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by Joe Talmadge
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any P'Kal users here?
Replies: 12
Views: 2805

Exactly -- and works well in an SD situation, in any and every grip. Just a great knife overall.
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any P'Kal users here?
Replies: 12
Views: 2805

You can actually do that with a ghetto wave and a reversed clip. If you want to carry right side configure the clip for left hand carry. If you want left side carry right hand carry configuration will do it. Here's how I do it with a manix 2. The waved endura, with clip set up in the right configur...
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any P'Kal users here?
Replies: 12
Views: 2805

My question is, how limited is this knife in an SD role? It seems that you really only get the first two strikes and after that it's basically a dagger- how wrong am I with this assumption? I believe that reverse grip methods are the most effective realistic defensive systems there are, and the "on...
by Joe Talmadge
Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 30 then 40?
Replies: 4
Views: 1262

David, I'd disagree with that a bit. The idea of using the 40 after the 30 is to either 1. completely finish off the burr, if you just take a few light strokes, or 2. put a more robust (but obviously less sharp) microbevel on the edge, if you take a lot of strokes. You do not need the 40 degree stro...
by Joe Talmadge
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Newb Question: What are lockbacks more popular than liner/frame locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 5990

So from the above statement I guess you'd consider the Spyderco Military and Gayle Bradley knives "light use" folders since they have the Michael Walker LinerLock®? No, it means that I wouldn't buy either, because I'll only buy knives with liner locks for light use, and that's not what those knives...
by Joe Talmadge
Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Newb Question: What are lockbacks more popular than liner/frame locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 5990

Ken, it stands to reason that integral locks would have the exact same issues, but that hasn't been my experience, and I can only guess as to why. First, when I do a torque test, I like it to be realistic, so I use a firm- to white-knuckle grip. With liner locks, hand skin always sinks into the lock...
by Joe Talmadge
Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Newb Question: What are lockbacks more popular than liner/frame locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 5990

While there are bad examples of any and every lock type, in the many years I've tested locks, I've never seen any lock type fail in anywhere near the numbers as liner locks. And more telling, a liner lock made by a big name like Elishewitz, Emerson, or Onion might fail just like a cheaper made lock,...
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Ever thought of a Strider/Spyderco collab model?
Replies: 111
Views: 13672

One of my favorite knife design philosophies meets one of my least fave. There's always the possibility of a real surprise, I judge things on the merits once it's over. But this isn't a collab I'd have high hopes for... though I realize there are a lot of people for whom this would be a dream...
by Joe Talmadge
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The single greatest Spyderco of all time is...
Replies: 115
Views: 19865

Calypso Jr. A sleeper when it came out, being ugly even by spyderco standards, until a few people figured out its genius. The ancestor of a lot of Spyderco's current great knives -- Caly line, Sage, Manix, etc. -- with a lot of the features in place: choil, full flat ground leaf blade, etc.
by Joe Talmadge
Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco and 2012
Replies: 29
Views: 2177

Creepo wrote:Why on earth would you insist to have this stuff in the General discussion...
I'm thinking someone forgot to log off his account, and his little brother came in and took the opportunity to make him look silly with a goofy post. At least, that's what I hope the explanation is!
by Joe Talmadge
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: To whom it may concern...
Replies: 23
Views: 4203

Hey Chad, Hopefully you'll receive some much deserved karma points. Good luck man!
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: which paste?
Replies: 32
Views: 8601

Jack,

Yes, it's the rougher edge and "teeth" that gets you the greater slicing ability, and yes, they will dull more quickly.
by Joe Talmadge
Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SE P'kal?
Replies: 10
Views: 1895

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the whole point of the RGEI grip in a SD situation is to use ripping motions creating an effect similair to an animal using its claws. Linguini, the "ripping motion" (shearing retraction) is definitely not the whole point of this methodology. The grip excels at a number...
by Joe Talmadge
Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spydie/ShivWorks FB Collaboration
Replies: 89
Views: 22502

I saw where you were going with the false edge, and the idea that you could still use the single-purpose grip, but now the false edge is there so it "works" in the opposite grip. The potential problem is that a very shallow false edge means that that edge will suck at cutting, even though it cuts. S...
by Joe Talmadge
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spydie/ShivWorks FB Collaboration
Replies: 89
Views: 22502

What I personally would like to see on a Shivworks/Spyderco Disciple is a false edge that theorethically could be sharpened. For LEO/Military or civilians who can legally carry a double edge in theyr country, this would give them the possibillity of also having a conventional "user" edge on it with...
by Joe Talmadge
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Help: Which Martial Art?
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Lot of good points guys, but on a less serious note: One option would be to run on a treadmill while watching old Kung-Fu and Ninja movies. As long as your power doesn't go out, you will be a bad-as_ in no time. :D This is a can't-miss strategy. I had a friend who did this for years, and now he's a...
by Joe Talmadge
Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Help: Which Martial Art?
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

The sport-based systems will give you a workout on another level than any other. All you have to do is look at the bodies at an amateur boxing/muayThai smoker or BJJ tournament versus the bodies at (say) a FMA tournament, to see a pretty striking difference. Self-defense wise, if you want to spin up...
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: question for mike janich and any other sd enthusiast
Replies: 103
Views: 16913

The overwhelming vast majority of knife and blunt force weapon attacks are forehand, angle 1 attacks. I'd say it's likely the case that the most common attack is a modified angle 5, accompanied by forward drive -- the most common attack in knife training class might be a 1 though. But since knife-o...
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: question for mike janich and any other sd enthusiast
Replies: 103
Views: 16913

I think all of the following is correct, I'm sure someone will point out if not: P'kal is the name of a knife by Spyderco. Pakal or Pikal are various spellings of a word that essentially means "reverse grip". So technically, pakal can mean reverse grip edge in, **or** reverse grip edge out. However,...
by Joe Talmadge
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spydie/ShivWorks FB Collaboration
Replies: 89
Views: 22502

Hey bud, good to see you! My quick thought, captured in the zillions of other postings, is that as much as I like the no-compromise RGEI designs of the P'kal and Disciple (I own both), it'd be good to see a small fixed blade that sings in RGEI, but is still very usable in all other grips... which, I...

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