The blades on mine were also a bit stiff and tight, the clip more so than the sheepsfoot. I have had similar issues on a few Case and even GEC knives before, so I learned how to handle it. Hot soapy water flush of the pivots, work them open and closed submerged in the water, rinse out thoroughly, dry, squirt a little WD-40 just in the joint, continue to work back and forth, wipe off any excess WD-40, then a drop of mineral oil in the joints and continue to work them. This fixed the sheepsfoot blade quickly. The main clip is getting better with use, and is developing an audible snap when opening. Closing snap is fine. I expect after a week of use and carry it'll be fully broken in.