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by Bill1170
Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:13 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: In the beginning...How it started...
Replies: 30
Views: 4228

I first learned about Spyderco in the early 1980's. A friend owned a knife shop in Denver and he showed me some very strange knives with holes in the blade. I remember one was a serrated rescue blade, which impressed me with its cleverness and ergonomics. I ended up buying a very early Sharpmaker fr...
by Bill1170
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How warped is acceptable?
Replies: 65
Views: 12251

Our Chinese kitchen Mule with the cork handles now has two tiny rust spots, under 1 mm pinpoints. One is on each side of the blade, where the flat grind meets the ricasso, about 3/8" up from the edge. I am sure that this is because the knife gets put on the magnet while wet by my wife, and the water...
by Bill1170
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Wave's be getting the FFG upgrade as well?
Replies: 7
Views: 1869

Also, will the new waved Delicas and Enduras get the removable wave like the P'kal has? This was my thought when the D4 waves were disco'd.

Bill
by Bill1170
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Order non-sharpened blades / or a chisel grind?
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

On a single bevel edge you are better off stoning the burr away than stropping it. Why? Because stropping a flat bevel, it is very easy to dub over the edge. Just ask a fine woodworker about his chisels. Also, like FLYBYU44 says, an uneven bevel tends to veer off to one side in the cut. This sort of...
by Bill1170
Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: H1 on Steroids = Talonite
Replies: 12
Views: 4012

From what I have read, Talonite has great wear resistance from the hard carbides in it, but rolls easily due to the soft matrix. H1 looks to be superior for an all-around blade, and lots cheaper, too.

Bill
by Bill1170
Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: M4 Mule
Replies: 10
Views: 1830

There are better substances than hairspray, which cannot be made durable or it would never shampoo out of a lady's hair. Superglue will work. Thin epoxy resin works. Polyurethane varnish (oil-based) will also work, just dip the handle in a jar with 50% varnish in 50% mineral spirits, shake off the e...
by Bill1170
Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Future: Ceramic blade and CF handle ?
Replies: 20
Views: 4866

Apart from the big question, WHY use ceramics when we have steel? IMHO, one trouble with ceramics in folders or pocketknives as opposed to kitchenware, from a legal point of view, would be you can guarantee that it will invite unnecessary comments and criticsm from the type of people who don't beli...
by Bill1170
Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How warped is acceptable?
Replies: 65
Views: 12251

Hey all, just a quick note to say that I got my 2 replacement Mules today and they are nice and straight. Now I just need to find time to make some more handles. I'll probably do at least one more in cork, since it feels so nice and gives great control without great weight.

Bill
by Bill1170
Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Decreasing FOF -- "Freak-Out Factor"
Replies: 28
Views: 3185

I think the demeanor of the person or the manner in which the knife is used or deployed can affect the FOF, too. I've seen people dispense skittish looks at classmates who used a SAK to trim threads, while the same class laughed when our prof asked for a knife to cut some tubing and I spydie-droppe...
by Bill1170
Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:13 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule tutorial using the router table
Replies: 62
Views: 15844

I have routed a fair bit of micarta and it cuts like wood, only harder. G-10 will dull the carbide faster because of the glass, but it also will cut fine by router. One nice thing is that neither one is going to melt and stick to the cutter like acrylic or ABS. Dust collection is a real good idea, a...
by Bill1170
Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:11 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How warped is acceptable?
Replies: 65
Views: 12251

Gordon,

Same here on citrus. My wife sliced a load of lemons into wafers for a pot of special soup and the steel is still clean. The knife sat for a few hours during a dinner party. 9Cr18Mo may not be H1, but it seems to be pretty darn stain resistant in the kitchen.

Bill
by Bill1170
Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How warped is acceptable?
Replies: 65
Views: 12251

My wife cut 8 limes last night, followed by wash and hang on magnet to air dry. No stains, but admittedly not much of a test.

Bill
by Bill1170
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: g-10 handle make a knife stronger
Replies: 8
Views: 1618

so there is no durability difference with the delica 4 in G-10 or FRN? the only difference is the blade grind? The steel liners in the Delica 4 make it stronger than a delica 3? Yes, the steel liners make the D4 stronger and stiffer, plus allows for 4-way clip mounting. They also add some weight, b...
by Bill1170
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Which Ladybug (or bug) is most subtle?
Replies: 26
Views: 2858

Stainless or black blend in best with keys, but don't underestimate the cute factor when going for the non-threatening look. I carry a yellow Ladybug Salt SE in my suitcoat pocket at church, and it is very cute; the ladies like it, it makes them smile.

Bill
by Bill1170
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How warped is acceptable?
Replies: 65
Views: 12251

Hi Bill, Nice job and good tests. Will you cut some citrus? I'd like to know how the steel holds up. sal Hi Sal, Yes, I will be cutting citrus before long. We often make our own orange, lemon, or grapefruit juice at home, just haven't lately. I'll report back when we do. And Gordon, thank you for t...
by Bill1170
Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: g-10 handle make a knife stronger
Replies: 8
Views: 1618

Both will survive an incredible amount of punishment. G-10 will chip if struck hard, FRN will dent. G-10 will crack if flexed far enough, FRN, while easier to flex, will only bend, then spring back when released. If FRN has a "weakness" it's that it will melt, and even burn, if exposed to a flame. ...
by Bill1170
Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ZDP-189 fragility
Replies: 10
Views: 2510

I have seen pictures of one ZDP laminate blade where the core was broken, but the owner admitted he was prying with the tip. Bad idea. I have a ZDP Endura that I had Tom Krein regrind to 0.010" thick behind the edge bevel, which is a bit thinner than my Caly Jr.s measure. I've worked that one prett...
by Bill1170
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Guide to Buying and Returning Knives / Spydies
Replies: 15
Views: 3460

I agree, the first post would make a great sticky, but our hosts here might think it appears too self-serving if they were to do so. Maybe better to have it as a sticky at BladeForums, which is not a retailer of product.

Bill
by Bill1170
Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:41 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any plans on more white FRN scales?
Replies: 13
Views: 1944

If Spyderco were ever to sell replacement FRN scales to end users, then white ones would be a good choice for the enthusiasts who want every color. Regular users would not want to dye their own handles, so some other colors than white would probably be a sounder business decision. Just thinking out ...
by Bill1170
Thu Nov 12, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cleaning Tips?
Replies: 19
Views: 2189

+1 on the naphtha. It works faster than mineral spirits (lighter fraction) and evaporates more completely, less of a nasty smell. We keep a quart in the house and a gallon in the shop. I have a chemical resistant spray bottle full of naphtha in the shop that is super handy for all sorts of cleanup o...

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