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by The Mastiff
Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What Other People Think
Replies: 19
Views: 1019

Re: What Other People Think

Unless someone is paying me ( my boss) or a partner ( wife) I don't care much about what other people think. Part of that is my childhood and part of it is just being stubborn and old. I keep to myself mostly now so I can get away with that. Other than my son all family is gone and that helps. :) Th...
by The Mastiff
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Co-worker's knife repair/sharpening
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: Co-worker's knife repair/sharpening

I had a co worker who would bring me dollar store knives from Pakistan that were pot metal with no noticeable heat treat and no edge to speak of. I sharpened it the first time and he brought me another just like it. I told him I'd rather give him a better knife and explained the trouble with the one...
by The Mastiff
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Badly bent clip
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Badly bent clip

My guess is it is designed to bend before the screws holding it in are destroyed. It's easier to replace clips than stripped screws etc. Call it a design feature. :)

Joe
by The Mastiff
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Where's the 3V?
Replies: 157
Views: 9700

Re: Where's the 3V?

Commie infiltrators, obviously. Yep I've had discussions with people with the viewpoint that 3V only has toughness going for it and is a waste in folders. I obviously disagree but have mostly moved on. I'll take it in a folder as quickly as I will Cruwear or 4V. IMO it's one of the best all around ...
by The Mastiff
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Talking about your traditional knives
Replies: 198
Views: 54268

Re: Talking about your traditional knives

I'm enjoying the pictures here. Thanks. I'm another one with a weak spot for GEC knives. In particular the ones with nicely done Ebony and blackwood and cocobolo. I've seen hundred year old ebony knives that still looked good too. They last if even just slightly cared for. I wonder how long those wo...
by The Mastiff
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday to Our Favorite Metallurgist
Replies: 46
Views: 2943

Re: Happy Birthday to Our Favorite Metallurgist

Happy birthday Larrin. Have a safe, healthy and prosperous next year.

Joe
by The Mastiff
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: If you could only keep one Spyderco
Replies: 75
Views: 4508

Re: If you could only keep one Spyderco

This question is as old as the internet itself. :) Despite that it isn't any easier for me to answer. In fact since Spyderco began using so many different versions with different steels and finishes it keeps getting more difficult to answer. Since there is no K390 Endura yet I won't choose that thou...
by The Mastiff
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: What type of pans does everyone cook in??
Replies: 26
Views: 1951

Re: What type of pans does everyone cook in??

Solid stainless heavy duty ( brand unknown). They are about 25 years old and still going strong. I can slice meat up in them with no issues except to the knives and clean up is quickly done with a soap impregnated brillo pad. They don't heat as quickly as some copper bottom pots I have but they are ...
by The Mastiff
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Military service...Past, Present, Future???
Replies: 35
Views: 2689

Re: Military service...Past, Present, Future???

US Army 3/3 95B (MP) Various schools and certifications like everyone in the military. Things like Traffic investigation, Various radar operator instructors, DUI enforcement, Intoxylizer instructor, Street survivor ( anyone else remember that one?) German language school Aside from what everyone goi...
by The Mastiff
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Book on metallurgy and knifemaking by Larrin Thomas
Replies: 75
Views: 4762

Re: Book on metallurgy and knifemaking by Larrin Thomas

I got mine in today and I'm enjoying it. I have to admit I'm always going to prefer having a real book to read and refer back to. My son and likely his whole generation are the opposite. If it's not on his smartphone it doesn't exist for him. Anyways once again good work Larrin. Other than not havin...
by The Mastiff
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Unpopular opinions
Replies: 258
Views: 16786

Re: Unpopular opinions

The title is unpopular opinions, not educated ones.
:D Good point!

Joe
by The Mastiff
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Unpopular opinions
Replies: 258
Views: 16786

Re: Unpopular opinions

I’m way more likely to sweat on a blade than to dull it in a single use where I need it sharpened but don’t have the opportunity. So while I see the allure of some of these extreme edge retaining tool stools I really don’t seriously consider them. IMO the tool steels have way more going for them as...
by The Mastiff
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Need kitchen knife recommendations!
Replies: 36
Views: 2404

Re: Need kitchen knife recommendations!

How about Aus10A steel? Is it a significant improvement over Aus8? Hello Julia. It should have better wear resistance than Aus8. It's a modified 440C and has wear resistance more like VG 10 or 154cm than Aus8. It is a little less chippy than 440C as well so it's a fairly good stainless for such cho...
by The Mastiff
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Book on metallurgy and knifemaking by Larrin Thomas
Replies: 75
Views: 4762

Book on metallurgy and knifemaking by Larrin Thomas

I just saw that our own Dr.Larrin has gotten around to releasing the book we have been bugging him to write. I ordered mine from Amazon earlier today. In case anybody is interested it is titled: Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry by Dr. Larrin Thomas https://www.amazon.com/Knife-E...
by The Mastiff
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HOW exactly do you experience, differenciate and evaluate different steels?
Replies: 57
Views: 3541

Re: HOW exactly do you experience, differenciate and evaluate different steels?

More than a few years ago I went out of my way to acquire and use every steel I could get my hands on to try and learn all I could learn about. That included importing knives that weren't available here in the states now and then as well as having custom knives made to my specs with makers that woul...
by The Mastiff
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What brings you more joy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1626

Re: What brings you more joy?

Definitely my user knives. The extras and others that see no use I end up forgetting about. They sit around sometimes for years because I'm not thinking about them. In fact I've bought extra extras because I forgot having one already and when I see a sale on a knife I like I buy it. I mean no disres...
by The Mastiff
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Being bitten by knives
Replies: 9
Views: 1218

Re: Being bitten by knives

I've had some bites over the years. One memorable one was a Marbles fixed blade that dropped through a complete revolution and came down while I was sitting into my upper leg (quads) area stabbing into my leg while making a perfect movie sound effect *scrunch* noise. The tip just entered the bone li...
by The Mastiff
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy Birthday BLOKE!!!
Replies: 29
Views: 2469

Re: Happy Birthday BLOKE!!!

Late happy birthday Bloke. Have a safe, happy and healthy next year.

Joe
by The Mastiff
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Did you ever...
Replies: 19
Views: 1983

Re: Did you ever...

..say to yourself, "this is the month I will stop buying knives" only to end the month with multiples purchased? Sure some are pre-orders that won't ship for a couple of months, but still it's a far cry from zero. It's an accumulation and not collection, so I can't use that as fig leaf. I probably ...
by The Mastiff
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Its a new "Golden Age"
Replies: 39
Views: 3074

Re: Its a new "Golden Age"

Spyderco is turning out knives with steels that would never have been used in the past and using finely tuned and very precise heat treats that allow the hardness levels that we now see and with the robot arm sharpener the edges are in comparison to the 80's and 90's better with far more consistent ...

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