Jay, you might want to try cleaning out the knife before you
pay to ship it out. Vaarious brands have been mentioned as
having a bit of polishing paste in the knife, causing slow action.
Try blowing it out and then a drop of oil between the spring and
back of the blade to see if that improves it. If not, GEC will take
good care of you. there's a member here, Tbark? that sells a
wonderful oil for knives, maybe under the latama name?
But even the stuff from ace hardware will make a big difference.
good luck and keep us posted
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