|This is probably about where the lock up should happen but the lock bar does wiggle a little while open. You can also see some less than amazing machine work going on in this shot.|
The bottom line is the same here. I keep saying this is a $40 knife, but I'm not forgetting that a US made Buck Vantage Avid with better steel is also $40, or the Boker Plus Titan with titanium handles and similar steel is also $40. So for $75, this should be made in the US with at least an upgrade in steel and sorted out design.
Update 2/13/2014: I've carried my Skorpion around a few days now and it's fair to say that I keep giving this knife more blog time than others because it's so close to being a great product and regardless of the problems, I do like it. I've had it apart a couple more times, tweaking the lockup, the centering and the action. I criticized the pillar-as-pivot for not offering much adjustment. I would guess that a folder made with good tolerances needs very little wiggle room and I believe that is true with the Skorpion. One benefit that I theorize comes from this design is the ability to adjust from both sides of the handle. You are able to tighten a little on one side, flip it over and tighten a little from the other side. So with the bit of polishing I did to the inside of the handle, applying a little grease, tweaking the lock bar and patiently making miniscule pivot adjustments I have perfect blade centering, good smooth action, and solid lock up. The lock up is probably still a little late in order to eliminate blade play, but it's around 75% and there is no stick. Originally the bar moved so far over that it was centered on the blade - 100% of the bar touched the blade. What does this mean? It means, it works now. The detent is strong, so you do have to put some finger behind it to flip it open but it is smooth and feels like any of my other knives.
The Skorpion also has a distinct and satisfying sound to it. It's difficult to describe but it's quiet. You hit the flipper and with a quiet tick, it's open. It would be such an awesome knife with a few touch ups in design and value.