31 Screws Keep Backing Out

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  1. dannyp

    dannyp Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    The pivot and stop pin screws were backing out on my 31 while trying to break it in. The action was still really stiff with the screws fully tightened. Then I noticed that pushing the detent completely off the blade would allow it to move freely, so it definitely wasn't the washers causing excess friction.

    I bent the lock bar out a little to relieve some of the tension and all the issues I had went away. The action is smooth with the screws tightened down, I can disengage the lock or open the blade without pain, and the screws have not backed out since.

    Please be careful if you attempt this. You could potentially damage the knife or make the lockup unsafe.

    Just wanted to share my experience for those who are having this problem. Whether it was simply breaking in the washers or tweaking the lock bar that seems to have fixed the issue of screws backing out, I am not sure because both things happened about the same time.
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  2. 353

    353 Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 20, 2015
    Maybe the tension on the lock bar and the vibration it gives locking in backed out the screws?

    Still VERY sceptical on the whole 31 ordeal..

    Especially considering the price asked.
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  3. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    Please be aware that this sort of "fix" is what caused CRK to add the stop disc on the Umnumzaan. Folks didn't like the action, they messed with the lockbar tension, and eventually enough of these quietly broken knives got around through secondary sales forced a design change.

    You do you, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
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  4. dannyp

    dannyp Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Possibly, but I'm not sure. Like I mentioned, I think the washers wore in about the same time and maybe that allowed the screws to tighten all the way and grip a little better. I never did have a problem with the rear screw at all.
  5. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Chris might as well be dead. He hasn't been seen or heard from in years. It's the Ann&Tim show now and they won't paricipate here.
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  6. jheredia

    jheredia Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    I don't know if this is silly but is it possible some fluorinated grease got on the surface of the titanium where the screw should gall against? Some alcohol on the surface and screw might help if it is. I have a small micarta 31 and have had so many 21s and mine is every bit as good in fit in finish and the changes seem to be improvements to me. The lockbar tension is definitely a lot stronger, I dissembled it taking out the blade like recommended and the bar slammed to the opposite side with authority. I have found that it's not the washers that cause tightness but almost entirely the lock bar, like Danny said
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  7. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    We all have to retire eventually.Chris is there when needed,be sure of that. I'am also sure that Tim and Ann are aware of these issues which customers complain about.Bottom line is that we all forgot to use our knives and stop bickering and searching for the needle in the haystack.If 31 is not your cup just get 21 which are plenty for picking.Simple as that.Cheers.
  8. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Screws backing out of a $400 knife is not bickering, it's a f-up. Not responding on a company forum is a business strategy to avoid adressing a firm's f-ups.
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  9. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
    Your 2 cents brother.
  10. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    I think “f-up” is an extremely inaccurate characterization. It’s a tool, put a dab or Loctite on it if you have a problem with it is my take. It’s easier and more reliable than any other action you could take.

    Should it happen? No. Give CRK a call and send the knife in.
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  11. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Just a thought in general, which can be applied to knives. If we all just put some loctite/thread tape on, and nobody complains, the company will take it as acceptable. So all new models may have these “quirks”. This is not acceptable to me, and we should be holding companies accountable for their claims. Unless we want inferior products in the future.
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  12. russ25

    russ25 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 19, 2012

    While i have no problems with the loctite, @Sharp&Fiery is absolutely correct. When people just accept what they are given why would any company make a change? These knives have been made for many years, something has changed and this should be addressed.

    Having said that, I do still enjoy my only 31 but really looking at the 21's more and more.
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  13. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    Best way to do that is to give them a call and send it in.
  14. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    I would say this is one way yes, which has been done. Just waiting on results.

    Don’t underestimate the power of social media. There is a reason politicians, celebrities and others use social media.
    Im not the type of person to “sweep issues under the rug.”

    I hope CRK makes me proud.
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  15. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    I agree publicity/public perception does play a factor. However, I would also point out that if CRK gets 50+ knives back a week for loose screws or whatever other reason, it's much harder to ignore.
  16. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Definitely not implying that you do this Josh, but there are a lot of posters saying “just put locktight on it.” Which doesnt actually inform CRK of how many knives this is actually happening to.

    I 100% agree with your assessment quoted above. Forget the locktite and thread tape, and send them in. Let see what kind of numbers are there.
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  17. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    It is hard for me to split advice. Personally, I put a dab of Loctite on everything because it gives me peace of mind. Not implying anyone can't tighten screws or whatnot, but the factory screws from CRK are tight. Makes a little crack noise most of the time when unscrewing it for the first time. Are folks tightening them enough? I would feel extra silly suggesting that someone crank down on it only to end up with a stripped hex screw.

    I shouldn't be dismissive of the issue, this is 100% the right advice.
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  18. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 14, 2012
    Truth be told...I do put thread tape on the pivots of my CRK users. There are so many variables to why pivot screws come loose. Some are by accidental bad tolerances from the factory, some are from use (possible torque or too much torque sideways), and other variables.
    However, if just sitting on the couch and the pivot screw backs out...that’s just bad tolerances.
    I do give CRK kudo’s for trying the new hardened lathed stop pin. But I believe this is where all the issues in the 31 is originating. I do remember reading a post from someone who has installed the new PP in the 21 and its working fine...so those pins must have perfectly parallel shoulders. :)
    I guess my biggest quam at the moment is that CRK is reknown for their amazing tolerances and quality, which makes the knives worth the money. So for me it’s just disappointing that CRK hasnt addressed the issues.
    I absolutely love my 21’s, Reg’s, Zaan’s and Mnandi’s. Im just having a super hard time loving my two 31’s with the “quirks.”
    Im hoping that CRK will continue to strive to make knives that live up to the CRK name. :)

    Thank you for the conversation, Josh. I love productive conversations. Bickering is for children. ;)
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  19. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    i just added a tiny bit of (blue) loctite. No issues with loose screws
  20. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    Sebenzas are not supposed to need loktite by design. If it needs loktite to stay together, CRK screwed up. Chris Reeve was proud of the fact the Sebenza didn't need screw glue to keep it together...it's kind of a tool and die maker thing.
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