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Correct korbanths lever
More process theory here. To the good point made by Halliwax on unfound saber/flashgun part variants, I still have not seen the variant of Folmer or Graflex Inc. clamp lever that looks like the one in the attached photo of Luke’s ANH hero. The clamp lever rivet is larger than any Graflex variant I’ve seen from the other OT films or subsequently in the wild. Has anyone found something close?
Photo courtesy of IronDestinyProps.
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I’m in the camp that the original Graflex clamp side-bar nut and clamp screw are on the V2, and that the longer lever is un-modified- just added after the original lever broke off from being over-tightened. My belief anyway.
It’s possible the lever was added by a photographer using the original flash/clamp, or added during filming as a repair.
Where do they usually break? The V2 hinge pin doesnt look hand done to me, so that would mean the threaded post came with the weird lever
If they break it will be here, that's the weakest point, and also takes the most stress during close. View attachment 1417358
However, I think is more likely that the little rod that connects it to the screw corrodes and breaks rather than the lever itself. It is pretty solid steel piece
The one he shared a bit ago shows the lever has a lip until it reaches the curve at the bottom, indicating to me, this is a milled/machined piece. I think Roy's lever has this detail and Roman's does not. I wish there were a combo of the two; I think Roy's clamp nut and the underside of his lever, along with its shape, are more accurate than Roman's, but Roman's has the more accurate profile.
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I've got one of these sitting on my table right now, and it's easily twice as big as it should be. I doubt there's any capo with a lever even close to the right size