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by dsvirsky
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is this a grip that you use?
Replies: 38
Views: 3491

Re: Is this a grip that you use?

Depends on the knife, depends on what I'm doing, but yes, I often use that grip. FWIW, I wear a size medium glove and the fingers are always too long.
by dsvirsky
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Have you had a folding knife open on accident?
Replies: 32
Views: 1450

Re: Have you had a folding knife open on accident?

Back when you could still carry a knife on an airplane, the FRN Cricket I was using as a money clip opened while I was running to catch my connecting flight. I was very lucky not to get cut when I reached into my pocket for my money (but the Cricket was "cut" from my money clip lineup). The couple o...
by dsvirsky
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Old Forum Members: Where Are They These Days?
Replies: 13
Views: 733

Re: Old Forum Members: Where Are They These Days?

JD Spydo wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:18 am

. . . I believe I heard that it started some time in the late 90s.
The Spyderco forum went "live" on July 19, 2000.
by dsvirsky
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Old Forum Members: Where Are They These Days?
Replies: 13
Views: 733

Re: Old Forum Members: Where Are They These Days?

I've been here since the very earliest days (July 2000). There were a number of years when I was mostly buying custom knives and didn't visit much, but I've been back for a while now. Still don't post much.
by dsvirsky
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why don't you have more spyderco fixed blades?
Replies: 42
Views: 2153

Re: Why don't you have more spyderco fixed blades?

I guess the most basic reason I don't own more fixed blade Spydies is that I already have too many custom fixed blades that don't see enough use. Of course, I could say the same thing about folding Spydies but it doesn't seem to stop me from buying them.
by dsvirsky
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What percentage of your Spyderco collection consists of fixed blades?
Replies: 79
Views: 2789

Re: What percentage of your Spyderco collection consists of fixed blades?

I have 7 fixed blades (Enuff salt, 2 Swicks, the ARK in both SE & PE, 2 of the little paring knives), while I have somewhere around 50 folders.
by dsvirsky
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Can we get a Bill Ruple/ Spyderco collab?
Replies: 9
Views: 412

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: 51
Views: 1692

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: 2915

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: 50
Views: 1978

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: 713

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: 2734

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: 2734

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: 527

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: 23
Views: 1492

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: 260
Views: 13562

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: 5832

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: 260
Views: 13562

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: 260
Views: 13562

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: 47
Views: 1658

Re: Talking about your traditional knives

Your best bet is the Krein Knives Facebook group.

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