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by Niles
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Yakut - For the ethnic series
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: Yakut - For the ethnic series

I suspect it is for the same reason that Japanese chisels have hollow backs. Flattening the entire surface area of a fully-flat back is much more laborious in time and stone-wear than for a blade with a hollowed portion. Quicker and easier when hollow ground. Some of the wider Japanese chisels will...
by Niles
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Yakut - For the ethnic series
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: Yakut - For the ethnic series

Yeah. It's the groove and the grind that sets it apart.
by Niles
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Yakut - For the ethnic series
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Yakut - For the ethnic series

I have recently started investigating and making Yakut (or possibly Saha) knives, and am ridiculously impressed with their performance. Consequently, I think it'd be a great addition to the ethnic series. The yakut has a flat face with a groove on one side, and a convex face on the other. This chise...
by Niles
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 5,000th post Giveaway !!!
Replies: 125
Views: 12997

Re: 5,000th post Giveaway !!!

I'm in, but I'd like to re-gift the mule if I win. If my number is chosen, I'll run another random number contest to give the mule to someone who has a family member deployed over seas. We would then ship the knife to that soldier as a belated Christmas gift from the forum and the winner. I'll pick ...
by Niles
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: MT23P - Mule Team Fixed Blade with CPM 20CV
Replies: 26
Views: 6970

Re: MT23P - Mule Team Fixed Blade with CPM 20CV

Sounds like a winner. Not an unusual steel by any means, but a great chance to own a 20cv knife at that price point.
by Niles
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Made my own version of the Swick
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Made my own version of the Swick

Nice concept. What ergos would you change on the next go round? I would try to find a way to widen the handle below the hole. As it is, the middle and ring fingers have to close a lot more than the first and pinky fingers, and that makes the grip feel unnatural when you're making power cuts (like w...
by Niles
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Made my own version of the Swick
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Made my own version of the Swick

Holland wrote:Very nice! What steel did you use?
Thanks! It's 1/8" 1095.
by Niles
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Made my own version of the Swick
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Made my own version of the Swick

Firstly, let me say that I made this strictly for myself and will not sell it or any like it. That needs to be said because parts of it are almost an exact copy of a Spyderco Swick. I really like the swicks, but I wanted one that was a bit bigger for having around camp or whatever. This is what I ca...
by Niles
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: More Information On The GAUNTLET Sharpener yet??
Replies: 59
Views: 12264

Re: More Information On The GAUNTLET Sharpener yet??

Is it time to revive this thread? Any word from Amsterdam about a release of the gauntlet?
by Niles
Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Stropping suggestion for Edge Pro users
Replies: 15
Views: 6407

Re: Stropping suggestion for Edge Pro users

That's interesting. I've been getting my best results with the blocks I made. I haven't used the polish tapes since making them. I would imagine that the polish tapes and super fine stones would work better than stropping if you can maintain perfectly consistent edge angles. For me the EP isn't desi...
by Niles
Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Stropping suggestion for Edge Pro users
Replies: 15
Views: 6407

Re: Stropping suggestion for Edge Pro users

Sorry to drudge up an old thread, but I recently made a couple strops for my Edge Pro and am thrilled with how well they work. In researching the project I found this thread and figured I'd tag on in case someone else wanted to make their own as well. You could simply buy a blank and glue leather on...
by Niles
Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP
Replies: 580
Views: 64737

Re: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP

Just a heads up. Jeff said that these knives will be going up in price as they start to sell out. He said that it's an attempt to keep the eBay flippers at bay. So don't wait thinking they might drop in price later on.
by Niles
Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP
Replies: 580
Views: 64737

Re: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP

Holy freaking home run batman! This is the first spyderco that's taken my breath away as soon as I unboxed it. Bar none, this is my favorite color combo. The orange is fantastic and the DLC is wicked. I want to use the crap out of it but I'm afraid of getting it dirty...quite the dilemma. If they go...
by Niles
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP
Replies: 580
Views: 64737

Re: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP

Got 2 ordered over the phone. Jeff is a standup guy!
by Niles
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP
Replies: 580
Views: 64737

Re: CS Exclusive Orange Paramilitary 2 DLC CTS-XHP

It's funny. I just got off the phone with Jeff and asked him if he thinks the server will handle the traffic. He said, "Oh yeah, unless we're way underestimating the response." Well, guess what. Lol.

Here's hoping.
by Niles
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Show your Mule
Replies: 1205
Views: 592070

Re: Show your Mule

Here's a closeup of that shadow at the joint. Kind of a bummer.

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by Niles
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco Picture Gallery
Topic: Show your Mule
Replies: 1205
Views: 592070

Re: Show your Mule

Here's my 4V mule. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v297/cardwelc/Knife%20Stuff/1062AC72-18A4-465A-89FD-C22C2C0D5771.jpg The bolsters are stainless steel and are dovetailed. I'm not pleased with the joint between the bolsters and the wood, too much epoxy got between the two and created a shadow. In...
by Niles
Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: DO the rods on your SharpMaker move or do they fit tight?
Replies: 26
Views: 1731

Re: DO the rods on your SharpMaker move or do they fit tight?

Mine have never moved. Primarily because I never use them. They stay nice and snug in their horizontal slots.
by Niles
Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team 21
Replies: 63
Views: 10644

Re: Mule Team 21

I'm making some dovetailed bolsters and scales for my 4v mule right now, and recording the process. Hopefully by the end I'll have a video tutorial to share. If so, I'll post the link here.

Handles are not tough and it's cool to have made your own.
by Niles
Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HAP40 Delica and Endura
Replies: 399
Views: 44386

Re: HAP40 Delica and Endura

Well if anyone wants to trade these orange handles for some red ones, I'm keen.

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