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by Bolster
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly3: my favorite EDC
Replies: 61
Views: 1329

Re: Caly3: my favorite EDC

RadioactiveSpyder wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:10 am
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by Bolster
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Spy27 Mule in use and testing feedback
Replies: 58
Views: 1506

Re: Spy27 Mule in use and testing feedback

Hey, I really appreciate each of everyone's tests and pics. Has anyone used it in hunting yet. My LC200N will skin, gut, and quarter 3 pigs before I to start touching it up as I go. My PD1 will make it through two. LC200N will do the same with 2 Nilgai and the PD1 is dull by the end of the first on...
by Bolster
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly3: my favorite EDC
Replies: 61
Views: 1329

Re: Caly3: my favorite EDC

My caly is a plain jane vg10 model. No washers but SMOOTH AS GLASS. Every knife I purchase is measured against it, and they all fail. It's in my pocket 95% of the time. It's the most comfortable knife I've ever used and if I could only have one, it would be it. The generous thumb ramp, and large ch...
by Bolster
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly3: my favorite EDC
Replies: 61
Views: 1329

Re: Caly3: my favorite EDC

Do these have liners? If so, what is the shape under the choil point area? Could it be found off altogether? Caly 3 has modestly skeletonized liners. The "hump" behind the finger choil could possibly be ground off entirely or mostly (if that is what you're asking), but you would be grinding close t...
by Bolster
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Modification...but tang integrity?
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Modification...but tang integrity?

Thanks gents. I shall proceed with confidence! I'm new to working hardened steel, and was surprised that it can be ground at low temperatures. I've already ground the new radius for the index finger, and the workpiece increased just 15F at the grind point, measured with laser thermo. I've also caref...
by Bolster
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

As I really think through the jimping I've done that I would repeat I could narrow the bits down to these 3 if I had to. 1/32" square end, 1/16" square end and 1/8" ball end. Beyond that any other I would use would only be on rare occasions. Awesome. I will be ordering those in my next Enco order. ...
by Bolster
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

O man, dropping tooling, yes, my brother, I done that. Brand new Röhm chuck...5 minutes...hits the floor nose first. Going to make a sign and hang it on my mill: "Do not drop the tooling, you fumbling idiot." Countersinks & Engraving End Mills, as per McMaster-Carr, below. Some of the countersinks c...
by Bolster
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Modification...but tang integrity?
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Modification...but tang integrity?

I would like to modify a skeletonized version of the mule for backpacking. I've sketched out a few modifications to my liking, but am curious if the proposed oval in the middle (which spans two large and one small existing holes) would overly weaken the knife. The cross section (from "up" to "down" ...
by Bolster
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

Here's a 1/16" (.0625") square end mill, cut at 90 degrees, .050" deep with approx. .060" spacing. The troughs in the cuts were polished and then the spine was rounded. The rounded feel on this size and spacing is one I will admit I like. :) It's a good combination of grippy/not too finger abusive/...
by Bolster
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

Looking fantastic! :) I find that the angle of the cut, width of the cut, depth of cut (relative to the width), as well as the width of the spacing between cuts all make a difference in the way it feels and how much it grips. What are your favorites, Xplorer? Angle, width, depth, spacing? Which gri...
by Bolster
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Happy Index Finger?
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Happy Index Finger?

Nice work! Now I'm going to end up buying a hobby mill. I totally blame you. When my wife wants to know what it is I'm going to say 'Bolster made me do it." :) Happy to be the imp on your shoulder. Calculate you're going to spend at least +50% of the cost of the mill on tooling...and DANG these "sm...
by Bolster
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: DLT Tan 20CV Yojimbo 2
Replies: 24
Views: 1021

Re: DLT Tan 20CV Yojimbo 2

Looks nice, but as always...the worst G10 scale color out there if you plan on working with it and using it (and want clean looking scales) I had the PM2 for a bit, loved the look until it was in my pocket and then hands a couple times a day at work :o Gotta agree with Tko. Will have to leave this ...
by Bolster
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

Slowly working up to jimping a Spyderco...at this point I'm a jimpin' fool...JIMP EVERYTHING! https://i.ibb.co/FgLKj9w/Jimp-Ute-Knife-Sm.jpg https://i.ibb.co/0scSbxQ/Jimp-Hack-Sm.jpg I like the feel of the results of the 45 degree bit, as seen below on the aluminum mini hack saw. Those furrows are c...
by Bolster
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caly3: my favorite EDC
Replies: 61
Views: 1329

Re: Caly3: my favorite EDC

Agreed; Caly 3 (and 3.5) are my favorites. My most frequently carried EDC is a Caly 3 in VG10. The 3 is a bit more pocket friendly than the 3.5 so sees more usage. Here are a few "pre-need replacements" lined up for the unhappy day I lose my main carry...but knock on wood, I've not lost my first one...
by Bolster
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Spy27 Mule in use and testing feedback
Replies: 58
Views: 1506

Re: Spy27 Mule in use and testing feedback

I sharpened my spy27 mule out of the box( I always take new knives to the stones until belt lines are gone). I had to cut a bunch of carpet yesterday, so I used the spy27 mule and a pm2 in s30v to compare. the damage to both edges looks very similar but I'll have to look at both edges with magnific...
by Bolster
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Happy Index Finger?
Replies: 15
Views: 405

Re: Happy Index Finger?

Happy to report success in the re-radius project. The mule, as sold, mates with an index finger about 1-1/4" in diameter. Not even my thumb is that big. I have a 7/8" diameter index finger so reprofiled the handle to fit me better. Worked well. Ambient temp was 70 degrees, and the hottest I got the ...
by Bolster
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 24
Views: 873

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

My first attempt at jimping. Thanks to the advice in this thread. Practicing on one of my hacking knives. An odd knife because the wood scales are proud of the spine, so most the jimping is in the wood. But a bit into the spine as well.

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by Bolster
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My very first Endura was stolen at gunpoint
Replies: 40
Views: 1282

Re: My very first Endura was stolen at gunpoint

I'm glad that you're okay. It kind of sucks that the only thing the news paper said was height, build, age and hair color. =\ California. Any additional information may be construed as discriminatory and is omitted. So true, that. In Cali, it's a much greater sin to accurately and fully describe a ...
by Bolster
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Spy27 Mule in use and testing feedback
Replies: 58
Views: 1506

Re: Spy27 Mule in use and testing feedback

PStone wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:03 pm
Not too much action today. None actually. So she’s going to help with an after work snack and coffee. :spyder:

Are you KIDDING?!? :eek: The cheese-and-cracker test is probably the most important steel test of all!
by Bolster
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Mule Team Discussion
Topic: Mule #12 Cruwear
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Mule #12 Cruwear

OK, Mr. Snarky! Your argument is with Spyderco, not me...

"Cru-Wear...is the first tool steel offering in Spyderco's Mule Team Series."

https://www.spyderco.com/catalog/detail ... ruwear/703

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