Andrew, the springs should loosen up a little with use, but I've noticed that some 25's are quite stiff. I sent one in to Muskrat Man for rehandle and file work (with a very stiff spring), and also asked him to slightly round the corners of the tang. This seemed to make a huge difference and the knife is now a true "easy open". I believe the knife must be disassembled for this proceedure, however.
So here's a few other ideas; as you use your new knife, the wear on the corners of the tang should decrease the amount of pressure needed to open or close. At least that's my theory. Sometimes flushing out the joint on a new knife will make it easier to open and close; squirt WD-40 into the joint and work the blade back and forth over a paper towel, a lot of black crud sometimes comes out.You might also consider contacting GEC and see what they have to say. They are very customer friendly! I had this knife listed in my store along with two other mammoth ivory rehandles, but the 23 and 73 sold so quickly that I pulled it so I could have at least one mammoth ivory GEC for myself!
This knife was listed as an EDC due to a very
minor gap between the spring and frame. (I guess!) Looks great and while stiff, isn't too stiff.
I recently sold a 73LT in cocobolo to a friend, and he asked me to hone it for him. I did this and also flushed the joint with WD-40 (use the little tube over a paper towel) and oiled it lightly. He was showing it to a friend of his, and when the guy went to open it, it jumped right out of his hand, cutting his thumb in the process (not seriously). He's an older guy and uses cheap off-shore knives around the farm all the time, but he was sure suprised when he opened up that GEC! That knife is alive!