FLIK and FLIK FISH JAM, JAMMED, AND JAMMING.
When you do not retract the pliers correctly, the tool jams. It took me forever to figure out what was happening.
After the pliers have been fully extended, opened, and their handles fully opened (which locks the pliers into utilization mode), and then you want to retract them and fold up the Flik, you have to first FULLY depress the silver tabs located in the middle of the black sliders on the outside edge of each handle. When you fully depress these tabs, the pliers will unlock and snap out of utilization mode. You will feel the two handles collapse or move slightly closer to each other. THEN AND ONLY THEN, keeping the tabs fully depressed, you will be able to slide the sliders down toward the base of each handle, retracting the pliers.
If you slide the sliders upward and move the pliers into fully extended position, they will lock in that place. This is lock position 1. And if you then partially depress the tabs, the sliders will easily move back down the handles and the pliers will easily retract. But this is NOT THE CASE once you fully extend the pliers and THEN open the handles fully! When you do this, you will hear the pliers lock again into utilization mode. This is lock position 2. Once in lock position 2, as described above, you must FULLY depress the silver tabs (when you do so the handles will close, fully parallel to each other) and then you can slide the sliders back down. From lock position 2, if you only partially depress the tabs, the pliers will deceitfully start to retract but will begin to jam as you try to slide the sliders to the bottom of the handles. The harder you pull on the sliders, or push downward on the plier tips, the tighter the tool will peanut butter and JAM!
HOW TO UNJAM A JAMMED FLIK MULTITOOL.
First, understand that the tool gets increasingly jammed when you are retracting the pliers into the handles. Thus, do not try to retract them (push them inside) further. You will need to force the pliers outward, back to their fully extended position. (Lock position 1). The best way I have found to do this is to position two 2X4 sections of wood parallel to each other on the ground, with their 2" side facing the ground. These two sections of 2X4s can be quite short (5" is enough) or long. (Place them so that there is a 1/4" gap between them.). Notice the large rivet at the base of the pliers. It serves as the main hinge for the tool. Position the tool vertically with the plier tips downward between the two pieces of wood so that the large rivet on one side makes contact with one 2X4, and the rivet on the other side makes contact with the other 2X4. Put the thumb of one hand on the top of the black slider, and put the thumb of your other hand on the top of the other slider. You will NOT need to depress the silver tabs, as the pliers are not locked, but only jammed. Now, push downward on the black sliders with your thumbs, equally on both sides, increasing pressure until the pliers unjam and snap downward to the fully extended position. If you cannot push hard enough with your thumbs to unjam the pliers, then you will need to find two items which have a clean 90 degree edge on them and which you can hold in your hand securely and which you can use to push downward on the tops of the two black sliders. You might be able to do this with two large regular screw drivers. In such case, you might need to find another person who can hold the tool vertically with the plier tips in between the 2X4s, while you push straight down on the black sliders. THAT should do it. Refer to the instructions above so as not to jam the FLIK again. Let me know if you find a better way to unjam them, or if you can improve my instructions. Blessings.
on Oct 09, 2019