After the part III where I built a patina by worshipping various acids, here comes the part IV of improving my old classic Spyderco: installing a better clip.
My first attempt in custom deep carry titanium clip has not be good. It was for the Yojimbo2 and I’ve been mounting the original clip back.
Then I have ordered a titanium clip for Ghost my Millie.
Actually I was disappointed again, once mounted the action was not smooth anymore.
For some reason the clip was exercising some forces on the pivot and the opening and closing were stiff. Also the mate finish was not helping the insertion of the knife is the pocket.
So I have bent the clip for it to be less strong and also I have sand it to smooth it.
It made a difference.
Talking about differences, the titanium clip is very well designed and comes with two flat torx screws. It’s a little higher/thicker than the original one but it’s not a problem and does not change the ergonomy.
Also by sanding the clip, I have obtained a worn look which goes well with the patina.
I have also rounded all the edge on the G10 with P1000 sandpaper to have it smooth in the pocket.
But I felt some resistance when I put the knife in my pocket and I also found that now the lip of my pocket was obliged to go through a new threshhold: the base of the clip.
You see ? There is step formed by the attached base of the clip which can be hard on my pocket, tearing a hole of my worn denim.
So I was back to sanding on P500 this time to smooth the steep and avoid wear.
And it worked !
Eventually I was able to ease the clip spring pressure and get my C36 back to smooth operation.
So it was not an issue with screws length but a slight deformation at the pivot due to too much spring tension.
So I’m happy, the C36 Military now disappears in the pocket but it also easy to “spyder-drop” it in the blink of an eye. The action is a little stiffer but some nano-oil helps it. I’m not able to have the blade closing by gravity anymore. Anyway the Millie as never as smooth as the Ed Schempp Bowie and not as easy to carry.
But now I can carry that C36 in the city with no afterthought. It’s almost invisible and the Jade Natural G-10 helps a lot in its invisibility and sheeple friendly carried tool.
Hence the name “Ghost”.
Here how the clip looks before sanding the edge and the finish. You can see the sharp edge around the screw and also the jaws mark of my leatherman.