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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: 3019

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: 1890

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: 187
Views: 14474

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: 1161

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: 1161

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: 1161

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: 1318

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: 3095

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: 1587

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: 2451

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: 3687

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: 39
Views: 1820

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 ...
by Hardbawl
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cruwear Native Chief ????
Replies: 27
Views: 1752

Re: Cruwear Native Chief ????

Where do I go to order one?
by Hardbawl
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Folders for food prep?
Replies: 68
Views: 3203

Re: Folders for food prep?

Blade geometry from Spyderco folders (which are more or less tactical) are diametrically opposed to my food preparations. And why should I make my live more complicated than needed, when I use a folder instead of a fixed blade, when it comes also to cleaning after food preparation? To each his own,...
by Hardbawl
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Community Sharpening Journal
Replies: 477
Views: 33505

Re: Community Sharpening Journal

Wow! I never knew getting a knife really sharp could cost so much in time and money. I use my $68 Sharpmaker. When my new Native 5 in Cruwear arrived, the Sharpmaker was employed per Sal’s instructions (almost). I like the 30% angle better. Hey, it’s my knife. The knife responded so well that it tre...
by Hardbawl
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Manix 2 XL backlock AEB-L?
Replies: 31
Views: 1189

Re: Manix 2 XL backlock AEB-L?

TomAiello wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:15 am
I would much rather see the Manix 2 XL in Cruwear (and recent sprints suggest it would be popular for a big hard use knife) or 4v (ditto). My first choice would be 4v.
A Manix back lock in cruwear: I’d order in a heartbeat!
by Hardbawl
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Native 5 Cruwear
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Native 5 Cruwear

Thanks, Guys! Over the week end, I was flopping around on u-tube and found Sal demonstrating the Sharpmaker. That enthused me to use his 4 step method to sharpen my Spydercos with the Sharpmaker. The Endura with VG 10, my PM 2 in CMP S30V, and the Native in Cruwear. All came out nicely. However, the...
by Hardbawl
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dear Sal, a question about that floating stop pin..
Replies: 24
Views: 1586

Re: Dear Sal, a question about that floating stop pin..

VashHash wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:59 am
I also like the floating lockbar pivot on the native 5 and chief.
Amen, Hello, Come In!
by Hardbawl
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Native 5 Cruwear
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Native 5 Cruwear

Jeremy, the Mail Dude, dropped off a Spyderco Native made with a Cruwear blade. The knife was sharp, but being a guy, I had to touch it up with a DMT diamond stone. The result was the sharpest pocket knife I have ever had in my hand. Now, I am no expert at sharpening, but I can get S30V, and VG 10 s...
by Hardbawl
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Which steels did you carry today?
Replies: 405
Views: 11886

Re: Which steels did you carry today?

Cruwear in a Native [that I call Pocahontas]. Her tongue is literally sharper than a scalpel. Even a southpaw like me can open and close her safely with one hand.

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