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by Bill1170
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CPM SPY27 steel
Replies: 167
Views: 14988

Re: CPM SPY27 steel

Hi Larrin, Bob will send a sample to you. sal Great! Very cool, indeed! Thanks Sal and Larrin. :cool: :spyder: And stuff like this is only one of the many reasons I support this company. Whenever I need something made by spyderco, they will gladly get my money first. Quoted for truth. Spyderco: kee...
by Bill1170
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Straight Razor from Spyderco
Replies: 144
Views: 9476

Re: Straight Razor from Spyderco

Marulaghost wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:47 pm
I'd imagine something like AEB-L would be good for such a project
Alloys like AEB-L are used for disposable razor blades, so I agree with you. Edge stability at low angles is more important than abrasion resistance for razors. I wonder if LC-200N or H-1 would work?
by Bill1170
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CPM SPY27 steel
Replies: 167
Views: 14988

Re: CPM SPY27 steel

My first thoughts before reading Larrin’s article were: -good product differentiator for Spyderco -looks akin to VG-10, but with added hard carbides (Vanadium and Niobium) for wear resistance -seems like they’re going for a good balance of properties, as with S30V and VG-10 -it’ll be fun to read the...
by Bill1170
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Has your compression lock knife opened accidentally?
Replies: 94
Views: 6793

Re: Has your compression lock knife opened accidentally?

Never happened on either PM2 in 5 years of EDC use. I carry tip up, RFP.
by Bill1170
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Something in the water
Replies: 27
Views: 1166

Re: Something in the water

I thought this thread was going to be about salt knives. I generally find this place full of intelligent, well mannered people. Those that don’t play well with others don’t seem to stick around too long. Me, too! Or pitting corrosion being worse with different tap water. I also appreciate the gener...
by Bill1170
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: LC200N / Caribbean SE torture test gauntlet of death
Replies: 128
Views: 11249

Re: LC200N / Caribbean SE torture test gauntlet of death

This is great stuff Evil D! Very impressive how that edge took all that hard use and still remained workably sharp. I can't help wondering how H-1 would have compared... How about some reckless wood carving? Something hard and seasoned. I don't suppose y'all have Osage Orange wood in your area do y...
by Bill1170
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Design details that are deal breakers
Replies: 47
Views: 2350

Re: Design details that are deal breakers

Nothing is an absolute deal breaker for me, except shabby quality. However, I generally avoid the following features on folding knives I buy: Rust-prone blades Metal handles Ball bearing pivots Recurved blades Excessively thick blades Low saber grinds Thumb studs I would prefer not to have finger ch...
by Bill1170
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ZDP-189 vs M4 for rainy west coast living?
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: ZDP-189 vs M4 for rainy west coast living?

I’m with Naperville.
by Bill1170
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New pm2 addict... help needed....
Replies: 18
Views: 1324

Re: New pm2 addict... help needed....

I’m also a carpenter and my M390 PM2 was my work knife for five years or so. I only chipped it once, cutting a stranded power cord when wire cutters were not close to hand. Lately an S110V Manix LW with a cut down blade (less height than stock) is my work knife. No chips. So much depends on how one ...
by Bill1170
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dear Sal & Eric
Replies: 41
Views: 3230

Re: Dear Sal & Eric

I just read the post about using the S110V PM2 to cut roots, etc. in my experience, S110V is the best steel for those sorts of uses. High corrosion resistance coupled with extreme wear resistance makes it ideal for such rough use cases.
by Bill1170
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dear Sal & Eric
Replies: 41
Views: 3230

Re: Dear Sal & Eric

Here are the pics I took of the Spyderco Dodo just after the dye had dried and shows how well manufactured and simple this design is. Quite eloquent in its superb simplicity and close tolerances of design. The Blue is actually lighter than what the camera in my phone shows I did hold a scale up to ...
by Bill1170
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Philosophy of locks
Replies: 75
Views: 4074

Re: Philosophy of locks

Lock strength is very important logically otherwise why have a fixed blade? Liner locks have significant advantages and that they can be open back construction. That can be handy. However they are not very strong compared to other lock types. When I workEd heating and air-conditioning in new constr...
by Bill1170
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Starting to be my favorite blade grind.
Replies: 32
Views: 1972

Re: Starting to be my favorite blade grind.

The issue is that low hollow grinds suck and high hollow grinds are sort of uncommon. If done on a big wheel and brought way up the blade then they can perform exceptionally well. For example, look at the dragonfly salt vs the other salts. I would be happy to see a few more hollow ground blades mys...
by Bill1170
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ZDP-189 - Overrated or Super Steel?
Replies: 59
Views: 4337

Re: ZDP-189 - Overrated or Super Steel?

I have both a Delica and a Stretch in ZDP. Both of them I mirror polished by hand. I haven’t subjected either to harsh corrosive conditions, but they remain shiny and unblemished in regular carry and use. ZDP is a steel that really excels with low angles and a high polish. I suspect that the polish ...
by Bill1170
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: designs - evolution - lifting
Replies: 67
Views: 3539

Re: designs - evolution - lifting

Another interesting point about imitators is this. Those who merely copy a design often lack the deeper understanding of how it works that the designer has. This can lead to visually identical product that doesn’t work as well as the original does. I have a friend who invented a tool that has been c...
by Bill1170
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:58 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: designs - evolution - lifting
Replies: 67
Views: 3539

Re: designs - evolution - lifting

Evil D wrote:
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:07 pm
It bothers me a lot more than your "shiny footprints" allow me to express. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but to put it as nice as I can put it, copying design is just lazy and I don't buy products if I know there's something like this going on.
I agree with this.
by Bill1170
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?
Replies: 35
Views: 1471

Re: Spyderco: What makes the brand so good?

I have heard it said that an institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man. It is true in my experience. Take the sum total of the replies in this thread and it gives an accurate description of why Spyderco is what it is. Integrity, humility, and an abiding passion for excellence are the sign...
by Bill1170
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?
Replies: 72
Views: 2952

Re: Caribbean Scales: Love, or Hate?

Yours and Evil's look awesome. I've been avoiding the Caribbean solely because the colors are too loud. I like a subtle knife. Ergos 10/10, bumblebee coloring 2/10. Thanks. :) Yeah it took me a while to eventually get one, for the same reason as you. I guess in the the end, the bumblebee colour pat...
by Bill1170
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Discussion: What do you think is the best size for an EDC folder?
Replies: 146
Views: 4863

Re: Discussion: What do you think is the best size for an EDC folder?

I prefer a blade whose edge comes back to the handle. I’d much rather use only the handle to grasp the knife.
by Bill1170
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Poll: more CBBL
Replies: 82
Views: 2424

Re: Poll: more CBBL

It would be instructive to learn how many failures of the black plastic ball cage have been reported out of how many such models sold. The black cage on my Manix LW feels very robust. Are they a fibered nylon like the FRN handle scales? If so, then my confidence in them is very high, as FRN is very ...

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