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by zhyla
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.
Replies: 154
Views: 6278

Re: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.

I used to work in a CNC facility but it been about 12 years since I worked there. I had wondered if there wasn't a CNC program that could do serrations without cutting them with grinding wheels. But I guess it would depend on the type of serration pattern as to whether it would be feasible or not. ...
by zhyla
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.
Replies: 154
Views: 6278

Re: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.

[I bet grinding the serrations and getting them matched up would not be easy. Seems like it would be straight forward on a CNC. I’ve wanted to make SE blades for years but the cost/availability of serration wheels has kept me at bay. Maybe it’s time I try it on my CNC mill. One nice thing about thi...
by zhyla
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chaparral Lightweight
Replies: 14
Views: 412

Re: Chaparral Lightweight

Mine is perfect.
by zhyla
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.
Replies: 154
Views: 6278

Re: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.

sal wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:09 pm
You have no idea how hard it was to convince our makers in Seki to make thin serrated edges.
Maybe give the Taiwan guys a shot at it? The Chaparral is begging for an SE version.
by zhyla
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.
Replies: 154
Views: 6278

Re: SE performance is more than simply teeth vs no teeth.

Hmm. And did the Caribbean come with more rounded teeth? Or did you sharpen them that way?

I wonder if it’s time to switch to CNCing serrations instead of using grinding wheels. Probably cheaper in the long run you would think.
by zhyla
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kitchen knife nerds- why basic carbons?
Replies: 33
Views: 936

Re: Kitchen knife nerds- why basic carbons?

I know that there are fantastic stainless steels that are superior to traditional carbon steels. And the stainless aspect is nice. However. You can’t just buy any $50 santoku with stainless steel and trust that it will hold an edge. At that price range stainless steel is generally a disaster in the ...
by zhyla
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What happened with the mantra?
Replies: 21
Views: 528

Re: What happened with the mantra?

Aside from the early issues with the bearings, it seems like the Mantra 1/2 just did not appeal to Spyderco enthusiasts very broadly. I’m sure to a few people here It was just what was missing in their lives. But there doesn’t seem be the level of excitement over flippers in general and Spyderco-des...
by zhyla
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Fully serrated Stretch
Replies: 12
Views: 262

Re: Fully serrated Stretch

Nothing on eBay?

I’ve got one, but not letting it go. :)
by zhyla
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 12 reasons why the Delica is better than the Native
Replies: 104
Views: 2221

Re: 12 reasons why the Delica is better than the Native

The Native 5 LW went backwards in ergonomics in my opinion. Great lockup and nice looking knife, but it sucks in the hand compared to previous gen.

Chaparral blows away the Delica and Native IMO.
by zhyla
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?
Replies: 26
Views: 449

Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

XHP is a fine steel. If I were to request something it would be an SE version.
by zhyla
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S35vn on the Tenacious...what does it mean?
Replies: 114
Views: 2802

Re: S35vn on the Tenacious...what does it mean?

Just so we’re clear, I’m not saying this isn’t a good buy at $100. Especially if there were a full SE version. I’m just saying there’s a lot of competition at that price point. I personally am pretty happy with the 8CrMoV13 version and certainly would not pay another $50 for better steel. But I’m no...
by zhyla
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S35vn on the Tenacious...what does it mean?
Replies: 114
Views: 2802

Re: S35vn on the Tenacious...what does it mean?

I did an analysis last year on this and I still think Cruwear at ~$100 would have sold like gangbusters. A high end steel can command a higher price (for a while). S35VN not so much. What is so bad about the fit and finish compared to a Golden model? I think a lot of this is in people's heads. The ...
by zhyla
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S35vn on the Tenacious...what does it mean?
Replies: 114
Views: 2802

Re: S35vn on the Tenacious...what does it mean?

$100 for a Tenacious? Unless the lightweight version has increased the fit and finish level I really doubt this will sell.

The Tenacious is a good design and makes good sense at $50. Not at double.
by zhyla
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Considering Hawkbill for Gardening (sharpening question)
Replies: 42
Views: 1921

Re: Considering Hawkbill for Gardening (sharpening question)

While I like hawkbills I think any thin serrated blade will do. I have a Tenacious SE that I abuse in the yard a lot. Lots of blade and the serrations make quick work of plant material.
by zhyla
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Behind the edge database!
Replies: 115
Views: 15322

Re: Behind the edge database!

We should organize this into a public Google spreadsheet.

I really wish thickness behind the edge was a spec that manufacturers published. I think we would see a trend toward thinner edges pretty quickly.
by zhyla
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 2020 needs more happy stories
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: 2020 needs more happy stories

Today I learned Ladybug93 is not a lady. :)
by zhyla
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best steels for serrations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3440

Re: Best steels for serrations?

I’ve only got experience with a few non-exciting steels in SE: VG-10, S30V, 154CM, ATS-55, and everybody’s favorite 8CrMoV13. But I would be very hesitant to buy SE in a whizbang hard to sharpen steel. Sharpening SE is tedious. Without having see any quantity of data on SE with different steels my g...
by zhyla
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 13 Myths about Heat Treating Knives
Replies: 32
Views: 1944

Re: 13 Myths about Heat Treating Knives

Larrin, " serrated edges having poorer cutting ability when slicing" is so contrary to my (admittedly total layman and non scientific!!) in-use-findings, that I may ask: Could it be that I find Spydercos serrated edges to be even better slicers than their plain edges not because they are serrated, ...
by zhyla
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Reshaping the Lil’ Lum
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Re: Reshaping the Lil’ Lum

Unless you’re going to regrind the flats messing with the belly will just screw up the thickness behind the edge.
by zhyla
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Tenacious Lightweight does it for me
Replies: 18
Views: 1375

Re: Tenacious Lightweight does it for me

Well, I went the opposite way, I have G-10 SE and LW PE. The Tenacious SE is like a chainsaw, and I don't think there's a lot else in Spyderco's current offerings that can match with the thin FFG and long blade. Even the mighty Endela SE is shorter with fewer teeth. I think only the Caribbean can o...

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