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by fanglekai
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S30V, VG-10; But If I Had A Choice???
Replies: 56
Views: 3295

Re: S30V, VG-10; But If I Had A Choice???

I pass on knives that I can't use as a lefty. S30V and VG-10 are both great. That's an interesting topic you bring up. Because I don't see as many "lefty" Spyderco models as I did a few years back. However I think it's fair to say that most of the models I really like tend to be ambidextrous ( righ...
by fanglekai
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Super happy with my New Mantra 2
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: Super happy with my New Mantra 2

I ordered one of these as well. I didn't read the specs, so it was a bit smaller than I had imagined, but it's a really nice size for office carry. It has nice flipping action, the stonewash looks good, and I really like CPM-M4. It packs a lot of cutting edge length into a pretty small package.
by fanglekai
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Note to self - only let the GF carry stainless knives...
Replies: 32
Views: 1165

Re: Note to self - only let the GF carry stainless knives...

You can also try abrading it away with a paste of baking soda and water or something like Flitz. Neither will hurt the knife, but avoid getting them in the pivot area.
by fanglekai
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is the Bow River sold out?
Replies: 13
Views: 464

Re: Is the Bow River sold out?

I've been thinking about picking one of these up. It's unfortunate the sheath is right-handed only, but for the price I can deal with that. I'm looking forward to seeing some reviews on these. $32.50 is cheap for a nice fixed blade.
by fanglekai
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Advocate - An Official Statement from Spyderco
Replies: 234
Views: 39879

Re: The Advocate - An Official Statement from Spyderco

I've been enjoying the Advocate I got recently. The discontinued pricing was hard to pass up. I haven't had any trouble with the lock. https://i.imgur.com/yMTpGyX.jpg CPM-M4 is probably my favorite steel, but it will patina for me over time. My GB1 certainly has some patina. I'm expecting the Advoca...
by fanglekai
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S30V, VG-10; But If I Had A Choice???
Replies: 56
Views: 3295

Re: S30V, VG-10; But If I Had A Choice???

I pass on knives that I can't use as a lefty. S30V and VG-10 are both great.
by fanglekai
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What's wrong with S30V?
Replies: 48
Views: 2824

Re: What's wrong with S30V?

Nothing is wrong with S30V.
by fanglekai
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: To M4 or not to M4...
Replies: 52
Views: 2146

Re: To M4 or not to M4...

M4 will patina for sure. My GB1 has quite a bit of patina from using it. Look at the patina near the Spyderhole, for example.

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by fanglekai
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Province and Bow River at last!
Replies: 22
Views: 1626

Re: Province and Bow River at last!

The Bow River sheath is set up for right hand carry only.
by fanglekai
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: M390 CTS-204P 20CV :) Hype Steel
Replies: 121
Views: 4591

Re: M390 CTS-204P 20CV :) Hype Steel

I am a skeptic of "influencers" myself and in a way sort of detest that they have the pull they have. They are the ones who started the S30V is crap and ZT’s Elmax is bad stuff years ago and “influencers” weren’t even a big thing then. S30V years ago had a bad rap because of issues that occured whe...
by fanglekai
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Value folders for lefties or ambidextrous
Replies: 10
Views: 304

Re: Value folders for lefties or ambidextrous

One thing I appreciated most about value folders line was the design, going from the handle shape, to blade being completely usable (no half finger choil - not a fan of this unless the knife is really short, and even then you need usable blade length more than ever). Looking at Ambitious, Persisten...
by fanglekai
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Re: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action

I didn't receive any indication what caused the issue but it seems to have been fixed. The action is still a little more sluggish than new but the blade closes from the backspring as it should, which is what I was hoping for. My Chaparral is usable again, which is great because it's a really nice ca...
by fanglekai
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My 55 dollar Hungarian
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: My 55 dollar Hungarian

Wow I paid $105 for mine and thought that was a good price. Nice find!
by fanglekai
Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Where is my Bow River ?
Replies: 307
Views: 22482

Re: Where is my Bow River ?

I'm very excited about this one. An inexpensive Phil Wilson design Spyderco made fixed blade sounds great. I've used Spyderco's 8Cr and it works just fine. Sharpens easily, has decent edge retention. I'm hoping these are available for purchase soon.
by fanglekai
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Shaman - Front Flipper?
Replies: 12
Views: 490

Re: Spyderco Shaman - Front Flipper?

Thumb in the Spyderhole makes more sense.
by fanglekai
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: This must change: VG10 and H1 to be used outside of Japan. What can Spyderco do?
Replies: 41
Views: 1511

Re: This must change: VG10 and H1 to be used outside of Japan. What can Spyderco do?

As some on here have said, and please confirm for me if this is true or not: VG10 and H1 Stainless Steel cannot be used outside of Japan? This is a travesty, this is not right. It is one thing for people to invent something and then license it to others, it is a whole other thing to monopolize it a...
by fanglekai
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Am i just lucky with my super steels?
Replies: 45
Views: 2000

Re: Am i just lucky with my super steels?

There's a huge difference between profiling/reprofiling and sharpening. Profiling/reprofiling is the step when a bunch of metal has to be removed. Sharpening is merely refining the apex. Sharpening doesn't take long. Profiling/reprofiling can take hours depending on the alloy, equipment, and amount ...
by fanglekai
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Re: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action

I think I'll just send it in. Thanks all. If you'd like to report back what the reason for the problem was: I'd be interested. Don't know though if Spyderco will "just" fix it or additionally let you know what they did exactly. I plan on mailing it out Saturday. I'll report back if they say what th...
by fanglekai
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Re: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action

I think I'll just send it in. Thanks all.
by fanglekai
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Chaparral Ti Stealth - Problem with Action

My Chaparral Ti Stealth has recently developed an issue where the blade will not close without being pushed through the full motion. Previously, it would close on its own once it got to about 1/3 of the way from closing, as backlocks/midlocks do. I tried cleaning it out with dish soap and warm water...

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