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by Cambertree
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Authorized Customizers
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: Authorized Customizers

Not that I’m aware of. I think the Spydercos from Santa Fe Stoneworks have a lifetime warranty, but that’s kind of a special case. Spending a bit of time learning how to do your own sharpening and maintenance can add another layer of interest and satisfaction to the hobby, and shouldn’t affect the w...
by Cambertree
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kaparas are coming!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 1586

Re: Kaparas are coming!!!!

So are you all, in fact using them for food prep, or for general edc, or both? Edit: I'm asking because I'd love to have a great food prep folder for foraging days (the blade length on my native salt just isn't always long enough), but I don't love the titanium scales on the spydiechef. If this was...
by Cambertree
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Supergold, Superblue ? VG10
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: Spyderco Supergold, Superblue ? VG10

The best grade of cladding steel - essentially a mild steel - used by traditional Japanese bladesmiths also has a similar 'high purity', relative to other mild steels. It's called Gokunantetsu. I remember being told that the level of 'impurity' - or undesirable elements in the steel is about 10 time...
by Cambertree
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Small knife saves Canadian man from grizzly bear
Replies: 16
Views: 998

Re: Small knife saves Canadian man from grizzly bear

Wow, what a story!

Reminds me a bit of this thread a few years back, where a member of this forum had to use their Caly 3.5 to end a mountain lion attack.

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by Cambertree
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Supergold, Superblue ? VG10
Replies: 24
Views: 510

Re: Spyderco Supergold, Superblue ? VG10

There’s also a Hitachi Yellow Steel series which you don’t hear of that much outside Japan. It’s used for more mid range cutlery and basic agricultural edged tools. It looks similar in composition to 1075/1084/1095 etc. The White series is ‘cleaner’. White No. 2 seems to be the standard quality carb...
by Cambertree
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 157
Views: 6692

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

Thank God, I think your pic may solve my problem with my Urban, here's my post https://forum.spyderco.com/viewtopic.php?p=1353967 Hi Drasticoy. I saw your original post. None of the things you pointed out as being possible signs of a fake, would have led me to that same conclusion. I hope you get m...
by Cambertree
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 157
Views: 6692

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

I've also been surprised by how easily I get a crazy sharp edge on my Urban. I especially like that I now have a steel that can put my Arkansas stones back to work and can strop back from kinda dull to mostly shaving sharp. How acute has everyone else set their AEB-L Urban to? Nice one, yeah I enjo...
by Cambertree
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Need help deciding on Wharncliffe and steel
Replies: 23
Views: 909

Re: Need help deciding on Wharncliffe and steel

I'd be happy with either steel. My own Wharncliffe Delica is a HAP40, and it's one of my favourite work knives. I have a normal Delica in VG10 and there's certainly nothing wrong with that steel either, though I'd tend to the HAP40. To me it behaves just like a souped up carbon steel, takes a great ...
by Cambertree
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Factory edge poll
Replies: 48
Views: 1257

Re: Factory edge poll

No factory grind lines visible on the AEB-L Urban and Cruwear PM2 in my pockets.

Actually you can see a tiny remnant just at the plungeline on the PM2, but that'll sharpen out soon enough.
by Cambertree
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What angle do you sharpen at?
Replies: 19
Views: 634

Re: What angle do you sharpen at?

I backbevel at around 12 dps on benchstones, just sneaking up on the apex with the last stones, then microbevel with the Sharpmaker at 15dps, finishing with a few light passes on the UF rods at 20 dps, to clean up the edge. For low carbide steels, I'll keep the microbevel at 15dps. (It's not really ...
by Cambertree
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Do you immediately sharpen a new Spyderco?
Replies: 62
Views: 1857

Re: Do you immediately sharpen a new Spyderco?

I pretty much always do it. Maybe not straight away, but definitely before EDC use. Thinner behind the edge and a more acute edge apex angle gives better performance for me. The factory edges are generally pretty good though, maybe with a slight edge to the Golden makers in consistency and sharpness...
by Cambertree
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning g10
Replies: 33
Views: 892

Re: Cleaning g10

By non-toxic, do you mean food safe as well? Was thinking I wouldn't use it on anything I also use to prep food or forage with, but it'd be nice to know I could. I don't believe it's food safe, I think the formal rating is 'safe for use on food manufacturing machinery and equipment'. But it's defin...
by Cambertree
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning g10
Replies: 33
Views: 892

Re: Cleaning g10

You can’t go wrong with Ballistol. I’ve been using it for years.

Non-toxicity is also a major benefit for me.
by Cambertree
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What Spyderco is in your pocket today??
Replies: 17275
Views: 1373853

Re: What Spyderco is in your pocket today??

Still the AEB-L Urban:
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by Cambertree
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What should I buy to practice sharpening on?
Replies: 66
Views: 3106

Re: What should I buy to practice sharpening on?

I practiced on Opinels and kitchen knives when I was first learning to sharpen, but if you want a Spydie to practice on, then how about the AEB-L Urban or a Tenacious?
by Cambertree
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 157
Views: 6692

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

So I’ve been using the AEB-L Urban for the usual kind of EDC chores - opening packages and envelopes, cutting bits of loose thread, trimming dead leaves off of plants etc., and enjoy the smooth cutting, extremely sharp edge a lot. I’ve been using the Urban for some food prep in the kitchen too, and ...
by Cambertree
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Skinning knives, gift
Replies: 17
Views: 854

Re: Skinning knives, gift

ZMW wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:26 pm
Went with a stretch in ZDP. Thank you for all the input and real life experience! Much appreciated
Nice choice. British Racing Green FRN or the brown G10 version?
by Cambertree
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Skinning knives, gift
Replies: 17
Views: 854

Re: Skinning knives, gift

Thanks Wartstein, that’s a great idea. Here’s an older pic of that HAP40 Stretch in a watercress filled mountain stream: https://i.imgur.com/ILqNH13.jpg I also second the suggestion of the Moran as a fixed blade. I’ve gifted one to a mate who processes a lot of deer, so I’ll be interested to hear ba...
by Cambertree
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Skinning knives, gift
Replies: 17
Views: 854

Re: Skinning knives, gift

I'd choose the ZDP189 every time, although I'm well familiar with sharpening it. Depending on what your buddy is used to sharpening, and the gear he has, it could be a learning curve. I love the steel. After all this time it's still one of the best high carbide stainlesses Spyderco offer IMO. The V-...

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