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by mattman
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: There's something missing here...
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: There's something missing here...

I can't believe they haven't made a ti-slabbed PM2... There was a ti integral compression-lock prototype floating around a few years ago, that was apparently not supposed to have been "leaked"... I wonder if the powers that be are a bit miffed with their titanium vendor over the leak? Seems silly to...
by mattman
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??
Replies: 206
Views: 26071

Re: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??

Stunning as always, Sir!!
by mattman
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AFI Performance Flash Batch
Replies: 247
Views: 17532

Re: AFI Performance Flash Batch

A.S.O.K.A wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:17 pm
gundamaniac wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:11 pm
Variations of the lightweight Chaparral perhaps? That has quite a thin slicey blade.
Whats the blade stock thickness of the chaparral?
2mm, iirc.
by mattman
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AFI Performance Flash Batch
Replies: 247
Views: 17532

Re: AFI Performance Flash Batch

This is about "performance", not "exclusivity", imho... Delica first. It's a known quantity, so the differences will be available to everyone to evaluate. The platform is cost-effective enough that people will use them, instead of hoarding them, and we can see if the option has merit for other platf...
by mattman
Wed May 22, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is the Delica being discontinued?
Replies: 26
Views: 1069

Re: Is the Delica being discontinued?

Albatross wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 7:31 am
If the handle was a little bit longer, or maybe a 50/50 choil was added, the Delica would be (my) perfect sub 3" knife.
Are you familiar with Boomer52s GrindMod Delica scales?
by mattman
Wed May 15, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Z-Cuts available?
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Z-Cuts available?

Probably a clue that they'll be there soon, then. I assume they're creating the product listings, and left them "live" by mistake...?
by mattman
Wed May 15, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Z-Cuts available?
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: Z-Cuts available?

I expect he's got them, then.
I've never ordered from them, but I have bought from them in person.
It's definitely a reputable source.
by mattman
Sat May 04, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Does it bother anyone else...?
Replies: 20
Views: 869

Re: Does it bother anyone else...?

Because the flipper tab is in *front* of the pivot.
by mattman
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker Rods
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Sharpmaker Rods

Check out the "Grand Unified Grit Chart" over at blade forums. The supporting thread had a pretty in-depth discussion about where to place the ceramics, based on scratch-pattern comparisons.
by mattman
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caribbean SE Mega Thread
Replies: 44
Views: 2233

Re: Caribbean SE Mega Thread

Excellent write-up! I don't have one yet, but I will probably get one at some point... Haven't bought much this past year, but I'm gonna snag a Drunken as soon as I find one in stock, and then hold off till I hear more about the new kitchen knives.

(Did you sort your loctite issue?)
by mattman
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mantra Detent Ball
Replies: 28
Views: 1626

Re: Mantra Detent Ball

Welcome to the forum. The Delica is different, for the purposes of this discussion. The back-spring is what provides the closing pressure, and the "kick" is what is supposed to stop the blade from closing on the edge... If something is wrong, and the edge is hitting first, it will obviously create a...
by mattman
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mantra Detent Ball
Replies: 28
Views: 1626

Re: Mantra Detent Ball

I wonder what the production process is like for detent balls/bearings. Ive gotta speculate that batch heat treating these tiny things uniformly is a difficult process.
I would also speculate that this example isn't the standard offering, as far as hardness goes...
by mattman
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Massdrop R. Laconico Keen
Replies: 27
Views: 3118

Re: Massdrop R. Laconico Keen

I saw where somebody mentioned the Keen was thin behind the edge. So last night I was getting to know my new Keen a little better and, after doing some cutting on a maple block, I decided to take some measurements behind the edge. So I got out my dial calipers and carefully measured the shoulder un...
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hard truths and observations
Replies: 249
Views: 10255

Re: Hard truths and observations

Was U.S. Steel for high end exacting Spyderco standards like that in the Late 1970's and early 1980's? I ask because it occurred to me in another thread concerning the Hunter knife from around 1981 ( Which has CQI Evolved into the Superb Stretch2) the steel was a Japanese G2 steel. I had no idea Sp...
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is this blade detail correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: Is this blade detail correct?

sal wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:35 am
Hi Mattman,

I'm pretty sure that's functional. It rides alongside a spring as a stop when the knife is closed. There was a lot of engineering that went into the Autonomy. Some patented.

sal
Thank you.
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is this blade detail correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: Is this blade detail correct?

Sal-

I'm not looking at the plunge line in those pics... I'm looking at the material that appears on the kick, that looks like it was left by an endmill...? Is that a functional detail?
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Massdrop R. Laconico Keen
Replies: 27
Views: 3118

Re: Massdrop R. Laconico Keen

I agonized over this for a week or so, as all the reviews were excellent, but I have a "made in China" hangup, when it comes to knives (actually, it's more of a "any brand that's not Spyderco" hangup). I caved, because I'm enamored with the contoured profile of the Slycz Bowie, and I don't foresee a...
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hard truths and observations
Replies: 249
Views: 10255

Re: Hard truths and observations

Here are the qualifiers that guide my Spyderco purchases:

1. Corporate culture/Integrity
2. Design
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3. Blade grind
4. Steel choice
5. Handle material
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6. Price
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hard truths and observations
Replies: 249
Views: 10255

Re: Hard truths and observations

I think that my buying decisions, like my personal associations, are based largely on trust. Trust is a quality that has to be earned over time. A company provides a product I am incapable of completely evaluating on its merits before I buy it. Reputation and my personal track record with that comp...
by mattman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is this blade detail correct?
Replies: 11
Views: 613

Re: Is this blade detail correct?

That does look... strange.

Curious what the function is?

I'll check my Autonomy 1 later to see if it's is present on it, too.

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