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by David R
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I do not like LC200N *rant*
Replies: 52
Views: 3530

Re: I do not like LC200N *rant*

Toughness in a hard stainless blade is relatively rare when coupled with decent edge retention. Toughness has for many knife enthusiasts been under-valued in my opinion. It permits lower edge angles that perform very well, with reduced risk of catastrophic damage. This is very valuable for me. Vari...
by David R
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: K390 & Corrosion
Replies: 53
Views: 4819

Re: K390 & Corrosion

I'll tell you guys a trick I never thought about for knives. An old guy told this one to my dad way back in the day and he forwarded it on to me at some point long ago. "If you don't want your tools to rust, stick them in the dirt" That's it, just push the metal you want to protect into the ground ...
by David R
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: K390 & Corrosion
Replies: 53
Views: 4819

Re: K390 & Corrosion

I'll tell you guys a trick I never thought about for knives. An old guy told this one to my dad way back in the day and he forwarded it on to me at some point long ago. "If you don't want your tools to rust, stick them in the dirt" That's it, just push the metal you want to protect into the ground ...
by David R
Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Need help picking a Christmas Knife or...
Replies: 24
Views: 1247

Re: Need help picking a Christmas Knife or...

I really wish Spyderco would do something with 440C properly heat treated this stuff is awesome. Did Spyderco ever do a cru-wear fixed blade? The Serrata is a great big chunk of 440C. Cast 440C. It's very different than rolled 440C and is the whole point of the Serrata. Oh yeah I just remembered th...
by David R
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: K390 PM2 | Testing
Replies: 62
Views: 4546

Re: K390 PM2 | Testing

When the matrix is harder with hard carbides inside at high volume, it's a nightmare to grind and the abrasive cost goes through the roof, that's why it's so neat that Spyderco makes Maxamet so available, they deserve a great deal of respect for that. Agree. Also for the Mule Team program that ran ...
by David R
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Smith stones vs DMT stones.
Replies: 43
Views: 5489

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 the...
by David R
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Smith stones vs DMT stones.
Replies: 43
Views: 5489

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: 43
Views: 5489

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: 5371

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: 24
Views: 6028

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: 41
Views: 2393

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: 1042

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: 5371

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: 28
Views: 3221

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: 1864

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: 3308

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: 28
Views: 3221

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: 14112

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: 1287

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: 3314

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...

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