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by TomAiello
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Paramilitary 2, a delicate knife?
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: Paramilitary 2, a delicate knife?

It depends on how you use it. If you're a guy who regularly abuses (prying with the tip, for example) your knife, then something thick (hence a poor slicer) might be more appropriate for you. Which ZT us he talking about? My favorite ZT (0770) still isn't exactly what I'd call stout. It's a case of ...
by TomAiello
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 72
Views: 1915

Re: Mule Team

I took a Tuf-Cloth and cut it to shape under the handles, then just left it there when I screwed the scales down. It appears to have totally prevented rust on the K390. My other K390 looked a lot like yours.
by TomAiello
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Help me find good maintenance gear.
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: Help me find good maintenance gear.

I vote for 5w Nano Oil.

I may be the only person who's had bad experiences with Wiha bits. I prefer the PB Swiss driver set, but it's a lot more expensive.
by TomAiello
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Should the voting age be raised to 25?
Replies: 51
Views: 424

Re: Should the voting age be raised to 25?

Me, I don't swing either way. I'm neither radical liberal nor untra-conservative in my views, because extremes on both sides are two sides of the same coin. I actually think the "moderates" are just two faces of the same establishment. It's the "radicals" who have a more honest ideology, and believ...
by TomAiello
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Should the voting age be raised to 25?
Replies: 51
Views: 424

Re: Should the voting age be raised to 25?

Me, I don't swing either way. I'm neither radical liberal nor untra-conservative in my views, because extremes on both sides are two sides of the same coin. I actually think the "moderates" are just two faces of the same establishment. It's the "radicals" who have a more honest ideology, and believ...
by TomAiello
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Cuts
Replies: 15
Views: 174

Re: Cuts

I cut myself with my P'kal badly enough that I thought I might need stitches. That's my worst spyder bite so far.
by TomAiello
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Should the voting age be raised to 25?
Replies: 51
Views: 424

Re: Should the voting age be raised to 25?

I'd rather see a requirement that in order to vote you have to pay (positive) income taxes. So that those who are required to give money to the federal budget are the ones who get to have a say in where that money goes.
by TomAiello
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dedicated Vehicle Emergency Knife
Replies: 35
Views: 685

Re: Dedicated Vehicle Emergency Knife

Mine is a serrated snap-it.
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: G10 UKPK officially makes a return! Heinnie Haynes Exclusive
Replies: 43
Views: 1466

Re: G10 UKPK officially makes a return! Heinnie Haynes Exclusive

Do you guys in Europe buy from Lamnia?

I only ask this because I've actually bought knives from them (including currency conversion and shipping back to the USA) and had them come out _cheaper_ than USA based retailers.
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How tough is Cruwear?
Replies: 33
Views: 641

Re: How tough is Cruwear?

Jokes aside wear resistance and toughness below are from manufacturer data, typical HRC is from me, compiling Ankerson Spyderco data or similar. I salute your efforts, but how does this chart show correlation? Are they only Spyderco's heat-treat? Whatever it shows, the chart actually lines up prett...
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How tough is Cruwear?
Replies: 33
Views: 641

Re: How tough is Cruwear?

Don't forget that there is both a conventional version of CruWear and also a CPM version. And there are PM versions made by other companies including Z-Wear and PD1. The PM version is at least twice as tough. And don't pay attention to the BladeHQ ratings. Are any knives currently being produced wi...
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Poverty: Can this spectre be ended by man?
Replies: 33
Views: 372

Re: Poverty: Can this spectre be ended by man?

We have some other trends and dynamics working at this time which is slowly escalating the poverty in this country. Do you have numbers on that? What data shows an increase in poverty? You hear a lot of anecdotes, and a lot of complaints that poverty is increasing, but worldwide it's definitely dec...
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: G10 UKPK officially makes a return! Heinnie Haynes Exclusive
Replies: 43
Views: 1466

Re: G10 UKPK officially makes a return! Heinnie Haynes Exclusive

I might have to look into that for a travel knife...it sure is pretty.
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How tough is Cruwear?
Replies: 33
Views: 641

Re: How tough is Cruwear?

I'd put it between them. Not as tough as 3v (but better edge holding). Tougher than v4e (but not as good for edge holding).

I think it hits the sweet spot on toughness for edge retention for a lot of people, but there's nothing that's best at everything.
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: M4 Shaman Exclusive
Replies: 101
Views: 2687

Re: M4 Shaman Exclusive

Rit Dye has the solution to your dilemma. :)
by TomAiello
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: How big is too big?
Replies: 14
Views: 198

Re: How big is to big?

In a cabin in the woods, I'd probably be carrying a fixed blade, and it would probably be larger than that.

I don't really have a use for folders larger than the military, because I'll just be carrying a fixed blade at that point.
by TomAiello
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Perception of BD1 VS BD1N
Replies: 12
Views: 400

Re: Perception of BD1 VS BD1N

I'd love to get my hands on a duplicate set in BD1 and BD1N. Does anyone have identical knives they can compare? I guess that would be UKPK in each steel? If the Manix 2 LW goes to BD1N I'll pick one up to do a fair comparison. I have spent lots of time with the BD1 version of that knife. Maybe it's...
by TomAiello
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CPM M4 vs K390
Replies: 72
Views: 6060

Re: CPM M4 vs K390

Unless Spyderco has plans to make a K390 or Maxamet Native in the near future, I think I need some more M4 in my life. I agree with BBB that M4 has been dethroned as top dog, but it has been and remains a favorite. And currently it's easier to get than the big dawgs. Maxamet Native is standard prod...
by TomAiello
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: S110V Acid Wash?
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: S110V Acid Wash?

If you try it, report back. I'd be really curious how it will turn out.
by TomAiello
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Gun manufacturers can now be sued by families victims
Replies: 20
Views: 252

Re: Gun manufacturers can now be sued by families victims

The case centers on a claim of wrongful marketing. I'm really curious what the history of that in the case law is, but I haven't looked into it at all. It seems like it will rest on things like the old "Joe Camel" lawsuits (claiming that using a cartoon character marketed cigarettes toward children)...

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