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Tang pin resiliency

subtlemovement Aug 10, 2018

  1. subtlemovement

    subtlemovement JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Sob stories of Arc-Angel and 4x tang pins loosening and being sent off to the vet for repairs aside, has anyone had or heard of a newer balisong with a tang pin fault? I've seen a mess of AB beaters on for-sale pages the past few years, and none of them in my memory had any tang pin issues listed, and I can't even begin to imagine a beefy HOM tang pin failing. I did see one review of a tach III where the tang pin was loose on the first day, but my personal one has been fine since I got it.

    Are we just better engineers 20 years later, or is it precisely the fact that AAs and 42s are ~20 years old that they fail on occasion, and in another 20 years our ABs and HOMs are gonna go to shit? :D
     
  2. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Tang pin on a dogbite i sold was apparently wiggly. I had a roton where the tang pin would eventually slide out. Thats about it.
     
  3. GuItArMaN8373

    GuItArMaN8373 JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

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    Multiple complaints of the BM87, if flipped hard I guess.

    So sad ;(
     
  4. blkolb

    blkolb Little Member

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    BM 87 pins are screw in though right? Take a bit of JB Weld and solve that problem in a day, for forever.
     
  5. Baliman987

    Baliman987 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    The Tang pin on one of my 4x has been “loose” for 5 years.
     
  6. desmodus

    desmodus Arc Sodium Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Red loctite has been known to hold them still for a while if you aren't dropping it on concrete.
     
  7. Baliman987

    Baliman987 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    I don’t mind it, still flips great.
    That lifetime guarantee though.
     
  8. Jedi87

    Jedi87 Little Member

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    I’ve been abusing my 87 for over a year now with no issues.
     
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  9. metlman

    metlman JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    A properly set tang pin will never fall out unless one end is ground off and driven out by a hammer and punch. Unfortunately most production balisongs and even some customs don't pay enough attention to the tang pin geometry. As a quick fix for a missing tang pin -replace with a roll pin.
     
  10. Ryanol

    Ryanol SnarkMasterFunkyFresh JDBA Official Member

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    loose tang pins are a very simple fix. Just put it in a vise and twist it a bit until it stops wiggling. If its really oblongated you may need to replace it. That is pretty easy too.
     

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