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by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

Re: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

I can understand feeling a little down when you realize certain things just aren't going to work for your preferences. The ATR was a personal favorite, but by the time the ATR 2 came out, which fixed the two things I disliked about the original, I had decided I'd stop buying compression lock knives...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: October and Rex45 aka RexTober!
Replies: 168
Views: 8205

Re: October and Rex45 aka RexTober!

I posted this in another thread (Spyderco in use, review/feedback thread), but this one needs more Rex 45. I started using this knife for all my edc needs on October 1st. This is day 7, and here is all the cardboard Rex chomped on this week, in a 13 gallon bin. Still not dull. https://i.postimg.cc/t...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0
Replies: 16
Views: 495

Re: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0

The Caly 3 with hap40 has been on my wish list for a long time, and I think all the Caly 3s are hard to find now. I'd be psyched! BBS still has some, if you don't mind the markup. $215 is a bit much, but also probably less than on ebay. Yeah I've seen those. He had them at $160 (plus $15 s&h) for a...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

Re: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

Yeah, choils can be an issue with hard use, but if it's hard enough, I'll just grab my cheapo Condor fixed blade, and save my hand. This is another excuse for me to request a Shaman fixed blade........... without choil. I only want them on my folders anyway. Actually I was thinking about that earli...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco in use, review/feedback thread
Replies: 100
Views: 6933

Re: Spyderco in use, review/feedback thread

I've given a rough review of Rex 45 in the past, but I have a little more to share. Beginning October 1st, I began carrying a Rosewood Shaman as my main carry. Every day, I use it for all of my cutting needs, with the exception of kitchen work, because... well... it's a Shaman, not a Santoku. It ha...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

Re: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

Choils just make more sense on some knives and less sense on others. I don't think I'd base this realization on how any of the Mantras feel unless you have really small/thin hands, because it's not quite a full grip handle for me so I definitely understand how it could feel like it needs a choil be...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

Re: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

I can understand feeling a little down when you realize certain things just aren't going to work for your preferences. The ATR was a personal favorite, but by the time the ATR 2 came out, which fixed the two things I disliked about the original, I had decided I'd stop buying compression lock knives...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0
Replies: 16
Views: 495

Re: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0

JuPaul wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:34 pm
The Caly 3 with hap40 has been on my wish list for a long time, and I think all the Caly 3s are hard to find now. I'd be psyched!
BBS still has some, if you don't mind the markup. $215 is a bit much, but also probably less than on ebay.
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

Re: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

Today is a bittersweet day; I've realized some of the knives I've had my eye on for a while, are not going to work for me. The simplification of my buying criteria is nice, and somewhat comforting, but the realization that certain knives won't work for me, is difficult to accept. I know there's a r...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco in use, review/feedback thread
Replies: 100
Views: 6933

Re: Spyderco in use, review/feedback thread

I've given a rough review of Rex 45 in the past, but I have a little more to share. Beginning October 1st, I began carrying a Rosewood Shaman as my main carry. Every day, I use it for all of my cutting needs, with the exception of kitchen work, because... well... it's a Shaman, not a Santoku. It has...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0
Replies: 16
Views: 495

Re: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0

austrian_spyder_fan wrote:
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:10 pm
Hi Albatross,

the Caly 3 came also in ZDP189 and CF.
Only the discription was wrong, the pictures showed also the Caly 3 but i didn't looked closley.
That's awesome! Enjoy it!
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

Re: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

I am the exact opposite. I cannot get it through my mind to choke up on the blade to put a finger up there. i grew up on slip joints and using the bolster on them or being cautious to not slip my grip off the handle. I love the ikuchi, chef, and centofante and they are my current rotation. Ive got ...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0
Replies: 16
Views: 495

Re: Bought a Caly 3.5 got a Caly 3.0

As long as you didn't pay too much for that Caly 3 and really like it, I think you got a nice surprise. I don’t own a Caly 3 or 3.5, but they have been on my list for a while.

You were buying the ZDP-189 3.5, but which Caly 3 came in it's place?
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: H-1 Questions
Replies: 56
Views: 1292

Re: H-1 Questions

H1 does not work harden, at least according to Larrin's findings. Here is everything you would ever want to know about H1... https://knifesteelnerds.com/2019/06/24/h1-steel-how-it-works/ IIRC Larrin has not ever used serrated H1 personally. Something to keep in mind. On paper results don't always l...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: H-1 Questions
Replies: 56
Views: 1292

Re: H-1 Questions

H1 does not work harden, at least according to Larrin's findings. Here is everything you would ever want to know about H1... https://knifesteelnerds.com/2019/06/24/h1-steel-how-it-works/ I think you mean the grinding process does not contribute in any significant way to work hardening. Pretty much ...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: H-1 Questions
Replies: 56
Views: 1292

Re: H-1 Questions

H1 does not work harden, at least according to Larrin's findings.

Here is everything you would ever want to know about H1...


https://knifesteelnerds.com/2019/06/24/ ... -it-works/
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...
Replies: 40
Views: 725

The sad realization that I cannot live without choils...

Today is a bittersweet day; I've realized some of the knives I've had my eye on for a while, are not going to work for me. The simplification of my buying criteria is nice, and somewhat comforting, but the realization that certain knives won't work for me, is difficult to accept. I know there's a re...
by Albatross
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Fluted CF Native questions
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Fluted CF Native questions

They're completely different handles IMO. Yes, the general shape is similar but they're different sizes. So they feel quite a bit different to me. They're both contoured differently too. The Shaman is slab (flat) sided with a big radius around the edges. The Native 5 Fluted CF has a continuous radi...
by Albatross
Tue Oct 06, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Vivi's M4 Manix XL DLC Corrosion Log
Replies: 56
Views: 1679

Re: Vivi's M4 Manix XL DLC Corrosion Log

This puzzles me again and again. The "composition of sweat" or perhaps the combination of ones sweat and the climate they live in must have such a crazy wide range.. I am sure my knives see a pretty similar exposure to sweat and the elements as Vivis does. Carry them on hot summer days in pocket or...
by Albatross
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Fluted CF Native questions
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Fluted CF Native questions

I want a mini Shaman and have been thinking about how it's probably time for me to try another Native. I'm not sure it got a fair shake last time. Anyway, I would really appreciate any info about how these two compare. How does the extra contouring of the fluted cf Native (compared to the standard m...

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