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Zen vs tang pins

towel28 May 21, 2013

  1. towel28

    towel28 Level: True Devil

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    Had to do it...

    I havnt seen really any threads dedicated too discussing the pro's and con's of each.

    I feel like zen pins make a more solid bali, Like keep the lock up with latch tighter longer. I have no proof or back up just what I feel.

    I feel tang pins give a better bounce off ricochets

    What do you guys think
     
  2. jjhamilton

    jjhamilton JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    All my GOD....it happened...it had been so long but it happened!!!!:cry:


    I like zen pins....just for the record:thumbsup:
     
  3. jade

    jade Born to be wild Lady Devil

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    I personally enjoy both. I think what matters most is how well built they are. Good quality tang and zen pins will last forever. Bad quality ones will break down.
     
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  4. Bill T

    Bill T Snatch Boogie Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I've seen knives that I like with both styles..

    But I like the cleaner look the Zen pins give more.
     
  5. jjhamilton

    jjhamilton JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Exactly the only thing that wins me over one side or the other...own both, like both, love zen
     
  6. exile82187

    exile82187 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    As long as the bali flips well I could care less :thumbsup:
     
  7. cja245

    cja245 Level: True Devil

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    both are fine if well executed. I don't really care either way.

    I'm not a fan of the tang pin / kicker system used on the Benchmade 4x series, since it wears out so fast. A good tang pin should fit the cup in a way that its not going to wear much at all.

    I'm also not a fan of benchmades zen pins where you have like 30 friggin' screws on a knife thats supposed to be simple. I prefer the hidden type. They look clean and are hassle free.

    Moral of the story is that pretty much everyone gets it right except benchmade.
     
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  8. towel28

    towel28 Level: True Devil

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    I agree with the 42 tang pins I never lock mine up, and I can tell the tension is getting weaker when I do....I love how that tach has such long and thick tang pins....:manganr: and how it takes a real amount of pressure to put it in the open and closed position....I don't get why some people bitch its hard to close that means those tangs will last...pussys lol I guess they both have their value but Zen can look a lot cooler
     
  9. AnthonyTheAbyss

    AnthonyTheAbyss Godzilla Size Member JDBA Official Member

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    The BM4x series got almost everything right. Love both styles. Honestly, I never take into consideration zen or tang when buying a bali. Done right it doesn't matter.
     
  10. Cut One

    Cut One Huge member

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    To me, a sandwich-style bali has to have zen pins because they keep me from pinching the tang between the handle slabs while flipping. -John
     
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  11. Beelzebubbles

    Beelzebubbles JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    I'm recently in favor of zen
     
  12. Glenn

    Glenn Sol Invictus Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    KICKER-PINS

    Come on, someone needed to say it . :ross:
     
  13. zohninja

    zohninja JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    we all knew it was going to happen eventually :ross:
     
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  14. Bravo One-Eight

    Bravo One-Eight Little member

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    Here's something for you Glenn!

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  15. Chuck Gedraitis Knives

    Chuck Gedraitis Knives knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    As has been stated, if the knife is built properly then either style should last. The real difference is that with zen pins you are limited to a certain tang style. With tang pins you can make the horns on the knife as big or small as you want.
     
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  16. exile82187

    exile82187 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    True, I guess the simple answer is there is room for both Zen pins and Tang pins in the world.:thumbsup:
     
  17. jjhamilton

    jjhamilton JDBA4L JDBA Official Member

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    Attempting to rationalize a "vs" thread is useless....
     
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  18. exile82187

    exile82187 JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    I guess thats true.:ross:
     
  19. WyldStyl3

    WyldStyl3 Never gunna give you up JDBA Official Member

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    I like the cleanness of zen pins, but I also like thicker tang pins. The little tiny ones just look cheap. I don't think it really matters either way though. I don't take it into account when buying a knife either.
     
  20. Ember778

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    Can someone explain this to me? I've seen it so much and don't get it. I've never heard of kicker pins. Is it just another name for tang pins?
     

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