Case Russlock knives

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:53 pm

Like most of you who posted here, I too thought that having a Russlock would be kind of interesting, and it is. I probably will not either purchase another or give up the one I have, which is the clip blade in blue bone. When I carry it, I do not try to flip it open with one finger, even though I think that was the designers intention. I tend to pull it half way open with the thumb, then finish the opening with the index finger. Mine does offer quite a bit of resistance to opening in the form of spring tension.
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby QTCut5 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:10 am

I may be wrong, but I don't think the RussLock was really designed or intended to be a "flipper" knife per se as flippers don't usually have a traditional slip joint-style back spring--and certainly not a stiff spring like is on most RussLocks if they do. Having owned approximately 75 RussLocks (of many different years' production runs) at the height of my RL collecting days, I have opened enough to feel confident in saying that most RussLocks have a fairly stiff back spring that requires a greater degree of finger/hand strength & dexterity to open than other types of one-hand opening knives (thumb studs, cut-out hole, automatic, etc.). Much like a butterfly or Balisong, it requires a bit of practice to master one-hand opening a RussLock.

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby Sut Tatersaul » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:33 pm

I stated that I would post pictures of the latest Russlock drop point knives, when they arrived. The arrived today, I took pictures, and here they are. I decided to include my first one also, that has the std. blade, for comparison. This is my whole collection, and I don't plan to add to it.
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby Railsplitter » Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:08 pm

Good looking Russlocks. I particularly like the Harvest Orange one in the middle. Nice little collection.
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby Sut Tatersaul » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:57 pm

I've been watching this thread, and noting the questions, about the process of opening the Russlock knives. As I see it, only one point in the process goes unanswered. How does one get the extremely heavy main spring lightened to be able to open the Russlock, like the talented demonstrators do? It is obvious that they won't share their secret with us. Since we have on this forum, many knife makers, knife repair experts, and knife artists of all kinds, could we not, call on their expertise, to answer the question of how to lighten the mainspring tension, or to offer that service to the ones of us that have normal strength in our hands? I realize that much practice is necessary to become as accomplished as the few talented demonstrators, but they found a way, and without that lightened spring. It ain't possible. Short of that, I guess only a select few will be able. " 'Nuff Said".

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:13 pm

I suspect, like most things in life, proficiency is achieved through long hours of practice. The average person (like me) tries a few dozen times over a few days and then declares there must be a trick to doing it. I suspect proficiency requires many, many times that much effort. Muscle memory is an amazing thing!
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby Sut Tatersaul » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:55 pm

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I agree with you, it takes hours of practice to become that accomplished, strong. and able to open a "standard" Russlock knife. I contend that no one, that i've heard of, on this earth, has a thumb strong enough to operate a "standard" Russlock Knife, with their thumb. Like I stated in a previous post, when I was a young man, in my prime, I could cut 1/4" steel bolts with one hand, using a pair of standard Klein 9" side cutter pliers, and during my long electrical career never found anyone else that could. and was able to win enough money betting on the ability to do so, to buy a show case full of Klein side cutters. Like you stated, that came after many years of using that hand to cut wires, cables, concrete reinforcement rod, etc, but, on my best day I couldn't have opened a Russlock knife with my thumb. I believe there is more to the ability to do it, than practice. Prove me wrong, and find someone that can. I would love to see it done with with someone else's, "standard" Russlock Knife, not the demonstrator's knife. Thanks.

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:59 pm

Sut: Have you seen this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N3J3c5u-vE&t=5s

You can hear the snap from the backspring as he opens and closes the knives.

Here's his longer reviews of each knife.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaR1Q3nJ3i8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdwPEV6tR4g

I'll send the guy a message and ask him if he has modified the knives in any way.
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby QTCut5 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:42 am

TwoFlowersLuggage wrote:Sut: Have you seen this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N3J3c5u-vE&t=5s
You can hear the snap from the backspring as he opens and closes the knives.

A lot of the noise you hear when he opens the blade is the sound of the liner lock snapping into position...it's not all coming from the back spring. The snap is noticeably less loud when he closes as compared to when he opens the blade.

I gotta agree with Sut on this...as I mentioned previously, I have owned close to 100 different "standard" RussLocks (unmodified factory production models) and without exception every single one had a very stiff back spring that would've been impossible to open as easily as the guy demonstrating his one-hand opening method in the video. I would only believe it if I sent him one of my RussLocks and he could OHO it the same as he does with his. Either he is using a modified RussLock (possibly even one with a poorly heat-treated back spring that is worn out from frequent opening & closing), or he has a freakishly strong thumb--and it does not appear that he is straining or flexing particularly hard when he squeezes or puts pressure on the extended tang.

Color me skeptical. ::undecided::

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Edit: I just watched the last video (Bermuda Green RussLock with pocket clip) and although he only opened the knife one time, he did use the same OHO method as on the other RussLock (Black G-10). But, I noticed that he used two hands to close it... ::hmm::
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:43 pm

Well, I don't really have a dog in this hunt - I don't even own a Russlock! :lol:
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby QTCut5 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:59 pm

Full disclosure: Despite my apparent interest in the ease/difficulty of opening a RussLock, I don't even really like the Russlock pattern all that much. I only ever became interested in it in the first place because at one time I collected knives with unusual opening methods...and, love it or hate it, you must admit the extended tang opening lever on the RussLock definitely is unusual.

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby Sut Tatersaul » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:39 pm

I watched those guys do the OHO trick again, and they almost have me believing it can be done. Now, if they can do it with one of mine, this unbeliever will be converted.

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby Sut Tatersaul » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:25 pm

treefarmer wrote:SUT T., This is a little off topic but your comment about cutting a 1/4" bolt with a set of Klein's made me think of a Gulf Power line foreman that could break a set of Klein's with one hand. He won a lot of bets over the years! I don't think there are many men able to do that anymore.
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I was just going over past posts on this thread, and was reading about that "Gulf Power line foreman, that could break a set of Klein's with one hand". After thinking about that, I wondered if he was allowed to place his hand on something, such as his leg, when he broke the 9" klein's? The one handed strength test that we bet on, had to be done without the hand touching anything. I am sure that I could have broke 9" Kleins one handed also, if allowed to place my hand on my leg, while doing the strength test. Do you remember how he did it? thanks. OBTW I'd be hard pressed to cut a 10/32 screw with 9" Klein's today.

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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby treefarmer » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:02 pm

Sut, I don't remember how he held the Klein's but one thing did happen that was very sad, he had a stroke just a year or two before he retired. He was able to regain most of his mobility but it sure slowed him down. :(
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Re: Case Russlock knives

Postby barnwood42 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:02 am

QTCut5 wrote:
TwoFlowersLuggage wrote:Sut: Have you seen this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N3J3c5u-vE&t=5s
You can hear the snap from the backspring as he opens and closes the knives.

A lot of the noise you hear when he opens the blade is the sound of the liner lock snapping into position...it's not all coming from the back spring. The snap is noticeably less loud when he closes as compared to when he opens the blade.

I gotta agree with Sut on this...as I mentioned previously, I have owned close to 100 different "standard" RussLocks (unmodified factory production models) and without exception every single one had a very stiff back spring that would've been impossible to open as easily as the guy demonstrating his one-hand opening method in the video. I would only believe it if I sent him one of my RussLocks and he could OHO it the same as he does with his. Either he is using a modified RussLock (possibly even one with a poorly heat-treated back spring that is worn out from frequent opening & closing), or he has a freakishly strong thumb--and it does not appear that he is straining or flexing particularly hard when he squeezes or puts pressure on the extended tang.

Color me skeptical. ::undecided::

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Edit: I just watched the last video (Bermuda Green RussLock with pocket clip) and although he only opened the knife one time, he did use the same OHO method as on the other RussLock (Black G-10). But, I noticed that he used two hands to close it... ::hmm::

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