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by Albatross
Sat May 30, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening a Knife
Replies: 101
Views: 6116

Re: Sharpening a Knife

Well I thought I had S110V figured out, but I was wrong. This is an extremely frustrating steel. Low sharpness and poor edge retention all around, dmt and ceramic. I have tried the burr method on both abrasives, and I hit the apex. Then, I back off the pressure to almost no pressure and do alternat...
by Albatross
Thu May 28, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Deep Carry Clip for the Shaman
Replies: 12
Views: 1627

Re: Deep Carry Clip for the Shaman

i find a lot of love for the Shaman on the forum. I don't own one, but why is the love so big on it? The handle looks like a more cylindrical carry to me. Does it fit better in the hand? Absolutely. One of the biggest drawbacks to a folding knife, is the flat handle most have. If you pick up almost...
by Albatross
Thu May 28, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What Are the Pros/Cons for Rex and Maxamet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1069

Re: What Are the Pros/Cons for Rex and Maxamet?

Rex 45 has phenomenal edge strength. It doesn't chip or roll nearly as easily as most other steels. Rex 45, due to its lower carbide content, offers a more refined apex, and using the 3 finger method, the edge can often feel smooth, unlike the rough feeling higher carbide steels like K390 or Maxamet...
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

I think the context was either getting a knife super sharp, or it's just someone's preference. For a beginner, it's easier to get a knife sharp, if they use a strop to finish things up. It's easier to fully remove a burr on a strop, than it is on a stone. At least it is for me, but I've been using ...
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

Darby has a good point. Technically I'm not stropping, I'm free hand sharpening with an ultra fine CBN emulsion on a soft medium (leather). But I think these days when people say 'stropping' this is what they mean. I don't think a lot of folks are doing bare leather when they say stropping. I also ...
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S90V exclusives?
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: S90V exclusives?

I remember my first time sharpening S90V. It didn't sharpen like most other high wearing stainless steels, it felt more like a tool steel and was quite easy to get a super sticky edge on it, compared to S110V. The edge retention is great, but the sharpening characteristics are what won me over.
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

For perspective, a .25 micron strop is approximately 98,000 grit. I don't know of any stones that even come close. When I want a coarse edge, strops will allow me to do things I can't with my stones, like keeping the edge "toothy", while being able to push cut like a polished edge. Stones remove too...
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

You are certainly right that for the ultrahigh levels of sharpness you´re talking about (and that I myself never even tried to achieve) a strop is important! But concerning the OPs wording: "Some say stropping is KEY in sharpening",I´d still not agree! I think the vast majority of knife users and e...
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

Some say stroping is key in sharpening . Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping or is sharpmaker needed? I understand if a knife is severely dull, a sharpmaker is essential, but what about general sharpening? Who says that?! I don´t know a whole lot about sharpening, but a knife can get ...
by Albatross
Tue May 26, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

It's possible to take a knife from making cuts that rip paper, to shaving sharp, with a strop and nothing else. It's also possible to do that multiple times. If you originally started with a clean, crisp edge, you can restore sharpness, fairly easily, with just a strop, so long as there is little t...
by Albatross
Mon May 25, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?
Replies: 35
Views: 2353

Re: Is it possible to sharpen knives by only stroping?

It's possible to take a knife from making cuts that rip paper, to shaving sharp, with a strop and nothing else. It's also possible to do that multiple times. If you originally started with a clean, crisp edge, you can restore sharpness, fairly easily, with just a strop, so long as there is little to...
by Albatross
Mon May 25, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S90V exclusives?
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: S90V exclusives?

It does seem like s90v often gets paired with higher end scale materials, making the overall knife more expensive. Or it's on knives that are high end to begin with. That's what tipped the scales for me on the recent manix lw from CS. It was a chance to try out s90v at a good price. I've looked at ...
by Albatross
Mon May 25, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S90V exclusives?
Replies: 12
Views: 831

S90V exclusives?

Where are the PM2, Para 3, and Manix G10 S90V exclusives? I'm glad the Native and Manix LW have been done, the Delica was a surprise, and there was the Knifeworks Native even further back, but what about now? Besides S90V sprints and Taiwanese-made Spydercos, there aren't many options for anyone loo...
by Albatross
Sun May 24, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is Mini Bugout Equivalent for Spyderco?
Replies: 32
Views: 2055

Re: What is Mini Bugout Equivalent for Spyderco?

I happen to like back locks, but if I started with Benchmades, and wanted a Spyderco, I'd be pretty disappointed with a back lock. A lot of people buy knives for their locks, and don't want to make that sacrifice. Some people don't want to be sold on something they don't want. The Para 3 LW isn't go...
by Albatross
Sun May 24, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening a Knife
Replies: 101
Views: 6116

Re: Sharpening a Knife

Some people are skilled enough, to get a knife to whittle hair, with just a single stone. No strops needed. Technique is much more important than an arsenal of sharpening gear. I can get an edge shaving hair easily, but I have never been able to whittle a hair. I have never been able to find an exa...
by Albatross
Sat May 23, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Purchase limits on Sprints/Exlusives
Replies: 44
Views: 2589

Re: Purchase limits on Sprints/Exlusives

I think this is the only solution. Telling dealers they have to buy more would cause far too many issues. I think we need to go on the offensive against flippers. We should taking turns "buying" their knives but not paying for them. It would require dummy eBay accounts, though... Both Ebay and PayP...
by Albatross
Sat May 23, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening a Knife
Replies: 101
Views: 6116

Re: Sharpening a Knife

Big Brown Bear Thanks, I never would have figured that out... No problem. He's been an active member here for a while, a custom knife maker, makes YouTube videos, and is quite knowledgeable about steels and heat treatments. https://www.youtube.com/user/shawnhouston OK, I'm still not finding a websi...
by Albatross
Sat May 23, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening a Knife
Replies: 101
Views: 6116

Re: Sharpening a Knife

FeistyKat wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:27 am
Albatross wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:25 am
Big Brown Bear

Thanks, I never would have figured that out...
No problem. He's been an active member here for a while, a custom knife maker, makes YouTube videos, and is quite knowledgeable about steels and heat treatments.

https://www.youtube.com/user/shawnhouston
by Albatross
Sat May 23, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening a Knife
Replies: 101
Views: 6116

Re: Sharpening a Knife

FeistyKat wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 2:20 am
ikaretababy wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 2:04 pm
But I love the BBB CBN stones.

What does BBB stand for?

Googling turns up a lot entries for the Better Business Bureau & Bed, Bath & Beyond...
Big Brown Bear
by Albatross
Fri May 22, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: PM A11 vs k390 edge geometry and experience
Replies: 15
Views: 698

Re: PM A11 vs k390 edge geometry and experience

I sure hope so! Personally , I hope they skip the mule and make a folder I can use at work. As for comparison, I only have k390, but imagine there's not much difference... maybe a few % each way in properties if equally heat treated. How about both? BBB says 15V will out-cut Maxamet. If they both c...

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