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Which is easier to maintain : Dragonfly 2 or mini-griptilian ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Chapp, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. Chapp


    Mar 28, 2018
    Questions for people that have the two of them and maintain them from time to time, by opening them, cleaning them and put them back together.

    In your opinion, which one is easier to maintain ?
  2. t5brick


    Oct 4, 2018
    They’re very different knives.

    I’d say the Dragonfly is probably easier to take apart simply because it has less parts.
  3. ric75


    Jun 2, 2017
    Less parts and backlock.

    But for standard maintenance a disassembly is not necessary.
  4. Dragonfly by far. Never heard of anyone needing a replacement backspring for one, but the omega springs on an Axis lock are a common weak point.
  5. Night Rider

    Night Rider Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 16, 2018
    Dragonfly. The Axis lock can be a bit of a pain for some but Nick Shabazz on Youtube has some good tips on one of his break down vids. As for the Dragonfly 90 percent of the time all you really have to do is blow it out or run it under the faucet, dry it, and put a drop of light oil on the pivot then rub some on the blade. No disassembly required. Nicks Axis lock Vid >
  6. Bob6794


    Apr 21, 2013
    Dragonfly, I use a backlock at work and maintenance is taking a hose to it and sharpening. I'm not sure how well an Axis lock can handle the dirty environment I'm in and they have a tendency to need spring replacements as another person said.
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  7. Reitwagen


    Mar 2, 2009
    They are both good knives that would do fine if maintained with just oil and compressed air, just like the Buck 110s that are used as hunting knives for years and never disassembled.
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  8. Whitedog


    Dec 30, 2005
    Both are easy to maintain. The biggest problem for a lot of people who think they have to take a knife apart to clean is they are going to strip screws or loose them. Not really necessary to take a folding knife apart to clean. If it is really dirty some warm soapy water, rinse and blow dry and just a little drop of oil on the pivot.
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  9. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    They are both very easy to maintain, at least as far as I'm concerned.

    I don't disassemble my folding knives. Worst I give them is water and condensed air followed by some light lube now and then.

    I guess some folks feel the need to disassemble/reassemble, I just never have.
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  10. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I never disassemble knives. Never had the need and certainly never had the desire. ("If it ain't broke, don't fix it.") So that's off the table.

    I find the Spyderco leaf blade shape to be much easier to sharpen than any other non-straight blade. So, for ease of sharpening, the Dragonfly gets the nod.
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  11. gnystrom


    Dec 24, 2006
    Spyderco over Benchmade any day.
  12. M. Johnwell

    M. Johnwell

    Jan 8, 2015
    You can get a dragonfly in H1 and you’d never have to maintain it since H1 will not rust.

    I’m definitely more of a Spyderco fan than benchmade, but both are nice knives.
  13. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
  14. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Basic Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    I've had Dragonfly 2 for years and use it often. It lives by my chair and serves duty as a general purpose, around-the-house knife. All I ever do is sharpen it.
  15. fishiker


    Nov 5, 2006
    I'm another who never takes folders apart unless there is a problem. I would go with a Dragonfly 2 Salt if worried about corrosion. I fish saltwater 2-3 weeks or more each year and I'm sold on the performance of H1.
  16. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    I can clean my mini Ritter in snap with an air compressor. In all of 5 years I’ve used and carried it somewhat daily, the most apart I’ve had it was pulling the pivot screw to readjust and loctite it. That’s my fault for flipping it so often, it’s hard not to. I do try to clean off the tang and such with a Q-tip or something similar once in while. That’s really it, though.

  17. KAEDC

    KAEDC Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    I think it depends, the Axis is more complex, but honestly since lock backs are under tension, I really disliked the time I blade swapped a DF2. I have stopped taking knives down to clean them. Compressed air makes it fast and easy.

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