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by emanuel
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What heat treatment does to metals/alloys. Worth a watch!
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: What heat treatment does to metals/alloys. Worth a watch!

RustyIron wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:29 pm
Well that was the better part of an hour spent falling down the rabbit hole of steel videos.
It's always good to learn stuff. Thanks!
I went to bed at 2AM last night after sharing this, for this exact same reason. Lol
by emanuel
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spy27 and S45vn - Question for Sal
Replies: 11
Views: 1024

Re: Spy27 and S45vn - Question for Sal

Probably too early for Sal to know yet, but here's a shameless bump.
by emanuel
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What heat treatment does to metals/alloys. Worth a watch!
Replies: 3
Views: 195

What heat treatment does to metals/alloys. Worth a watch!

Hey fellow steel junkies. I'm certain a lot of you will appreciate this video.

https://youtu.be/xuL2yT-B2TM
by emanuel
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: KC Exclusive Shaman Rosewood REX 45
Replies: 115
Views: 5103

Re: KC Exclusive Shaman Rosewood REX 45

That photo is not rosewood,, it is a mystery softwood dyed and impregnated into laminated form. Nothing wrong as a knife handle, just not as advertised. I would also guess it is not stabilized as in exotic woods for handles, only glued up into plywood. Real rosewood is very oily and does not glue u...
by emanuel
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: KC Exclusive Shaman Rosewood REX 45
Replies: 115
Views: 5103

Re: KC Exclusive Shaman Rosewood REX 45

What makes it or breaks it for me, is the wood stabilized or not?
by emanuel
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Opinions on the combo edge
Replies: 39
Views: 1564

Re: Opinions on the combo edge

The serrated Pacific Salt with its half an inch of plain edge at the tip is the perfect combo edge knife for me. If I need any more plain edge than that, it means I don't need serration at all.
by emanuel
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best Edge Performance Steel between these choices?
Replies: 48
Views: 2168

Re: Best Edge Performance Steel between these choices?

I really love the edge strength of Rex 45 at the hardness Spyderco runs it at, but I've voted Maxamet since it's the steel that has more use for me due to what I usually cut with my knives, so its edge performance is better. If I would cut something less abrasive, Rex 45 would be my choice out of th...
by emanuel
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Stretched Stretch - continued from Straight spine thread
Replies: 92
Views: 4274

Re: Stretched Stretch - continued from Straight spine thread

Yes, Stretched Stretch is going to have a 4 inch blade, and a handle to accommodate such blade. Sweet. Hopefully the handle has a better fit with the blade when closed with no wasted length, as Sal said was the case with the current Stretch and its legal blade length/handle ergonomy balance. I am d...
by emanuel
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Stretched Stretch - continued from Straight spine thread
Replies: 92
Views: 4274

Re: Stretched Stretch - continued from Straight spine thread

If by stretched Stretch it means the blade being bigger, original design or straight spine, I'm in! If it also involved enlarging the handle like in the case of Manix XL, I'm not personally interested as I still want the knife to be a comfortable pocket EDC. But I'm not the sole target customer so t...
by emanuel
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: H-1 Blade Scratches
Replies: 24
Views: 1000

Re: H-1 Blade Scratches

Any recommendations on what to use/do to remove blade scratches from H-1? I’ve tried Flitz which worked somewhat but not fully. Thanks! I don't think there's any reason to do it simply because they'll come back fast from something as simple as cutting some cardboard. H1 is a working man's steel, ve...
by emanuel
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Para 2 Maxamet
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Para 2 Maxamet

I'm very satisfied with my Manix 2 in this steel, and I paid a euro price for it. I think its worth the $200+ for a PM2 in this steel imho. Whoever paid 180 for it, you have no idea how blessed and luck you were lol.
by emanuel
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Corrosion or grind lines?
Replies: 9
Views: 834

Re: Corrosion or grind lines?

If it's overheating during edge grinding and the color of the steel being pale straw (instead of purple/blue), I doubt the damage to the steel is very deep. A few sharpenings and removal of surface and edge material should bring back the properly heat treated steel underneath, so don't stress too mu...
by emanuel
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Southfork in CPM-154
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: Southfork in CPM-154

Hi Pancake, The majority of the cost is in the labor. A Southfork in 154 wouldn't be much less expensive than in S90. sal Hi Sal. This made me curious: what makes the Bow River so cheap to make if it's not the materials? Could a similar process be applied to a knife that would still functionally an...
by emanuel
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New Shaman release
Replies: 18
Views: 1916

Re: New Shaman release

That's very true. They could make a Shaman with 8cr13mov steel, throw some Micarta on it and it would be an instant sell out! I would definitely pay upward to $100 for it in that steel! Great beater and easy to touch up. Got the chance to hold a Shaman in hand, very good ergos, it felt almost like ...
by emanuel
Wed Jan 01, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ZDP-189 - Overrated or Super Steel?
Replies: 57
Views: 3046

Re: ZDP-189 - Overrated or Super Steel?

IMHO If any steel is overrated it's S110V. (...) and it also has very poor toughness. That's only because mass produced knives don't run it at optimal hardness. Sad but true. The only way to experience it at its full is from a custom maker, unlike steels like Rex 45, M4, ZDP etc. which seem to be e...
by emanuel
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:34 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CBN and S90V
Replies: 17
Views: 1120

Re: CBN and S90V

For those of you who've gone CBN, would you recommend a newcomer pick those up in addition to, or instead of, the Diamond rods for sharpening harder steels? Based on my experience with just the Spyderco offering of both, the CBN seems to cut just as aggressively as diamond, but finer if that makes ...
by emanuel
Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Next Pacific Salt
Replies: 33
Views: 2576

Re: Next Pacific Salt

I'm honestly more appreciative of H1 serrated than LC200N plain or serrated. It's a better overall steel imho. I'm happy to see it's not ditched
by emanuel
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Basque Axe - finally got one! :D
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: Basque Axe - finally got one! :D

I believe its because the "prybar chopper knife" craze slowly died off in the past 5 years and people realized again the superiority of axes in regard to pure wood cutting power and that the variety in their sizes, shape and function is just as big as knives. Regarding steel, I think S7 is an overk...
by emanuel
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Basque Axe - finally got one! :D
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Re: Basque Axe - finally got one! :D

They're a very popular design in southern Europe, the curved edge and rounded bit shape gives it extra bite against the hardwoods native to those areas. At its core, it's mostly a feeling axe, it does not excel at splitting wood due to its wide profile, but I'll mostly use it for bushcrafting and s...
by emanuel
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Basque Axe - finally got one! :D
Replies: 6
Views: 326

Basque Axe - finally got one! :D

Just received my order confirmation and pics of my Hachas Jauregi axe, it will be in my hands soon, hopefully tomorrow :D. I wasn't very happy with the original handle shape/length, so at the suggestion of the axe dealer who brought it from Spain for me, I was more than happy for him to make me a ne...

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