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by awa54
Tue Jan 12, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Z-Wear Shaman: availability discussion & lookout thread
Replies: 158
Views: 15187

Re: Z-Wear Shaman: availability discussion & lookout thread

...is this a cry for Cru/Z-Wear to be added as a regular lineup steel or what? :D

Not certain if I really need a Shaman*, but the cru-carta thing is very tempting!


*Disclaimer: I need NO additional knives whatsoever, but I still love you Spyderco.
by awa54
Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Machete by Spyderco?
Replies: 61
Views: 1213

Re: Machete by Spyderco?

Most "premium" choppers and machetes are too heavy and obtuse to actually perform well as anything but substandard hatchets IME. If you want an actual machete, then cheap, spring steel blades and riveted wood handles from the likes of Tramontina in Brazil will be much more useful. Sure they rust, ne...
by awa54
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What do you think of metal handles?
Replies: 73
Views: 1339

Re: What do you think of metal handles?

I don't like metal handles, except when I like them... Scales which are lighter and have better grip are objectively "better", but the look and feel of a sleek steel or ti handle has its place, despite being a bit heavier and potentially slippery compared to other materials. All my practical knives ...
by awa54
Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Z-Wear Shaman: availability discussion & lookout thread
Replies: 158
Views: 15187

Re: Z-Wear Shaman: availability discussion & lookout thread

I've never had a compression lock before. I'm hoping it's not uncomfortable to really bear down on it when trying to cut something. When using a spyderco native 5, I would engage the back lock and the knife would try to close when trying to remove it from what I was cutting. It doesn't look like th...
by awa54
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spy 27 or ZDP189 or K390
Replies: 21
Views: 839

Re: Spy 27 or ZDP189 or K390

As an experienced, but non-professional sharpener, I can say that *for me* ZDP189 is harder to get an initial edge *and* harder to get a satisfying refined edge (which is a capability that sets it apart from many other high carbide steels) than almost any other steel Spyderco has used... Approaching...
by awa54
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Your Spyderco Thanksgiving Day EDC
Replies: 51
Views: 1153

Re: Your Spyderco Thanksgiving Day EDC

BBS Delica M390 was the choice, though it stayed in pocket all day (so far) :(
by awa54
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifecenter Exclusive Police4
Replies: 45
Views: 2140

Re: Knifecenter Exclusive Police4

TkoK83Spy wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:39 am
Oh boy, here comes another $225 out of Julia's pocket! :p

...and with no cash in them, there might even be room for a P4 in those darned short pockets ;)
by awa54
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Completely Forgotten Spyderco Models: Your Favorites?
Replies: 296
Views: 7440

Re: Completely Forgotten Spyderco Models: Your Favorites?

So many past models that are no longer in the spotlight... here are a few that I'd like to own, or see reissued as Sprints/exclusives/flash batches:

Centofante 4
R (I'm lucky enough to own one of these)
Rock Lobster
Rookie
Toad

Spyderco imported Moki 920/921
by awa54
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: GB Air Return?
Replies: 47
Views: 1154

Re: GB Air Return?

The two suggestions I like most so far are switching to CTS 204P (since it's a Taichung semi-regular already) and a wire pocket clip. Some new and different fiberglas or carbon fiber scales would be nice, though micarta would also suit it just fine. While I've never had issues with the detent on min...
by awa54
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: REX 45 Military In Stock!
Replies: 242
Views: 23378

Re: REX 45 Military In Stock!

https://www.bestknifeshop.com/spyderco-military-model-burnt-orange-g-10-cpm-rex-45-sprint-combination-edge-plain-edge.html Anyone order from this place? looks suspicious There’s been a few threads. Stay away. Wow that place looks shady! They are scraping spyderco directly I believe. Looking at the ...
by awa54
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: If you can only have one Delica...
Replies: 54
Views: 1528

Re: If you can only have one Delica...

My only CruWear Spydie that has shown any corrosion is the Delica :( It wasn't even harsh abuse, just some packing tape residue that was left on the blade for a week or two. Curious if the corrosion occurred on the edge or bevel? Any Flitz applications to them? no Flitz needed... I'll live with the...
by awa54
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: If you can only have one Delica...
Replies: 54
Views: 1528

Re: If you can only have one Delica...

CruWear! CruWear is always the answer. Basically stainless in my experience. My only CruWear Spydie that has shown any corrosion is the Delica :( It wasn't even harsh abuse, just some packing tape residue that was left on the blade for a week or two. All the rest of my Cru crew have been functional...
by awa54
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: If you can only have one Delica...
Replies: 54
Views: 1528

Re: If you can only have one Delica...

Bento Box Shop M390 would be my pick of all currently available Delica models.

It really is a fantastic knife!
by awa54
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: This is devotion...
Replies: 63
Views: 2283

Re: This is devotion...

On a similar tack, my GF who's a landscaper in the summer, prefers the Kuhl brand work pants, some of which have doubled pocket edges, however the extra thick pocket edge is too bulky for most pocket clips to go over smoothly, so her SE salt usually either goes in the leg-side "technology" pocket or...
by awa54
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How has SG2/Supergold treated you?
Replies: 4
Views: 292

How has SG2/Supergold treated you?

I have the Massdrop Endura and so far it hasn't really impressed... not that SG2 is a *bad* steel, but it just doesn't seem to go above and beyond the "competent mid range stainless" level of performance.

I'd be interested in your opinions and any tips for getting the best out of SG2.
by awa54
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Urban/UKPK Wharncliffe
Replies: 44
Views: 1342

Re: Urban/UKPK Wharncliffe

I own the original Urban Wharnie, the only real knock against it in my book is that the thicknes behind the edge (on mine at least) was both inconsistent and very thick. Before I'd buy another wharnrcliffe version of either pattern I'd buy a Titanium or G10 handled M390/Sleipner/Elmax leaf shaped Ur...
by awa54
Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: More CTS-204P Forest Green Spydies coming
Replies: 45
Views: 1670

Re: More CTS-204P Forest Green Spydies coming

Endela PE for me, wouldn't mind grabbing a Delica either, if they do another run.
by awa54
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Holy Cow! Delica 204P rocks!
Replies: 29
Views: 1276

Re: Holy Cow! Delica 204P rocks!

Larrin addresses the carbide type in 204p class steels and why they are easier to sharpen: "Microstructure The high chromium content in M390 means that less of the high hardness vanadium carbide is present in the steel, and the majority of carbide is the lower hardness chromium carbide. The vanadiu...
by awa54
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal, CQI the Urban LW, please
Replies: 25
Views: 845

Re: Sal, CQI the Urban LW, please

Urban lovers ? I’m your man ;) I agree 100%. Urban is the best city pocket folder in the Spyderco line and deserves the best. That pivot spinning bugs me too but I have to disagree on the backspring issue. I like it stronger, it’s a slipie after all. A stronger backspring is just an extra safety me...
by awa54
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Native 5 G10 S110v liners vs linerless
Replies: 15
Views: 578

Re: Native 5 G10 S110v liners vs linerless

I only own N5 LWs and one in linerless G10, so no help there, but I *do* have a stack of Manix 2s, which are Golden made, with exposed steel liners. My experience there is that the liner edges all look and feel like they were media tumbled, they're not excessively rounded off, but all the edges are ...

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