You guys all know that I love knives right? I collect them, I use them I prepare food with them etc..
Part of my hobby is to know the difference between a classical folder, like a Buck 110, and a modern day tactical folder like a ZT0301.
The differences are that most classic folders are riveted together so you can't take them apart, normally there is no pocket clip, if the knife is large it comes with a carry case that slips onto your belt and "usually" they require two hands to open.
A modern tactical knife on the other hand, screws together (so you can take it apart to clean), comes with a pocket clip and is intended to go in your pocket with the clip on the outside no matter how big the knife is. They are almost all made to be opened with one hand. (A flipper or with thumb studs)
One other major difference is that with a tactical folder, you typically have what is called a "Pivot Screw".
You can use that screw to adjust how easy or hard the knife opens.
That screw is very important as it is the thing that holds the blade in place as it opens and closes.
Also, once adjusted, it must stay in place so typically it is coated in some sort of "lock tight" substance.
Tonight I was cleaning my ZT0350ts (shameless plug
) and I wanted to put some goo on that important pivot screw before I put it back together.
I was using contact cement as my "lock tight" because I knew it would work to keep the screw in place.
Just a tiny drop, on the very end, I don't even need to remove it from the magnetic driver that I took it out with,,, just touch it to the brush,,,, and,,,, "Plop"!!
That tiny, valuable screw fell right to the bottom of my bottle of contact cement! I could not fish it out I could not get the magnetic driver to pull it back out,, I could not get it back out!
I had to pour the glue through my hands and catch the screw as it came out.
This thread is not about knives, it is about contact cement.
This stuff is amazing! It remains pliable for an incredibly long time and NOTHING washes it off your hands.
It's not like "Elmer's Glue" where you can just wait for it to dry and peel it off. This stuff is serious!
I tried "baby oil, vegetable oil, dish-washing liquid (the stuff you put into your dishwasher, aka "harsh chemicals"), Bar Keepers Friend.
I finally gave up on all "Internet suggestions". I could not find anything that would wash that contact cement off my hands, nothing, nada, zip!
As a last resort, I tried what my "idiot" dad would have done... It worked.
If you ever have to clean contact cement off your hands, Gasoline
is the way to go.