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by zhyla
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Lifespan of G-10?
Replies: 23
Views: 726

Re: Lifespan of G-10?

It doesn’t seem to shrink at all so I think it can last indefinitely if not exposed to UV constantly. Holds up to abuse pretty well too.
by zhyla
Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Machete by Spyderco?
Replies: 61
Views: 1172

Re: Machete by Spyderco?

When it comes to a stainless machete I could see a use for one especially in my environment. I live in Eastern NC so we have swamps, marshes and other wetlands that can be brackish at times. Do you use a machete much in that environment? Do you have trouble with corrosion that affects the blade per...
by zhyla
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Machete by Spyderco?
Replies: 61
Views: 1172

Re: Machete by Spyderco?

Why LC200N? It is used in high end kitchen knives for good reason. My imaginary kitchen machete would most likely spend most of its time in the kitchen and then could take on all else with flying colors. My idea was to offer something that is not already on the market. Why would you ever take a ref...
by zhyla
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Machete by Spyderco?
Replies: 61
Views: 1172

Re: Machete by Spyderco?

I haven’t really studied edge stability of the higher end whiz bang steels, but we need to be careful not to conflate the steel properties that make a good slicing knife blade with what makes a good thin chopper. Most machetes* are made with medium carbon steel (1070) and not very hard. The low hard...
by zhyla
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Manix mod log
Replies: 43
Views: 1093

Re: Manix mod log

Might as well swap the lock cage out for a metal one while you got it all apart. And ceramic balls are a thing too right? Though I don't know the benefit.
by zhyla
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Help with ID of older knife
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Help with ID of older knife

Were these actually intended for hunting?
by zhyla
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bow River distributor exclusive
Replies: 54
Views: 2313

Re: Bow River distributor exclusive

I’m curious about the screw construction... Perhaps it’s an example of CQI or a request from the distributor? IMO screws are an unnecessary complication on a fixed blade unless you plan on swapping the scales. Just something to come loose or rust, but with no upside. Not a bad thing, but I don’t th...
by zhyla
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco multi-tool?
Replies: 41
Views: 2576

Re: Spyderco multi-tool?

If Spyderco were to put effort into another multi tool I thing it should have a surprising feature: no blade. Multi tools always waste space on one or more blades. They rarely make *good* knives compared to dedicated knives. I really just want pliers, wire cutter, some crude screwdriver tips, and a ...
by zhyla
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Baby got BACK(lock)
Replies: 43
Views: 1219

Re: Baby got BACK(lock)

All locks have a bias to close. Factually incorrect. Take any Walker linerlock, open it far enough to lift the detent ball out of its' hole and see if it springs shut. Same with a Reeve integral lock. Same with a standard Compression lock. Sorry, I meant bias to stay closed, which isn’t what you se...
by zhyla
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Baby got BACK(lock)
Replies: 43
Views: 1219

Re: Baby got BACK(lock)

All locks have a bias to close... in my experience so far the CBB is the only one to not be closed when I thought it should be and ended up stabbing me in the leg. If you want a knife that won't open unless you really want it to, a well made flipper with a liner/frame lock is amazingly secure. They'...
by zhyla
Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Evolving tastes over time?
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Evolving tastes over time?

G-10 is a superior material to FRN, but FRN can be molded into intricate textures which is very effective.

I used to be super into the stainless handles. They’re great knives but a good FRN knife with a nice thin grind (e.g. Chaparral) is really all you need in your pocket.
by zhyla
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is it that sets a good knife apart from a great one?
Replies: 34
Views: 1048

Re: What is it that sets a good knife apart from a great one?

Design is all that matters. The materials and fit/finish are just trade offs for cost.
by zhyla
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Serrated S30V??
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: Serrated S30V??

I like the idea of an SE Shaman but I feel like beefier blades make more sense in plain edge. The kind of usage I where the beefier blade has an advantage puts the teeth at risk of damage, and it’s no fun sharpening out a chipped tooth. I’d probably have bought a PE Shaman by now if I didn’t have a ...
by zhyla
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kitchen Machete
Replies: 30
Views: 788

Re: Kitchen Machete

When I moved out as a college kid my roommate and I didn’t have much in the way of kitchen knives. My 18” machete got used a bit until someone gave us a real knife. I think OP misunderstands why machetes are the way they are. They’re designed for swinging. They are awesome for light brush. They make...
by zhyla
Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco chinese cleaver (cai dao)?
Replies: 20
Views: 696

Re: Spyderco chinese cleaver (cai dao)?

I don’t use my Chinese cleaver frequently. The main reason is it doesn’t fit in my knife drawer. So I haven’t built up the skills and muscle memory with it like I have with santokus. My guess is any decent steel will do the job. They are made for slicing veggies so the edge doesn’t take a lot of dam...
by zhyla
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CNC serrations
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: CNC serrations

I’m not sure how the grinding wheels are fabricated but my guess is you start over if you need a different shape.
by zhyla
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CNC serrations
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: CNC serrations

JD, there are a couple advantages with CNC. One is you can grind both sides of the serrations. The other is you can easily experiment with variations in serration patterns/sizes/geometry.
by zhyla
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CNC serrations
Replies: 7
Views: 363

CNC serrations

Somewhere in a recent SE topic some people, mostly me, were discussing something about using CNC to cut serrations. I've been wanting to try this for a while so I gave it a go this weekend. DISCLAIMER: this is not for the faint of heart. This first pass came out ugly. https://i.imgur.com/ulh5qMGl.jp...
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: 237
Views: 9553

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: 237
Views: 9553

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...

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