases i absolutely don't feel it to be necessary to disassemble a knife to maintain it. To clean it, you don't have to do this at all in my opinion. That being said, when i buy a knife, it is mine and i'd like to tinker, modify or just polish it whatever way that i see fit. Heck, i even take apart my OpinelsLarry_Mott wrote:No disrespect, but what you described is what i'd call "overzealous, unnecessary maintenance" Now, the knife i have carried the longest and used hardest, hands down is the 1993 Delica Clipit. It served as daily user for more than 12 years. Got dropped in mud puddles, forgotten on a trailer stabbed in a sideboard and made a 930 miles round trip etc etc. Granted, it couldn't be disassembled due to the construction, but i wouldn't have done it regardless since it is not necessary! It makes as much sense to me as to loosen an engine from its mounts at regular service and clean the contact surfaces.Squawk wrote:Interesting discussion. As an overseas-customer i'm all for new options of course, although i don't think that it would be necessary for Spyderco to provide internal parts. I maintain and take apart my knives myself and fully understand the consequences. I also try to use the right knife for the right job ( that's why we have so many anyway, right? ), so until now i never had the need for internal parts. What i do sometimes need are new screws, because over time they tend to wear out ever so slightly and once i even got a probably returned knife with a very worn pivot screw. Glad to say that yet Spyderco always took care of me although they did not necessarily have to (thanx again Charlynn).
However, i think it would be nice to have specs for screws and maybe washers available.
Just my opinion, but in my case it holds water.
There have been times when i disassembled and reassembled a knife because it wasn't done properly from the factory. Of course, you should send it back to the dealer, but i'm a practical guy that tries to take care of his own problems as far as he can and if the only thing i sometimes need is 1 or 2 screws, i don't see the problem. That's why i said, specs would be nice so guys like me can get the screws on their own without having to bother Spyderco customer service. Especially when you happen to get one of those "returned knives" as i mentioned earlier. Besides, i never whine about stuff that i broke and when i first contacted Spyderco and told them that i am well aware that what i'm doing is voiding the warranty (as it did at that time), i didn't expect anything and was even more surprised that they still cared about me as a customer. For me it is just a different approach i guess. I hold my stuff in great value and try to take care of it so it lasts as long as it could possibly do. I also disassemble my bicycles, computers, car (partly) and many other things that i am confident my abilities can handle just for cleaning and changing stuff that needs to be changed on a regular basis. And sure, as of now, my abilities don't allow to strip down my cars engine, but if i am able to rebuild my racing or mountain bike, i'm not feeling overwhelmed by a folding pocket knife.