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by David R
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Smith stones vs DMT stones.
Replies: 42
Views: 4943

Re: Smith stones vs DMT stones.

Fair point, and I get it. But he has a $30 price range. You can get a double-sided diamond plate for $30, but it's not great. And surface mount course diamonds tear up an edge like crazy. For somebody starting out with stones I think king stones are a less risky way to go. Just my opinion, I could b...
by David R
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Smith stones vs DMT stones.
Replies: 42
Views: 4943

Re: Smith stones vs DMT stones.

Why are so many people recommending diamond plates for Henckels knives? These are probably 1.4116 steel at 57 HRC. Unless you need diamond stones for some of your Spyderco or or other knives, I'd get a cheap, simple stone. You can get a King combination stone (250 and 1K grit) that will sharpen thes...
by David R
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Unpopular Blade Steels That You Like?
Replies: 92
Views: 4304

Re: Unpopular Blade Steels That You Like?

Cast 440C 4V (maybe not unpopular, but not as popular as it should be) PSF27 PD#1 BD1 S30V VG-10 It's really been interesting to learn that the "Cast 440C" is actually considerably better than the regular 440C steel is. I've heard nothing but good about that fixed blade Serrata model which has that...
by David R
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Q-Ball users?
Replies: 22
Views: 4914

Re: Q-Ball users?

I forgot I'd posted to this thread a little over a year ago. The Q Ball I ordered last weekend arrived yesterday. I'm not quite sure what to think of it yet. It's nice, but it isn't wowing me. What isn't wowing you? The knife overall? Blade? Lock? The ball bearing lock is a fantastic design (imo), ...
by David R
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: More 4V anyone?
Replies: 36
Views: 1276

Re: More 4V anyone?

I have the Para 3 with 4V but I missed the others. My Mule with 4V has edge retention similar to my K390 Mule. It's great steel and I'd gladly take more of it.
by David R
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Seki City M390
Replies: 16
Views: 680

Re: Seki City M390

My M390 Mule is 59.2 per Kurt. I haven't sent him my 20CV Mule yet.
by David R
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Unpopular Blade Steels That You Like?
Replies: 92
Views: 4304

Re: Unpopular Blade Steels That You Like?

Cast 440C
4V (maybe not unpopular, but not as popular as it should be)
PSF27
PD#1
BD1
S30V
VG-10
by David R
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Serrata - tell me about it
Replies: 23
Views: 2483

Re: The Serrata - tell me about it

Agree on the handle. Been doing some rope cut testing. The Spyderco and the custom Serrata are two knives I can use for a long time with no fatigue. Not many other fixed blades are as comfortable for me.
by David R
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What's good about S30V
Replies: 55
Views: 1511

Re: What's good about S30V

What would be the major malfunction if Spyderco switched from S30V to M390 for all of their S30V models? Would the knife cost $10 more? $20 more? I'll buy a Street Beat in S30V. I don't buy that many folders and when I do, I look for something unique. Seems like from all the controversy stirred up ...
by David R
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What's wrong with S30V?
Replies: 48
Views: 2827

Re: What's wrong with S30V?

"Horribly average." In what way? Is the issue that it's become common, and therefore probably less desirable? I would S35 over S30, but I like them both. I'm not sure if I sharpened and used both without knowing what they were I could tell the difference. In fact, I'm sure I could not. It does fine ...
by David R
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Serrata - tell me about it
Replies: 23
Views: 2483

Re: The Serrata - tell me about it

I have one and have used it quite a bit. Design is great with a very useful blade shape. It's ok in the kitchen. Not a great slicer given the thickness of the stock. I could see using it to break down tough foods or some butcher tasks. I would baton it through chicken bones without hesitation. I fin...
by David R
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: St Nicks Knives Exclusive 4V Shaman - Available 9/19/19
Replies: 197
Views: 11766

Re: St Nicks Knives Exclusive 4V Shaman - Available 9/19/19

Can't believe I missed this one. Based on my Mule performance this should be a great blade. I'm getting K390-like edge retention from my 4V Mule.
by David R
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Edge retention, real use, edge damage
Replies: 22
Views: 1174

Re: Edge retention, real use, edge damage

The right stones make touch ups faster. I can do ZDP or K390 in a minute or two if it's not dull and I can use one stone. If the edge is not in great shape that's a different story. For edge retention is more about not having cut with a dull edge or stop and sharpen when I have a lot of cutting to do.
by David R
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A plea to Spyderco:
Replies: 71
Views: 3046

Re: A plea to Spyderco:

I know this has been discussed many times before, but I feel compelled to pitch it again. For my own personal benefit, but also for what I think would be a shrewd business move, I implore you Spyderco, start grinding your blades thinner behind the edge. Cementing Spyderco's place in the market as t...
by David R
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A plea to Spyderco:
Replies: 71
Views: 3046

Re: A plea to Spyderco:

I know this has been discussed many times before, but I feel compelled to pitch it again. For my own personal benefit, but also for what I think would be a shrewd business move, I implore you Spyderco, start grinding your blades thinner behind the edge. Cementing Spyderco's place in the market as t...
by David R
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Let's bring the Mule back
Replies: 37
Views: 2319

Re: Let's bring the Mule back

You got a great one for your first Mule (imo). Of the 20 or so I've tried the K390 is one of the keepers for me. If you mean a similarly sized knife in the regular line up I don't think it would do well. The fact that Mules were made in fairly limited batches and are still some available tells a com...
by David R
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Fillet Knife? Steel Types?
Replies: 32
Views: 3837

Re: Fillet Knife? Steel Types?

Agree that we may need/want different knives for different fish. I'm fish almost exclusively for steelhead and salmon. An 8-9" thin and flexible blade gets fillets off the bone. I'd want something larger and less bendy for tuna and other larger fish. I would love to have an LC200N fillet knife. Not ...
by David R
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*
Replies: 120
Views: 6830

Re: Just ordered some Nano Oil *cough snake oil cough*

Mineral oil doesn't last for me. I've tried to move away from lube unless needed. I generally don't need a free swinging blade. Some knives seem to do fine with no lube. Reel oil is cheap and works well. KPL is good. Based a couple of comments I'll try reel grease in knives that need a tighter pivot...
by David R
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How can we get more women interested in Spyderco knives?
Replies: 45
Views: 2383

Re: How can we get more women interested in Spyderco knives?

As a woman, I can add a couple quick thoughts and this, and also on why I love spyderco knives over all others (i.e. strengths that spyderco can play on): 1) I prefer lots of small to medium-sized options with scales that aren't so thick and tall that I can't fit my hands around them with a good st...
by David R
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spydies you consider selling or passing on one day
Replies: 31
Views: 1323

Re: Spydies you consider selling or passing on one day

Have sold many. I'm a "try it and move on" kind of guy if I'm not going to carry it. Definitely not a collector. I still have too many and will sell some. I have a bunch of Mules. They're nice but can't use more than 1 or 2. LC200N Mule is my fishing knife and it's excellent for that purpose. I'll k...

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