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by RustyIron
Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: M4 native 5 lightweight
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: M4 native 5 lightweight

Thoughts? Anyone tried rit dye on the mint green frn and have results they'd like to share? M4 is great. If I didn't already have a G10 and FRN Native 5 in REX45, I'd be all over this one. Coincidentally, Amazon delivered some Rit Dye yesterday, and I'm planning on changing two burnt orange G10's, ...
by RustyIron
Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Not fun
Replies: 29
Views: 735

Re: Not fun

funguy wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:43 am
I wont bother with any more mules if it's going to be like this.
Are you listening, Spyderco?
For the next Mule, instead of making 500, you'll only need to make 499.
by RustyIron
Fri Dec 03, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Who got a Maggie mule? (Magna Cut)
Replies: 47
Views: 967

Re: Who got a Maggie mule? (Magna Cut)

You don't need to pay the eBay premium.
Just join the Spyderco group on Reddit, where you can get one at list price.
by RustyIron
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Mule team - preorder
Replies: 29
Views: 579

Re: Mule team - preorder

Stop the madness - start with preorder option. Dude! There WAS a pre-order! You missed it? It started at 9:00 a.m. this morning. You pre-order, and then they'll ship it out to you in the next few days. How would your idea be any different? Maybe Spyderco could go live with your "pre-order"...
by RustyIron
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: MT35P - CPM MagnaCut Mule Team - Release Date
Replies: 386
Views: 11512

Re: MT35P - CPM MagnaCut Mule Team - Release Date

This is the least amused audience ever. Dunno why everyone is so serious on the Spyderco forums but they are...we are very literal, very un-amused people. Right? Some folks could use some time with their whetstones to restore their Zen Groove. I'll let you in on a secret. Nobody needs to squander t...
by RustyIron
Fri Dec 03, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: MT35P - CPM MagnaCut Mule Team - Release Date
Replies: 386
Views: 11512

Re: MT35P - CPM MagnaCut Mule Team - Release Date

Slept in a little later this morning, so it was 9:30 before I sat down at my desk and saw the reminder for the sale. Shucks. Too late. But what the heck? I gave it a shot. I patiently waited for the page to load, and click click click on over to Mules. Whadaya know... I was able to add one. Since I...
by RustyIron
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: MT35P - CPM MagnaCut Mule Team - Release Date
Replies: 386
Views: 11512

Re: MT35P - CPM MagnaCut Mule Team - Release Date

Started making scales for my Z-Wear Mule yesterday. That means there are no knife-projects sitting in the drawer. Guess I'll have to bag a Magnacut tomorrow.
by RustyIron
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: BladeHQ Native 5 M4 mint green dropping Dec. 3
Replies: 53
Views: 2204

Re: BladeHQ Native 5 M4 mint green dropping Dec. 3

At $119, it's less expensive than their Sage 5 variant. Get thee behind me, Mikey! I have a Native 5 LW in REX45 that I carry only on those rare occasions when I can only carry a small knife, and a standard Native 5 in REX45 for when I wear out the LW. But I'm REALLY intrigued by M4. I don't know W...
by RustyIron
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New to K390. Initial impressions=Impressed. blood warning.
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: New to K390. Initial impressions=Impressed. blood warning.

Good answer.... but you admit you don't own a scanning electron microscope...so... Yeah... my homeboy used to have a whole slew of SEM's in his lab. If you're into interplanetary space probes... well.. that was him. But he has retired, so that resource is no longer available. Nowadays, the resoluti...
by RustyIron
Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New to K390. Initial impressions=Impressed. blood warning.
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: New to K390. Initial impressions=Impressed. blood warning.

I don't know much about K390. What are comparable steels for edge retention? How tough is K390? The experts can tell you about edge retention vs toughness vs hardness vs carbides vs microstructure. I do no scientific testing, don't have a scanning electron microscope, and don't read books on the su...
by RustyIron
Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Suggestions for next Spyderco
Replies: 22
Views: 647

Re: Suggestions for next Spyderco

After doing some further research, I stuck with the Para 3 Lightweight. Sounds like you got what you really wanted all along. Good on ya. For your next knife, you might want to take into consideration the blade steel. Different materials is one of the things that sets Spyderco apart from the other ...
by RustyIron
Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Favorite small spyderco
Replies: 97
Views: 2799

Re: Favorite small spyderco

If you wouldn't mind, could you share why you like the particular model? The primary use for my Ladybug is when I ride. My mountain biking is at a level where carrying things in the pockets detracts from the experience, but the weight and size of the Ladybug makes it almost like carrying nothing. A...
by RustyIron
Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Anyone use a safety razor?
Replies: 25
Views: 843

Re: Anyone use a safety razor?

I have always used feather blades. For cream, I’m not picky. I’ll use cheap foam, bar soap or whatever girly gel foam my wife uses. I've never tried to figure out the economics of shaving soap. It would take effort to do so, but I suspect expensive soap might be cheaper. I strongly recommend Saponi...
by RustyIron
Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Favorite small spyderco
Replies: 97
Views: 2799

Re: Favorite small spyderco

I've recently changed my mind about my favorite small knife. Normally, I'm a big knife fan, but there are times when diminutive size is required. The Dragonfly is a little too big for a bottom-of-the-pocket knife, and if I'm going to use the clip, I might as well go with a Native. What I carry when ...
by RustyIron
Thu Nov 25, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Anyone use a safety razor?
Replies: 25
Views: 843

Re: Anyone use a safety razor?

Does anyone use one of the old fashioned safety razors? I started shaving with those. I was thinking about getting one. What are some good brands? First thing to consider is the material. And the only solution to that question is stainless steel. "Mostly" stainless steel isn't good enough...
by RustyIron
Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: wire clip replacement?
Replies: 17
Views: 573

Re: wire clip replacement?

Alexander135 wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:30 am

Heat titanium with propane until it's red, basically as hot as I can get it, quench in room temperature canola oil.
Thanks!
by RustyIron
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spydersaw anyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 841

Re: Spydersaw anyone?

It was over a year ago when the Spydersaw and Silky saws were discussed. At the time, I had neither. The discussion caught my attention because just a few days earlier I ran into a situation where I could have used a saw while on the trail, but I didn't have the tools. I was inspired by everyone's r...
by RustyIron
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: wire clip replacement?
Replies: 17
Views: 573

Re: wire clip replacement?

Alexander135 wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:01 pm
I've been playing with blackening titanium.
Blackening? Black? What's your process?
I've anodized a couple titanium clips in a sort-of-rainbow gradient. It was more of an experiment to entertain myself, and it turned out to be a lot of fun.
by RustyIron
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: FRN vs. Bleach?
Replies: 17
Views: 746

Re: FRN vs. Bleach?

Full strength consumer-grade sodium hypochlorite (about 5.25%) will decrease the strength of nylon fibers, but I wouldn't give it a second thought on your knife handle. My only first hand experience is after dying some scales, and getting them darker than I wanted. I tried lightening the color in wa...

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