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by Bill1170
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Serrated edge fans
Replies: 45
Views: 643

Re: Serrated edge fans

Theory wise you would want steel that is easily sharpenable on the Spyderco medium. K390 would take too much effort without the corner of a CBN stone (which you're not supposed to do) so to me LC200N/H1 make the most sense. I own a SE Caribbean LC200N and the Spyderco medium at 15° does very well. ...
by Bill1170
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Who has the S35VN Tenacious LW? Does it get overlooked and if,WHY?!
Replies: 48
Views: 821

Re: Who has the S35VN Tenacious LW? Does it get overlooked and if,WHY?!

Will have to wait and see how it’s received in the North American market, but it’s worth pointing out that it’s the most expensive “value folder” (at least that I’m aware of) and overlaps in price with some non-value models. Granted, the non-value pieces are mostly in S30V or VG-10 but an S110V UKP...
by Bill1170
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco UTILITY Knife...
Replies: 38
Views: 799

Re: Spyderco UTILITY Knife...

What I’d much rather see is a Spyderco OTF utility knife with a pocket clip (tip down only). There’s a lot of good competition in the retractable utility knife realm, but still plenty of room for innovation. Onboard storage for extra blades is a must, as is tool-free blade changes. After 40+ years a...
by Bill1170
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Who has the S35VN Tenacious LW? Does it get overlooked and if,WHY?!
Replies: 48
Views: 821

Re: Who has the S35VN Tenacious LW? Does it get overlooked and if,WHY?!

Will have to wait and see how it’s received in the North American market, but it’s worth pointing out that it’s the most expensive “value folder” (at least that I’m aware of) and overlaps in price with some non-value models. Granted, the non-value pieces are mostly in S30V or VG-10 but an S110V UKP...
by Bill1170
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Need advice before to buy used spyderco g2 stainless
Replies: 7
Views: 107

Re: Need advice before to buy used spyderco g2 stainless

Given its age, it looks like it was never, or hardly ever used. Like Yablanowitz said, the rubber can fail, but given reasonable care the rest of the knife should last a very long time in use.
by Bill1170
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Do we do people disservice?
Replies: 37
Views: 801

Re: Do we do people disservice?

I agree that a forgiving blade steel knife is best for knife newbs. It should be stainless, reasonable to sharpen, and decently tough. One young friend never sharpened his work folder and kept losing/replacing it with new cheap ones. I stopped him losing them by gifting a Stretch and impressing him ...
by Bill1170
Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...
Replies: 40
Views: 1034

Re: Pound for pound the highest performing Spyderco is...

I have both Ladybug Salt versions in SE, and they are high value per pound. I think the standard shape is more versatile, but the hawkbill better complements the larger folder I usually carry. I have to know: who has done a wave mod on a Ladybug? I find it awkward to open one-handed, and a wave hook...
by Bill1170
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Retire The PM2?
Replies: 97
Views: 1996

Re: Retire The PM2?

Maybe I’m missing something here. I see references to “PM3, PM4” and I don’t know of either being a thing that exists. Some get confused and erroneously call the Para 3 a “PM3,” but never have I seen or read about a shipping model called “PM4.” What’s this about Benchmade discontinuing the Griptilia...
by Bill1170
Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Serrated edge fans
Replies: 45
Views: 643

Re: Serrated edge fans

H-1 is amazing in serrated form, not so great edgeholding-wise in plain edge. Two downsides I’ve experienced with it are: 1) The plain edge at the tip (just under 1/2” long on my Pacific Salt) dulls too fast. 2) The hollow grind necessitated by the work-hardening properties of H-1 is less performant...
by Bill1170
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker
Replies: 21
Views: 442

Re: Sharpmaker

The brass problem in CA stems from a combination of our Prop 65 (everything causes cancer!) and the fact that most brass has a small percentage of lead added to facilitate machining. Lead is bad for us and CA law requires sellers to alert end users. Aluminum rods seem like a perfectly fine end-run a...
by Bill1170
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker
Replies: 21
Views: 442

Re: Sharpmaker

On the plus side:

1) The aluminum rods are lighter, good for backpacking.

2) the microscopically thin layer of aluminum oxide can be used for very gentle stropping
by Bill1170
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why don't they chrome plate carbon steel?
Replies: 21
Views: 540

Re: Why don't they chrome plate carbon steel?

That’s an interesting question that I would also like to know more about. Cladding is much thicker than plating, but the comparison to DLC is much closer.
by Bill1170
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spy27 Threads the Needle?
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: Spy27 Threads the Needle?

yablanowitz wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:18 pm
Well, I have managed to chip my SPY-27 Mule, but to be fair, full power impact with hardened drywall screws has chipped every steel I've done it to so far.
I have to know. Sounds like you’re a fellow remodeler. Are you using the Mule to cut down stud center lines for drywall patches?
by Bill1170
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I'm gonna try to make my own serrations
Replies: 23
Views: 449

Re: I'm gonna try to make my own serrations

Using a sharp serration as a sharpening choil is genius, Chad! It is out of the way of the stone, but will cut rather than snag any material that slides off the back of the edge. Two thumbs up.
by Bill1170
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Long Blade Folder Guys ... what you cutting?????
Replies: 84
Views: 1888

Re: Long Blade Folder Guys ... what you cutting?????

I can do almost everything with a Dragonfly. But it's so much easier with a Police4. Even just cutting cardboard. Good point. A longer blade lets me cut cardboard with the edge at a steeper angle to the direction of the cut, which produces a lower effective bevel angle, which in turn is easier to p...
by Bill1170
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What steel stays sharp longer?
Replies: 36
Views: 667

Re: What steel stays sharp longer?

Holland wrote:
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:39 pm
A serrated knife was the first thing that came to my mind as well. If you did have to cut on top of metal, only the points of the teeth with dull
Yep. This is why serrated steak knives are common. Only the points contact the ceramic plates.
by Bill1170
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best steels to avoid fingerprints?
Replies: 40
Views: 682

Re: Best steels to avoid fingerprints?

Wear cotton gloves while fondling the knives?
by Bill1170
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New CPM Stainless Steel??
Replies: 190
Views: 5913

Re: New CPM Stainless Steel??

It's about more than just breaking knives. I've seen many Japanese chef's knives that have a lot of micro-chipping. The steel is hard, the edges are thin, and the steel isn't particularly tough to begin with. Say Larrin that brings up a question I've been meaning to ask you for quite a while. Conce...
by Bill1170
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New CPM Stainless Steel??
Replies: 190
Views: 5913

Re: New CPM Stainless Steel??

I agree 100%. We all have seen stories what happened to those thin and hard Japanese kitchen knives in hand of user not aware of its properties. I kind of had implicitly a high-end / experienced user in mind as this new steel is unlikely to find its way to low cost / mass produced knives anytime so...
by Bill1170
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Handle forward lock back design
Replies: 12
Views: 430

Re: Handle forward lock back design

I’m another fan of choil-less, handle-forward design for bigger folders. I love my Caribbean.

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