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by dsvirsky
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Can we get a Bill Ruple/ Spyderco collab?
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Can we get a Bill Ruple/ Spyderco collab?

Bill Ruple's work is topnotch, but I don't see where it would be a good fit with Spyderco. Mr. Ruple primarily makes traditional patterns that have been around for 100 years or more.

The Lanny's clip posted by Dazen is a relatively new pattern, but the design was created by Tony Bose, not Bill Ruple.
by dsvirsky
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Factory edge poll
Replies: 47
Views: 1189

Re: Factory edge poll

Endela SE in my pocket -- hasn't been used enough to warrant more than the occasional light touch up.
by dsvirsky
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any well worn knives?
Replies: 44
Views: 2761

Re: Any well worn knives?

My yard work knife
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by dsvirsky
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Beards
Replies: 42
Views: 1536

Re: Beards

I've worn a full beard since 1987 and I'll be wearing a beard the day I die. Fortunately, my wife likes the beard (I originally grew it for our wedding).
by dsvirsky
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AUS-6 Stainless vs AUS-8 and others?
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: AUS-6 Stainless vs AUS-8 and others?

From what I understand AUS6 is a 440A class steel, AUS8 a 440B class, and AUS10 is in the same class as 440C (nit equivalent exactly). That's also my understanding. I like AUS8 but found the AUS6 in my first Spydie, an FRN Ladybug, a complete disappointment. Fortunately, it did not discourage me fr...
by dsvirsky
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Do you prefer Plain edge, Serrated edge, or both?
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Re: Do you prefer Plain edge, Serrated edge, or both?

Get a tapered diamond rod (I have a DMT coarse) and hold the knife at the factory edge angle. The factory bevel is quite large so this isn't hard. Use back and forth motions maintaining that angle, hitting every serration. You don't have to focus on what serrations you hit, precision isn't necessar...
by dsvirsky
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Do you prefer Plain edge, Serrated edge, or both?
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Re: Do you prefer Plain edge, Serrated edge, or both?

I voted for serrated. I find there are more things where serrated performs better than plainedge, in my everyday tasks, than the obverse. Which is not to say I won't switch knives if I know I'm going to be doing something where plainedge works better. Not a fan of combo edges, although I do own a fe...
by dsvirsky
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caribbean vs Native 5 Salt
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Caribbean vs Native 5 Salt

I own multiple versions of the Native5 and the Caribbean Sheepsfoot SE. My vote would also be for the Caribbean. Both are great knives but the Caribbean offers so much more capability with a full size handle and 4" of cutting edge, vs. 2.5" for the N5.
by dsvirsky
Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Your views on machetes?
Replies: 13
Views: 722

Re: Your views on machetes?

I have absolutely no use for a machete, but I'm still tempted to buy a Jerry Hossom designed, Outdoor Edge Brush Demon.
by dsvirsky
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Endela-thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11083

Re: Endela-thread

The ricasso on the Endela is indeed 11mm. However, the 2019 product guide does not show the ricasso on the Delica and Endura to be 8mm, but rather 9mm and 10mm respectively, and 11mm for the ZDP-189 Endura. I really don't think you will notice the difference.
by dsvirsky
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: "HRC as advertised." Who is accurately listing HRC?
Replies: 187
Views: 5631

Re: "HRC as advertised." Who is accurately listing HRC?

And, maybe someday they will individually test each CUSTOM knife or knife over $500US. In nearly 20 years of attending knife shows, I don't believe I've ever encountered a custom knife maker who wouldn't/couldn't tell me this information. In many cases I don't even ask, because I trust the maker to...
by dsvirsky
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Endela-thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11083

Re: Endela-thread

The PE portion feels just about right for me on the Endela. Long enough to be useful for precise cuts but not so long that it "comprises" the belly of the blade, which is what turns me off to most combo edges.
by dsvirsky
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Endela-thread
Replies: 228
Views: 11083

Re: Endela-thread

Got my SE Endela today. Initial impressions: blade is centered, grind is dead center and without any visible flaws, and it's as sharp as any Spydie I've ever received (and I have a bunch). No gaps, no grit. Seki City nailed this one.
by dsvirsky
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Talking about your traditional knives
Replies: 42
Views: 1161

Re: Talking about your traditional knives

Your best bet is the Krein Knives Facebook group.
by dsvirsky
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Talking about your traditional knives
Replies: 42
Views: 1161

Re: Talking about your traditional knives

Exactly.
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by dsvirsky
Mon May 27, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: D2 Steel Again: What should one expect from its properties?
Replies: 22
Views: 472

Re: D2 Steel Again: What should one expect from its properties?

Thank you for these excellent descriptions. What then would you think of a D2 steel bladed steel tanto knife that has a price of under 40 dollars and is said to be "tough as nails" and has been shown to be able to cut plastic water bottles with ease and is advertised as "nearly indestructible survi...
by dsvirsky
Sat May 25, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Driving/Traffic rant
Replies: 45
Views: 3880

Re: Driving/Traffic rant

None out of it, either. People drive like they're trying to commit suicide and/or homicide everywhere I've driven in the last 10+ years.
by dsvirsky
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Gas vs charcoal
Replies: 21
Views: 599

Re: Gas vs charcoal

Haven't grilled in nearly 20 years, but definitely charcoal.
by dsvirsky
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Curiosity....What handgun do you carry????
Replies: 37
Views: 924

Re: Curiosity....What handgun do you carry????

Depending on the weather and what I'm wearing: Beretta Nano 9mm in a High Noon Mr. Shorty, Beretta Pico .380 in Badger Concealment kydex, or an NAA Sidewinder .22mag in an Alabama Holsters pocket holster. I also have Remora holsters for the Berettas and a kydex holster I bought on Ebay for the Sidew...
by dsvirsky
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: In Memory of Ragnar/Ragweed Forge.
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: In Memory of Ragnar/Ragweed Forge.

R.I.P. Ragnar. I've always been a big fan of his website, even though I've never ordered anything from him. I'm pleased to see his friends/colleagues are keeping the website and store going.

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