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by Skidoosh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A11 and CPM 10 V
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: A11 and CPM 10 V

They are very similar. There are a few versions of A11, aside from the Micromelt A11, but they are all virtually identical. Unless someone does a cut test with these steels, it should all feel the same between 10V and A11. K390, which is supposed to be an "upgraded" A11, is the most different in co...
by Skidoosh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A11 and CPM 10 V
Replies: 4
Views: 307

A11 and CPM 10 V

Please clarify my understanding. The Micromelt A11 and CPM 10V are essentially the same steel. One made by Carpenter the other by Crucible, correct? My A11 mule is the same steel as CPM 10V?
by Skidoosh
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team Survey
Replies: 74
Views: 3398

Re: Mule Team Survey

1. Yes, probably 10
2. I made handles, that is part of the appeal of mule teams for me
3. I made kydex sheaths
4. Sure did-
5. yes, but more by experience getting a feel for the different steels than by formal testing.
6. Incidentally but not with a formal write up
by Skidoosh
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: In praise of the Mantra II and thumb holeless designs
Replies: 8
Views: 646

In praise of the Mantra II and thumb holeless designs

I recently got a Mantra two ti with M4 steel and have been blown away by the refinement of the design and what it offers. The first thing that strikes me is the handle to blade ratio, it packs a lot of blade into a small handle length. The blade shape and splinter picking tip are fantastic. It is in...
by Skidoosh
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S90V Love ~
Replies: 25
Views: 2581

Re: S90V Love ~

I love my CPM s90V Southfork, to me it is a great design and a great steel for the design. S90V is a bit strange to sharpen but not overly difficult. I have not had a good experience with CPM S110V- too chippy but S90V is a steel I would use and look forward to.
by Skidoosh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What Spyderco do you think was your best value?
Replies: 50
Views: 3056

Re: What Spyderco do you think was your best value?

Spyderco Mules, PD#1 and A11 for around $70 USD.
by Skidoosh
Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HAP40 or REX45?
Replies: 48
Views: 3155

Re: HAP40 or REX45?

Its a new one for me that they are the same steels. I'm carrying the Caly 3 in Hap 40 and its been a ok steel but it doesn't "pop" for me like super blue or k390. Has anyone been able to do a HRC test on the caly 3?
by Skidoosh
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly 3 love?
Replies: 41
Views: 1767

Re: Caly 3 love?

The Caly love will come around again when the LW model is released. I would anticipate some K390 models and other steels that will put it into the spotlight. An issue has been some of the struggles finding makers that can produce the same quality.
by Skidoosh
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: competition for the Para 3?
Replies: 62
Views: 2442

Re: competition for the Para 3?

Caly 3
by Skidoosh
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What ever happened to Elmax
Replies: 27
Views: 1740

Re: What ever happened to Elmax

https://forum.spyderco.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=85492&p=1384163&hilit=elmax#p1383529 There was another thread recently. Its not a bad steel but had acquired a bad reputation. To sum up the thread there are some other steels that are more easily available that perform just as well. I like it but would...
by Skidoosh
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: designs - evolution - lifting
Replies: 67
Views: 3232

Re: designs - evolution - lifting

Technology such as the internet has created a shift in how we as civilizations think and collaborate. It used to be people thought in parallel, there was no overflow unless there was collaboration. If two people came up with a common idea it was either a coincidence or they were lead to common conce...
by Skidoosh
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why the lack of Elmax options -- are any on the horizon?
Replies: 37
Views: 1836

Re: Why the lack of Elmax options -- are any on the horizon?

I recently started carrying a ZT knife with Elmax, I like it quite a bit. Some of the qualities I like, keen edge, takes a polish, good edge stability I also find in steels like CTS-XHP and CPM-20CV or M390. With other steels out there I like better (K390) I would not gravitate to elmax because of t...
by Skidoosh
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly 3/3.5 interest Poll
Replies: 35
Views: 2049

Re: Caly 3/3.5 interest Poll

The slimness and simplicity coupled with the ergos make me keep coming back to the Caly 3. Its not an intimidating knife for non-knife people.
by Skidoosh
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sage 5 Lightweight
Replies: 165
Views: 13071

Re: Sage 5 Lightweight

Could anyone post a side-by-side shot of the para 3 LW and the sage LW? I'm interested in comparisons between the two.
by Skidoosh
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Kephart knife
Replies: 23
Views: 983

Re: Spyderco Kephart knife

Maybe a folding model
by Skidoosh
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: List of available knife steels not yet used by Spyderco for sales
Replies: 37
Views: 2106

Re: List of available knife steels not yet used by Spyderco for sales

Um, I think PD#1 is for sale - not a production folder but I still can't believe its available
https://www.spyderco.com/catalog/detail ... -PD-1/1079
by Skidoosh
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Elmax
Replies: 11
Views: 903

Re: Elmax

S90V or K390 would be better for your purposes. K390 is not very corrosion resistant but it can cut.
by Skidoosh
Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I think Spyderco should do more titanium framelocks
Replies: 46
Views: 6585

Re: I think Spyderco should do more titanium framelocks

I like them but look at the market- they are discontinuing the mantra titanium framelocks.
by Skidoosh
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Crazy deals @ Sierra and other places
Replies: 4076
Views: 581664

Re: Crazy deals @ Sierra and other places

I just picked up a mantra 2 for $119 and I've seen advocates for around $150 at various sites.

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