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Spyderco Pingo One-Hand

Discussion in 'Knives' started by fkmtb07, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. fkmtb07

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    Howdy folks!

    I've really been digging sheepsfoot blades w/ more belly (a la Benchmade 555 Mini Grip) lately, and I really love the ergos, blade shape, and compactness of the Spyderco Pingo. However, I wasn't digging the two-handed opening of the design, so I stole the thumb stud off my Cold Steel Mini Recon 1 (that knife sort of blows) and converted my Pingo to one-handed opening. With the thumb stud, this is easily one of my top 5 EDC blades of all time.

    I got the idea from various forums and youtube videos and wanted to try it out with some parts I already had. Now that I know it works and how it feels to open with the thumb stud, I've ordered a couple different thumb studs (and another Pingo!) to experiment and find my favorite setup.

    Just thought I'd share -- I think the Pingo one-hand is a GREAT blade and would recommend it highly for EDC. It's a super useful blade shape while also being non-threatening and legal in most municipalities (and the thumb stud could be removed when traveling through areas where one-handed knives are illegal).

    Not loving the black thumb stud, but it's what I had.

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  2. killroy360
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    Thumb stud on a Spyderco?? BLASPHEMY!
     
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    Now I know why it's looking not so weird to me...
     
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  4. kertap75

    kertap75 EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Neat idea. It looks like the stud is very close to the pivot point. To me that would make it too much of a pain to use one handed. But two handed opening has never bothered me that much. It might not look as nice but would one of the clamp on thumb studs work? Like the ones people used to mod Buck 110s with?

    Remember, big brother is watching
     
  5. fkmtb07

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    Between the lack of leverage and the stiff spring of a slipjoint, this is definitely not a knife you flick out. But it's definitely easy enough to smoothly deploy using the stud. It doesn't need to fly out to be useful. But holding onto something with one hand while reaching for and deploying the knife with the other can be an important ability to have. I'm sure one of those 110 clamp on thumb studs would work, but I figured it'd be cleaner to use the hole that's already there.

    Here's a video of the same mod, showing the one-handed operation:
     
  6. Blerv

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    Awesome mod! If the whole was 1-hand functional I would agree but you did a great thing :).
     
  7. Foster
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    Nice mod. Also notice it's a lefty, very good! :)
     
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    Good work what did you use to drill the hole.
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  9. fkmtb07

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    The hole is already there. The Pingo is designed to be legal in Denmark, which doesn't allow one hand opening or locking blades. The knife comes with a tiny Spyderco hole, just for show, that is too small to be used as an opening hole. It does fit a thumb stud though!
     
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    thanks I.
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  11. KOKUSHI MUSOU

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  12. killroy360
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    Oh look everybody..Another heathen.. :throwball:
     
  13. fresh eddie fresh
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    Bumping this super old thread to post a pic of my thumbstudded Pingo. I first put a zip-tie through the hole to see if it would make it easier to open with one hand, and I liked the way it made it easier to use, so I went for it and put a thumbstud in. It really makes it into a whole other knife... it is great for utility, so being able to open it while holding something in your other hand is a great addition.

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    I agree it is not Spyderco-like, but it works great.
     
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