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by Cambertree
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Decisions, decisions...
Replies: 25
Views: 1181

Re: Decisions, decisions...

Nice choice, I've gone back and forth on the CE 52100 PM2 quite a bit.

I'm looking forward to hearing more of what you think of yours.
by Cambertree
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: couple sharpening questions
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: couple sharpening questions

I sharpen too at around 10-12 dps, then set the apex with the Sharpmaker at 15 dps, and a few finishing passes at 20 dps. It might sound a bit complicated, but it's very quick and easy to resharpen. Pull through knife sharpeners are a travesty, and if you have a Sharpmaker, you have no need for one ...
by Cambertree
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Folders for food prep?
Replies: 31
Views: 895

Re: Folders for food prep?

I use folders in the kitchen from time to time. For me it's not really a question of what's 'better' in the kitchen, more that the tasks required for food prep give me a good way to gain an understanding of the design and performance of a knife. Often looking at knife reviews, you see some test oper...
by Cambertree
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kids Knife Kits
Replies: 18
Views: 654

Re: Kids Knife Kits

I've bought both as gifts, and while I personally like the Dragonfly kit, the kids seem to dig the Delica a bit more. It's a bit sturdier too. As mentioned above, the danger with the Dragonfly is that inevitably someone wil try to close it like a slipjoint and break part of the lockbar or backlock '...
by Cambertree
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How many knives do you typically carry?
Replies: 56
Views: 2383

Re: How many knives do you typically carry?

At work, generally one. Usually the HAP40 Wharncliffe Delica. Sometimes the K390 Urban or ZDP189 Dragonfly. But generally those three are the ones I choose from. Around the house and yard, usually three. A small traditional slipjoint or SAK, and usually a smaller Spyderco and a larger one. Depending...
by Cambertree
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New guy here
Replies: 21
Views: 594

Re: New guy here

Welcome!
by Cambertree
Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Super Blue and patinas
Replies: 15
Views: 944

Re: Super Blue and patinas

I have a lot of carbon steel/non stainless knives, probably about half my collection, and although I tend to just use them normally in order to develop patina, here are a couple of things I’ve learned. Superblue develops some really striking early stage patina. Slicing into hot meats, especially mea...
by Cambertree
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal and Co. DIY edgeless blanks?
Replies: 46
Views: 1900

Re: Sal and Co. DIY edgeless blanks?

Since the edge is always more acute than the flat sides of the knife, that would mean a "blank" with just a full flat grind without a bevel would be slightly longer/taller than a finished knife. That means your blade may not be able to close properly from the factory (may hit the backspacker, etc.)...
by Cambertree
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Who would like to see more 2mm thick blades?
Replies: 51
Views: 6672

Re: Who would like to see more 2mm thick blades?

Yeah I'm definitely up for more thin blades, bearing in mind the points D made above. Also I like swedging to reduce spine width. I have a working cane knife probably about 11"-12" long, which is 1.8mm - 1.6mm thick stock. Obviously it's not heat treated that hard, but it chops well, is quite rigid,...
by Cambertree
Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Super Hard (70 Rc) High Speed Steels – Maxamet, Rex 121, and More Explained
Replies: 47
Views: 1755

Re: Super Hard (70 Rc) High Speed Steels – Maxamet, Rex 121, and More Explained

A big takeaway for a laymen like me is Maxamet with a value of 222 for 68 Rc has approximately 2.2x the edge retention of 440C at 59 Rc if both have the same edge geometry and sharpening. Maxamet will only cut twice as long as 440C. :eek: I'll stick to my softer steels. It really doesn't seem worth...
by Cambertree
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Which steels did you carry today?
Replies: 398
Views: 9116

Re: Which steels did you carry today?

Cruwear (PM2)
Superblue (Delica)
by Cambertree
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Discovery of Stainless Steel
Replies: 11
Views: 659

Re: The Discovery of Stainless Steel

The Ulfberht swords are definitely a fascinating subject.

Here's a paper with some very interesting metallurgical analyses, both of likely Ulfberht swords and probable fakes.

http://gladius.revistas.csic.es/index.p ... le/218/222
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Superior Delica
Replies: 118
Views: 4869

Re: The Superior Delica

I had to smile when I saw my 5 and 7 year old nephews the other day, using this to try to pop open the plastic seals on a box of Lego. I couldn’t fault their technique or their taste in knives. I’m sorry to say the edge left something to be desired though... :D https://i.imgur.com/WIho9p7.jpg I used...
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal and Co. DIY edgeless blanks?
Replies: 46
Views: 1900

Re: Sal and Co. DIY edgeless blanks?

Sure, I like the idea, especially for the PM2. It is unlikely to happen no doubt, for the reasons people have mentioned. I daresay there might be slight variances between lock dimensions over time as well, due to CQI. But I still like the idea. Axes and knives used to come ‘edge ready’ with the unde...
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Super Hard (70 Rc) High Speed Steels – Maxamet, Rex 121, and More Explained
Replies: 47
Views: 1755

Re: Super Hard (70 Rc) High Speed Steels – Maxamet, Rex 121, and More Explained

Thanks for another great article, Larrin. The historical aspect of your research is greatly appreciated.
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What number of Spydercos are in your active rotation?
Replies: 45
Views: 1220

Re: What number of Spydercos are in your active rotation?

I usually have about six or seven at hand - not really intentionally, but because I like to carry a main EDC knife for at least a few months to get familiar with the design and steel. So I often have a few that are waiting for a long bout of use, and some that I still like to use from time to time. ...
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Discovery of Stainless Steel
Replies: 11
Views: 659

Re: The Discovery of Stainless Steel

Interesting. But what about the Ulfberht sword? Famous Viking sword created hundreds of years before modern stainless steel came about. Like maybe some 800 or so years before modern stainless. But it was crucible steel. There's a special about it on the History channel I think? I'll see about findi...
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Tell us about your Spyderco Knife of the Year 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2945

Re: Tell us about your Spyderco Knife of the Year 2019

Prndltech: Interesting choice. The Tasman Salt is a perennial workhorse for me out in the garden. I also often take it hiking to cut weeds and thorny blackberries clear of forested trails. Great as it is, I’m not sure if I could use it as a single knife. I certainly admire your hawkbill only experim...
by Cambertree
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Wharncliffe with a high carbide steel?
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Wharncliffe with a high carbide steel?

HAP40 Jazzlica is one of my dedicated work knives.
by Cambertree
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How was your 2019?
Replies: 65
Views: 2364

Re: How was your 2019?

That dyed scales looks so amazing !!! Might give it a try as soon as I take it apart for some reason ! Thanks! I have to admit, I just dropped the whole knives intact into the dye. There's a little residue on the steel after, but it cleans off ok. I wouldn't do it with tool steels or carbon steels,...

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