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by Xplorer
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: List of available knife steels not yet used by Spyderco for sales
Replies: 36
Views: 1677

Re: List of available knife steels not yet used by Spyderco for sales

Vanax Mules have been produced for testing. I do not know how the price negotiations are going, but Sal has said that samples have been made and tested. Quote from the Vanax Mule thread... "We made a mule for testing which I am doing now in the kitchen and outside. We also made some CATRA mules whic...
by Xplorer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 194
Views: 10490

Re: Mule Team

legOFwhat? wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:53 pm
... That's what you get when using an old hotplate :D
If you weren't already thinking about it, I'd suggest a cheap toaster oven for heating your Kydex. I have an old cheap one mounted in my garage that I've been using exclusively for kydex for over 3 years now. :) Works great!
by Xplorer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 194
Views: 10490

Re: Mule Team

No just set it on a small stand and moved on to the next. I made a small jig for Kydex and have a sheath made for about 10 mules of various colors but have only purchased MT leather sheaths for the "nicer" scale material. I'll try leather before long once I learn more and purchase the correct tools...
by Xplorer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 194
Views: 10490

Re: Mule Team

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by Xplorer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 194
Views: 10490

Re: Mule Team

Thanks Chad! Maybe one day I'll be able to work them like you and others...maybe :D Thank you, but it looks to me like you're already there. Pin placement looks good, the decorative pin looks nice, contouring looks nice, the pins do not appear to be standing "proud" above the scales (which can be a...
by Xplorer
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 194
Views: 10490

Re: Mule Team

legOFwhat? wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:53 am
....Played with some Raffir Noble brass/bronze:...
Very nice work!
by Xplorer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Stuff you made
Replies: 35
Views: 2346

Re: Stuff you made

I love seeing all the things you all are making! I find that anytime I talk with someone that likes making things (anything), we tend to have many things in common. I refer to people like myself that like to make things as having the "maker gene". These days I spend most of my time making knives and...
by Xplorer
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: APB for FarNorthDan
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: APB for FarNorthDan

I've been wondering about FarnorthDan for a while now as well. I sent him a Mule with a custom handle a couple years ago, so I have his address but unfortunately I don't have an email or phone number for him. He was one of my favorite contributors. I hope he's doing well. I sure hope we hear from hi...
by Xplorer
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??
Replies: 206
Views: 25620

Re: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??

Mr. Kelly you have been killing me with your handle design, beautiful work! What does one have to do to get a custom from you? I think I still have two kidneys, haha. I need this steel in my life :p That's very nice of you!! :) First, I must say that I hate having to disappoint people when they ask...
by Xplorer
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??
Replies: 206
Views: 25620

Re: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??

...for this is a really beautiful knife (and I don't even like cf particullary)! I also think, the jimping makes the Waterway look even better (don't know if it is needed functionwise). Thank you :) . Although I expect people will have a variety of opinions about the jimping, I agree with you that ...
by Xplorer
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??
Replies: 206
Views: 25620

Re: Hey Sal, any chance of a Vanax SC mule??

Latest Vanax project... It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to make a Vanax version of your Waterway design. It's a great design and I think the Vanax compliments it perfectly. :) I hope you enjoy your new knife. :) That is a supremely beautiful blade. Thank you. :) .. Chad, words fail me...
by Xplorer
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Behind the edge database!
Replies: 87
Views: 10560

Re: Behind the edge database!

...Having said all that, it's very interesting that there would be that much variation in BTE thickness....I would have been very happy with .012" BTE on my Waterway. I imagine there can be some variation in production, but honestly I was hoping you may have made an error somehow and that they don'...
by Xplorer
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Behind the edge database!
Replies: 87
Views: 10560

Re: Behind the edge database!

My Waterway came in at - 3.03mm/0.119" spine (in front of plunge line 0.62mm/.023" BTE averaged from three readings. This one caught my attention because I recently made a custom Vanax Waterway for Lance, and to do that I had to carefully study the dimensional measurements of the Spyderco version. ...
by Xplorer
Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is meant by "distal taper"?
Replies: 6
Views: 1099

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Here's a Waterway next to a custom version, both with distal taper. The spine is thickest at the handle and tapers toward the tip.
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by Xplorer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is my waterway underperforming or do I have unrealistic expectations?
Replies: 27
Views: 2517

Re: Is my waterway underperforming or do I have unrealistic expectations?

... but it supposed to be tough steel as far as I am aware. Therefore, seeing rolled edge so soon quite surprised me.... Toughness without high hardness effectively results in a blade that will roll instead of chip. Rolling is how a tough blade dulls as opposed to chipping, which would be the way a...
by Xplorer
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is my waterway underperforming or do I have unrealistic expectations?
Replies: 27
Views: 2517

Re: Is my waterway underperforming or do I have unrealistic expectations?

Mine arrived sharp, and dulled somewhat easily with the first bit of usage. After sharpening it myself the edge held up better. It is normal for a lot of tough steels to have a stubborn burr that can be difficult to remove. If the OP's edge developed a shiny area from pulling it out of the sheath I ...
by Xplorer
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 145
Views: 5010

Re: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?

Tucson Tom wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:19 am
cbrstar wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:50 am
I'm surprised at the lack of Maxamet lovers...
.. Maxamet is unique and interesting, but..... it optimizes one set of properties.
True and very true :) . I'm still waiting for someone to make a set a Maxamet drill bits..they'd be amazing! :D
by Xplorer
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Made myself a Bow River sheath
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Made myself a Bow River sheath

I couldn't find any recent photos of knives I've taped for sheaths but I found this old one.. I used to use masking tape. It works just fine, I simply prefer packaging tape now. Notice that the tape does not extend past the bevel of the blade so that the ricasso and the handle have a nice secure fit...
by Xplorer
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Made myself a Bow River sheath
Replies: 10
Views: 606

Re: Made myself a Bow River sheath

Nice work zhyla! I use 2 layers of packaging tape on either side of the blade in order to make sure the knife can enter and exit freely without it being able to rattle while in the sheath. It's normal for a kydex sheath to scratch the blade if it's too tight, particularly if the steel is not a high ...
by Xplorer
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 145
Views: 5010

Re: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?

Vanax - (Favorite balance of properties in a stainless) Because it holds an edge far better than S30V while also being a lot tougher, which allows for thinner geometry. It's also easier to sharpen than S30V and it's more corrosion resistant than LC200N. For EDC and certain outdoor use knives I think...

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