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Rade L Hawkins
09-20-2001, 02:19 PM
This is a big folder13 5/8" open--6" blade-- 7 1/2" closed. I call this one the Urban Hunter Blade steel is CPM 440-V handles are desert iron wood and bolsters are 70/75 T-6 aluminum and liners are .063", 6AL4V Titanium. The blade pivots on 2 -6 ball bearing thrust bearings Hand rubbed satin finish

Don Cowles
09-20-2001, 03:02 PM
That's a big one, Rade! Very nice.

09-20-2001, 08:11 PM

09-21-2001, 03:21 PM
Rade, I like it! are those thrust bearings the flat needle bearing type?

09-21-2001, 05:34 PM
Very sweet lines, Rade; truly of godzillian proprtions.

Rade L Hawkins
09-21-2001, 09:11 PM
Jerry-O The thrust bearings are ball type. I couldn't find any roller or needle that were small enough with the 3/16 bore. These are a little over 1/2" dia with a 3/16" bore and .080 thick. The liners are .063" thick and the blade and liners are counterboared to accept the bearings. I am not sure it was worth the extra work to use the bearings but I wanted to try them.--------Rade

09-24-2001, 11:40 AM
Rade try Torrington bearings in Connecticut. I don't have the number on hand. But they make'em. I use them to replace the brass washer behind the large gear that's used for the timing chain in race motors. We mill a cavity and plop one of those behind the gear, helps the cam spin freer. Of course the one I use is a lot larger than what your looking for.

Rade L Hawkins
09-25-2001, 07:25 AM
Thanks Jerry I will give them a try. The problem is with a bearing only 1/2" dia. with a 3/16" bore the bearings are so short they are almost round any way. Thanks for the info.----Rade