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by Blade Santa Cruz
Mon Mar 17, 2003 6:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What knife do you carry for self defense?
Replies: 19
Views: 1927

Gee, that was a great post! Unfortunately it didn't take and all that came through was the heading. I'll try one more time and get on the list that carries the obvious choice, the Civilian. (Not very original, am I?)
by Blade Santa Cruz
Mon Mar 17, 2003 6:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What knife do you carry for self defense?
Replies: 19
Views: 1927

I'm not very original. The Civilian is my choice here.
by Blade Santa Cruz
Tue Mar 04, 2003 1:29 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What's the rationale for the civilian blade?
Replies: 5
Views: 1279

The Civilian is an infinitely superior slasher to the Police model. The reverse S blade shape extends the cutting edge and traps the target, allowing serrations to bite. The thin tip slices through leather like butter, so a heavy leather jacket affords little protection. The Civvie is a very sophist...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Feb 27, 2003 12:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Harpy
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

I found one a few weeks ago on eBay. I'd been looking for some time. They're a lot harder to find these days. I don't think you'll have much luck with dealers; you'll have to be very patient and persistant and a little lucky.
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Feb 27, 2003 12:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Optimum blade length ; What's YOUR'S?
Replies: 18
Views: 1462

Optimum? For What??

The 7" blade on my Simonich MidTech Raven is ideal for camp use; the 1.5 in blade on my Spyderco Kiwi is perfect as a gent's knife.
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Feb 06, 2003 10:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Harpy/Merlin
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

Sorry for that slip of the keyboard; it's not obvious how to edit goofs. Of course I meant "G10 Harpy at the end of the post, not "G10 Merlin."
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Feb 06, 2003 10:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Harpy/Merlin
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

Hawkbill, I'm glad your Spyderhawk is working out well. I've heard of several tips breaking off that model and it's not surprising. I've compared one with a Matriarch and the tip design and thickness are very close. Not so the G10 Harpy, which appears much stronger. Then again, perhaps it's a case o...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Feb 06, 2003 8:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Harpy/Merlin
Replies: 7
Views: 1103

I just finally received my G10 Harpy...and what a knife!! I can see it is a more expensive knife to manufacture, but it feels and looks great. It has great materials and a superior design. The tip design is what I had hoped the Spyderhawk would be, but isn't. The Harpy is strong and functional and m...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Fri Jan 31, 2003 1:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Patience Pays Off
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Patience Pays Off

I've been keeping an eye out for a G10 Harpy for some time now. I tried Linda, then most other sources - no luck. Finally one appeared, NIB on EBay. I expected good bidding, but the SpyderHawks must be taking all of the action. As it was, NOBODY bid on the Harpy, so I put in a last-second bid and go...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Fri Jan 17, 2003 1:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Military CPM440V changes
Replies: 12
Views: 1801

Sal,

Thanks for the reply. I like the steel on my Military very much and am happy to see that it has not essentially changed since the early version I have was made. It's a great knife.
by Blade Santa Cruz
Wed Jan 15, 2003 1:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A Spydie Love Bite
Replies: 7
Views: 882

A Spydie Love Bite

I'm pretty careful about all my knives and can't remember the last nip I received. This attitude, of course, set me up for a little Spydie love bite. I was working my new VG-10 Civilian that Glasshart found for me, just to break it in a little and get the knife feeling natural. As I closed it, my sm...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Tue Jan 14, 2003 1:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Military CPM440V changes
Replies: 12
Views: 1801

Military CPM440V changes

In a post in the general forum, someone mentioned that the Military models with the fine print correspond to an early version using 440V. They then stated that the Millie was switched to ATS34 for a while before going back to 440V. I replied as follows and this IS a more appropriate place to post my...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Fri Jan 10, 2003 6:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Old or New Millie?
Replies: 2
Views: 815

I have an early Military with CPM440V steel. It's my EDC, at least more so than any other knife. Before the temporary shift to ATS34, then the change back with the relatively low RC numbers for the 440V, (this is the first I have heard of this) were the original 440V blades taken to a harder RC? (Ma...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Sat Jan 04, 2003 2:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 2003 Catalog : WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 46
Views: 3945

Funny, I've never had a problem keeping my Military shaving sharp. It just requires occasional touch-up. The other day, I cut 6 large cardboard packing boxes into 6 in by 12 in sections and the knife stlii sliced thin strips of newspaper when I was done. However, it will be interesting to get a Mill...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Jan 02, 2003 12:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Next blade, Starmate or Military?
Replies: 11
Views: 1046

Both are very nice knives and the Starmate is getting rare. But if you don't plan on getting both, the Military is the way to go. It's a terrifically versatile knife; it really slices well once you learn how to use it. I think the ergonomics are first-rate. I've had a Military as my most used EDC fo...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Mon Dec 30, 2002 11:59 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: For B.S.C.
Replies: 3
Views: 1000

Pachucks,

Thanks for thinking of me. Glasshart found me one earlier at a really great price, so my need has been filled.

Here's hoping you have a great holiday season and talk Sal into offering a lined, (double lined?), G10 version of a SpyderHawk.

Blade Santa Cruz
by Blade Santa Cruz
Fri Dec 20, 2002 4:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: just wondering.... other brands?
Replies: 34
Views: 3290

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Camillus, with their EDC with various steels AND Talonite and their Cuda Maxx folders, both Bowie blade and their new stiletto, with 1000 ft.lb resistant frame locks, 5.5 in. D2 blades, anodized titanium frames.... Those folks are upping the bar a whole lot!
by Blade Santa Cruz
Thu Dec 12, 2002 2:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Glasshartt Strikes Again!
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Zrexxer, I felt the VG-10 version was a small but significant upgrade from ATS-55. First, you can put an extremely sharp edge on a VG-10 blade (the steel was developed for horticultural uses, if I recall correctly) which would make that initial slash even more effective. Secondly, VG-10 should provi...
by Blade Santa Cruz
Wed Dec 11, 2002 3:17 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: the SHTF , grab *1* blade
Replies: 33
Views: 3247

If I'm up and around, my PE Military is there in my pocket. If I'm in bed, I'd reach over and grab my Simonich mid-tech Raven.
by Blade Santa Cruz
Wed Dec 11, 2002 1:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Glasshartt Strikes Again!
Replies: 8
Views: 1267

Glasshartt Strikes Again!

I've been nosing around this and the BF board inquiring about a VG-10 Civilian. "Oh sure," I heard many times, "They've been out already and must be all over the place." But all those available through the usual Web sources are the ATS-55 models. The factory store only offered the ATS-55 version as ...

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