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by awa54
Mon May 25, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The Last Gun You Bought
Replies: 262
Views: 55682

Re: The Last Gun You Bought

Do airguns count? I finally bought a Weirauch HW35, the standard Euro-legal version with a beech stock and 7.5joule max. muzzle energy.
A vortek spring pack (approx. 12ft/lb muzzle energy now), some sling fittings and an aperture sight now reside on/in it and it'll be all broken in soon :D
by awa54
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 187
Views: 14970

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

1) CTS-XHP: I've used D2 in knives for a while and I'm familiar with it's properties. CTS-XHP is a refined version of D2. It holds a good edge for my needs, and I can sharpen it well. 2) CPM-154: Again, I used a lot of knives in 154CM. It always did what I needed a knife to do. Another refined vers...
by awa54
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 187
Views: 14970

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

For my tastes (I like polished plain edges best, but edge retention is something I've gotten used to with modern stainless), the top three are: M390 and its analogs, a great combination of critical sharpness, stainlessness and edge retention, not hard to sharpen either. CruWear, easiest to sharpen, ...
by awa54
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CPM SPY 27
Replies: 7
Views: 1437

Re: CPM SPY 27

Any idea when the first release will be?
by awa54
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cru-wear Delica
Replies: 254
Views: 17061

Re: Cru-wear Delica

I noticed that my Cruwear Delica is developing a patina quite a bit faster than any of my Golden Cruwear models are. Under basically the same conditions and care. I wonder if the heat treat protocol is is slightly different between Seki and Golden? Anyone else notice this? Yep, mine is my first Cru...
by awa54
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I really hate wanting a discontinued knife
Replies: 46
Views: 2518

Re: I really hate wanting a discontinued knife

Ok guys you win, I doubt anyone is going to guess this one anyway like I said it's nothing special. I'm looking for a full SE Endura with the Wave hook. I don't recall when they were discontinued but they were made about 2009ish. My end goal is to also buy a Lone Wolf Endura with the Glock tool on ...
by awa54
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Vanquest Messenger Bag Giveaway! WINNER ANNOUNCED
Replies: 157
Views: 8545

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: 967

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: 2043

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: 561

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: 61
Views: 4814

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: 7971

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: 20167

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: 7971

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: 3711

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: 6204

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: 5410

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: 3417

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: 3417

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...

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