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by zuludelta
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Determining the Best Budget Knife Steel
Replies: 38
Views: 1879

Re: Determining the Best Budget Knife Steel

Oh, and another thing: Thanks for focusing on the budget aspect of the steels in this article. I find that a lot of discussions about knife steels are held in a vacuum, as if cost is somehow not germane to the topic. But in reality, I almost always evaluate a work knife relative to its cost, and the...
by zuludelta
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Determining the Best Budget Knife Steel
Replies: 38
Views: 1879

Re: Determining the Best Budget Knife Steel

I looked at all of the available knife steels and compared them for edge retention, toughness, corrosion resistance, etc. to figure out which is the best budget steel. This means no powder metallurgy steels of course. Which is the best? Read to find out: https://knifesteelnerds.com/2020/06/15/what-...
by zuludelta
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: heavyweight salts?
Replies: 28
Views: 1412

Re: heavyweight salts?

can we expect to see more “heavyweight” salts with liners and g10 like the caribbean? [snip!] i’m not a huge fan of the caribbean, but i want one anyway because it’s the only knife that fits this description. i’d love to see more knives like the caribbean, starting with the yojimbo and lil native. ...
by zuludelta
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What's your favorite Spydie with a wharncliffe blade?
Replies: 24
Views: 1169

Re: What's your favorite Spydie with a wharncliffe blade?

Favourite Spyderco Wharncliffes:
  • Yojimbo 2
  • Ronin 2
  • Delica 4 Wharncliffe
  • Q Ball
Models I'd like to see offered in Wharncliffe variants:
  • Native 5 Salt (with full SE LC200N)
  • Manix 2
by zuludelta
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: se salts for ocean swimming
Replies: 24
Views: 2030

Re: se salts for ocean swimming

It's rather sad that one of the things I occasionally use my folders for when I spend time outdoors at the nearby lake is to free birds from discarded netting, fishing line, and six-pack rings.
by zuludelta
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Has the Coronavirus affected your daily life?
Replies: 455
Views: 59626

Re: Has the Coronavirus affected your daily life?

The pandemic & the restrictions put in place to control its spread has affected my daily life in a lot of ways big & small, although I am very fortunate that I remain employed through the declared state of medical emergency. The restrictions have introduced some difficulties & inconveniences in my r...
by zuludelta
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: G10, FRCP, FRN -- What's the difference?
Replies: 17
Views: 1822

Re: G10, FRCP, FRN -- What's the difference?

We do a lot of talking here about the different characteristics of the steel used for our blades, but very little is said about the material used for scales. To be clear, I am NOT interested in the discussion of patterns, grippiness, feel, etc. I'm curious about material characteristics, and why ea...
by zuludelta
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Interactions with ''Non-Knife'' People
Replies: 42
Views: 6001

Re: Interactions with ''Non-Knife'' People

my favorite is when they ask if someone has a knife because they need something cut. then, when you help them out, they look at you like you’re crazy or ask why you need to carry a knife. This happens to me with such regularity at work that when someone asks "does anyone here have a knife?" I just ...
by zuludelta
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: M390 Steel – History and Properties (and 20CV and 204P)
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: M390 Steel – History and Properties (and 20CV and 204P)

All this testing is really making me appreciate S30V more as a good all around knife steel at a reasonable price... I agree... Larrin's articles have made me appreciate S30V that much more. It really is a great all-around knife steel for its price. You can get a tougher steel, or a more corrosion-r...
by zuludelta
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: M390 Steel – History and Properties (and 20CV and 204P)
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: M390 Steel – History and Properties (and 20CV and 204P)

I learned a lot from reading this latest article, thanks Larrin. M390/20CV is one of those steels that is off my radar, so to speak (primarily because it's mostly found in knives that are at a price point above what I'm accustomed to paying for a work folder), so it was nice to get a detailed look a...
by zuludelta
Sat May 30, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Leatherman Raptor scissors - overpriced, or worth the price?
Replies: 16
Views: 4122

Re: Leatherman Raptor scissors - overpriced, or worth the price?

I carry the Leatherman Raptor at work—I pull double-duty as a Level 2 OFA alongside my usual job at the warehouse where I work—so I have a few years of experience using them in a professional capacity. As a pair of medical shears, it is far and away more robust than the cheap shears that were origin...
by zuludelta
Sat May 30, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What "Other" is in your pocket???
Replies: 2430
Views: 339652

Re: What "Other" is in your pocket???

The only non-Spyderco knife I regularly carry outside of the Leatherman Skeletool CX I use at work is a Benchmade SOCP, which I will occasionally throw in my pants' back pocket as a back-up cutter (I'll sometimes carry a Mini SOCP if I need something smaller). 20200530_105003.jpg It's not really des...
by zuludelta
Tue May 26, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best Handbag Folder for Wife?
Replies: 20
Views: 1298

Re: Best Handbag Folder for Wife?

Not sure if buying your wife a knife of her own after she put the kibosh on your knife collecting will make things better. Sounds like pouring gasoline on a fire to me, but you know your wife better than some random jackass on the internet, so I hope it works out for you. On the topic of giving her ...
by zuludelta
Mon May 25, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Most Ideal PE Or Spyderedge
Replies: 80
Views: 4544

Re: Most Ideal PE Or Spyderedge

I've been an avid and regular knife user since I was a child (Boy Scout, helped out in the kitchen as a kid, etc.) but I only started paying attention to the online knife community relatively recently (like maybe in the last 5 years or so), so I was very, very surprised to see so many people seeming...
by zuludelta
Fri May 22, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best Steel For Small Hand Saws? Toughness or Wear Resistance?
Replies: 15
Views: 1172

Re: Best Steel For Small Hand Saws? Toughness or Wear Resistance?

Ez556 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 7:47 pm
Whatever the Japanese use for their hand saws is pretty darn good.
SK-3, SK-4, and SK-5 are (or have been) used in Silky folding saws if I remember correctly.
by zuludelta
Fri May 22, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best Steel For Small Hand Saws? Toughness or Wear Resistance?
Replies: 15
Views: 1172

Re: Best Steel For Small Hand Saws? Toughness or Wear Resistance?

Saws and axes (and machetes) are subject to different directional and impact stresses than knives. There's probably no great benefit to their being theoretically made in Cru-Wear or 3V. "Toughness" is on an altogether different level in the axe/saw context relative to knives and if I had to speculat...
by zuludelta
Fri May 22, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Strongest EDC Steel?
Replies: 46
Views: 2540

Re: Strongest EDC Steel?

Have to agree with Wartstein here... if the OP's concern is that he does not fully trust his ability to sharpen a knife but still wants something that is low-maintenance, then an ultra-long wearing "supersteel" blade might be the wrong way to go. "Low-maintenance" can mean one of two things when it ...
by zuludelta
Fri May 22, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Help me decide on a lil native!
Replies: 31
Views: 1375

Re: Help me decide on a lil native!

I keep going back and forth and can’t decide between PE or SE. I’ve been wanting a DLC Lil native for a while and I just cannot decide between the 2... so I come to you good folks to persuade me one way or another. Post up why you voted the way you did From an aesthetics perspective, my favourite v...
by zuludelta
Fri May 22, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Salt Series
Replies: 60
Views: 4213

Re: Salt Series

Yojimbo 2 Salt PE in LC200N and moss green G-10.
by zuludelta
Wed May 20, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The best part of giving away a Spyderco...
Replies: 26
Views: 1977

Re: The best part of giving away a Spyderco...

I love seeing the knives I gift to people get used. I gave a couple of young hard-working coworkers two of my old (but well-maintained & hair-whittling sharp) Spydercos as end-of-semester gifts (both are attending university) & it's a nice feeling seeing them use the knives at work—and I like to thi...

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