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by eljay
Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Exotic steels in the real world
Replies: 19
Views: 3816

All I know is I spent a couple of years where I cut a lot of cardboard up and the better the steel the easier my life was. These days I probably could make do with something more basic, but a H1 knife sure is handy in the garden and I like not having to sharpen my ZDP Lum very often and really that'...
by eljay
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Civilian Owners
Replies: 20
Views: 6470

I carry a matriarch sometimes with SD in mind. Hopefully I'll never have to use it obviously, but it's nice to have it available if need be (more options are a good thing). I've never used it for any other purpose. The Civilian's always seemed a bit too expensive/bulky for that purpose for me so if ...
by eljay
Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: waiting for the Lum
Replies: 32
Views: 5126

Oh, the individual gets accused of gouging too, even if the price was set by auction, but the stores have more to lose in terms of long term goodwill so it's just not worth it for them.
by eljay
Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Someone Is Selling a 2008 Spyderco Catalog on EBAY
Replies: 17
Views: 3067

With the new pricing structure (much cheaper to list but more expensive if you sell the item) it's now worth it to take a chance selling on eBay and list all kinds of random crap - even more than before. Especially if you're willing to start it at a penny.
by eljay
Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Historic Day at Spyderco!
Replies: 76
Views: 11203

That's very cool! And people really should cut Golden some slack - it's typical city government - they put in some rules that seem like a good idea, and when an exception comes up it's not always really straightforward to let a good project to go through while at the same time being fair to everybod...
by eljay
Thu Jan 31, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Tasman Salt Serrated Garden Use?
Replies: 13
Views: 3088

That's what I use mine for. It does get really scratched up but who cares, it's a gardening knife. Just sails through things like ivy though.
by eljay
Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How much cheaper means "made in China"?
Replies: 20
Views: 4190

I spent a little bit of time writing software used to manufacture some electronics gear (mostly testing the device once it was done) and there's definitely some interesting tradeoffs you can make. The more manufacturing you have in an area, the more skilled people you get at all levels, and the more...
by eljay
Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Have you ever bought a Spyderco just to resell it?
Replies: 17
Views: 2636

Personally I'd rather see it sold to somebody who wants it on eBay than mouldering in a knife case in a store somewhere.
by eljay
Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My thoughts on the Cricket
Replies: 20
Views: 3621

Yeah, that cricket's a nice knife. It does a good job on a large number of tasks, and you can definitely find yourself using that hooked tip and thinking "why don't my other knives have this?"
by eljay
Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: "Tenacious" model
Replies: 171
Views: 35515

Well, thanks for the warning.
by eljay
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Contest!
Replies: 206
Views: 27720

How fun!
by eljay
Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Traveling by Air with a Knife
Replies: 37
Views: 6190

I usually bring a SS cricket. I'm sort of hoping it doesn't particularly look like a knife when closed, and that way I at least have something. On a longer trip I'll bring something like a serrated ZDP Delica which is unlikely to need sharpening for a while and put it in with the underwear and hope ...
by eljay
Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Crazy deals @ Sierra and other places
Replies: 4076
Views: 581009

I'd call Spyderco and see if they want first crack at it, otherwise I'm sure Sierra will do the right thing. They seem like pretty reasonable folks.
by eljay
Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is the point of this blade?
Replies: 8
Views: 2297

And in particular after the slash you run like heck. The hope is that you'll get a surprise blow in and take advantage of it.
by eljay
Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Got my waved E4 Today...
Replies: 15
Views: 3126

Heh. I lost my regular bottle opener just when Costco started carrying bottles of Mexican Coke, so I've been using my waved Endura to open them. Works great.
by eljay
Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is ZDP a good choice for an SE knife?
Replies: 10
Views: 2287

I use my ZDP SE Delica quite a bit and like it a lot. Cuts great. I don't think it's really any harder to sharpen than a VG-10 SE blade. Maybe if you really let it get disgusting, but if you're on the "quick touchup" plan it's no problem. Little tiny bit of chipping - only visible when the blade's v...
by eljay
Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Anyone interrested in a new run of Waved Matriarchs
Replies: 42
Views: 5792

The General wrote:Is the Matriarch now considered rare or something? :confused:
Not collector-rare but there are definitely people who would like one and not a lot of folks giving them up. Personally I'd rather have one than a civilian so that's not really an option.
by eljay
Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:48 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Short lived edge from sharpmaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 2505

It could be a couple of things. It's definitely possible to have a burr coming out of the steel that feels sharp and may cut for a bit but gets knocked off fairly easily. You don't really have a healthy edge. One concept worth knowing is that if the edge is currently, let's say at 35 degrees. If you...
by eljay
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What will this cost to get sharpened?
Replies: 17
Views: 2579

Put another way, it's like a bike helmet. It gets used once (not used in the sense of carrying it on your head, used in the sense of smacking the pavement) and you buy a new one since it's likely to have suffered damage while saving your life. Likewise the Civilian is basically a disposable use once...
by eljay
Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:51 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What Model is This?
Replies: 31
Views: 4062

Those keychain knives are quite effective, and the serrations whip through things like tubing very nicely indeed. If you're cutting a bunch of stuff the larger knives are nicer if only because the handle fits your hand better, but if you just need to cut a couple of random things over the course of ...

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