Nice work.I wonder if MP 400 pliers would maybe retract further without being too rattly.
The pawl mechanism on the pliers was very weak on the Flik. It's a shame really, as it could have been a very good tool if they'd have refined the design and built it properly. I never tried a Freehand
Sam,The Flik plier system is dependant on the little coil spring. If the spring isn't broken, you can fix the mechanism. I repaired the head on my Flik by simply moving the bent end of the coil spring passed the plate that rides inside the channel. Only issue is getting it bacl together holding the spring in place. That is why the Flik stops operating properly sometimes when it is disassembled.There is a rocker that sits in each side that is tensioned by the spring, and there is a fixed piece with a tooth and valley. When the pliers are pulled out, it is all still static. And when you open the handles to deploy the pliers, the rockers move into the fixed piece. The release buttons push the rockers out of the valley in the fixed piece. It is all very dependant on the coil spring. Also, and this is very important, the tightness of the mounting screws can cause mechanism to stop working properly. Overtightening will cause the rocker to stop moving freely.Simple, right?
Quote from: AimlessWanderer on February 15, 2019, 01:39:46 PMThe pawl mechanism on the pliers was very weak on the Flik. It's a shame really, as it could have been a very good tool if they'd have refined the design and built it properly. I never tried a FreehandThat mechanism is really complicated. I still can't figure how it's works. anyhow, what you said is correct. The idea of outside oho tools with flickable pliers is great. But this design had too many weak spots. Even the locking area around the 4 oho tools are poorly thought out and fragilely built. Pretty sad to say, this tool had too many flaws.
By the way, Sam, love the 600 pliers in the Flik. Very cool.
Definitely. A tested and fail proof design. Simple is best.
Quote from: Sam Lim Definitely. A tested and fail proof design. Simple is best.I bet the Flik would have sold better with that configuration. I watched a youtube video a long while ago where someone didn't even realize the pliers needed to be engaged. Imagine how crappy it would to be to use like that.
Very crappy! I nicknamed mine the Flik & Poke, as you had to prod the latching pawl with your finger to get it to engage
In the poor Flik's defence; I carried it as my main MT in my job as a maintenance engineer for a long time and never had a serious issue and certainly never with the pliers. Not to say the design can't have problems, but I used mine pretty hard and they still work perfectly. I do like the revival job though.
I am glad to see someone reviving the Flik. It's an odd model and those pawls just complicated things, but I have to say that it was, at one time one of my favorites, despite it's oddities. Now mostly I don't carry it simply because if it was lost or damaged I'd be up a certain creed with no means of conveyance. Def
it sure is an odd ball. Heavy tool with oddly short and too cute implements.
Quote from: Sam Lim on February 16, 2019, 03:32:30 PMit sure is an odd ball. Heavy tool with oddly short and too cute implements. (Image removed from quote.)