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by Bolster
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: EDC Fixed Blade Discussion
Replies: 52
Views: 9621

Re: EDC Fixed Blade Discussion

My lightweight backpack knife, or at least until Spyderco makes something better. Eskabar in D-2. 2.8oz without Kydex sheath; 4.0 oz with. Too much belly for my taste, would prefer a leaf-shaped blade. I like that the handle is optional, to reduce weight. Can always cord-wrap.
by Bolster
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?
Replies: 72
Views: 1700

Re: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?

I agree with Vivi and Pancake, particularly on these points: 3.5” blade, give or take. tough steel priority (prefer stainless if possible) full tang leaf shape blade guard for fingers edge/grind to/near guard/quillion Non-Chinese …and “not a complicated knife.” Would prefer: lightweight handle, prob...
by Bolster
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?
Replies: 72
Views: 1700

Re: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?

It’s just an assumption, but I imagine the tip-to-butt machining & finishing of a 10-inch piece of PSF27 on a Bradley Bowie takes quite some time..that steel is tough! [OT on] I wouldn't want to try machining any supersteel on my lil' 400 lb hobby mill, but for sure the milling is done BEFORE the s...
by Bolster
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?
Replies: 72
Views: 1700

Re: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?

Should have added: I expect to use a fixie hard in the outdoors; I expect to possibly lose it or damage it; this makes me want to spend less for a fixie. I can't bring myself to pound on a $500 fixed blade with a rock, or use it as a tent stake, or subject it to dozens of other abuses during a backp...
by Bolster
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?
Replies: 72
Views: 1700

Re: Can we (civilly) discuss fixed blade prices?

Thanks for bringing this up Evil D, and to all who have responded...a very civil discussion so far. I have often wondered the same as Evil D. I buy a lot of Spyderco knives, and want a Spyderco fixie, but I always bridle at the cost of the fixies and figure, "Well, they're for wealthy people," and b...
by Bolster
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bill Moran with new steel?
Replies: 21
Views: 563

Re: Bill Moran with new steel?

Wait, isn't stainless steel generally a good option for a knife that'll be used hard in the wild? Why would a steel that can stand up to high temps, or be used to shape other metal, be preferable for an outdoor knife? Not arguing, just want to understand the logic.
by Bolster
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

By far the easiest way to do it is to lock up the knife in a mill vise and choose the carbide end mill that matches your width and shape requirements. But, I'm guessing if you had a mill in the garage you might not have asked..so diamond files are an inexpensive way to get the job done. Here's the ...
by Bolster
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Crazy Good Deals Part 2!!
Replies: 699
Views: 88859

Re: Crazy Good Deals Part 2!!

Thanks for that. Supposedly Walmart was selling for $25 each some time ago, but I can't find that deal anymore.
by Bolster
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

That's some beautiful checkering. I like how the gunsmith kept the peaks sharp right up to where they stop; think about how difficult that would be, to file deeply enough without going "over" in the slightest. That's challenging in wood checkering too, but the stakes are higher in metal! Thanks for ...
by Bolster
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kitchen Machete
Replies: 29
Views: 508

Re: Kitchen Machete

https://vimeo.com/154855749?ref=em-share https://bmj2k.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/belushi-samurai-deli.jpg?w=490 This would revolutionize my kitchen experience. No longer would chopping carrots be a dull task. Of course, it would require a lot of aggressive screaming while chopping...not sure what...
by Bolster
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

Hm, OK, thanks. I've done diamond checkering on wood, but don't have a checkering file for metal. If it's a similar process, the issue is getting the lines started. I'll look into it. Hadn't considered doing the job by hand, but if it works, great! Thanks for the lead. According to Brownells, a chec...
by Bolster
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Completely Forgotten Spyderco Models: Your Favorites?
Replies: 177
Views: 3787

Re: Completely Forgotten Spyderco Models: Your Favorites?

Probably doesn't count as "forgotten" but surely counts as one of the most beautiful disco'd Spydercos of yesteryear:
by Bolster
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Kitchen Machete
Replies: 29
Views: 508

Re: Kitchen Machete

This would revolutionize my kitchen experience. No longer would chopping carrots be a dull task. Of course, it would require a lot of aggressive screaming while chopping...not sure what the neighbors would make of that.
by Bolster
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Knifemakers, Machinists: Help Me Jimp

If you are a knifemaker or machinist, I could use some advice on how to shallow-jimp the spine area of my beloved Caly Jr. I want to jimp the area in the oval below, fairly shallow, just enough to get some thumb grip. I'm pondering three options: (1) I could vice the knife horizontally, in my mill, ...
by Bolster
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Thee Most Practical Spyder Of All Time? Your Choice?
Replies: 81
Views: 1772

Re: Thee Most Practical Spyder Of All Time? Your Choice?

Well I knew that the Mayor of Spyderville would surely chime in on this one :D And I must say that I agree with him 1000% on his choice of the C-52 Caly Jr. as a great pick for a "Practical Spyder". For the life of me I never understood why they quit making the Caly Jr. Since that model has been di...
by Bolster
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Thee Most Practical Spyder Of All Time? Your Choice?
Replies: 81
Views: 1772

Re: Thee Most Practical Spyder Of All Time? Your Choice?

abbazaba wrote:
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:19 pm
....Sage? It's one of my favorite to gift because it's practical, classy, and a great performer.

Good choice. Basically a slightly chunkier Caly 3 with screw construction and different locking mechanisms.
by Bolster
Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Thee Most Practical Spyder Of All Time? Your Choice?
Replies: 81
Views: 1772

Re: Thee Most Practical Spyder Of All Time? Your Choice?

Caly 3".

Work, dress, wet, dry, town, trail, upside down, inside out, Caly does it all for me. Sold off all my Delicas after I found the Caly. For me, the ergos are much improved.
by Bolster
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Community Sharpening Journal
Replies: 689
Views: 43406

Re: Community Sharpening Journal

Confess I've not read every page of this thread, but: does anybody use a slow speed buffer (like a Baldor) with a cotton wheel to do their stropping?
by Bolster
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Crazy Good Deals Part 2!!
Replies: 699
Views: 88859

Re: Crazy Good Deals Part 2!!

I've not purchased new Spydercos in a couple of years...where do the Black Friday deals typically show up? Or are Spy knives typically not discounted?
by Bolster
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What other cutting tools would you like to see spyderco make?
Replies: 35
Views: 613

Re: What other cutting tools would you like to see spyderco make?

Great topic! (1) Scissors. Real full size scissors. I can't even imagine how useful a supersteel pair of scissors would be. (2) Bypass pruning shears for the garden. (3) Folding chisels. I have two different brands in my portable toolbox, very handy, they look like a balisong, but they dull quickly ...

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