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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Hey, NevadaBlades, need some help here ! If you look closely in pic #1, you will see that the large blade thumbnail slot, can't be used until the small blade is opened. Can there be a reason for that ? I didn't think so ! The large blade can't be opened hardly without using pliers ! Friend in KY gave it to me as a present & it hadn't been used in a long time. I've tried oil, but the main blade spring is just way too strong. Thinking about trying valve grinding compound on the bottom end of the blade to maybe wear it down some, but looking for an easier way, of course.

    Any ideas on how to make it safe & usable ? I like the colour red, but not when it's my blood !
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    1. UncleRon UncleRon, 5 years ago
      Easiest way to solve your problem is grind a little of the kick off the small blade so it sits lower in the handle. Best way to solve the problem is: 1) throw the knife away. 2) Buy a good knife.
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ron. I can do that to the small blade & just ck'd to make sure there is enough flex for that to work. Thought Barlow was supposed to be a real good make. I was a gift, so I'll play around with getting it to work smoothly for maybe half hr. before chucking it.
    3. UncleRon UncleRon, 5 years ago
      "Barlow" is the name of a SHAPE (referred to as a "pattern") of knife. It is a tapered handle with a single, extra-long bolster; exactly the design of your knife. Any knife that has those characteristics is a barlow. The origin is murky but there were several Barlow families in the 18th and 19th centuries who were knife makers. Adding to the confusion, as of about 1990 there is a Japanese company which goes by the name Barlow and makes many different styles of inexpensive knives. Barlows come in every quality depending on the manufacturer.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Ah, so. Live & learn. Thanks for today's lesson.
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Your idea worked Ron & I can now get to the grove in the large blade. Worked on the larger blade & it is loosening up. Cleaned it & can read faintly: Made in Pakistan by Chinese. Just joking. Says, "PAKISTAN".
    6. mcheconi mcheconi, 5 years ago
      So...we can conclude that the Pakistanis have strong fingers.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Strength in fingers is not the problem. It's the thumb nail & mine are tough.
    8. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Use a different knife?
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Fort. I thought everybody on CW knew how stubborn & persistent I am ! Where did I go wrong with you ? LOL !! I don't even carry a knife since my Gerber in Jamaica days. My Browning never cut me & has a longer range !
    10. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Sorry I'm late here, bb2. If everything else fails to loosen the blade(s), try this: With the blade(s) either closed or opened (it works better if opened), take an appropriate-sized standard head (flat) screwdriver and insert the screwdriver between the blade's tang and the bolster. Gently and carefully push the screwdriver further into the space between the tang and the bolster, in very small increments. You may have to use a hammer to lightly tap the screwdriver further along. Just a wee bit of insertion is all that is necessary. This should loosen up the blade just enough so it can be opened manually by hand every time.

      I only recommend this method on extremely tight blades when all other methods have failed to loosen the blade. I learned this little trick from my Dad when I was just a little kid, maybe 9 or 10 years old. Good luck. [;>)
    11. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Oh, I forgot to mention: First, wrap the knife with only the bolster exposed, then clamp it into a bench-mounted vise. And remember, always wear gloves and safety goggles!....... lol....... [;>)
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Nevada, are you talking about a screwdriver with a blade the width of the knife blade & bending the spring back slightly ?
    13. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      I use a regular flat, standard-head screwdriver. I don't "bend" anything but rather slightly separate the side scales from the blade tang at the pivot pin by carefully and gently pushing or tapping the screwdriver blade in a straight line between the tang and side scales at the bolster. I don't "pry" apart or separate the components by "jiggling" the screwdriver back and forth or to and fro but let the screwdriver do the work. Really, depending on the tightness or stiffness of the blade, only a slight insertion of the screwdriver blade is usually adequate to loosen the blade enough so that you can open the knife manually every time. Don't worry, I was hesitant, too, at first, but I've been using this method, from time to time, since I was about 9 or 10, and it works!
    14. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      My new avatar shows a large Pakistani jackknife where both blades were nail breakers when trying to open the blades. After using the method outlined above, though still firm, I could open the blades without breaking my nails every time.
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      So, I'm to basically remove side pressure on the blade & leave the flat spring as is ? You are the expert, so I'll try it tomorrow.
    16. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Yes, that is right. Let me know how it goes, won't you?
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      OK Nevada. I put a cold chisel in there & hit it with a #2 ball peen hammer ! Now, do I tape the separated blade to a stick or drive the back end into a wooden dowel ? Do you want the bent & broken handle for another knife ? Have a friend visiting who can bring up the pieces & mail to you from CO.
      CW fans, NevadaBlades might be a victim of "shell shock" right now. Just joking Nevada ! Ha, Ha. That's going to take a rather wide screw driver. Blade at the base is 2.05 m/m
    18. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Ha, ha, ha,....... nice try, bb2!

      No, you don't need a wide screwdriver the same width as your knife blade. Such a wide implement would be a humongous chisel! Just a regular small to mid-size screwdriver is what you want to use. And you need to insert just the blade of the screwdriver, maybe only 1/2 the blade tip, not the entire blade shaft up to the hilt!
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Well Nevada, it popped out a bit but still was a nail breaker. I opened the blade 3/4 way laid it on an almost closed vice with the spring in the slot & tapped it with a screwdriver & hammer lightly until the spring didn't give so much tension. Still tight opening but acceptable now. Thanks for the pointers from you & UncleRon.
    20. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      I thanked you for your love on the hound dog but somehow my posts are being dele!!ted so thank you.
    21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Only you or staff can delete your posts & I see no reason for it ! Like they say, "To err is human. To really f---k up takes a computer!".
    22. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      1GF. I just clk'd your hound & it's there ! Are you plugged in ? LOL !!
    23. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      I'm so confused.
    24. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      We have a club, if you want to apply for a card. LOL !!
    25. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      Well, I'm glad it loosened the blade at least a little bit. Like I said, this method is a last resort attempt when everything else has failed. Keep your nails trimmed, buddy!
    26. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Don't know why I even messed with it ? When I think I should pack something, - it's not a knife.
    27. NevadaBlades, 5 years ago
      ??????? Not a knife???????
    28. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Those that live by the sword, - get shot by those of us that don't.

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