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by mark greenman
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Military 2. What exactly is going on?
Replies: 295
Views: 21498

Re: Military 2. What exactly is going on?

I handled the Military 2 Prototype at SHOT last year. It's awesome, and I will buy one when it comes out. All I can say its what we would logically expect to see in an upgraded Military. My only comment is that I hope the Military 2 maintains the Black, scratch proof coating used in the current Mili...
by mark greenman
Mon Jun 01, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

In terms of blade steel, 80crV2 looks extremely tough: https://www.reddit.com/r/knives/comments/gu4pmv/heat_treat_edge_geometry_steel_choice_wait_for/ Dude chops through a brick and a steel pipe, and the knife is still able to cleanly slice paper afterwards :cool: Of course, a huge function of that ...
by mark greenman
Sun May 31, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Want to go to the big leagues....Manix 2 XL or Military
Replies: 29
Views: 2058

Re: Want to go to the big leagues....Manix 2 XL or Military

I love the Military. Pretty much a perfectly executed large folder, with great ergos and a superb blade shape.

Not a fan of the Manix; I found it clunky and far too wide when folded.
by mark greenman
Fri May 29, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

In terms of design, the closest knife I could find to the 'Rock Chopper' is the (now discontinued) Bark River Grasso Bolo I: https://cdn11.bigcommerce.com/s-k2pame/images/stencil/1200x857/products/47277/28588/gb1_grn_can_259_95_600__97910.1374800805.jpg?c=2 https://www.knivesshipfree.com/bark-river-...
by mark greenman
Thu May 28, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

My H1 Rock Salt has experienced some edge deformation toward the front of the blade. Not sure how I did it; may have whacked it into the floor when breaking up 10lb blocks of parafin. Since I can't figure out the source of the impact, I can't blame the steel. But, the deformation was enough that I'm...
by mark greenman
Thu May 28, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

LC200N and H1 could both be cool. And certainly would make for a compelling jungle knife. An 80/20 solution though might be a DLC / PVD coating on the knife, using a tool steel. Other then the very edge of the blade, the rest of the knife would be largely impervious to corrosion. I also like the lam...
by mark greenman
Wed May 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

Without gloves, I find the rubber grips to cause blisters much faster than a smooth hard surface. Micarta and smooth G10 may not be appropriate either, but I would still want a smooth firm surface on the grips. Perhaps Longboard Skateboard Wheel material may be the happy medium between FRN/G10 and ...
by mark greenman
Wed May 27, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

Playing with the Rock Salt today, I noticed two possible improvements for the handle of the 'Rock Chopper.' Regular Rock handle: https://i.ibb.co/L6h7zc2/spyderco-rock-handle.jpg Modified 'Rock Chopper' handle: https://i.ibb.co/8XGnYf6/Rock-Chopper-2-0-grip.jpg The first modification is deleting the...
by mark greenman
Tue May 26, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

I did some 'ballistic pruning' today with the Rock Salt. https://i.ibb.co/ynxd6S7/Rock-Salt-palm-tree.jpg https://i.ibb.co/ZB30Nwb/Rock-Salt-Palm-pruning.jpg https://i.ibb.co/p4fvhcX/Rock-Salt-Palm-thickness.jpg Such a comfortable design for making snap cuts. I really hope we see a Rock Chopper deve...
by mark greenman
Mon May 25, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker

If the Gauntlet is fixed at 40 degrees, it's not for me, since I never use that angle on the Sharpmaker anymore, but think I'd prefer the gauntlet oval shaped rods. Yes, the Sharpmaker has the much better base / more angles, but the Oval stones in the Gauntlet are superior to the triangle stones. M...
by mark greenman
Mon May 25, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

For handle material I like either horse stall mat or neoprene shoe sole material. I've been using oring material for pin stock with 18-20 pins that hold the rubber slabs on on the tang. This eliminates hard or hot spots in high impact cutting. I have used rubber inserts dovetailed into the tang tha...
by mark greenman
Mon May 25, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker

If the Gauntlet is fixed at 40 degrees, it's not for me, since I never use that angle on the Sharpmaker anymore, but think I'd prefer the gauntlet oval shaped rods. Yes, the Sharpmaker has the much better base / more angles, but the Oval stones in the Gauntlet are superior to the triangle stones. M...
by mark greenman
Mon May 25, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker

I have both. I much prefer the Gauntlet. The eliptical stones used in the Gauntlet are much easier to use, especially in regards to consistently getting a razor sharp tip. I never had much luck with the Sharpmaker, but I can very easily get plastic film melting edges with the Gauntlet. The rotation...
by mark greenman
Mon May 25, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: Gauntlet vs Sharpmaker

I have both. I much prefer the Gauntlet. The eliptical stones used in the Gauntlet are much easier to use, especially in regards to consistently getting a razor sharp tip. I never had much luck with the Sharpmaker, but I can very easily get plastic film melting edges with the Gauntlet. The rotationa...
by mark greenman
Sun May 24, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

Hi Ed, 'Bout time you got here. :p We need your thoughts and wisdom. For the purposes of discussion, Let's try to narrow down on the ideal tool. Starting with the same basic shape? Grinds? Steel, grip material? etc. What is the goal of this particular design? A cutting tool that.......................
by mark greenman
Fri May 22, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

Not an expert at all, but I am not sure if the exact same rather low height sabre / hollow grind of the 3mm bladestock version would work also well in a 6 mm version (like shown in your photoshopped pic)... ? I figure that would make for a very obtuse angle plus rather massive "shoulders" were the ...
by mark greenman
Fri May 22, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

Doing some googling, I came across a couple photos of some of the Ed Schempp competition cutters: http://www.fototime.com/A02E5A9A7680117/orig.jpg And info on the blade (apparently a laminated 52100): https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/schempp-knives.451746/ Another knife: https://i.ibb.co/zrQ8Y0D/...
by mark greenman
Thu May 21, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

I'll be happy with any steel. But personally, I'd like a pretty modest but well performing steel to keep costs close to the current Rock Salt. A Black DLC coated 52100 to reduce corrosion seems like it would be promising; I assume 52100 is in the VG10ish price ballpark? The 4V Province, made in Taiw...
by mark greenman
Thu May 21, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

My cutter knives were lighter than most with a weight of about 18 ounces with a reverse distal taper, putting as much weight as possible toward the tip. Most of them had a false edge moving weight toward the edge. With a negative blade angle the blade purchased the medium to be cut not slipping awa...
by mark greenman
Sun May 17, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea
Replies: 65
Views: 4593

Re: Schempp Rock 'Chopper' idea

sal wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 9:15 am
I have the original custom that Ed made with 52100 and carbon handle.

sal
Sal, how different is the original custom from the production version?

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