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by Hardbawl
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What steel balances attributes best?
Replies: 61
Views: 1156

Re: What steel balances attributes best?

A month ago I would have voted for Cruwear. My Cruwear Native was [and is] a fantastic knife/ steel offering. Last month I got a Native Chief. I had to "settle" for CPM S30V steel. BUT along with my new Chief I bought a Sharp Maker. Using Sal's video instructions, I quickly overcame previous problem...
by Hardbawl
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 220
Views: 17137

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

Sal: The best steel that I have experienced in a knife is Cru-wear. In less than 5 minutes the Sharpmaker will put such an edge on Cru-wear that my little Native will sing. You make it hard enough to keep an edge through a lot of farm work, yet it is tough enough that it doesn't chip. My Native hold...
by Hardbawl
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Golden Quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1118

Re: Golden Quality

At first I was surprised by this post. My EDC is a Native 5 Cruwear masterpiece that has been in my pocket for a year. This is the best folding knife I have ever had. The quality rivals custom made knives at three times the price. Just last week i took delivery on a Native Chief. Here again, the Chi...
by Hardbawl
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Lock Type Preference
Replies: 88
Views: 6065

Re: Spyderco Lock Type Preference

The mid back lock as used on the Native 5 works for me. On the farm a pocket knife gets used hard and often. The fact that I can open and close the Native with one hand (either one) makes life easier and safer working around animals. I sure don't have to worry about it opening up in my pocket. The f...
by Hardbawl
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: DLT Exclusive - Purple PM2 Cruwear
Replies: 130
Views: 10755

Re: DLT Exclusive - Purple PM2 Cruwear

Cru Wear is the finest steel I have had the pleasure to use on a Spyderco knife. This steel wants to be SHARP. It wants to stay sharp. Makes a great knife.
by Hardbawl
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpmaker Practice
Replies: 27
Views: 2181

Re: Sharpmaker Practice

Keep it light to make it right. This is good advice. If you are rounding your tips on the Sharpmaker, you are using way too much force. A member on this forum once recommended placing the Sharpmaker on a bench and not holding it with your weak hand. Hold the knife in your strong hand and stroke the ...
by Hardbawl
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knife that won’t chip, won’t roll?
Replies: 31
Views: 1948

Re: Knife that won’t chip, won’t roll?

Hi Drebs. It seems to me that you're asking for balance. All steel properties involve some degree of compromise. A steel that has a good balance of properties will be the best option for resisting both rolling and chipping. Cruwear and 4V are extremely close to one another in their balance of hardn...
by Hardbawl
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I need some clarification before using the Sharpmaker for the first time...
Replies: 39
Views: 3358

Re: I need some clarification before using the Sharpmaker for the first time...

sal wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:28 am
Hi ManyReason,

I would also suggest that you get a magnifier loupe, maybe 10X so you can study the edge as you learn.

sal
Please note: your iPhone has a 10X magnifier loupe built in. You can even snap a picture of your edge if you have a question or want to show your work.
by Hardbawl
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening
Replies: 13
Views: 1988

Re: Sharpening

How good does the edge hold on s30v? Any knife that you can sharpen, you can dull with use. The trick that Spyderco must perform is to offer you a steel that is hard enough to hold an edge, yet soft enough that a sharpening stone can restore that razor edge in a reasonable amount of time. Actually ...
by Hardbawl
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: So what's your top 3 favorite steels? and why?
Replies: 220
Views: 17137

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

Sal: Thanks for asking. Let me begin by saying that any steel that I would pick can be good or bad depending on the heat treatment, and depending on how the blade is sharpened. My favorite steel by a large margin is Cruwear. This is a hard steel that seems to want to be SHARP. It holds an edge well....
by Hardbawl
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Uncomfortably sharp Spydie hole
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: Uncomfortably sharp Spydie hole

Hi Hardbawl, The crisp edge on the hole isn't a flaw, it's intentional. Back in the 90's we did a bit of experimenting with this and found that chamfers on holes impeded opening because the thumb could slip out of the hole more easily. Easier to remove the crisp edge from the hole than to add a cri...
by Hardbawl
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Uncomfortably sharp Spydie hole
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: Uncomfortably sharp Spydie hole

THANK YOU! Used the Sharpmaker stone. It worked! Why didn't I think of that. Now an exceptional knife is perfect Only kissed the edge a wee bit.
by Hardbawl
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Uncomfortably sharp Spydie hole
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Uncomfortably sharp Spydie hole

Recently purchased a Native 5 with a Cruwear blade. This is an beautiful made knife with only one flaw. The Spydie Hole is sharp. I thought: Hey, I can fix this. I dug out a tool that is used to de-burr cartridge cases. This tool, made of "hardened tool steel", didn't touch edge of the Spydie Hole. ...
by Hardbawl
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: it was bound to happen.
Replies: 27
Views: 1446

Re: it was bound to happen.

Sure way to find a lost knife: Buy another one. As soon as the new one arrives and you unpack it, the old one shows up. My first Spyderco was an Endura 3. It came up missing. I knew the last place I had it was the horse barn but I just couldn't find it. So, I ordered an Endura 4. It was raining when...
by Hardbawl
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My struggle with the Native
Replies: 45
Views: 3310

Re: My struggle with the Native

It took me a while to come around on the native. Then I really liked it. One day it just clicked. I also like the choils on the native family because I feel they lock your finger in better than the choils on other designs. Amen, Hello, Come In! You hit the nail on the head. I first ordered the Nati...
by Hardbawl
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Custom Shop
Replies: 20
Views: 1675

Spyderco Custom Shop

Has Spyderco ever considered using a Custom Shop as a profit center? Many companies that I deal with have Custom Shops. Look at Smith & Wesson, Kimber, Wilson Combat, and Springfield Armory. They all have Custom Shops that serve customers that need that little something special. For example, as a le...
by Hardbawl
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: David Boyle dents on lockbacks
Replies: 30
Views: 2704

Re: David Boyle dents on lockbacks

When in doubt get the knife out! I just now pulled out my Native. Point # 1: When the lock bar is depressed to release the blade, I have a fat 1/32" of the bar above the scales. This does not allow much of a "dent" for this knife. Point # 2: With my eyes tightly shut, I have no problem locating the ...
by Hardbawl
Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Your Spyderco Christmas Eve And Christmas Day EDC
Replies: 78
Views: 4058

Re: Your Spyderco Christmas Eve And Christmas Day EDC

Pocahontas (my Native in Cruwear).

May you all have a happy and blessed Christmas.
by Hardbawl
Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Native 5 with Compression Lock please!
Replies: 46
Views: 2697

Re: Native 5 with Compression Lock please!

Please consider that the Compression Lock, as good and as fun as it is, leaves out the left handed portion of the knife owning public. Further, the Compression Lock, great as it is, does not do a real good job securing a closed blade. Granted there is a slight spring tension on the closed blade but ...

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