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by arty
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I've got a friend flying to Belgium and UK... Carry options?
Replies: 14
Views: 734

Re: I've got a friend flying to Belgium and UK... Carry options?

I never carry in Europe. The only time I don’t have a knife in my pocket is when I am in the shower or pajamas.
Size varies, but I would avoid carry in the UK and many other European places. This is just me.
by arty
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Fillet Knife? Steel Types?
Replies: 32
Views: 4629

Re: Fillet Knife? Steel Types?

I just got back from a trip to the beach and I did some fishing off the surf. The fish are small, but tasty. I was not happy with a Buck open season 6 1/2” fillet knife. The S35V steel was fine, but it had more curve to the blade than I like and the handle was way too small and very slick when wet. ...
by arty
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: FRN vs G10 vs Wood: Strengths and Weaknesses in each for Spyderco Knife Handles?
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: FRN vs G10 vs Wood: Strengths and Weaknesses in each for Spyderco Knife Handles?

arty, I would like some compound that is rubber based but looks like wood. Checkered rubber with a wood finish. Would you like that on a Spyderco knife if it was durable? I have a couple of fishing knives with VG10 blades and Thermorun handles. The handles are durable enough in the kitchen, but I a...
by arty
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: FRN vs G10 vs Wood: Strengths and Weaknesses in each for Spyderco Knife Handles?
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: FRN vs G10 vs Wood: Strengths and Weaknesses in each for Spyderco Knife Handles?

Lots of Asian exotic woods take a long time to dry properly. If they are not kiln dried and green, it could take upwards of a year for the wood to dry. If shipped to a dry climate, cracking and shrinkage are assured. If the wood is stabilized, as in impregnated with polymers under pressure, it won’t...
by arty
Fri May 24, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knife rules for N. Carolina?
Replies: 33
Views: 803

Re: Knife rules for N. Carolina?

Knife limits vary with the location. Some cities have 3” limits, and some have none. Open carry is not OK in some places, where it can be prosecuted as “going armed to the terror of the public.” In some cities or counties, it is not illegal. Anyone can carry a gun in a car as long as it is not conce...
by arty
Mon May 20, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Top 5 knives you actually carry
Replies: 84
Views: 2286

Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

In order of frequency of carry:
Worker green G10 VG10
Chaparral CF S30V
Kiwi 4
Walker sprint CF ZDP189

When I want a larger pocket knife:
Stretch VG10 or
Large Lum VG10
by arty
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Ikuchi - The New Kiwi?
Replies: 27
Views: 1228

Re: Ikuchi - The New Kiwi?

It is too large for that role.
by arty
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cpm s30v vs. Vg10
Replies: 56
Views: 40705

Re: Cpm s30v vs. Vg10

I like VG10 in situations where corrosion resistance is a major factor. It beats 154CM by far in this, and work that would lead to staining and corrosion with 154CM won’t do it to VG10 - like yard work. Theoretically, I prefer S30V to VG10, but I find that most of the knives that I carry use VG10. T...
by arty
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Stretch 1 / Stretch 2 - a little nostalgia and wouldn´t there be a place for both of them?
Replies: 41
Views: 3499

Re: Stretch 1 / Stretch 2 - a little nostalgia and wouldn´t there be a place for both of them?

I have the Stretch 1 in VG10 FRN. I am not interested in the Stretch 2, but regret not getting the 1 in ZDP189. I hope that Spyderco considers a sprint run of the first Stretch in something like HAP40 laminate or ZDP.
by arty
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: If you could resurrect one discontinued model what would it be?
Replies: 74
Views: 5218

Re: If you could resurrect one discontinued model what would it be?

I would second the recommendation for the Stretch 1 and for the Rookie. I would like to see a version of the Rookie in something like ZDP189.
by arty
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Need Suggestion on a VG10 KNife
Replies: 24
Views: 1139

Re: Need Suggestion on a VG10 KNife

The only large folder that I have in VG10 is a large Lum, but I don’t see them around anymore. I have seen older models of the police in VG10 and the Mike Draper. I am not generally a fan of metal handles, but these are pretty big.
by arty
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: China and tariffs
Replies: 168
Views: 7610

Re: China and tariffs

I don't want to get into a political debate and won’t. If you remember your history, tariffs contributed to the Great Depression. They might have worked 50 years ago, but too much industry is now international, with manufacturing cutting across borders. Tarriffs make it difficult for companies like ...
by arty
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: China and tariffs
Replies: 168
Views: 7610

Re: China and tariffs

Prices matter to me. When they run too high, I find myself holding back on a purchase. I am retired, but my income is sufficient to allow me to save each month, and put away money for an upcoming wedding in the family and outrageous medical bills. Funds are not unlimited. When prices start to get to...
by arty
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Do most of us need larger knives?
Replies: 120
Views: 5285

Re: Do most of us need larger knives?

Large is relative. If carving a turkey, I can generally get by just fine with a 7” slicer, but a larger bird could require a 9” carving knife. I have never needed a larger carving knife than this, even though I own one. I like an 8” heavy bladed western deba for breaking down chickens. I generally l...
by arty
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Models That Absolutely DESERVE Sprint Runs
Replies: 93
Views: 4328

Re: Models That Absolutely DESERVE Sprint Runs

I would like to see a Rookie in CF, perhaps G10CF laminate. An upgrade to ZDP189 or a HAP40 laminated steel would be great.
by arty
Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal asks you to design a Spyderco.
Replies: 102
Views: 5986

Re: Sal asks you to design a Spyderco.

Some great designs here no doubt. I have all the folders I’m ever likely to need. The only knife that I haven’t been able to find is a true flexible Small Game Fixed Blade. Many years ago I had a Gerber Pixie and I literally did everything with it. It was perfect for dressing rabbits, taking fox ta...
by arty
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New fixed blade - need help
Replies: 116
Views: 15535

Re: New fixed blade - need help

I would like to see S35V or CPM154. If in a high carbon steel, I am a fan of M4.
by arty
Sat May 26, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 154CM - Development, Properties, and Legacy
Replies: 35
Views: 4369

Re: 154CM - Development, Properties, and Legacy

How does CPM154 compare to S35V for a fishing and fillet knife? Is edge retention similar or better?
by arty
Tue May 08, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening Spyderco on Water Stones
Replies: 4
Views: 1960

Re: Sharpening Spyderco on Water Stones

I have Shaptons, but normally reserve them for tool steel blades. I prefer natural novaculite for carbon steels, but not for high chromium steel. I recommend Spyderco ceramic bench stones for VG10 and kitchen knives. I don't go above the fine stone (~1200 grit) for most kitchen knives. If I want a f...
by arty
Fri May 04, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Stainless Kopa Sprint Run Preview
Replies: 26
Views: 4974

Re: Stainless Kopa Sprint Run Preview

I also wonder how long the handle is with the knife closed. Is the handle slick or is there enough texture so the knife is easy to grip?

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