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by SolidState
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Who of you buys only Spyderco, no other brand knives?
Replies: 77
Views: 3404

Re: Who of you buys only Spyderco, no other brand knives?

I've only bought spydercos for a few years now. I have other brands in my kitchen, but my pocket has had a spyderco for two decades, with only a few exceptions. I make some knives I carry for a while. I'm not really missing out. I find that if it is worth doing, Spyderco will do it. Patience is key ...
by SolidState
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco serration history
Replies: 63
Views: 4690

Re: Spyderco serration history

sal wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:35 pm
Hi SolidState,

Malcom Gladwell had a book out on pitchmen. Many of whom I knew. A good read, at least for me. I found most of Gladwell's book very good reads and I highly recommend them. I would suggest beginning with "Blink".
Thanks for the suggestions, they are going in the queue.
by SolidState
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 220
Views: 16859

Re: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?

***understatement warning*** Bainitic L6 is a formidable steel! That's my favorite backing to martensite in a sword. It literally cannot be beaten. Howard Clark is a genius. My favorite 3 steels with a Spyderco are: 1. Hap-40 - somewhat stain resistant, and gets buttery-smooth edges that seem to bi...
by SolidState
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco Counterfeits, Clones, Replicas, etc.
Topic: Delica 4
Replies: 4
Views: 1270

Re: Delica 4

It's either real, or a really good clone.
by SolidState
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco serration history
Replies: 63
Views: 4690

Re: Spyderco serration history

Hi Sal, Are you buddies with those pitchmen you listed? I literally grew up watching infomercials, and would take a nap just to be able to be up late when they were on every summer during my gradeschool through highschool days. Pitch men apparently make up a surprising share of my heroes, and they s...
by SolidState
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: First symptom of corona virus
Replies: 10
Views: 1705

Re: First symptom of corona virus

When I got it, my smell went strange but didn't disappear. My taste went weird - like how Stew's did above - metallic taste. It was like a hard flu mixed with a sinus infection with a nasty cough. The worst part was about a week into the illnesss the old stones started to ache like I was 13 again. I...
by SolidState
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Any dog lovers?
Replies: 91
Views: 27381

Re: Any dog lovers?

I judge people by their dogs, or the way dogs act around them. Doggos are usually good judges of character.
by SolidState
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team Survey
Replies: 97
Views: 8896

Re: Mule Team Survey

1) Did you purchase a Mule Team knife in the past? Yes, the damascus mules. I got 2 of them. 2) Did you put a handle on it? Yes, Halpern handles on both. 3) Did you make or buy a sheath? Made two kydex sheaths. I actually learned how to press kydex for this project, and have since made sheaths for l...
by SolidState
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Rock Jumper Thread
Replies: 135
Views: 13595

Re: Rock Jumper Thread

The Introvert is the answer to that. Hook a carabiner through the finger hole flipper thingy, so it can't open. The original prototype (and my personal version) have a hole in the flipper tab for carabiners. With a carabiner through that hole, you can push down on the handle to partially open the b...
by SolidState
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How about a Lava light?
Replies: 17
Views: 1808

Re: How about a Lava light?

I didn't buy a Spyderco between my Delica I got in 1997 and the Lava. The Lava inspired a three year binge on thousands of dollars of Spydercos until I decided that I needed to pay for my habit by designing my own. Lavas are dangerous, and make me think of KaliGMan. If you ask me, it has a strong fl...
by SolidState
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly 3 love?
Replies: 41
Views: 2518

Re: Caly 3 love?

As well, the Caly 3 & UKPK melt into my hand like no other "humped" Spydercos. So great job adapting the Caly's ergos, it was definitely a successful adaptation. If you're ever at a show with them, ask them to overlay many of their designs. You'll find that they use what works repeatedly. Sal will ...
by SolidState
Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly 3 love?
Replies: 41
Views: 2518

Re: Caly 3 love?

I own one of every Caly 3 and 3.5 ever produced. It's my favorite spyderco design of all time. Sal is a beast. Its ergo ratios show up in all kinds of places like the Copa and the Kiwi. I recommend them to everyone. The SuperBlue is the best, followed by Hap40 if you ask me. My knife, the Introvert,...
by SolidState
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Liquid Cobra is making some knives..
Replies: 104
Views: 22109

Re: Liquid Cobra is making some knives..

Welcome to the dark side!!!
by SolidState
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Name Recognition?
Replies: 54
Views: 1998

Re: Spyderco Name Recognition?

I'd say most people don't really look too deep into knives - even those who carry knives. Just ask your average carrier what metal is being used in their knife. In-store purchases at malls or retail stores typically probably hover the $5 to $25 range. You see some specialized sporting stores having ...
by SolidState
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: In praise of Mr. Ed Schempp
Replies: 61
Views: 3737

Re: In praise of Mr. Ed Schempp

Martin is Ed's best work. Aside from Martin, the Rock is the best fixed blade I have ever owned. Further, Ed has been an excellent adviser and mentor in the knife/steel world to me. I'm lucky enough to chat with him roughly once a year, and the things he has taught me have carried over into many are...
by SolidState
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal's Casual Bombshell Thread
Replies: 2539
Views: 630743

Re: Sal's Casual Bombshell Thread

There was a time, long ago, when this thread was about Sal's casual bombshells. I miss the old days.
by SolidState
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Fear of flying: What can these people do?
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Fear of flying: What can these people do?

Advice 1:
"Grow a pair, or stay out of the air."
Advice 2:
"Don't be rama rama."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt0NcaxmGHo
by SolidState
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: V-Toku2 vs HAP40 vs VG10 vs ZDP189
Replies: 26
Views: 3342

Re: V-Toku2 vs HAP40 vs VG10 vs ZDP189

I also have them all, and vastly prefer Hap40. Hap40 is my favorite aside from Aogami. I even have a Hap40 santoku kitchen knife because I liked it so much.
by SolidState
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Army ROTC Knife
Replies: 25
Views: 1730

Re: Army ROTC Knife

Aqua Salt is another one that fits most bills.
by SolidState
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Phoenix rising
Replies: 25
Views: 1355

Re: Phoenix rising

The wog is a bit superior IMHO, and this class of knife is basically my favorite. Flipping them is sooooooo buttery smooth, and they are this special class of spyderco that harks back to prehistoric predators mixed with formula cars. This age of BBL was an excellent time to be an AFI. The Wog ended ...

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