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by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

Is the DC18N in short supply? Or is it just that it's expensive? For what it's worth, I found small pieces for sale to check price. When buying a single piece that is 38 x 100mm (1.5 x 4") the price is in the $150-$200 range (https://www.brisa.fi/supplies/knife-steel/damasteel/damacore-dc18n). It lo...
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

sal wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:23 pm
What is the only pattern available for the DC18 material?
"DC18N is available in Odins Eye™, Grosserosen™, Hakkapella™, Thor™, Hugin™ and Rose™."

https://damasteel.se/damacore-dc18n/
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

I'd prefer a thinner, slicey blade as well. But for people using it as their primary EDC (in the UK, for example) that preference might be different.
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - HANDLE OPTIONS
Replies: 26
Views: 1239

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - HANDLE OPTIONS

Any idea what the price difference between the CF and G-10 would be?
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mantra 2 ??
Replies: 17
Views: 873

Re: Mantra 2 ??

I like it a lot. It will rust, but that's a given with M4. I did a bunch of work on mine to strengthen the detent (there's a thread on here somewhere about how to do it) and I liked the flipping action _much_ better after that. Are you wanting it for the flipping action or the blade shape? If you're...
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

For me, the blade is the heart of the knife. I can always change handles, make custom scales, or whatever. And I admit that usually I don't bother. But I cannot change the blade, and that's what I'm primarily interested in. I'm happy to have a Manix 2 Maxamet, even though the handle is 'only' FRCP. ...
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Watu vs. Deka
Replies: 18
Views: 1043

Re: Watu vs. Deka

They call it the Able lock but it seems exactly the same as the axis. YouTube wisdom is suggesting they use heavier gauge omega springs, but I’m just being a parrot, no idea if that’s true. It's true. I actually got curious and disassembled one to see. It's essentially Hogue's effort to not get sue...
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: MT27P - Mule Team Fixed Blade with Micro-Melt® PD#1
Replies: 23
Views: 4916

Re: MT27P - Mule Team Fixed Blade with Micro-Melt® PD#1

Mikey, what are those scales made from? I really like the look of them.
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Watu vs. Deka
Replies: 18
Views: 1043

Re: Watu vs. Deka

I have an emotional fondness for Hogue. They were located where I grew up, making (almost unbelievably today) gun parts in California. I'm also very glad they picked up Doug Ritter's collaborations when Benchmade discontinued their relationship with him. Doug's work with Knife Rights is unique and v...
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

My only concern is that when I check the prices at my regular suppliers, DC18N Damacore looks to be 2.5 to 3 times as expensive as DS93X Damasteel for the raw material (not sure how that would change with a larger scale purchase) and has very limited availability. What percentage of the cost of thi...
by TomAiello
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Something I do not understand about the Chaparral
Replies: 55
Views: 6392

Re: Something I do not understand about the Chaparral

I don't find my Chaps stiff at all. I have never felt the need to adjust them.
by TomAiello
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: SMKW exclusive Autonomy 2 carbon fiber
Replies: 9
Views: 772

Re: SMKW exclusive Autonomy 2 carbon fiber

Any idea on the price point? If it's the same as the standard LC200n version, I think I'd rather have the LC200N.

I would also rather see s90v to go with the CF.
by TomAiello
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

What are the benefits of DC18N over any of the others in terms of a small penknife? Basically, it has the benefit of Vanax at the cutting edge. Vanax has better edge holding and better corrosion resistance than CPM-154 and 12c27. We're already talking about a knife that has quite a lot of 'show' an...
by TomAiello
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: MT27P - Mule Team Fixed Blade with Micro-Melt® PD#1
Replies: 23
Views: 4916

Re: MT27P - Mule Team Fixed Blade with Micro-Melt® PD#1

I honestly can't tell a difference between my PD#1 mule and my Cruwear Mule. I haven't done any side by side cutting comparisons, but I have used the PD#1 for yard work, cutting open bags of mortar and concrete (carelessly, so I definitely hit some bits of rock in the process), general EDC (cardboar...
by TomAiello
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What Are You Reading ?
Replies: 369
Views: 75633

Re: What Are You Reading ?

I'm currently reading The Constitution of Liberty, by FA Hayek: https://smile.amazon.com/Constitution-Liberty-Definitive-Collected-Works/dp/0226315398 I'm in the section about the American Revolution and the US Constitution and he has a fascinating (and non-US centric) view of it. It's very impressi...
by TomAiello
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team MT28P CPM SPY27 Revealed!
Replies: 80
Views: 7535

Re: Mule Team MT28P CPM SPY27 Revealed!

Thanks for the clarification fixall! I really couldn't find much on it, and found some references for PD#1 being similar to Cruwear and other for it being similar to 3V. Pretty stoked to hear it's a Cruwear analog, I've been waiting to try it! And thanks for linking the article, great read. No need...
by TomAiello
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

Sal, do you have any (rough) guess as to the difference in retail price if this is run in DC18N v. DS93X or DS95X?

Are we talking about $50 more per unit (which I'd totally be up for)? Or $250 more per unit (which would doubtless mean extremely low sales)?
by TomAiello
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN
Replies: 67
Views: 3265

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - DAMASTEEL PATTERN

Which Damasteel? Isn't choosing the alloy a pre-requisite to choosing the pattern? A list of the various Damasteel alloys is here: https://damasteel.se/our-steel-alloys/ The actual steel type used is _a lot_ more important to me than the pattern. I VASTLY prefer DC18N to DS93x or DS95x. If this knif...
by TomAiello
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: TeroTuf!
Replies: 136
Views: 8656

Re: TeroTuf!

As I mentioned above, I've got a left-handed pair of checkered desert tan Manix ones on order and have a couple of questions. Are all the scales in these pictures tan with varying amounts of mineral oil on them? https://firesideco.com/product/spyderco-para-3-textile-scales-desert-tan/ Different lig...
by TomAiello
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - HANDLE OPTIONS
Replies: 26
Views: 1239

Re: Damasteel UK Penknife UKPK - HANDLE OPTIONS

1st choice: Titanium Stepped (not just plain Ti)
2nd choice: Shred carbon fiber

I'd definitely put Shred carbon ahead of plain ti.

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