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by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Vanquest Messenger Bag Giveaway! WINNER ANNOUNCED
Replies: 157
Views: 6375

Re: Spyderco Vanquest Messenger Bag Giveaway! [Closes 12/31/19]

I'm not in the PIF, but it's a very cool thing to do, Happy New Year!

The Ti UKPK is one of my favorites of all time... if it had been mine, I'd have had a backspring made, or bought a G10 knife and used it as a parts donor.
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Para3 lightweight stiff
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: Para3 lightweight stiff

the shorter, lighter blade in the PM3 makes it less flick-able than a PM2, but it certainly shouldn't be stiff. Mine was a bit less slick than the full liner G10 scale versions I own when it was new, but still very acceptable and has smoothed out nicely to be almost the same as the "heavyweight" ver...
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Starting to be my favorite blade grind.
Replies: 32
Views: 1611

Re: Starting to be my favorite blade grind.

Centofante 3 has a nice hollow grind. It isn't super high, but with 2mm stock it doesn't need to be. A great example! If you compare the "sabre" grind on the Centofante 3 to the similar height grind on the Worker at 1mm thicker blade stock there's no contest, the Centofante outslices the Worker by ...
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Christmas Spyderco
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Christmas Spyderco

My Christmas Spydie was a Manix M390, as a Manixguy I thought you might appreciate that ;)

Good luck with the Q Ball!
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ZDP-189 - Overrated or Super Steel?
Replies: 57
Views: 3052

Re: ZDP-189 - Overrated or Super Steel?

Thanks for the great work Larrin, it was an interesting read! Before other "super" steels were available ZDP must have been a revelation, but I find it to have too many compromises (low toughness and corrosion resistance, without the reward of better sharpening response) to be a regular use steel fo...
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Change in price of Spydercos in 2020?
Replies: 117
Views: 6479

Re: Change in price of Spydercos in 2020?

There isn't a good way. Raising wages increases costs, which is passed on in higher prices, which offsets increased wages. As long as the population continues to rise this will continue. Interesting perspective. You think that increased population is part of the equation. Please explain? sal Increa...
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mantra Bearing Race
Replies: 120
Views: 18875

Re: Mantra Bearing Race

OK, I'll admit that I'm just picking at the scab, since all things Mantra have moved on and for most here it's not a "thing" anymore... I picked up a Mantra 2 on clearance and I *love* the blade shape and ergos! Until a month or so back mine flipped nicely and was smooth as can be, no issues whatsoe...
by awa54
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Change in price of Spydercos in 2020?
Replies: 117
Views: 6479

Re: Change in price of Spydercos in 2020?

I hate that we have to see this convo every year. It's inflation and it'll never stop. The only thing that stays the same price is cans of Arizona tea. ...and the dollar amount on my paychecks. Not sure how many others here suffer from wage stagnation, but my pay hasn't gone up in the last five yea...
by awa54
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Lets talk about watch bands
Replies: 27
Views: 2826

Re: Lets talk about watch bands

Eulit "Panama" nylon weave is a great material that's rugged and breathable. But I like leather even better... Rios 1931's Russian leather" or "Juchten" is an affordable alternative to the even better Cordovan (vintage self type cordovan straps are amazing!), shark skin is also a nice durable, but i...
by awa54
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Cutting boards
Replies: 74
Views: 4806

Re: Cutting boards

Honestly, I started this thread with concern over wear on blade edge. Its interesting to me that this has morphed into sanitation. I probably wasnt specific enough. I have always considered "plastic" cutting boards more sanitary given same wash routine. There seems to be two schools of thought. 1) ...
by awa54
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Unpopular Blade Steels That You Like?
Replies: 92
Views: 4606

Re: Unpopular Blade Steels That You Like?

Schrade+ is alleged to have been 440A and I liked that in USA made Old Timer and Schrade traditionals, actually a better steel than their HC was IMO. I've also had a few Chinese blades that were 9Cr... another 440A analog that had decent sharpening response and edge holding, the knives had issues, b...
by awa54
Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sent Brouwer in for bottoming out lock. Returned completely untouched
Replies: 48
Views: 3101

Re: Sent Brouwer in for bottoming out lock. Returned completely untouched

I am curious about the idea of peening the lockbar ...? That is essentially correct. You are pushing metal near the edge to make the lockbar insert a bit longer. Strength might be compromised to a degree, but as to how much you'd likely need to test to destruction to find out. If it were mine I wou...
by awa54
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sent Brouwer in for bottoming out lock. Returned completely untouched
Replies: 48
Views: 3101

Re: Sent Brouwer in for bottoming out lock. Returned completely untouched

There have been numerous posts about how W&R stocks no parts for the knives and cannot get them. The warranty is an "almost warranty" and does not conform to the warranties from other companies. If you have a knife with great sentimental value, do not send it in, IMO. Also, the lock bar insert seem...
by awa54
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sent Brouwer in for bottoming out lock. Returned completely untouched
Replies: 48
Views: 3101

Re: Sent Brouwer in for bottoming out lock. Returned completely untouched

Ideally, the replaceable nature of the lockbar insert would mean that when worn to this point, it could be replaced without needing to replace the whole knife... Bingo! This would have been a perfect response from Spyderco... you'd think that part would be something that W&R should have on hand rig...
by awa54
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: LC200N / Caribbean SE torture test gauntlet of death
Replies: 61
Views: 5120

Re: LC200N / Caribbean SE torture test gauntlet of death

That twinned RG-6 is mostly used for sattelite TV receivers, it's usually stainless or sometimes aluminum braid ... Interesting David, I know next to nothing of electrickery or cables. Anyhow, can’t help thinking stainless braid would likely leave most edges, at least a little worse for wear. :) Th...
by awa54
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: LC200N / Caribbean SE torture test gauntlet of death
Replies: 61
Views: 5120

Re: LC200N / Caribbean SE torture test gauntlet of death

That twinned RG-6 is mostly used for sattelite TV receivers, it's usually stainless or sometimes aluminum braid, over mylar/aluminum sheathing (sometimes just aluminum), then a fairly hard PE insulator and a copper coated steel center conductor. Suffice it to say that cable shears are the best tool ...
by awa54
Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: KnifeJoy Damascus Delica and Endura
Replies: 52
Views: 4287

Re: KnifeJoy Damascus Delica and Endura

I can't say I'm all that impressed with the DPS 15 blades I have seen... The entire reason for having a pattern welded cladding is the aesthetics and these are just plain ugly to me :( I have one of the foliage green FRN Delicas with this blade material, it looks better than most of the pics I've se...
by awa54
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Centofante
Replies: 16
Views: 1063

Re: Centofante

Any Centofante 4 reissue would make me happy, and a screw-together CQI of either 3 or 4 would be great as well, more premium steel* would be icing on the cake!

*though I'd ask for CruWear or M390
by awa54
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Flipper musings (Mantra 2)
Replies: 30
Views: 2697

Flipper musings (Mantra 2)

I'm not trying to stir the pot here, just thinking aloud and intrigued by the choices that our favorite knife maker made with the Mantra. First off, I just got a Mantra 2. I had avoided it for a long time, especially since flippers are my least favorite opening system and in light of the contentious...
by awa54
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Cutting boards
Replies: 74
Views: 4806

Re: Cutting boards

Interesting>> but how is bamboo advantageous over other types of wood? I find it really interesting because I've noticed that they are making top quality coffee filters out of Bamboo as well. I don't and will not use any cutting slab or board that is made of a material that will ding up or dull a k...

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